Chat with Inside Lacrosse
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, our friends from Inside Lacrosse will stop by to take your questions about the 2010 season.
Our experts will be joined by Maryland's Brett Schmidt and Georgetown's Rickey Mirabito. Maryland travels to Georgetown on Saturday -- watch the game on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ET.
Send your questions now and join Inside Lacrosse Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Alex Slaf (Portland, Oregon)
This questions for Brett. How do you like the new defensive coordinator and any plans for after college?
Brett Schmidt (2:02 PM)
Coach Warne is a great coach. A different style than Coach Slaf, but he brings an intensity that we enjoy. After college I'll be entering the work force and playing professionally for Denver.
jim (Washington, D.C.)
What do you think is keeping the sport of lacrosse from going mainstream on a professional level? Do college players even care about playing lacrosse professionally?
Brett Schmidt (2:04 PM)
It's moving more into the mainstream. TV coverage on ESPN in a key factor and how the sport has grown is only going to help. College players definitely care about playing in the pros. It's a chance to keep playing against the best. You always want to challenge yourself and it's a great opportunity. Plus, it can open doors for other things in life.
Will Brett be covering Ricky?
Brett Schmidt (2:06 PM)
I'm not giving away the game plan, but the defense as a whole will be ready on Saturday.
CMac (NY, NY)
who usually makes the warm up CD's.. best team dj
Brett Schmidt (2:07 PM)
I have to give all of the credit to Drew "Jake" Snider. He himself is a rapper and puts together the mixed CDs for the games.
J bro (Cross river ny)
how is defensmen ryder bohlander doing on maryland this year?
Brett Schmidt (2:12 PM)
He's doing great. He's going to have a breakout year. He's one of the most underrated guys in the country and loves tough GBs.
With a new coach and new DC, is there anything different that can be expected of the Maryland defense this season? Any new systems or philosophies?
Brett Schmidt (2:13 PM)
Overall it's pretty much the same - a little change here or there, but we're still going to be the same tough Maryland defense.
ric (black hole )
brett i have heard about a new lacrosse "statistic" that you and some of your team mates have made up. The CT + GB combo. Can you tell me a little about the significance of this stat and who is the best at them.
Brett Schmidt (2:15 PM)
Our whole defense takes pride in the CT+GB combo (not so much Coach Warne). We have a lot of great candidates, but I think the best is Jesse Bernhardt, who overall is a beast. Farrell talks the most about the combo, but he's not even close.
Gym Duffy (NYC)
What is the most memorable moment that you have experienced in this heated rivalry against the Hoyas?
Brett Schmidt (2:18 PM)
If you're talking about Georgetown it has to be the comeback last year. Coming back from down four in the third to win at their place was amazing.
Is it championship or bust in College Park this year?
Brett Schmidt (2:19 PM)
That's always a goal here at Maryland. We take things one game at a time, one practice at a time. Right now we're trying to get better. We can't get ahead of ourselves.
Franco Buffalino (Long island)
what is your favorite check to throw?
Brett Schmidt (2:25 PM)
In high school I was all over the head, but in college the players are better. Now I stick with a poke check. It's simple and keeps you in good position.
What's it like under Tillman?!
Brett Schmidt (2:32 PM)
It's great. He brings a different attitude and viewpoint. It's been a good switch. His background makes him more of a disciplinarian and everyone has responded well to the switch.
Matt Kinnear (2:33 PM)
Thanks to Brett for participating.Now Rickey's on with us to chat
Slopes (The City That Never Sleeps)
Sniper 6! Big Fan! What kinda tunes do you listen to before big games?
Rickey Mirabito (2:35 PM)
Thanks for the shout out. I usually go to a mix that is prepared by DJ Winterfresh (Goalie Matt Winter)
Rickey-How is life as a graduate student/Division I athlete? Tougher than undergrad? Or you have the school thing down by now?
Rickey Mirabito (2:37 PM)
Life as a graduate student has been much different that life as an undergrad student. My whole day has been flipped. For sure have to adjust your time management.
Andrew Franks (New York, New York)
Hi #6, really looking forward to watching you crush it this year. You've had a lot of great players play at Georgetown in front of you over the years - what players have you looked up to, both on and off the field, to form you into the player and person you are today?
Rickey Mirabito (2:38 PM)
I have had the pleasure to play with a lot of great players here at Georgetown. I have tried to emulate the way I act on and off the field after guys like Matt McBride, Chris Schuville, and Jerry Lambe. Matty was a great leader on and off the field. Jerry was one of the toughest kids I have ever met and Chris was one of the hardest workers on the team for his four years.
Due to GT missing the NCAAs the last couple years people have speculated GT will have a chip on there shoulder. Rickey, as a 5th year player, have you approached this season differently than the past seasons? What have you changed in your preperation, if anything?
Rickey Mirabito (2:40 PM)
We definetely have a chip on our shoulder going into the season. As a group we have collectively altered our mindset to focus on the little things rather than look at the big picture
Wheeler (Chenango, Forks)
The sophomore class for Georgetown is stepping up big. Are any freshman going to contribute this year at all?
Rickey Mirabito (2:42 PM)
The sophomore class has played extremely well for us so far. They are a very deep and talented class that can help us all over the field. The freshman continue to compete each day and I woudl expect to see some of them in the mix by seasons end
Sherman (Ocean City)
Who has the best flow on Gtown now that Barney has chopped off his lettuce.
Rickey Mirabito (2:43 PM)
This is a tough question to answer. It depends on your preference of Flow. Dan Hostetler has the wild type of flow hanging out of the helmet. Davey Emala has a well kept mop on his head that he works hard at to maintain. Zac Guy is rockin a serious mullet that rivals that of kenny powers. Jeff fountain is also sporting a serious head piece.
Hunter (Binghamton, NY)
"The Rick has been known to bust out some unique goal celebrations. What can we expect this year?
Rickey Mirabito (2:45 PM)
I wouldn't expect anything to extravagent this season, although myself and travis comeau spent some time over thanksgiving break working on new celly's for this season.
Dave O (Rochester NY)
Who is the best laxer in the Mirabito family? Yourself, Nick (Navy), Matt (Cortland/BCC) or Burl (Rutgers Legend)? Good luck this year!
Rickey Mirabito (2:47 PM)
From the terms of success I would have to say Nick is the best player in our family. He had an outstanding career at Navy. Im sure if I had seen Burl (Rich Mirabito Rutgers Class of 76) play back in the day I would give him the nod. Rumor has that he is suiting up this summer in Lake Placid alongside Scott Kocis' father and Craig Dowd's father
Andrew (Philly, PA)
This question is for Rickey. What do you think are the key factors to win this weekend? What's with the Defense? Will they be able to hold off Maryland's strong and veteran attack? On the other end, how many goals do you plan on scoring this weekend?
Rickey Mirabito (2:48 PM)
Maryland is always a big game for us and it is one where both teams play with a lot of emotion. It is going to be important to not let the emotion get the best of us and make poor decisions. Maryland is a great team and we understand that in order for us to be successful we need to minimize our mistakes and make the best of our opportunities.
Matt Kinnear (2:49 PM)
Thanks everyone for participating. Rickey has to run to review film now. We appreciated the questions. The game will be covered live on InsideLacrosse.com this weekend, as well as broadcast on ESPN3.com.Take care and enjoy.