To start the day's activities, the team assembled for a film session before practice. Coach Corrigan and the staff did a great job teaching and explaining the details of what they wanted to get accomplished. After the film session, we moved to their indoor practice facility at the Loftus Sports Center, where the team arrived ready to compete. I was impressed with the leadership of the older players communicating and helping their younger teammates improve throughout drills. The practice was a mix of small group and half-field teaching segments, as well as up-tempo full-field sessions. The Irish are looking strong from top to bottom for the 2019 season. Thank you to Coach Corrigan, Coach Byrne, and the Notre Dame staff for hosting me for the day.
UPDATE 2/12 FROM OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DARRYL DELIA : Fairfield, CT- My latest trip on the Winter Tour tour took me to Fairfield University and was able to watch their practice as well as meet with the stags staff and players. Fairfield appears to be a very young and hungry program this season. There was a lot of teaching going on by the staff as well as practicing situational type scenarios. My assessment was this years Stag team has great depth and skill at all positions. The overall size and team speed was one of the things that stood out to me. The energy level seemed to be off the charts by both the coaches and players running in and out of drills all practice long. Fairfield will open up this week vs. Saint Joe's. This team will be fun to watch. I would like to thank Coach Andy Copelan and his assistants for welcoming me to watch their practice.
UPDATE 1/29 FROM HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER BEAR DAVIS: Pittsburgh, PA- It was a good visit to Moon Township, and it's always fun to visit the place where I spent the better part of my collegiate coaching career. The frigid weather bumped the practice to the Island Sport Center indoor complex. The practice time was then bumped to 7:30am on Saturday morning. Just as I recalled several years ago, the Bobby Mo players embrace the opportunity to get out and play the game we all know and love, regardless of time or location. It reminded of what I loved most about being a part of the program.
The squad had a short and sweet practice but it was highly productive. The Colonials have been geared towards the shot clock era for over a decade. The new rules should not have a major impact on the way this team approaches the game. The defense was stingy and the offense was crafty. The chess match during transition and uneven numbered drills was as exciting as it gets. Bobby Mo should pick up right where they left off last season. This squad will look to make a return to the NCAA tournament with a well-seasoned returning class and a slew of talented underclassmen to help this squad make a push. We will soon find out how this NEC squad will react to being the hunted when the first time ever preseason ranked team will open up on February 9th with a ranked Penn State group who will be looking to avenge the 2018 loss to the Colonials.
UPDATE 1/24 FROM HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER BEAR DAVIS: Charlottesville, VA- I spent an incredible two days seeing the day in the life with Virginia Cavalier lacrosse program. Coach Lars Tiffany is an old friend and was more than welcoming, allowing me to sit in on coaches meetings, team meetings, chalk talk and film sessions, team workouts and of course practices. Coach Tiffany and his staff have made a commitment to a fast style of play, dating back to his head coaching stint at Brown University. I’m always intrigued to see how “play fast” coaches support their style in their practices. It was fun to see drills and philosophies that reinforce up-tempo styles. In my opinion, the Cavaliers will be well prepared for the shot clock era of college lacrosse. It was also good to get a behind the scenes look of the care that goes into the athletes. Little doubt that the well being of the student athlete is at the forefront of interest at UVA. Side note: The new facility plan at UVA is off the charts exciting. It should be a nice recruiting tool for the program! Thanks to UVA program and best of luck this spring.
UPDATE 1/21 FROM OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DARRYL DELIA: Fairfield, CT- On my first leg of the Sheens Winter Tour, a major storm was threatening the northeast region, but I headed out to visit Sacred Heart University. I took in practice, which was a great opportunity for our staff to continue its search. It was obvious to me that the Pios would not be intimidated by the implementation of the new shot clock. After a highly energized practice and learning segment, the session ended with a scrimmage. I was impressed by the consistent level of energy that the Sacred Heart coaching staff brought for the two hours. This year’s roster is loaded with talent and has 12 seniors that will lead them as they look to go further in the NEC tournament or perhaps bring home the championship, which would give them the automatic bid for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The upcoming season should be action-packed and full of good lacrosse taking place on Campus Field in Fairfield. Thank you to coach Basti and his staff for opening his practice to the Ohio Machine!
UPDATE 1/8 FROM HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER BEAR DAVIS: Columbus, OH- It was a great day visiting the Buckeye lacrosse practice at The Ohio State University. Nothing better than a 50 degree-ish mid-day January practice at the Woody Hayes Complex to kick off the preseason campus tour. A Buckeye practice never disappoints. The staff always has a great mix between teaching, fast pace, fun and discipline. Like most teams during this time of the year, there is a good mix of new concept implementation along with some fine tuning of past principals. The Buckeyes are heavy with underclassmen on the roster bolstering only five players in the senior class. Fortunately for Coach Myers, I do not believe the lack of seniors will hinder talent nor leadership. There are a lot of underclassmen with plenty of experience to help burden the load. This should be a great group to watch grow over the season. This staff always does a great job of coaching their squad up throughout the entire season. A big thank you for having myself, Coach Sullivan and famous OSU alumni current Machine defender Ben Randall as their guest!
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Machine coaching staff have announced a winter tour to colleges across the Midwest and Northeast regions in the upcoming weeks. The tour will allow for the coaching staff to scout collegiate talent, examine how the change in collegiate rules has affected the game, and continue to serve as ambassadors of the game of lacrosse. The Machine currently hold the first overall pick in the 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
“Our staff is very excited to visit these college campuses and become more familiar with the environments that these student athletes are in,” Machine general manager and head coach Bear Davis said. “With the new NCAA collegiate lacrosse rules, we’re intrigued to see how each program is adapting and preparing for the 2019 season. We feel that it is important to stay current with college trends and be exposed to the daily lives of these athletes to help smooth the transition from college to the pros.”
Fans can follow along with the tour on our social media pages @machinemll or at theohiomachine.com for exclusive behind the scenes access!
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The Ohio Machine is a professional lacrosse team based in Columbus, Ohio. The Machine is one of nine teams competing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. The team has been competing in the MLL since 2012 and won the franchise’s first MLL Championship in 2017. The team competes at Fortress Obetz, the nation’s first professional lacrosse specific stadium. For more information on Ohio Machine lacrosse, please visit www.theohiomachine.com or follow the Machine on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram @machinemll