by Bill McGlone | November 7, 2018
This past weekend NJ Diesel high school teams competed at the Fall Finale in West Windsor, NJ. With this being my inaugural tournament as the program's Club Coaching Director and first time leading the 2020 team on the field, I learned a lot about our players and had a blast in the process. Scroll below to read my 3 major tournaments takeaways and to see which New Jersey stud was named "Player of the Day".
1. Early Bird Gets the W: We had a slow and sluggish start to the tournament with our first game beginning at 8am. Because we were still physically and mentally groggy, our opponents handed us a nice wake-up call.
2. Resolve Comes in the Form of Effort: Despite starting off on the wrong foot, we put major emphasis on giving maximum effort and playing hard in each of our games moving forward. With a much more up-tempo energy our team was able to grind out an exciting overtime victory.
3. Become Accountable: "Be the Best" was our motto at Maryland, and it's a mantra that I carry over to every facet of my life. It means to give your best effort and have the strongest work ethic in whatever task you take on. Whether it's sharpening stick skills, improving footwork or working on conditioning, we must all put in the work to "Be the Best"!
Player of the Day: Matthew O'Connor, LSM from Clark, NJ
Matt was awarded Player of the Day for his effort and success on ground balls. He was a madman all over the field as he emerged as a leader in between the lines with multiple clears and injecting the team with exceptional and contagious energy. See Matthew O'Connor's highlight tape HERE.
Bill McGlone is a 3X All-American, 2X University of Maryland Captain and MLL & NLL Veteran
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