Recap: Training Camp

Uncasville, Conn. (November 21, 2016) –One practice this past weekend confirmed what New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark already suspected.

“We’ve been saying it all along,” said Clark, who returns for his second year after earning National Lacrosse League Coach of the Year honors in 2016. “The talent base is really thick. To have two groups of twenty running with that kind of skill set was pretty impressive, so we were really happy. Tough decisions are coming down the road, but it’s a good problem to have from an organizational standpoint.”

The Black Wolves opened training camp this past weekend, beginning preparations for their third season at Mohegan Sun. A total of 40 players were on hand for physicals, media day and an open practice at Insports Centers in Trumbull.

After last year’s playoff run, expectations are high.

“We’re excited,” said Kyle Buchanan, one of many veterans who put up career numbers in 2016. “We didn’t have too much turnover. We had a great season last year and made it to the conference finals. We’re expecting the next step to be a Champion’s Cup. That’s our goal.”

In their first season under Clark, the Black Wolves engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in National Lacrosse League history, improving from 4-14 to 10-8. New England advanced to the East Division finals with an overtime victory against Georgia before dropping two hard-fought games against the Buffalo Bandits.

This year, the plan is to take at least one more step.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Kevin Crowley said. “I think we’re going to build on what we did last year and, you know, I think we’re going to be a better team this year.”

New England opens the 2017 season with three straight road games, starting with a trip to Rochester on January 7th. The Black Wolves finally return to Mohegan Sun Arena for a rematch of the East Division Finals on January 28th, hosting  Buffalo at 7 p.m.

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