By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/20/12
Armed with a new head coach and a fresh attitude, the Lafayette men’s lacrosse team spoke about optimism today at the inaugural Edward Taylor Coombs Fall Ball Tournament at Hatboro-Horsham.
Jim Rogalski, a former Drexel assistant who had success most recently as head coach at Scranton, has taken over a Lafayette team that went 3-10 last year and 5-21 in the past two seasons.The team’s top returning scorers, sophomore attackmen Brian Bock (Spring-Ford) and Cory Scheuerle (St. Joseph’s Prep), are expecting the Leopards to make a major step forward this year.
“It’s always nice to get a fresh start,” said Bock, who led the team in scoring last year with 15 goals and 15 assists. “We haven’t had too much success in the past few years.
“But coach has brought in some great recruits and everything is going as planned. It’s great to come out here on a great day like this to play a different color.”
“We definitely have a positive outlook,” added Scheuerle, who had 14 goals last year. “Coach came with such intensity and he lit a fire in everyone. We have responded with a positive attitude.
“He harped on the definition of pride. He said when you are waking up at 6 a.m. and running hills or the stairs and hitting the weightroom that you must wear that Lafayette t-shirt with pride.
Today’s tourney drew thousands of fans. Nine men’s and women’s teams have been playing and eight more Division III men’s teams will play tomorrow in the second day of the event, whioch raises money for the Edward Coombs Foundation and brain trauma research at Abington Memorial Hospital.
Bock said Rogalski has helped his team embrace hard work.
“One of the biggest changes is our work ethic,” Bock said. “He brings a new definition to hard work and intensity. Every day is a grind; lacrosse is a constant focus and we are working a lot harder than we have.”
In today’s first game, Lafayette fell, 7-5, to Binghamton. But Scheuerle saw many bright spots.
“Today we came out with intensity,” said Scheuerle. “We had all new sets and an all-new fast break so it will take time. I think we have talent and the whole team has the drive to win. I think we only have six seniors, but they are doing a great job of leading and some sophs and juniors are stepping up to fight for the common goal of fighting for a championship.
“We have some great freshmen and some talent from last year to build on.”
Bock said the Fall Ball tournament was a great idea – to honor Eddie’s name and help teams build for the future.
“I think it’s an amazing opportunity to shed some light on Philly and to reach out to the Coombs family to show support and bring awareness for (the dangers of) alcohol,” said Bock. “I did play against Eddie Coombs in districts my sophomore year and he could run like no other player I have seen.”
Scheuerle played with Coombs once as a member of Team Philly at the King of the Hill Tournament at Swartghmore College.
“It is an honor to come out and play in the name of Eddie Coombs,” Scheuerle said. “Hopefully, this helps build awareness for (the dangers of) drunk driving and support Marist and the Coombs family.”