Welcome to another edition of the ESPN/Inside Lacrosse live chat. This weekend Andrew Lay and Jeremy Noble from the Denver Pioneers stop by. It's a big weekend for lacrosse, with Denver hosting Villanova on Sunday (5:15 p.m. ET, ESPNU). The game is already sold out at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, in what's the first NCAA Tournament game west of the Mississippi.
Fire away questions for Andrew, a Denver native and senior, and Canadian freshman Noble.
For Jeremy Noble:What do you miss most about your home town?
It has to be my family and friends as well as box lacrosse. I miss home, but I do love being in Denver, my teamates make me feel so welcome here.
For Mr.Noble... I was wondering how you manage to balance lacrosse, academics all at the same?
Its been tough balancing school and lacrosse, but the school has great support for its student athletes, which has helped me alot.
Congratulations Andrew on being one of the senior captains for the Pioneers this year. Do you have any words of wisdom for freshman Jeremy heading in to the final 16 this month ?
When looking at all of the freshmen, not just Jermey, they all have important roles with our team. I would tell them that its important to enjoy your time here and have fun with what your doing, it flys by. I would also say, don't take these moments for granted, at most you only get four tournament appearences in your college career so its important to value them.
In light of a Harvard player being called for a 3 minute unreleasable penalty on Sunday for a stick violation -- what kinds of heads and shafts are you both using -- who does your stringing for you - and anything special about your strings and tape jobs that you have to have when you play ? Good luck in the playoffs to you both and to the Pioneers !
I am currently using the Warrior Naz lacrosse head with a Warrior kryptolite shaft. I usually only use sticks that my twin brother Jason strings for me, but currently I am using a stick strung by Mark Matthews. I only tape the bottom of my stick in a criss cross pattern that I redo before every game.
Illegal sticks can cripple your team, Jermey and I will always get our sticks checked before every game by an official. There is no room to slip when it comes to game time. As for a stick, I am currently playing with a Warrior X6 with a Warrior Dolomite Diamond. As for stringing, I always string my own sticks. When it comes to tape I put a butt end about an inch from the bottom and then will wrap tape all the way to the top. Thanks for the good luck wishes.
Colorado is very proud of you guys and will be there Sunday to support you. Andrew, what does this playoff game mean for you being from Denver and a Senior Captain?
Its a monumental opportunity for us as a team. But being from Denver and having an NCAA game hosted at our home stadium is a dream come true, you always want to see the game grow and get bigger from the area you are from. This is a great experience to have during my senior season and I could'nt have picked a greater group of guys to spend it with.
Andrew- I hear you live with two other laxers. How is is getting along with them?
I really enjoy rooming with them, they are two great guys. I have lived with them both for two years and we have some great memories together.
Jeremy- Do you have any senior mentors on the team? If so who, and how has he helped you in your freshman season?
There are 7 seniors on our team that have done a great job of leading us thus far. I have learned a great deal from each one of them individually that I will carry through my college career.
Are either one of you the jokester of the team and if not who keeps the team up beat with thier personality?
Usually Mark Matthews is the big jokester of the team. But the whole team is full of guys that like to joke around, it's always a good time being around the guys in the locker room
Congrats on back to back sweeps of the conference, if you had a conference rival what University would that be?
Jeremy - if the NCAA tournament goes as planned, which parent cheers for which son if Denver plays Cornell?
My brother and I are constantly asking our parents this questions. They always seem to answer with "we will be sitting in the middle of the stadium with both Denver and Cornell gear on, cheering for our #45's".
I think if there is a big conference rival it would have to be Ohio State. The rivalry goes back to before we joined the ECAC and we were in the GWLL together. You can always expect to have a tight game when you are on the field with the Buckeyes.
Andrew- Can you tell us why Assistant Coach Matt Brown has created the nickname, "Dogger," or "The Dogman," for you? Just a fan and have heard Coach Brown yell that all year.
To be honest, im not sure, that is a question you would have to ask coach Brown. It was a name that just came out sophmore year at practice and it has stuck ever since.
Does the war drummer at your home games pump you up?
Jojo does a great job of pumping up the crowd and supporting our team. It is always fun to have him on the sidelines.
Question for both,Why do you wear your respective numbers? How long have you worn it for? and will you ever change it?
The reason I wear the number 45 is for a great friend of mine (Jamieson Kuhlmann) that passed away three years ago. I wear this number to show how much he has influenced my life and in honor of him. Whenever I put the number 45 on, I know he is out there on the field with me.
9 is a number that I have worn since I was a little kid. It was the very first number I ever wore, and I have wanted to stay with it ever since. It reminds me of how far I have come from those days and all the hard work I have invested.
Andrew - How is the jaw doing? That was a pretty quick recovery time
My jaw is doing better, I am always in higher spirits when I am not on a liquid diet. I was fortunate to have a great doctor that knew exactly what I needed to get back on the field as quickly as possible. It has not completely healed yet, but it is stable enough to play with. It is always tough to sit out and watch your team play and not be able to contribute on the field or talk to your friends off the field. It is an injury that I will not miss.
Hey guys. How big is this game not only for you but for the entire LAX world? I think that LAX is finally getting t he respect and regcognition that it deserves. Wish you guys all the luck!
This game is a huge stepping stone for the sport of lacrosse. It's starting to show that lacrosse is becoming a more popular sport not only in our area but throughout the west coast. This is evident on our team because of the amout of players we have that are not from known lacrosse hot beds. Such as California, Kentucky, Missouri and Colorado
So jeremy. I notice you and mark have a pretty good relationship on the field you know always talking and figuring things out while in game. how would you explain you off field relationship?
Mark has been a person who I can go to for anything. Prior to coming to Denver, we have always played on opposing teams so we never had the friendship like we do now. He has almost become like my older brother who is always looking out for me.
Directed towards Jeremy - What is it like to have a brother who also plays division 1 lacrosse and the possibility of playing him in the semifinals? Do you miss him?
Jason and I have always been very competitive with each other. He is a person I look up to and strive to be like. He is one of the hardest working people I know, so it always makes it a challenge to keep up with him.
What's your favorite thing about DU
One of my favorite things about Denver is that it is a new experience for me. It is something that I could not have experienced without coming here and I am very grateful for my opportunity I have been given.
I love being so close to home, while also being able to experience the college life all while playing a sport I enjoy. I am surrounded by a great support staff and teamates that make the expirience that much better.
After the remarkable season you are having, do you think the DU student body will have a big impact during your game on Sunday?
We think the student body will have a great impact on the atmosphere for the game on Sunday. They have been a great support for us all year long and it is always nice to see them having a great time at our games.
To be honest, we had no idea that tickets were in such a demand for this game. It just goes to show that our fans are very supportive and want to be a part of this experience with us.
How does it feel knowing people are willing to pay $500 for lawn seats to come watch you guys
Thanks for all of the great questions and the support. We hope to see you guys on Sunday.
Thanks for having us on here, it was great to hear all of your questions. We hope that you will follow us on sunday.