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February 17, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Inside Lacrosse

Matt Kinnear
  (2:01 PM)

All, we've got Terrence Molinari from Duke on the horn ready for your questions. Notre Dame's Nicholas Beattie will be answering questions in the second part of the hour.It's a big week in lacrosse with the rematch of last year's national championship game at the Sunshine Classic in Jacksonville. The game is at 3 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com.We'll also have a lot of stuff from ESPN/IL correspondent Quint Kessenich and live coverage on InsideLacrosse.com on gameday.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:01 PM)

We're looking forward to your questions, so fire away.

Denis Cole (Manhasset NY)

Terrence- How much has coming from such a lacrosse hotbed of Manhasset High School aided in your success at the collegiate level? What players do you remember watching growing up?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:05 PM)

Great question.... Growing up in Manhasset has allowed me develope my skills and knowledge of the game at a young age. At Manhasset High School, I was fortunate to have been coached by men like Alan Lowe and Bill Cherry. I remember watching the Ghittlemans (sp), Millers, and Gags (John Gagliardi) growing up.

Jimmy G (MIA)

This question goes to Terri. How do you manage to balance a Master's Program with Division 1 lacrosse and all the while maintain a great physique? Also, would you consider yourself a Veteran now that you are in your 5th year at Duke? Say hi to Rullan for me,Earthchild

Terrence Molinari
  (2:07 PM)

Time management skills and the desire to be excellent are essential to balancing grad classes and getting swollen in the weight room. Being a 5th year is veteran by nature, so obviously yes.

Regis (New York, NY)

Who is the most "Long Island" on your team? Who is the most business-like?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:08 PM)

Business-like .... thats easy, Tom "the street" Montelli. Hard to say who most "LI" is on my team, considering more than half are from THE Island.

Andrew (Pittsburgh)

Terrence, I'm a big fan! What is your go-to face-off move?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:10 PM)

Thanks, I appreciate your support! We have a bunch of face-off warriors this year. Go to move... scrapping for the ground ball.

Devon (Baldwin)

This one is for my favorite player, Terrence. Why did you change your number from 30 to 32?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:15 PM)

I changed my number from 30 to 32 for a couple reasons. First off, at Manhasset High School it is an honor for a senior midfielded to wear 32 because it is in memory of John Driscoll. At Manhasset, it went to the middy who was most dedicated to the team. Secondly, at Duke, Sam Payton wore #32 last, and I wanted to keep the number within the midfield position. Ideally, I would like to see the number passed on to the next John Driscoll/ Payton / like player.

Paul (Durham, NC)

Terrence-how is this Duke team different from last year's championship team?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:16 PM)

This years team is an entire new saga. Every year, teams change and take on different personalities. I am excited to play with younger guys who are hungry to play and compete.

JDud (the X)

Terrence -- Counting Jacksonville, how many NFL stadiums have you laxed in? Which was the most laxtastic?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:19 PM)

At the end of this year I will have laxed in 4 NFL stadiums. Raven, Patriots, GIANTS (not Jets), and Jacksonville .. I may be forgetting one

Tommy (412)

Terrence, what do you think of the set call being back in the game? Did it change things much?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:20 PM)

I think the set call was installed to cut back on f/o guys rolling into the whistle. Personally, I think players have adapted to the change already.

Lauren (CT)

Terrence, who is the most entertaining guy on the team?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:24 PM)

The most entertaining guy on this years team would have to Jason Orlando. High quality joke teller

Terrence Molinari
  (2:24 PM)

Best game I played at Duke... has yet to be played, next question.

Big Panda (DC)

Terrence- in your time at Duke, what's the best game you've played in?

Terence (Baltimore)

Terrence,On a scale of 1-100, how awesome is your name?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:28 PM)

If you spell it with three e's and two r's than I would say a 75. 10 points off because its way too long, another 15 points off because no one ever understands you when your ordering out food. Besides those points, best name out there... thanks ma!

Mike (CT)

Favorite sport to watch/play other than lacrosse?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:28 PM)

American football hands down. BEAST MODE...

set lax (the 'set)

Terrance, lemme run this situation by you. Georgetown vs Duke, national championship, overtime, and your at the faceoff x vs matt sutherland, long time friend and hs team mate. Who wins the draw, the ground ball and eventually the game?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:30 PM)

Gtown vs Duke, has always been a great game for me. My brother, Cullen, played there and graduated in 2009. As for SUDZ and I going after it at the X, it would be a scrap of the century. You got to believe, that I would win that battle and move the ball on to my teammates..who would win the game.

Billy (Philly)

Terrence: I saw you pick up one of the biggest ground balls in the Championship Game last year in person, great stuff! Got any tips for a fellow defensive middie?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:34 PM)

Advice for d-mids..work on your stick skills everyday, you never know when your team will depend on you to stick a shot.. Groundballs, never loose the battle.

the chica man (cube nation)

Terrence obviously you come from a storried program on long island in manhasset. What is your feeling on going into your your last season at duke and how does it compare going into your last season at manhasset. Obviously the stage is bigger but describe the contrast and comparison between your overall goals and aspirations from both seasons as a senior leader of both programs

Terrence Molinari
  (2:37 PM)

Being a senior at Manhasset was special because I grew up with my teammates (Suds, brugal, heske, giamo, Tommy MAC, Billy Bitter, Fly, Matt Bren, Judge, Madison,etc...) That season did not end well for us, so I will take what I learned and apply it to this years team. I am in a very similiar situation now, being that a lot of seniors graduated last year. Right now, we are taking one game at a time, but we always have our eye on the prize..

Matt Kinnear
  (2:42 PM)

Final question for Terrence, who has to head off to practice...

Matt Kinnear
  (2:42 PM)

What is your prediction for Sunday?

Terrence Molinari
  (2:43 PM)

Predications for Sunday... focus is on today's practice, but for Sunday I hear its going to be 70 and Sunny..

Terrence Molinari
  (2:44 PM)

I got to run to practice... its been great to hear from you all. Thanks for submitting your questions and I hope you all follow Duke lacrosse throughout the year; our sports promotion office does an excelllent job. Also, if your watching our games... be on the look out for zing aka rynn aka ski

Matt Kinnear
  (2:45 PM)

Thanks to Terrence

Matt Kinnear
  (2:45 PM)

Nick Beattie from Notre Dame's ready to chat now while Terrence and Duke hits the practice field

Andrew Seibel (Maryland)

Nicholas Beattie,I'm a freshman and I just found out that Im playing on the varsity team this spring. However I am a little undersized at 5'10" and about 140 pounds. Do you have any tricks when facing defenseman that are much bigger and stronger than you?Thanks,

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:46 PM)

I try to constantly change my speed and focus on protecting my stick. Don't try to get into any pushing matches, use your speed and change of direction.

Mike (Manhattan)

Nick- In your opinion, what is Notre Dame's strongest part of the team?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:47 PM)

I think the strongest part of our team is our defense. I think we have great athletes who fit well into our system. Each defender brings something different to the table, but collectively they're pretty tough to score against. They give me fits in practice.

Craig (RockCity)

If you have to pick one teammate who will end up on SportsCenter for a play in Sunday's game, who would it be?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:48 PM)

That's a tough one. I think Zach Brenneman and David Earl are amazing shooters, I could see a shot on the run from them being on there. Max Pfeifer is pretty nifty. Or... Tyler Kimball could blow someone up.

David Myers (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Nick: How did the amazing Notre Dame run last season in the playoffs propel your team into this season in terms of expectations, work ethic, and team chemistry?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:49 PM)

Our team really became closer during the tournament. We were all living in one dorm, spending every second of everyday with each other. In terms of work ethic, we see the progress and the level of play that need to be achieved throughout the year and late in the season in order to make that type of run.

Chris (Ann Arbor)

Nick, if Michigan goes DI after you graduate, how bummed will you be that you never got to play the Blue in a varsity game?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:51 PM)

Being from Columbus, OH and going to Notre Dame, I get the chance to root against the Blue multiple times per year. I would love to take on Stansik and the crew from up north.

Johnny Mac (Corona CA)

Nick Beattie,Who is more difficult to beat in practice, Ridgeway or Barnes?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:52 PM)

That's a toss up. Ridgway's fundamentals and footwork will frustrate you all practice, but Barnes's athleticism and strength will leave you crying on the sideline. I'm going to say I take more pleasure out of beating Ridgway, but I can't say for sure which is more difficult.

Kevin Jiang (Columbus Ohio)

Hey Nick, Just wondering if you still string your own stick!

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:53 PM)

Of course! And a good number of players' sticks on the team. I charge in Chipotle burritos.

Bob C (Denver)

Should Chipotle become the official food of lacrosse?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:54 PM)

Definitely. Extra Rice. Fuel in the fire, burn it up.

#2 ND Laxer (West Coast)

How did the leadership of the seniors when you were a freshman help you through your career to this point and how has it helped you with your leadership skills today?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:55 PM)

I've been fortunate to have some great leaders ahead of me who really took me under their wings. Attackmen like Swezey, Hoff, and Hicks really helped me learn the system, as well as show me the way to teach others. Leaders like Davey Melera, Scott Rodgers, last year's seniors, and even this year's seniors have shown me that they way you work in practice says much more than the things you say. Anyone can hoot and holler.

Sam Miller (South Bend)

Nick, what pumps you up before a big game?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:56 PM)

I like watching some lacrosse highlights and listening to "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:56 PM)

or the song from the Sandlot, what a classic.

Nick (CT)

How active are the former players in the team? Do former players come down to games/practices and give you guys advice/help?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:57 PM)

The beauty of the Notre Dame family is that there is always someone willing to help. I know I can give any former player a call if I have a problem and they'll be willing to share advice or an experience they've had playing here. I still talk to a good number of former players at least once a week.

GDI Joe (Des Moines, IA)

Nick, I follow you on Twitter and notice that you sometimes use the term "NARP" to describe someone... what does that mean? And how do you feel about them?

Joey Kemp (Bethesda)

Keep tweeting Nick. They're great.

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:58 PM)

You'd have to ask Pat Stansik what the term NARP means, I don't use it regularly.

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:58 PM)

I'm more of a #hashtag type guy.

JDud (the X)

Nick -- Counting Jacksonville, how many NFL stadiums have you laxed in? Which was the most laxtastic?

Nicholas Beattie
  (2:59 PM)

I think Baltimore and Denver are the only other two. Baltimore was lax rat central. So many sick dye jobs and rock-it pockets. I loved it.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:59 PM)

And the last question for Nick....what's your prediction for Sunday?

Nicholas Beattie
  (3:00 PM)

Colt Power will be perfect with the bagpipe entrance. Sunshine. Two teams with a ton of passion will collide

Matt Kinnear
  (3:00 PM)

That's all folks. Thanks for participating in the live chat.

Matt Kinnear
  (3:01 PM)

Watch these two face off this weekend at 3 p.m. Remember, the game will be on ESPN and ESPN3.com

Matt Kinnear
  (3:01 PM)

Also check out some good stuff from Quint and our live coverage on InsideLacrosse.com.Thanks