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you often credit growing up with box lacrosse for developing your finishing skills, where are you gonna be playing this summer?
i'm actually taking the summer off from box lacrosse and helping hofstra lacrosse with their annual summer lacrosse camps as well as training with our strength coach and other guys on the team
do you form relationships with other goalies when playing against them? Do you think there's a common bond between goalies?
I feel that it is best to stay focused while playing. It is best if you try and stay away from thinking about any other goalie or player and therefore other than the goalie crossing and post-game handshake I try and avoid any relationships. I do feel that there is a common bond between goalies, in the sense that both of you are crazy enough to step in the cage and you both know what it takes mentally and physically to be a keeper
Hey Jay, first off I just want to say congratulations on being named player of the year! When I think of Hofstra Lacrosse and the playoffs I think of the '06 team and their playoff run. That was a very good team and so are you guys. Do you guys compare yourselves to them with the talent you guys have and do you talk or get any advice from any of the alumni to help you? good luck this weekend, I hope the '09 team can go farther than the '06 team to help make Hofstra an elite program in D1 lacrosse!
i think we often compare ourselves to the 06 team in certain ways but i like to think we pave our own road and write our own chapter because nobody really knows what the 09 hofstra lacrosse team as been through this season and i feel this team is very special and has a lot of potential. The great thing about hofstra lacrosse is that it is like a family and is doesn't matter if you graduated 10 years ago there is just such a tight bond between those who wore the jersey
for Andrew Gvozden: How does, not one Gvozden, but two Gvozden brothers start playing in the cage as a youngster? Did you not like running or did you like getting hit by a hard-lacrosse ball?
From the get-go Mike had a huge passion for the game, even while I was playing baseball still. We were never good runners, and the fact that to this day I have a one inch leg discrepancy does not help athleticism. Any goalie will tell you getting hit by the ball is never fun.
Jay Card...as a Canadian, who were your college lacrosse idols when you were in grade school and high school ? Oh, Canada !!!
One player as well as a close friend that really looked up to and continue to idolize is brodie merrill. The grit and relentless type attitude he brings to the table day in and out unbelievable.
For either of you guys. I have been reading with interest the blogs by Brian Schneider. He seems like an interesting kid! Is that correct?
If you cannot tell from his blogs, Brian Schneider is a proud American. Interesting is an understatement Brian. He is a great goal-keeper, teammate, and sports commentator. Nothing he can't do.
Words do not describe Brian Schneider! He has a way with words and also knows how to catch people's attention. My hat goes off to Brian for all his hard work into his blogs.
Jay -- Have your teammates given you a nickname that reflects your penchant for game-winning goals?
no i have not be given a nickname that reflects my game winning goals thus far!
You just made a great statement about goalie relationships. But, don't you have a relationship with the one from HOP????
Mike and I have the strongest relationship two division 1 goalie brothers could have. Along with my entire family, Mike has supported me 100 percent of the way. Even when we played against each other he wanted the best for me, as I did for him.
Andrew, What do you think of taking shots from another stud freshman in Rob Pannell?
I am thrilled for the opportunity to play against such a highly touted and loaded Cornell team. From the film we have seen they are an incredible team from head to toe. As for Pannell, he's hands down one of the most talented feeders and finishers on the crease and it should be a fun an interesting challenge for the defense and I.
Andrew is it true that your grandfather was the real Bozo the Clown?
100 percent true, he was the jack of all trades, and I wish I could have gotten to know him better. From puppets, to weather, to Bozo the Clown, he did it all.
Jay -- Do you have a favorite hockey team? And do the Caps have a shot at beating Pittsburgh and winning the Stanley Cup?
My favorite team hands down is the Toronto Maple Leafs. I know they didn't have the best year but i still bleed blue and white! As for the Caps i think that they have what it takes to take down Pittsburgh as well as bring home Lord Stanley.
for both... what has been your biggest highlight of the season?
my biggest highlight this year would have to be the army game and throwing that behind the back shot that made espn top 10 plays
Individually, my two favorite saves came from both the Army and Stonybrook games which were two dives saves across crease, But most importantly the biggest Highlight of the year was my second game starting when we upset Princeton. There was no better of a feeling than getting your first win in college against such a strong team.
BOYS, How do you feel after your CAA slide against NOVA ? Beat BIG RED.
As devastating as the loss was, it was a wake up call for us. We know we have to step up to the challenge this Saturday and prove ourselves and show what we are capable of.
Jay, Are you clutch in every aspect of life? Like when your friends go out on dates with chicks, do you step in and walk them to the doorstep and deliver the kiss right before the final buzzer?
haha no i would not say that i am. As for going out on dates with girls of course you have to plant the first kiss on her right before that final buzzer. It sets the tone for the next game!
Any good Seth Tierney stories? He seems like a pretty intense guy. Best of luck this weekend. I am picking you guys as one of my upset specials! Sadly, though, my record on upset specials isn't all that good...
Have faith Bill! As for Coach T, I could go on for hours, but I could also see myself on the bench this weekend if that be the case! However I will tell I have never met a man with as many colloquialisms as Coach T.
You guys play a college sport that doesnt get the pull or draw of fame as CB and CFB, and most of u have the physical tools to play those sports. Is there ever a point u say to yourself Hey i am just as good as those guys?
Derek, i would like to think that the athletes in both CB and CFB have different skills that lacrosse players have but im sure somewhere down the line there are some positions in which i think i could handle. As regards to lacrosse not getting as much pull or draw of fame i dont think matters because i'm outside everyday doing what i love and at the end of the day that is what is most important!
who has the best flow on the team
The question of the year. I would have to go ahead and give the best flow award to Ryan Smith, he has quite the mop of hair on his head.
for Jay Card: After going 4-5 on the road in 2008 what do you think the major factor is in having a 5-1 record away from Shuart Stadium in 2009?
i think the biggest thing for us is playing with confidence. Coach T always reminds us to play with a bit of a swagger and i think that has been the difference this year is that we are just going out and playing summer league type style of lacrosse.
Jay, how does it feel playing against past teammates and friends from back home? Are you friendly on the field, or is it all business?
Before the game i will go over and talk with them but as soon as that whistle blows until the final buzzer its all business!
Andrew - I am a goalie as well, how do rebound from missing a save you thought you should have had? I tend to get down on myself and get into a slump
The worse thing you can do is bring yourself down. Although it is easier said than done, The best thing you can do to prepare yourself as goalie is to work on your mental game. This includes not pointing the finger but instead taking the blame gathering your defense, and always focusing on the next shot. You cannot change the past.
For both players: while I know that you may or may not have been looking ahead last week in your loss to Villanova after drilling them four days earlier, how do you stay focused on a tough obstacle like Cornell when the reward at the end of Saturday is a trip back to Shuart Stadium on May 16 for the quarterfinals?
You cannot ask for a bigger reward than playing at home in the quarterfinals. Such an incentive is hard to come across. We have gotten past our loss to Villanova and are 100 percent focused on Cornell,. We are up to the task and the only way to come home to Hempstead for the quarterfinals is to show up and play 4 quarters of Hofstra Lacrosse
i think i can speak for all the guys on the team in that you know we were given what every athlete has dreamed of, a second chance, and i feel that we will make the most of this great opportunity. As for Cornell they are a very strong team and we are going to have to bring everything we have to beat them, and hopefully playing back at home in front of our fans May 16th!
Ok, that's all the time we have today with the guys - they travel to Ithaca tomorrow to prepare for Saturday's game with Cornell.
We'll be back here tomorrow with the Inside Lacrosse editorial crew answering all your questions about the weekend's matchups... that goes down at 2 p.m.