Chat with Quint Kessenich
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPNU's Quint Kessenich stops by to chat about college lacrosse.
Kessenich, a four-time All American and 1990 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, has covered lacrosse for ESPN for over a decade. His responsibilities include featured regular-season action and the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship.
Kessenich also serves as a play-by-play announcer and sideline reporter for ESPN's college basketball, college football and NCAA Championship coverage.
Send your questions now and join Kessenich Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Ben (Santa Monica, CA)
Hi Quint, Great commentary as usual a?¦ This onea??s kinda long so here goes a?¦ It's been a great DI tournament so far (even if the seeds didn't advance) a?? but as you mentioned in the Maryland/Duke broadcast the stall warning is having the reverse impact it is designed to correct. So what if the offense has to "keep it in," this is not a big deal for a skilled team at any level. In fact, as you said, it just makes the offensive team slow it down even more and make the defense extend. That being said, fast forward to rules (and changes), I think 99.5% of the rule adjustments/changes at the NCAA level have had positive impact on the game a?? all but this one. For the record a?? I hate the idea of a shot clock for normal play because more shooting doesna??t make the game better. *BUT* I think there is a great opportunity to close this gaping loophole without changing the integrity of a??normal play.a?ý The addition of a (30-second) shot clock that is only activated only once a team has been issued a stall warning. Leaving all other current rules intact a??the offensive team must stay inside the box (as current) and produce a shot within the 30 clock, once a shot is taken the will clock reset. If the offensive team retains position this scenario will continue until there is either a turnover or a goal. Officials will determine a shot as they currently do and would reset the clock upon the ball leaving the crosse.I realize ita??s not perfect but this years low scoring deliberate (and boring) offensive mindset is going to force the issue. Anyway, keep up the great work a?? thanks for listening. BenSanta Monica, CA
Quint Kessenich (12:39 PM)
Good afternoon. There will be no formal rules changes in 2012, because the NCAA uses a 2 year rules cycle. What I would like to see is rules experimentation in the fall of 2011. Whether it's a shot clock, or subbing, or changing the definition of the attack area...I'd like to see next fall used as a test tube for positive changes that will sustain the game.
Quint Kessenich (12:49 PM)
Here is my early early 2012 Poll:1. Duke2. Virginia3. Cornell4. Johns Hopkins5. North Carolina6. Villanova7. Syracuse8. Denver9. Princeton10. Bucknell11. UMass
Quint, if you're recruiting players for a competitive D1 program, and you have a choice between a recruit who possesses great strength and athleticism but raw skills vs. one who is a whiz with both hands but more limited athletically, who do you pick?
Quint Kessenich (1:35 PM)
Excellent question. Depends on what position he plays and it depends on the existing talent on your roster. I'm big on functional playmaking: guys like Andrew Irving of Notre Dame, Jordan Wolf of Duke, Steele Stanwick of Virginia, Zach Howell of Duke, Joe Cummings of Maryland. Great players come in all shapes and sizes.
Quint Kessenich (1:47 PM)
It's difficult to play big time D1 lacrosse if your slow.
Andrew (severna park, md)
How good is Dan Burns of UMD?
Quint Kessenich (2:35 PM)
Great kid and an excellent player. He walked on at MD, and got his skills up to par. He will play in the MLL for Hamilton because he can fly and play defense. He fought through a difficult injury this year and is finally healthy with the warm weather.