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Drew Westervelt tallied four goals, while Kevin Leveille and Matt Danowski added three each to lead Team USA to a 21-9 victory over the Duke Blue Devils Sunday at the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend. Ten different players scored for the U.S. men's national team in the exhibition game, which was played at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com
Drew Westervelt tallied four goals, while Kevin Leveille and Matt Danowski added three each to lead Team USA to a 21-9 victory over the Duke Blue Devils Sunday at the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend. Ten different players scored for the U.S. men's national team in the exhibition game, which was played at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

Danowski's Lessons Learned From Team USA Scrimmage

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

After eight days of fall ball practice, the Duke men's lacrosse team lined up Oct. 9 against Team USA at US Lacrosse's Stars & Stripes event in Durham, N.C. The U.S. took care of Duke handily, 21-9.

There were tough matchups on the field, such as when freshman long stick midfielder Brian Dailey, in the first five seconds of his college career, drew the assignment of covering Paul Rabil.

But disregarding the experience difference and the final score, Duke coach John Danowski still said, "We were awful. We played really poorly... We were disappointed, not in the score, but some fundamentals that we thought we'd be good at."

Danowski said going into the game he thought the Blue Devils would be able to do three things well: 1) approach the ball defensively, meaning squaring up correctly in one-on-one situations; 2) exchange the ball between midfielders and attackman, goalies and defenseman, etc.; and 3) complete and pick up ground balls.

Instead, "We thought those were three things we did really, really poorly," he said.

See Danowski explain the reasons at the below Duke coaches' clinic session (via GoDuke.com), held about two weeks after the U.S. scrimmage. And also don't forget to hear Danowski speak at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, Jan. 13-15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pa. Early-bird registration -- $80 – ends Nov. 11.


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