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First-Year Briarcliff Lacrosse Coach Assesses Team

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff lacrosse head coach Louis Rosten is halfway through his first year on the job. At 2-6, he would like the team to be in a better position, but he knew coming in that the task would be difficult.

“So far, things are going about as I expected,” Rosten said. “We’re a little weak on the offensive end and strong on the defensive end. And a couple of kids have gotten the opportunity to play and have done pretty well with it. We’ve expanded a couple of spots and a couple of guys haven’t done what you’d hoped they would do, but all in all it’s about where I thought we’d be.”

Rosten has noticed that the Bears have struggled throughout the season with more athletic teams, particularly in getting around opposing players in the offensive end of the field. Rosten said that, coming into the season, he thought “we were going to be unable to dodge past people.”

But the coach said that the solution to that problem cannot come until the season ends.

“People have to get in the weight room in the offseason and get bigger, stronger and faster,” Rosten said. “If you watch any good team, at any level, successful teams are bigger, stronger and faster than the unsuccessful ones. So that’s the key that I’ve been preaching to the guys.”

Rosten said once the physical requirements have been met, the players can move onto improving stick skills and offensive sets.

As for his future as coach and the team’s future, Rosten said he plans to focus on “offensive concepts.” The Bears still have eight games remaining on the schedule for this year, but Rosten has a plan for the next several years of Briarcliff lacrosse.

“It seems like it’s harder to teach offense than it is to teach defense,” Rosten said. “So the next few years, we’re going to really try to focus in on offensive skills and offensive concepts.”

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