Release: February 11, 2008
2008 Men's and Women's Lacrosse Media Day
Seventh-year head coach Ed
Stephenson of the BU men's lacrosse team and first-year head
coach Tony Zostant of the women's lacrosse team held a joint
media day Monday as they prepare for their respective 2008 seasons.
Both squads will play their home games in the new, state-of-the-art
Bearcats Sports Complex, the university's new 2,500-plus seat
synthetic turf facility. The men's first game is at Cornell on
February 26 while the women open at William and Mary on February
TV Coverage: [WBNG...]
Season Previews: [men's...]
Seventh-year head coach
On this years talented
"We're relatively new in Division I lacrosse, yet we've
had a lot of success. We've been to four conference tournaments
in a row. Each year our recruits are getting better and better
and the success from the previous groups certainly helps us out
with that. This year we brought in the most talented freshman
group to date. A lot more speed, and some really key programs
of high school lacrosse are represented in our freshman class
and we're certainly looking for a lot of impact players this
On the newcomers potential
"We're focused on that next step, getting into the NCAA
playoffs In order to do that, one of the things we need to do
is win a conference championship. We've won the regular season
and we came a goal away in a double overtime loss to UMBC from
hosting the tournament here for the second time in four years.
We're excited about the prospects this year, we've set the bar
On the Bearcats Sports Complex:
"Probably the biggest thing for us this year has been the
new facility. We've been outside every day so far except for
today because of the weather."
Junior goalie and three-year
captain Larry Kline :
On the teams potential:
"We're still really young but it's the best team we've had
yet. But the potential doesn't mean anything unless you do something
about it. I think it's the strongest team we've had at Binghamton
so hopefully we can act on it."
On teams leadership:
"I think as long as our team leaders pull everyone along
we'll be in good shape and our leadership has stepped up big
time over the past two weeks.
On the team's coaching staff
preparing them for the season:
We've got great coaches. They bring us along day by day. I think
once we start playing together as a team, which we've already
started and once we get through our next couple scrimmages, I
think we'll be ready for the first game."
Junior defenseman and
captain Chris Winter:
On his outlook for
I think we're looking real strong. We've got a lot of good leadership
our defense is really strong, we return a lot of guys
from last year and overall we feel that we've improved a lot.
On teams biggest challenge:
"I think our biggest challenge is going to be to make sure
that we are mentally prepared for every game but with the amount
of leadership we have, it shouldn't be a problem."
On the Bearcats Sports Complex:
"The new field has absolutely helped. We have been outside
earlier than ever this year. It's going to be a big advantage,
we got Cornell in 15 days and last year we weren't outside until
early March so its going to be a huge help."
and 2007 AE Rookie of the Year Steve Carlson:
On teams season:
"We've improved every year and we are only getting better.
We have been working hard this year and we all know what is at
First year head coach
On starting the season:
"Well, we're pretty anxious right now. We have been scrimmaging
ourselves for about a month and we're looking to get our first
win under our belt."
On his expectations of the
"Our expectation is to be competitive
that is the
biggest thing. The W's will be the outcome if we can be competitive."
On being able to play outside
earlier because of the new field:
"We've asked the captains and (according to them) we have
been way ahead of where we've been the past few years. We scrimmage
every day and we are happy to be outdoors. We are tired of beating
up on ourselves though and are ready for some competition."
Junior midfielder and
Captain Kelsey Pieper:
On the teams outlook:
"We're really excited. We got a lot of new freshman in,
and they bring a lot of great speed . It's going to be a good
On the new sports complex:
"It's great. We've been outside everyday, we've been able
to have full-field scrimmages. It's really helped our game a