February 24, 2010

Kaiser's Korner: Week 1

Each week during the 2010 season, Quinnipiac senior Todd Kaiser will share his thoughts on the Bobcats' men's lacrosse program. This week, Kaiser takes a look at the transition into a new season and a new league.

A few days after New Years, I moved back up to Hamden in preparation for the upcoming season. As I left my driveway in northern New Jersey I realized two things.

1) I no longer have the luxury of having a hot meal ready for me at 5:30 P.M. every night...thanks mom. And since I have minimal cooking skills, the George Foreman Grille is going to be seeing a lot of action.

2) In five months, my lacrosse career will be over. A game that has been such a focal point in my life for the last 15 years will no longer have the same effect.

In five months, it will all be done. I have been so lucky over the last four years to be able to wake up every morning and be able to play a game that I love with 35 of my buddies. A lot of great memories have been created that I will always be able to look back on.

But with the highs, come the lows. I think of the mornings when I've had to look out the driver side window because the ice was too thick to scrape off the windshield. I think of running sprints in two inches of snow and doing endless amounts of "17's".

During my tenure here at QU, I've been fortunate enough to compete against some of the best teams in Division I lacrosse. After spending the last three seasons in the GWLL, the transition to the ECAC shouldn't feel that much different. All of the teams that were in the GWLL (minus Notre Dame) are making the jump and joining Loyola, Hobart and Fairfield to make up the new and improved ECAC. With the addition of those three teams, we are faced with a very tough schedule, possibly the most challenging in the history of Quinnipiac Lacrosse. With three of the eight ECAC teams (Loyola, Denver, Ohio State) being ranked in the preseason top 25, this season is chock full of opportunity. Every guy on the team realizes that. We all know that we have the talent to be very successful. You better believe that when Loyola comes here on February 27, we are going to take full advantage in the opportunity of playing one of the best teams in the country.

With a ton of practices and three scrimmages under our belt, we are ready and focused. The real fun starts on the 27th... It's the first step to winning an ECAC championship.