The New England Black Wolves wrapped up the first training camp of the 2017-18 National Lacrosse League season on Sunday, and coach Glenn Clark is anticipating a number of extremely competitive weekends leading up to final cuts.
“We’re going to have more of these inters-quad (workouts), sprinkle in a little bit of our concepts, a little bit of teaching,” he said, explaining his plan for the rest of the preseason. “But for the most part, (we will be) watching these guys play and compete, and their job is to separate themselves from each other. We’re basically at numbers where half the guys here are going to be on the roster, so the competition is right in front of them. We’re going to give them quite a few opportunities to compete in a game scenario and then there are some tough decisions for us to make.”
While core veterans like Shawn Evans, Kevin Crowley, Jay Thorimbert, Kyle Buchanan and Kevin Buchanan were all on hand this weekend, a group of newcomers that included seasoned veterans who were acquired by trade or through free agency, and rookies selected in the recent NLL Entry Draft added a fresh feel to the team.
“Lacrosse is still a small world,” Kyle Buchanan said. “We know some of the guys coming in. Some new faces. Some familiar faces. It’s been an easy transition. I think this weekend (was) key for that. We’re going to keep building. Coaches have been doing a good job of including those (new) guys in learning our systems and having that be a focus from Day One. There is a great group of guys on this team and some great leaders so I’m sure those (new) guys will feed off of that.”
For Clark, it was gratifying to see the Black Wolves focused on improving in areas that were clear points of emphasis in the weeks leading up to training camp.
“I thought it was a great start,” Clark said. “We saw a lot of things we talked about previously. We wanted to push pace at the back end. Keep the ball up. Limit turnovers. We saw all of that stuff.”
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