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SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: 2021 Recruits- Class of 2024
« on: July 26, 2019, 03:16:48 pm »

Dane Reda to Stony Brook

Dane Reda's introduction to playing for Team 91 Crush was intense, to say the least.

"In my first game, I didn't get on the field much, but I just watched and my neck kept snapping back and forth because of how fast the ball was moving," said the Mattituck midfielder. "It was like watching a ping pong game."

His "welcome to Crush" moment, though, was a little bit harder on him.

"(Crush defenseman and Maryland commit) Jack Schirtzer threw a rusty gate on me, and Coach (Joe) Spallina just goes, 'you don't see that at Mattituck, do you?'" Reda said.

Not often, though to be fair, not many defensemen in the country land as many big-time checks as Schirtzer does. Since that time, Reda learned on the fly what you need to do in order to compete with potentially the best team in club lacrosse history, and it helped elevate his game into a next-level midfielder. The Mattituck standout posted 19 goals and 27 assists this spring, but the wheels were already in motion for his development before that as he continued to get acclimated to the pace of play.

When the new style of play, complete with a shot clock, was introduced to college lacrosse last spring, it meant good things for Reda, given his style of play. The two-way standout made his bones in transition and isn't a stranger to the defensive end of the field, and his offensive chops were already there. Even though most of his teammates had already committed, he stayed patient and weighed his options. When the right opportunity presented itself, he pounced on it.

"I went to Stony Brook a week ago and I talked to the coaches on campus, and their philosopdhy was spot-on with what I wanted to hear," Reda said. "On my way home from the visit, I was thinking about it and thought that it was the place that I wanted to be. I didn't make the decision until a couple of days later, but it was the place for me."

Reda opted to commit to the Seawolves and new head coach Anthony Gilardi, joining Crush teammate Tommy Dolciotto in the Stony Brook class and becoming the 20th Crush player to commit, all to Division I schools.

"Academically, it's a really good school and I want to study either physical therapy or athletic training," Reda said. "The campus was nice and the facilities were awesome, and the coaches are amazing. It's great to be coming in with a new coaching staff because you can make close connections with all of them. We're all going to be in the same boat and it'll be a new experience for me, but we're going to make the best of it and hopefully do well."

Reda saw his Crush teammates fly off the board to the top schools in the country, and while he was ecstatic for them to find a home, he knew that he had to be patient to find the right fit. At Mattituck, he's the go-to guy, and for Crush, he's part of the machine that makes up the top team in the country, so finding the right balance between how to play for both teams was also instrumental.

"At a small school, we don't have the insane talent that's on Crush, so we have a slower style of play, so that's how I used to play," Reda said. "When you're with Crush, you play so fast, so it accelerated my game and made me a lot better. When I watched my teammates getting picked off like crazy, I was, like, 'that's great for you guys, and when my time comes, it'll come.' There was some question as to where I'd find a school to play at, but I'm just so happy to be going to Stony Brook."

Reda credited a combination of coaches for his development, too. Learning from three different head coaches in high school was monumental for him and his development.
"(Mattituck coach) John Amato helped cement the style of play that he wanted from me and asked me to be as consistent as possible," Reda said. "(2020 Orange coach) Jeff Capri helped me with my confidence and he showed me that I could compete at a high level, and Coach Spallina helped me see the game a different way. He taught me that the 'one more' pass is always there, and you have to know where you're going to move the ball before the person who has the ball passes it to you."

For Spallina, seeing one of his late-rising players reach such a high level is pretty thrilling, too, especially considering the fact that the Seawolves' women's coach will have a chance to see Reda play pretty often.

"I think that Stony Brook got a rising star in Dane," Spallina said. "His improvement and balance in his game over the past year have been incredible. The thing about Dane ius his ability to do so many different things at a high level, which makes players so marketable at the next level. I'm so excited for him to have found a great local home and I can't wait to watch him do great things at Stony Brook."

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:26:18 pm »
Amplo to Navy

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: June 03, 2019, 09:16:06 pm »
From Ty Xanders....

Rising junior Nolan Enneguess (@StonyBrookMLAX / Falmouth, Mass.) has entered the transfer portal, confirming the news this afternoon. Went 51.6% as the Seawolves' primary face-off man in 2019; will explore other options while SBU searches for a new coaching staff.

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:02:40 am »
Not sure if he knows anything we don't, but I figured I would share
Unterstein has LI roots and a ton of connections.  Nice to see him in the mix...Would love to see him get the job.  Tight with Spallina as well. 

Not sure  going back and getting Sowell or Wellner is the right thing to do.  Been there don that,  It's time to move forward. 

just my $.02

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:18:35 pm »
Another long shot, but I'd love to bring Matt Danowski back to Long Island.
have to think he is waiting or daddy to retire.   

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:25:45 pm »
id have to think he's at least in the conversation.

also keep in mind with other "openings", like navy, harvard, quinnipiac, holy cross- i think these are jobs that somewhat attract a similar level coach.  meaning right now there's more openings than usual and so the competition & timing doesnt help.  hope they get the right fit that understands SB and it's difficulties.

Nagel is gone, that's the most important thing.  A head coach with experience would be great. Sowell should be given a hard look. If not there are dozens of Long Island raised assistant coaches out in the college ranks who would love the job. Let the search begin.
Do you think Sowell will come back?  My thinking is " been there, done that and wore the tee shirt." Would love to see him back on the sidelines but not sure if the offer would be good enough to come back.

If he liked LI, if he liked SB, and they are giving him the +200k salary, why not. And if he didn't like LI or SB, maybe the $200k will do it.
I like Sowell but agree with the been there done that statement.  If it's not Spalinna I would love to see them take a long hard look at some of the top assistants from top teams.  An assistant with a LI background from a winning program would be great.  I see Sowell as more of a fall back option as opposed to a leading candidate.   

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 15, 2019, 12:04:59 pm »
Spalinna doesn’t coach the Lizards anymore, he’s just the GM now.  Also, he always put SB WLax first if there was a conflict and the Lizards were always fine with it.  Here’s to hoping he wants the job.   

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 14, 2019, 07:43:24 pm »
this would be interesting:
The Spallina talk has been going on for about 2 years now.  It's his job if he wants it.  Might be tough for him to leave such a good situation with the ladies team but he has a great coaching staff that can take right over.  Hillier to HC, Kylie to OC and Miceli to DC.  Spallina would have no problem filling out a staff if he chooses to make the move.  I would be all for it if he does.  He's a proven recruiter and basically knows every travel kid on the east coast through Team 91.   

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 14, 2019, 03:34:25 pm »
the 2016 team was pretty good.  fun to watch, great size, depth.  some nice wins (rutgers for example, princeton, brown).  high profile recruits, etc.  i think there was a top ten ranking at one point.

but we couldnt get past ualbAny.  which ironically happened a few weeks ago.

let's hope we don't lose players and recruits.  the fans need to rally around the program now and help out.
The 2016 team had a ton of talent but again couldn't get past VT in the semi's of the AE tourney, and VT was a team they beat in the regular season.  I want to believe with better coaching they win that game. 

Can't really worry about losing players.  That is going to happen and plenty of good ones left after playing for Nagle.  The SB press release say it will be a national search so lets all hope for the best. 

It's a great day for the program.   

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 14, 2019, 03:13:27 pm »
Joe Willie
Haha...way above my pay grade

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 14, 2019, 03:12:49 pm »
i thought they had a year left on the contract so i guess that is to be paid out.  sucks for guys like taylor who just joined (even kline who was a somewhat recent addition).  i remember reading here that gibson was going through some turmoil.

I believe their contracts were up this year.  This would have happened last year but they had that additional year.  I feel bad for the assistants, especially Gibson but Nagle had to go.   

This was the right move for the program and can't wait to see the team grow under new leadership.  Thank you Shawn Heilbron

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:59:38 am »
Nagle just posted this on Twitter...Teddy Roosevelt he is not.  He has come up short again and again though...

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 03, 2019, 08:36:23 pm »
didnt see the game... what happened, because i saw we controlled the draw?
Out-coached,,,same story for the past 8 years

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 03, 2019, 08:17:32 am »
You guys want Nagle gone?  Tell the man.  He wants your opinions.

My yearly email to Shawn has been sent...fingers crossed that the 3rd time is a charm. 

SBU Men's Lacrosse / Re: SB Lacrosse 2019 Season
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:12:01 pm »
Embarrassing loss and poor way to end the season. UMBC was 4-8 and got into the AE tournament by the skin of their teeth. I say this every year but Nagle has to go.  The guy cant win a big game....
I expect after this year you will be correct.
He should be packing up his office up as we speak.  His contract is up and it's time to move on.  AE coach of the year was a joke.  There is no other option. 

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