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posted 03.15.2011 at 9.00 a.m. by Jac Coyne

Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump

Speaking with various coaches over the weekend, I always have a pile of unused quotes and notes that are interesting enough to pass along, but not quite comprehensive enough for their own story.

"That's what we've been selling since we've been here. This just makes it look like you know what you're talking about." – Chestnut Hill head coach Brian Dougherty on the usefulness of using the Mercyhurst win when talking with recruits.

"I think we got them tired. They weren't as deep as us and we were able to use that depth at the end of the game. We shut down Mark Manning and he's pretty good. It was nice to take him out and let some of the other guy try to beat us." – Colorado head coach Mike Ryder on why the Buffs beat No. 11 Utah.

"It's a true test of a team to see how they deal with success. Does it inspire or does it breed overconfidence? This next opponent will be interesting, but I'm excited to find out." – Trinity head coach Mike Higgins on how his players will handle the big win over Conn. College.

"I really didn't have any thoughts. If you know me at all, I'm pretty much an in-the-moment kind of guy." – Dougherty on whether he thought he had the horses to beat a team like Mercyhurst when he first arrived at Chestnut Hill.

"Us being young coaches, we get very emotional on the sidelines. I'm not too far removed from playing myself. Maybe it's coming from the East Coast. I've been around guys who have played before and I get emotional." – Ryder on why his team had wide emotional swings during the quarterfinal game against Arizona State last year.

"In terms of confidence, we try to have some up-tempo practices and encourage guys to push it. Sometimes that leads to sloppiness. More times than not, we'll work on that. It always gets back to the fact that this is just one game. We have to make sure we don't get too far ahead of ourselves, but confidence is a big part of the sport." – Higgins on whether he thought his team had the confidence to beat a team like Conn. College.

"Yesterday [goalie Dakota Maurer] played great, but it wasn't like he had to stand on his head or we were man-up 32 times and they were man-up once. It was a really even game from the second quarter on." – Dougherty on the fact that the Griffins win wasn't a fluke.

"It's kind of an issue for us right now. The biggest thing going forward is getting our faceoff guys to not necessarily win the faceoff, but get the wing guys involved. That's kind of a key aspect for us because if we can get a couple of extra possessions, we should be able to put the ball in the back of the net." – Ryder on the Buffs struggle at faceoff in the first two games.

Best & Worst
Best thing about today: Amherst travels to Endicott this evening in an interconference showdown. The Lord Jeffs acquitted themselves nicely against Tufts, so we'll see if they can bounce back for a win.

Worst thing about today: It's going to be sunny and nearly 50 degrees outside. I hate being in the office on days like this and there's still another four weeks until officiating starts.