Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mano e Mano With: Dave Marr

By Zach Smart

Tonight is a familiar case of the greatest v.s. the latest. With sectional banners adorning the gym, Yorktown has more Section 1 championships than any other area foe. They meet a program that’s very much on the up and up in Bronxville tonight.

Bronxville, once lodged in the Section 1 dungeon in every sport (except track and cross-country), has grown athletics-wise at the same frenetic pace as Jack And The Beanstalk on steroids.

And so a lacrosse culture has come into fruition.  Much of the program’s ascension can be attributed to Broncos coach Tim Horgan.

Horgan’s intentions, from day one was to lift Bronxville from obscurity. He had lofty aspirations to make Bronxville a first-class program that could eventually be in the conversation with Somers, Mahopac, Lakeland/Panas, Yorktown, and other top-flight teams throughout the county.

The Broncos (4-0) are fresh off a 5-4 win against New Jersey-based Bridgewater-Raritan. Shouldering a more agressive role this season, Henry Grass has taken scoring matters into his own hands this season. Grass is averaging three goals a game. He's accounted for 13 goals and three assists.

Matt Behrens has directed the offensive traffic, having a hand in almost every scoring sequence. His ability to create but also dodge and snipe at will has helped fuel the Broncos torrid start. Behrens enters tonight’s game with 12 goals and 12 assists.

 The junior attack committed to Georgetown, now a a venerable Section I pipeline, prior to the season.

 Bronxville’s statement game was a 12-3 win over Putnam Valley.

 Historically and currently, Yorktown has been a Division-I Launchpad. The Huskers feature a slew of seasoned players who’ve tasted championship success.

 Huskers coach Dave Marr spoke with ZSmart sports about everything from a diddle-eyed Joe to a damned-if-I-know.

On The Loss to Shen

“We can look at our performance and see that we really didn’t play at the level we can play of. It was a non-emotional game. There was no real fire to play the game, which a lot of times manifests itself in lazy plays and sloppiness. We had something like 23 turnovers and we failed to clear six times, we just didn’t see the ball very well. The focus just wasn’t really there. Hopefully, that’s something we can learn from. We understand if we play that game, we can lose to most teams on our schedule.

On The Scoring of Brian Presteau, who’s had the hot hand

He’s a good player. I think he stepped up more in the playoffs for us last year, he just had to get his groove. He’s seeing the ball better, being confident, you know he’s very fast and he can get his strong hand. He’s working on his week hand. He’s been working hard at it, so he’s really just reaping the benefits of the last couple of years. He’s just been hanging in there, playing hard, and working on his skills.”

On Preparing For Bronxville

“We’re just worried about doing the right things, making the right plays, and playing together. The same kind of preparation for any team, going into it. We played well against Hen Hud. We came out flying, I think they were chomping at the bit to play again following the loss to Shen.”