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posted 02.20.2012 at 10.02 a.m. by Jac Coyne

Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III

- With his team leading 2-0 against Hampden-Sydney, Mary Washington head coach Kurt Glaeser watched as the Tigers responded with a two-goal run of their own. Some coaches might reflexively burn a timeout, but Glaeser – in his 23rd year with the Eagles – isn't riding in his first rodeo.

"I wasn't going to call a timeout off a two-goal run because that happens in lacrosse," he said. "I thought my guys were ready. They are not going to hang their heads and stop playing because someone scores a couple of goals on them. We were down two goals to Virginia Wesleyan [in the season opener] on multiple occasions and we battled back there. It's a 60 minute game and the guys have to make plays ultimately. They stepped up and good teams are going to have their runs. You have to accept that fact and man up."

His players did just that, scoring the next five goals while blanking the Tigers over the second and third period on the way to a mildly surprising, 10-7 triumph. The Eagles allowed Micah Keller, who is on the Tewaaraton watch list, just two goals (including one with a minute left) and an assist while Carter Mavromatis was limited to just one helper.

"We have a senior defense," Glaeser said. "They are all pretty athletic. We're still getting better at the 'Lacrosse IQ' stuff, but athletically we're right there. It's early in the season and I think Ray would say his boys had a bad day and we had a good day, and who knows what the next challenge will bring."

With three more games before the Eagles enter the CAC schedule – including contests against McDaniel and Goucher – there is a real possibility that the good vibes could disappear quickly. Glaeser believes his troops are ready to grind.

"There isn't one game on our schedule that is not a dogfight," Glaeser said. "We have to go into every game playing our hardest if we want to come out on the right side. Teams like us, who are solid teams but not among the elite of Division III right now, we're going to be in a lot of one-, two- or three-goal games throughout the year. If we win our share of those, we're in good shape. If we're not, we're going to take some hits. I like the mindset of my players. I think they are playing hungry right now and they are not hanging their heads when things don't go their way."

- They got into the profession, so it goes without saying that lacrosse coaches have an inherent love of the sport. A lot of times, they are also fans of the game and the players involved. That's why Lynchburg head coach Steve Koudelka has such an appreciation for Salisbury All-American Sam Bradman, who scored four goals on the Hornets on Saturday.

"I told my coaches after the game – and not that I needed another 60 minutes to justify this in my mind because I've seen him enough times – but in my years at Lynchburg, and even being an assistant coach at Gettysburg, he's the best player I've coached against," said Koudelka. "Even at times as a fan of the sport you just say, 'That's a heckuva play.'

"We wanted to limit what Sam Bradman could do, but sometimes great players make great plays, and that's what he does. He doesn't just make one a game, he probably makes five or 10. When there are players who are really special like Sam Bradman, you have to appreciate that."

Don't mistake Koudelka's respect for weakness. He'd like nothing than to meet Bradman again and get a chance to shut him down.

- Salisbury head coach Jim Berkman's quick take on playing No. 2 Roanoke next weekend: "They play at a pretty high pace, but transition defense has been one of our strengths. Lynchburg likes to get up and down, but they only had one fast break. We did a good job taking that away."

- Trivia!: What conference boasts two former Washington College coaches among its programs? Answer later...nice first game for Denison's Cory Couture. The senior attackman had seven goals and three assists as the Big Red pounded Mt. St. Joseph, 21-1...Goucher had a comfortable trip to Texas. The Gophers outscored Southwestern and Dallas by a combined score of 58-9...great bounce-back win for Greensboro. The Pride knocked off Wesley, 12-10...another grinding win for W&L. It looks like they may all be that way for the Generals this spring...congrats to Huntingdon (Ala.) for picking up its first NCAA win. The Hawks beat Oglethorpe (Ga.), 12-5...trivia answer: the MAC. Both Elizabethtown's Terry Corcoran and Lebanon Valley's John Haus have skippered the Shoremen.