Dan Sheehan, Le Moyne coach
* On Mercyhurst: “Obviously Coach (Chris) Ryan and his staff have done a tremendous job with his team this year. Mercyhurst isn’t new to this stage. They certainly have had an outstanding year. Anytime you can go through your regular season, your conference tournament and head into the NCAA tournament undefeated, and obviously their ability to squeak out close games, I think they’re a team that does just about everything very well. I think it’s a team that’s in great condition, shape. I think it’s a team that understands who they are and is playing very, very good lacrosse right now.
* On matchup: I think we’ve got two very similar teams. I’d like to think that we match up pretty well with them. I think defensively, it’s kind of what we do here at Le Moyne College in this time of year. This is probably the best lacrosse that Le Moyne lacrosse has been playing at this time of year in a long time. I’m expecting it to be one heck of a lacrosse game.
* On keys to success: I’m anticipating the first 5 minutes of the game is probably going to set the tempo. I think faceoffs and goalie play have a lot to do with what happens this time of year. I think if you’ve got the confidence that your guy can walk out to the X and get you the ball back or play make it take it allows you maybe to do some different things on the offensive end of the field. I think both defenses are going to have their hands full. I think you’ve got two very opportunistic offenses on the field. I think that both teams can come at you in a couple of different ways. So I’m kind of anticipating maybe a little bit of a chess match. We’re looking forward to watching it.”
- Victor Fernandes