Full Steam Ahead! That is my mindset right now and I have little doubt the Johnnies will return in 2021. In recent meeting both the league (MCLA) and our Conference (UMLC) leadership see value in returning to play and want to put the best product and experience on the field as possible for our student athletes. There will be a new normal for our team with weekly testing, screening prior to leaving for games, limited trips all of which are worth it if it means the team can get back to work and step on the field.
The 2021 season marks uncertainty, exactly when and where we will we play. There are questions of who do the coaches turn to late in a game for a goal or who will step up with the big defensive play. Only time will tell as we prepare for 2021. Currently we have 15 games scheduled in 2021. The who is close to being finalized. I am still hoping to add 1-3 more games to the slate. Just like we have seen in college football this year we know that some games will get postponed or cancelled and we will pivot to make things work as best we can.
All the coaches, players and fans want is a chance to play. Our seniors graduating in 2021 will leave the program better than they found it. One last ride to cap off a tremendous four years. Our juniors will have to step up and fill the void left by last year's seniors and our underclassman will need to outperform expectations. Zoom meetings for film review or system installs is the new norm and we have adapted to our current climate. Players will need to be motivated to control their environment more than ever as one slip can set us back.
It appears lacrosse in 2021 is trending in the right direction and only time will tell how many games we get to play. My hope is more than 2020. If it is less than we will accept it and make the most of our time together on and off the field! Full Steam Ahead!
Coach Derek Daehn