Oct. 23, 2012
Hoya Notes - Teaching and Learning from our Colgate Loss and Applying it to Lafayette
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
By no means are we pleased with the final result against Colgate, but Saturday was a mixed day for our team. We did some real nice things on offense and our freshman quarterback Kyle Nolan was a big part of that. He gave us a spark and he ran the offense very well. Kevin Macari also did a nice job, showing his big play ability with four touchdowns. Overall, our offense played with a lot of confidence and we hope to build on that going into another tough opponent at Lafayette.
Defensively, we had a poor performance and that starts with our defensive coaching staff, including myself. As we talked about on Sunday, we all need to do better. Our guys played with poor technique and a lot of those missed tackles led to extra yards. At times our eyes weren't where they belonged and with an offense like Colgate, that is when they are going to gash you. A lot of credit also must go to Colgate. To this point, they are, by far, the best offensive team we have seen, but that is no excuse, we have to get back to playing fundamental football on defense.
What is promising, is that we have a team full of competitors who are antsy to get back on the field and rebound from that loss. It's like what we have been saying to the guys all year, what will define their character as a football team is how they respond to adversity. This week will be no different.
On Sunday, we began preparing for Lafayette. They are a very talented, well-coached football team and are 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League. I'm sure a lot of the guys on their team have a big red circle on this date since we've come out on top in our last two meetings. This will be a big game for us and our guys will be excited to play up there on Saturday. As always, I'm sure the atmosphere will be great and I know our kids love playing at Lafayette at night under the lights.
Finally, I wanted to again thank all of the fans who made it up to Colgate for last Saturday's game. Your support is truly appreciated from everyone involved in our program. We hope for more of the same support on Saturday at Lafayette.
Win the Day!
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