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Shane Koppens and Jimmy Daly of Loyola have some time and will spend a few minutes with everyone. They host UMass in an ECAC clash on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.
Send your questions now and join Inside Lacrosse Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
Jon Brand (1:02 PM)
Ok, welcome back to another edition of the Inside Lacrosse/ESPN.com lacrosse chat. We've got Loyola's Shane Koppens, the reigning ECAC offensive player of the week, and Jimmy Daly here today. They battle UMass in a crucial conference matchup on Saturday in Baltimore. Let's get chatting...
Tom S. (Carlisle, PA)
Shane and Jimmy: You both have played key roles in resurrecting the Greyhound program, what do you attribute the turnaround to? Also, how pumped are the non-seniors about playing in a new stadium next year?
Jimmy Daly (1:03 PM)
its an exciting turn around for the program and we have been working hard to take the next step in the NCAA tournament. The coaches have been the biggest factor by far, especially with all the preparation for games and off season training.
Jimmy Daly (1:04 PM)
The stadium is well under way and guys are really looking forward to playing there next year. It adds a level of excitement to the team and especially the future of the program. The new athletic complex will not only be a tough place to play for visiting teams but it will also act as a great recruiting tool for the coaching staff.
Shane Koppens (1:07 PM)
It has been a great last couple years playing under Coach Toomey, Coach Dwan and Coach Chemotti. We have worked real hard to do good in our counference and have played some great teams outside the ECAC. I think that the younger players are pumped to play in the new stadium next year. I haven't seen it in person but it sounds like the stadium is going to be awesome and great place to play some home games
Guy Doback, Annapolis Maryland
Being 2-0 in the ECAC, do you both think the tenacious hounds can run the table in your conference?
Jimmy Daly (1:11 PM)
One of the best aspects of the ECAC is that each team is competitive and any one team can upset the other, as Georgetown has experienced. Needless to say we are confident in our current position however we certainly don't feel comfortable yet with the numerous conference games we still have. Each ECAC game is a major game and none can be taken lightly. With UMASS at home this weekend, we are excited about the opportunity to advance in the conference standings.
Shane Koppens (1:12 PM)
I think that we can play with anyone. The ECAC has had a great season so far and has been very competitive. All of the teams can beat one another which makes every game a battle. If we play our game and prepare the right way, we can have a great second half to our season.
Sandy Phoenix, Md.
You blew out UMass last year at their place & they're obviously looking for payback - how do you deal with their "revenge" energy early?
Jimmy Daly (1:16 PM)
UMASS is a much different team than they were last year and we realize that. Something we have stressed this year is playing hard for all 60 minutes. All it takes is one lapse and they can go on a run. I know the Minutemen will come out with lots of energy but its our job to set the tone and control the game.
Darren Artuso - Clifton Park, NY
Shane. Holding it down for the Shenendehowa Plainsmen this year. There will be a good amount of Section 2 Representation this Saturday vs. the Minuteman. But honestly between you, Mike Crimmins, and Rory Pedrick, who is the biggest ladies man in the Adirondacks?
Shane Koppens (1:19 PM)
haha wow funny question Darren...growing up playing against and with both Rory and Mike, we have had some good times together. All i can say is that Mike struggles with the one liners..he can't make the first move to save his life..Ror thinks his game is flawless but we both know thats not true..so as for me, I would think that I am the biggest ladies man out of the three of us.
what are the best nicknames on the team?
Jimmy Daly (1:19 PM)
Brian Gormley: Desert Stormley, The Gorms, The Doctor, Gigity Gorms, Spider, Mesapotamia, Brian "Onnadoga Leg Sweep" Gormley
John Jiloty (Baltimore)
Wondering if you guys went to NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) last night. I heard they ROCKED First Mariner Arena...
Jimmy Daly (1:22 PM)
No sorry didn't make that one, but I hear Coach Chemotti was working on some back stage passes
dont you think its a little weird that you two bring you lax sticks on the planes with you? Shane I heard you sleep with yours is it true?
Shane Koppens (1:23 PM)
haha thats definitely not true...i dont sleep with my stick but i do take it on the plane..I hate it when it gets messed up, sounds kind of weird but I just have to do it.
What has been the most memorable game of your career?
Shane Koppens (1:28 PM)
I would have to say it was two games back to back during the 2007 season. We started off 0-2 and traveled to Penn State to play them in our first conference game. They were beating us by a good amount at the start of the fourth quarter, but then we went on a crazy run to win with 3 seconds left. Right after that game we flew to San Diego to play Duke. I don't think anyone thought we were going to win that game but ended up winning with that game in the final seconds too. That gave us a whole new season and we ended up making the playoffs for the first time in my career.
coach finck - shanes old coach
Shane - i think that you have come a long way since i first gave you a lax stick in 8th grade. For all of the young players out there, what advice can you give them about hard work, dedication and a persistent attitude.
Shane Koppens (1:35 PM)
Whats up Coach? I hope your doing great. I would have to tell them to play as much as they possibly can. Practice all the time and when you think that you have practiced enough, practice more. Always work on your weak hand because that can make a huge difference. Coach Finck would always makes us stay after practice and throw 50 extra passes against the wall to work on our stick skills. One thing that I have learned through my career is that you can always get better.
nelly, short hills nj
shane- Im a BIG fan. im an attackman too and i wanna be just like you some day!!! whats it like playing under offensive wizards like bill dirrigl and dan chemotti. where did you learn to be such a GB machine?
Shane Koppens (1:38 PM)
Playing for Coach Chemotti has been real nice. I think that he has done a great job of getting us ready to play each and every week. I used to play middie back in the day and picked up more gb's then, but I would have to say that PT is the gb machine now!
Tyler from Roland Park
Jimmy, There's another group of Greyhounds playing some pretty good lax about a mile away. How do you think your Eagles will fare against Gilman this year?
Jimmy Daly (1:41 PM)
Tyler, I actually just came from McDonogh about an hour ago and watched the first quarter of the game. My brother plays and I try to get to as many games as possible. The team has a lot of talent and looks very strong this year. I hear Gilman has a good team as well so I know it will be a competitive game. Naturally I have to say the Eagles will pull off the win.
Hey, Shane, what was going into this season like, with having to miss the first two games? How did your fall prep go?
Shane Koppens (1:42 PM)
The fall was just like every other fall. I played with the team during practice and everything but couldn't play in the scrimmages we had. At the end of the fall when I heard I got my year back, I was so pumped to get started with the season. It was hard to miss those first two games but I couldn't wait to get playing. Now that we are half way through our season, I doesn't even seem like I missed anything.
Shane, Last season you were an offensive stand-out. You brought a lot of depth as well as flash to a program that has struggled, in the past few years, to match up to its former reputation. This season you seemed to have taken your former stardom and replaced it with hard-work. Are you willing to sacrifice your Suga' Shane flow for greater NCAA glory? Thanks, Joe
Shane Koppens (1:47 PM)
I think that we have a great team this year and are off to a pretty nice start. I dont know if I have a Suga' kind of flow but I would sacrifice anything to do well in the tournament and play for a championship. Suga' Shane Mosley did have a nice flow so I guess im trying to bring that back a little bit haha.
If you have to compare yourself (A Top Division 1 Lax Player) to a character in a childhood cartoon.. Who would it be and why ?
Jimmy Daly (1:49 PM)
George Jetson, he's a stud
Jon Brand (1:50 PM)
Ok, that's all the time we have for today. Thanks to all for writing in the questions - Shane and Jimmy were great. Remember, check all the lacrosse action this weekend on InsideLacrosse.com. See you guys there and again here next week.