Chat with Inside Lacrosse
Army and Navy square off for the 87th time as a part of Saturday's Day of Rivals (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPNU). To preview the game, we'll have Army senior captains Kevin LoRusso and Zach Jansen chatting, followed by Zack Schroeder, a junior on Navy.
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Jon Brand (1:01 PM)
Alright, the guys from Army are here and we're ready to chat... remember, if you don't have your tickets yet for the Smartlink Day of Rivals, go to DayofRivals.com to get them now. Also, these games will be on ESPNU for those not in the area.
Guys, I'm pumped for this weekend. Are you guys excited to defend your success from last year against Navy? Are you excited to play this game in an NFL stadium?
Kevin LoRusso (1:06 PM)
Alex, we are both really excited to continue our success and we are looking forward to make it 2 in a row. We are also excited to play in a NFL stadium on a big stage with a big crowd.
I am a midfielder on my high school's team. I play both sides of the ball. Kevin, what would be the best drills to improve my shot accuracy? And Zach, what would be the best drills to improve my short stick defending? Thanks
Zach Jansen (1:12 PM)
Brendan, first from a defensive perspective, the best way to improve is to play as much as possible. The more times you get dodged at the more you will pick up offensive tendencies and become more comfortable. Work on your footwork and athleticism as a short stick defenseman. On the offensive side I would say to practice shooting on the run. This is important as a middie.
Everyone knows the rivalry between Army and Navy in football. I am just curious if that type of intensity is just as high or higher with lax and how you gentlemen handle the stress
Zach Jansen (1:16 PM)
Every time that we step on the field against Navy we want to win. Even if it was a spelling contest it would still be intense. We practice all year round to handle the stress so that on game day we are prepared.
Kevin I notice after you or Jason Peyer score you have some kind of handshake? How did this start? Do you plan to take over he world with this handshake
Kevin LoRusso (1:28 PM)
Jay, Jason and I started doing it when we were at USMAPS together. I don't know if we will take over the World with it, but we would like to do it a few times on Saturday.
you guys are seniors now, this game is huge but soon you will be going to war with the guys on navy, how do you handle that, and how do you feel about being an LT soon?
Zach Jansen (1:28 PM)
Jim, we are both really excited to graduate and join units as second lieutenants. On the field we want to beat those guys, but off the field they are our brothers and we look forward to being on the same team and working together all over the world.
jason (kansas city)
Is this rivalry like Army-Navy football? Will service members be watching this around the globe?
Kevin LoRusso (1:30 PM)
Jason, all competitions against navy are a huge rivalry. Graduates all around the world will be watching the game or finding some way to track the score. A number of our former teammates will be at the game and units around the country will take time to watch it. Even people who don't follow lacrosse will watch this game to support their respective team.
How has 2LT Fullerton helped with this years team?
Jon Brand (1:31 PM)
Ok, we are back on line, obviously. Also, Navy's Zack Schroeder is going to join us now, so please leave your questions for him, too!
Zach Jansen (1:31 PM)
Frank, Adam Fullerton has been a big help for sophomore goalie Tom Palesky. He provides a lot of knowledge and experience and has really helped Tom feel comfortable between the pipes. As a former team captain he has helped us lead the team and has been a great role model for us to follow.
Hey Zack, Good luck against Army this weekend! What are you looking forward to about playing in M&T Bank Stadium?
Zack Schroeder (1:37 PM)
Thanks for the good luck wishes, Chris. I'm most excited for the atmosphere, playing in a big game in a big-time stadium. It's going to be an awesome event.
Zack, Go Navy! What is the preparation like for a game like this? I've heard it's year round?
Zack Schroeder (1:43 PM)
Thanks for the question, George! Yes, ever since the fall we've been preparing for Army in the weight room and on the practice field. We're really excited for the opportunity to finally take the field against an opponent we've been preparing to face all year.
How will the atmosphere be at the stadium Saturday? Do you expect Cadets to come down from WP?
Kevin LoRusso (1:44 PM)
Saturday will be a great experience to be able to play in an NFL stadium in front of a big crowd. We have a group of cadets making a trip down to Baltimore and have heard a rumor that the entire corps of midshipmen will be in attendance.
To Zack: How much has last year's loss weighed on you guys this season? How much more does it mean to get a win against Army than any other team on your sked?
Zack Schroeder (1:51 PM)
Last year's loss was very tough on the team. Losing a Patriot League game always hurts, especially to Army, considering our historic rivalry. We prepare for each game one at a time, however, Army is an opponent that we look forward to playing all year. Beating Army is huge for our season. We play this game on the field, but it means so much more to service men and women around the world.
Zack, not only is this a big rivalry, but this is a crucial Patriot League matchup, too. How much parity is there in the league this year?
Zack Schroeder (1:53 PM)
The Patriot League has developed into one of the tougher conferences in Division 1 Lacrosse. Every game against a Patriot League opponent is crucial.
Zack, what are your thoughts of the Army offensive attack
Zack Schroeder (1:55 PM)
Army runs a very good offensive scheme. They have a very skilled and talented team. We are excited for the challenge.
What's your favorite memory from the Army Navy rivalry in your career so far?
Zack Schroeder (1:59 PM)
Even though it isn't the best team memory, scoring a goal in last year's game in front of my family was a great memory.
You guys go to the Army-Navy football games, I assume. Do you think there will be the same vibe on Saturday? Are any plebes coming out from the academy?
Zack Schroeder (2:01 PM)
We love attending the Army-Navy football games every year. It's an Army-Navy competition, so there will always be an intense vibe on the field and in the stands. We have about 500 Midshipmen coming to the game and we're looking forward to their support.
Have you spoken with any former teammates or oldtimers about Saturday's game in the last couple of days? What's the advice?
Zack Schroeder (2:07 PM)
Yes, I spoke with an '89 graduate recently. The advice is to just play as hard as you possibly can and enjoy every moment.
Jon Brand (2:09 PM)
Ok, that's the end of the chat for today. Thanks to all the guys who participated. Remember, if you don't yet have your tickets to the Smartlink Day of Rivals, go to DayofRivals.com. For all the lacrosse coverage this weekend, InsideLacrosse.com is the place to be. See you next week.