COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – I’m guessing the Johnnies will take down the Dome for this one and play the Ospreys in the crisp, spring air of central Minnesota.
Just a hunch.
It’ll be the first time a tournament game, virtual or otherwise, occurred in the Land of 10,000 Lakes since the MCLA made a one-year pit stop in Blaine in 2005.
And it will be cold.
Speaking of cooling off, North Florida’s white hot 2019 season that saw them go 13-2, win the SELC tournament and advance to the national quarterfinals has run into a frosty spell.
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Junior middie Matt Keeler is on pace for a monster year for the Ospreys while senior attackman John Testa provides a nice complement. Sophomore attackman Vaugh Mauer is another big threat, but things tail off after that.
Glenn Mandel is a big boy – 6-foot-5, 200 pounds – and fills up the goal mouth. He’s had a very good rookie season for the Ospreys.
“We’ve had our challenges, but I think we’re ready to peak at the best time,” said North Florida coach Tucker Clancy*. “I’ve heard Minnesota is a cool place, literally, but this is a business trip.”
UNF runs into a St. John’s outfit continuing its search for a national championship. The Johnnies have as good a pedigree in the division as any team, but the brass ring remains elusive.
This could be the year, however.
Defense has always been a mainstay of the Johnnies and this year is no different. Senior Hayden Lacy leads a band of rangey poles that can cause fits for opposing offenses.
“It’s 46 degrees and cloudy today. That’s t-shirt weather in Collegeville,” said St. John’s coach Derek Daehn*. “We’re excited to have North Florida join us for a great day of lacrosse.”
[*- The coach didn’t really say this. This is all made up. It’s fake]