Brameier and Buzzeo preview tomorrow’s boys lacrosse state championship

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Darien coach Jeff Brameier

On practice and preparation…

“Obviously when you’ve played a team twice already, you’ve certainly prepared for them before. Now we’re trying to be prepared for anything else they might do or try, but usually when you get to this time, you don’t try to make wholesale changes to what you do … They’re very consistent in using their first and second lines, so I don’t expect dramatic changes, but you do expect they’re trying to disrupt our comfort zones like we’re trying to disrupt their comfort zones. The key thing is we’re ready.”

On combating New Canaan’s explosive offense…

“(Stanton, Meichner and Kraus) play well individually and they play well collectively.  They’re the leaders of the offense, and they trigger the offense. You’ve got to figure they don’t want guys who haven’t been carrying a load to be expected to carry to much of a load Saturday. From our standpoint, they’re similar to us in that they’re not a ‘one pony offense.’ They’ve got balance throughout, and so do we.”

On mid-game adjustments…

“Lacrosse can be a little bit of a chess match, but it comes down to kids reacting to situations and making plays.”

On feeling pressure Saturday…

“We’ve held up under fire, and most people know that if they’ve looked at our body of work. We did some great things, but we also did some sloppy things against New Canaan. We want to minimize our mistakes.”

On beating a team three times in one sesason…

“People say it’s hard to beat a team three times. And I think that’s true when you’ve handled them easily. But knowing we played two very close games, we know we were fortunate to win the first face-off in overtime. We’re certainly not going to walk in overconfident.”

On reasons for optimism…

“New Canaan has scored more goals on us in two games than we’ve allowed in any other games. Now, either they’re that good or we didn’t play that well defensively in either game. They’re very good, but I am hopeful our defense didn’t play its best against them.”

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New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo

On recent practices…

“We’re keeping it light. We know our opponent very well. Our season has been a good season. We’ve beaten some good teams and had tight losses to some of the best teams in the country. I think they want to prove they can compete at a high level, but also that they can beat one of the best teams. Right now, Darien is the best public school in the country, so it’s a great opportunity and challenge.”

On working with a new gameplan…

“We’re going with a new gameplan for sure. We’ve been working on it for two weeks, and they’re going to see different schemes, different sets and things they’ve never seen before.”

On mid-game adjustments…

“Adjustments are made based on situations. Both teams play a lot of different players, so many adjustments will be made after substitutions are made. In addition, I foresee multiple adjustments, especially early on and after halftime, being made Saturday. Come fourth quarter, there usually isn’t any, but you never know in a championship game.”

On keys to the game…

“This game might come down to how well the second-line midfields on each team play. And to be honest, I think the game is going to be won at the Faceoff X, with defensive midfield play and on that second-line midfield. The first groups are very well balanced and talented. Their attack is as good as ours. Their defense is as good as ours. Both goalies are equal. Midfielders, too. But it’s going to be the second group that is the core of the team and how well are they going to perform. I think our guys are ready.”

Andrew Callahan

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  1. Johnny Hopkins says:

    For Buzzeo to say that the goalies are equal is almost comical. Badgers gotten lucky the first two times that his defense played well enough that he didn’t have to face too many shots. Darien’s goalie, however, is one of the best in the country and kept his team in both games, when new canaan should have won given darien has not played anywhere close to their full potential. If Darien plays well for once against nc, I think it will be a whole different story.