Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

April 7, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Inside Lacrosse

Matt Kinnear
  (1:59 PM)

Welcome to the Inside Lacrosse/ESPN Thursday chat.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:01 PM)

This week, we bring you Noah Fossner, goalie at Delaware.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:02 PM)

The Blue Hens have won three straight and are undefeated in the CAA. This week, they face-off with Villanova. The Wildcats have been one of the surprising teams in Division I lacrosse this season.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:02 PM)

Please send along your questions for Noah, or anything else you'd like to ask the IL staff.

DeLo (12309)

Noah,What do you do to prepare yourself in the off-season for the rigor of the Division I season

Noah Fossner
  (2:05 PM)

Summer league and summer tournaments are definitely two of my favorite things to do in the off season. I play a lot of attack just to mix it up and always get in the cage whenever I can.

jim (new jersey)

How do you feel about the freshman contributions the team has been getting this year?

Noah Fossner
  (2:08 PM)

As an upperclassman its always great to see freshman on the field because it means you have a lot of depth. This years freshman class have been hardwrokers from the start and thier dedication to our system has been great. If they continue to contribute on game day i think we will be successful

Emily (Newark)

What is going to be key for you guys in finishing strong in the CAA?

Noah Fossner
  (2:10 PM)

We are going to need to start starting games better. If we want to continue to get wins we cant be clawing back from 3 -5 goals down every game. Defensivly we need to continue to improve and be cohesive and offensivly keep taking quailty shots and being patient

Basil (Florida)

What is your most vivid memory of pre-season practices (high school or college)?

Noah Fossner
  (2:15 PM)

high school would have to be having frozen hands and iceicles forming on your helmet when the winter weather didnt treat us to well in Niskayuna, NY - In college the one thing that sticks out in my mind is the run test on the first day of practice after winter break. When you walk in to the field house to take the test you know the season is on

Maurice (New York)

Whats do you attribute Delaware's recent success to?

Noah Fossner
  (2:22 PM)

I think we are finally executing what the coaching staff has been teaching us all year. We have really come together on both ends of the field. By no means are we where we need to be but we are taking steps in the right direction. Our scout teams have been unbelevable in the last few weeks and i credit them with our wins. They are preparing us really well

Noah Fossner
  (2:22 PM)

I think we are finally executing what the coaching staff has been teaching us all year. We have really come together on both ends of the field. By no means are we where we need to be but we are taking steps in the right direction. Our scout teams have been unbelevable in the last few weeks and i credit them with our wins. They are preparing us really well

Noah Fossner
  (2:22 PM)

I think we are finally executing what the coaching staff has been teaching us all year. We have really come together on both ends of the field. By no means are we where we need to be but we are taking steps in the right direction. Our scout teams have been unbelevable in the last few weeks and i credit them with our wins. They are preparing us really well

Zach Turner (Boston, Massachusetts)

What is your pregame meal?

Noah Fossner
  (2:26 PM)

Night before every game I go to this really good Italian place near school with my teammates nick elsmo, eric smith, matt stefurak, pat dowling, connor fitzgerald and jarred bowe and we all order the same thing every time. I go with chicken parm with a side of penne alla vodka. Before a game I go with a piece of bread and peanut butter and a banana.

John (Veratti)

What's been the difference for you guys during this three-game winning streak?

Noah Fossner
  (2:30 PM)

Practice has been really crisp and focused. I mentioned the scout teams earlier as being a huge part of our success. Guys like Andrew Tanneberger, Beau Jones and Brad Zink are names you won't hear on Saturdays but are huge reasons why we won our last three. A sense of urgency has also been with every player that we didnt have at the beginning of the year.

Bill (Fircks)

Can anyone on the Hens roster grow a mustache to rival Coach Shillinglaw's?

Noah Fossner
  (2:34 PM)

Three names come to mind..... Nick Elsmo, Brad Zink, Beau Brady....... but let's be honest, nobody can produce facial hair with as much celebrity as our legendary coach.

Tom (Hoboken, N.J.)

Why do most colonial teams seem to struggle early in the year against nonconference teams, then when Colonial play starts, everyone starts swapping wins and one team that struggled early starts to run the conference table?

Noah Fossner
  (2:39 PM)

That's a question I think every team in the CAA asks itself every year. I know it takes teams some time to gel and figure out their identity. Winning isn't easy at the Division I level especially when you start a season with top 15 opponents like many of the CAA teams do. I think teams find thier footing and then the importance of conference play helps teams rise to thier ability.

Tommy (Chang)

Toughest shooter you've ever faced (and you can't name someone on your own team!)?

Noah Fossner
  (2:40 PM)

Kyle Wharton

Jon L (Cambridge Ma)

Noah, how does this year's Delaware team compare to last year? What about the rest of the conference...have the other team's gotten better or worse?

Noah Fossner
  (2:46 PM)

This years team is so much different. Last year we got the ball in transition as much as possible so we could get the ball in Curtis Dickson's, Martin Cahill's, and John Austin's sticks as many times as we could. This year i think we are playing better team lacrosse. Seven guys playing team defense and doing a good job cummunicating and six guys running our offense and getting assisted goals. Teams in the conference have only gotten better. When you scout teams in our conference you dont get to just key in on one or two players. You have to worry about a team of guys who can all hurt you on both ends of the field.

Frank (12302)

As a senior, how do you balance your need to complete school with the responsibility of being a team leader.

Noah Fossner
  (2:51 PM)

I think time management is imporatnt and also thinking of lacrosse and academics as two different responsibilities. When i am in class and doing work that is what I focus on and when its time to practice or play Im just focused on the team and getting better. If you think of them together I think it could be a pretty overwhelming task.

Lucy (Boston)

What's your favorite college game moment so far?

Noah Fossner
  (2:55 PM)

I have 2 - Hearing the final whistle of last years CAA championship game and knowing we won, and playing in the NCAA tournament which has been my dream since I watched my first lacrosse game

Noah Fossner
  (2:59 PM)

Goaltending is test in every sense of the word. You are tested physically, mentally, and emotionally every game. I think every young goalie needs to learn to not let the highs be to high and the lows be to low. When you watch all the great goalies play you never know if they just let a goal in or made a save that won the game. The great ones are all composed and ready to make the next play.

Matt Kinnear
  (3:01 PM)

That's a wrap from Noah Fossner here today. Check out this weekend as Delaware and Villanova face-off at 7 p.m.