Release: August 13, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Quotes from Binghamton
Men's and Women's Preseason Media Day
Men's Head Coach Paul Marco
in yesterday and we had a good day of meetings. The guys were
impressive this morning in training so we are off to a good start.
We are excited."
On last year's season-ending loss in the America East finals
"It was on our minds during the offseason but during yesterday's
meetings, we only spent about five minutes backtracking to last
season. We spent most of the time preparing for today and for
what is ahead of us. I think good things are ahead."
On the state of the team as preseason begins:
"We have some work to do between now and when the season
starts but the players are certainly looking ready and eager.
Everybody has high hopes now. The core of our group has set a
high standard so we'll see how things go."
On the expectations for the season:
"We are still working on where we think we can get with
this group. Each year we have tried to increase the level of
play and the expectations and the results kind of take care of
themselves. I would say that the potential of the group is very
high. We've got some guys who have been on our team for many
years so if you are look on paper for what the expectations are--I
would say they are high. I'd like to think that the growth of
our program will have us playing in late November."
On the team's leadership:
"We have had very good leaders on this team and that started
when we had Stephen Bruce (2002-04) and Graham Munro (2002-05).
Those two and Kyle Antos (2002-06) really helped improve our
team and get us going in the right direction. Since then, I think
the growth has been expected. It didn't matter if you were a
senior or a junior, you've been expected to encourage others
to do the right thing. We are continuing to see that going on
Women's Head Coach Sarah McClellan
"Our staff and I have been preparing all summer for
preseason so we couldn't wait until the girls got on campus so
we could get them out training and get them playing right away."
On the importance of preseason:
"The biggest thing for us during preseason is that we really
need our players to gel. We need them to learn what each other's
tendencies are and that way they are going to be able to read
other during a game and break down defenses."
On the mindset of the team:
"We are taking it one game at a time. We open up against
UMass (Aug. 24). We want to get off to a good start because we
are hosting them on this field. The girls are going to be pumped
to play. Everyone is excited for the season to start and we are
looking to competing in every game."
On her role as a first-year head coach:
"We are adjusting some things and making sure we are highlighting
the strengths of all of our players and that each player understands
their role on the field. That's really what is most important
in our system--that everyone understands what their role is and
does the best of their ability to achieve their role in the system
that we are playing. We are organizing and communicating with
each other so that we can put the best team out on the field."
On the team's progress so far:
"So far, the players have done a great job in working hard
and building each other up during practice. A couple of the new
kids have picked things up quickly and our players are going
to be committed to each other. We are going to win games as a
team this year."
Men's senior midfielder Justin Leskow
"We are really looking forward to this year. We got
a bunch of seniors coming back and a good core group. Everybody
came back fit and we are ready to get started."
On having a lot of veterans on the team
"Experience is a key. Over the past couple of years, we
have learned to play with each other and that's big in soccer.
Hopefully this year, we will be able to build on that and learn
each other's game a little more and that will help propel us
even further than last year."
Men's junior goalkeeper
"I think this
team can be great if we apply ourselves and keep working hard.
We only lost two starters from last year so we have a lot of
guys returning. If the newcomers do their part than I think we
should have another good team."
On how he hopes to improve his game this season:
"I need to step my communication up a little bit more this
year. I want to be more vocal in telling the defense when players
are coming. As the keeper, I'm the eyes in the backfield and
I am able to see everything."
Men's senior midfielder Barry Neville
"Everybody has come in fit and are motivated to improve
(upon) last season. I can't wait to get going. The sooner we
get our first game in, the better."
Women's junior goalkeeper Jen McEachron
"Everybody is really excited and we are looking forward
to starting off the season. We've all brought a lot of energy
to preseason and it's been really good so far."
On team's transition to first-year head coach Coach McClellan's
"We are all adjusting together and everyone is working together
with the new staff. It's been a really good adjustment so far
and we looking to carry our energy into the season."
On the goals of the team this season:
"We obvioulsly want to improve our record from last year
and I think we can do that because we are coming together as
a team. We want to do better in conference. Everyone on the team
wants to move upwards with everything."
Women's senior midfielder Kelly Haslinger
"We are looking forward to a fresh start this year.
We want to focus on the here and now and get prepared for the
season and do well. We are working a lot on our technical fitness,
overall fitness and conditioning."
Women's junior back Nicole
"We are a brand
new team. We are really young and have a lot to look forward
to this year."