Holy Cross Men's Lacrosse Diary: Checking Up With Tyson Colaianni

Tyson Colaianni

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March 20, 2006
February 27, 2006
February 14, 2006


March 20, 2006

It has been a little while since my last installment, and people are getting on me for not writing one. I guess I should please my fans and write another entry.

Since my last entry we have played in five more games, gone down to Duke for our spring break trip, (which included a stop at my house in the NOVA for brunch) and played in a tough OT loss to Bucknell this past weekend. All in all, I have to say that the season is moving very fast, and the end is getting near but as a team we still have a lot of work to do.

The spring break trip from Worcester to Durham, N.C., was an experience in itself. Besides playing one of the best teams in the country, Duke, there were a lot of other non-lacrosse aspects of the trip that I will never forget. Having all 32 of my teammates and the coaches over to my house on our way down to Duke was great. However, I was made fun of a little for some of the pictures of me as a little kid around the house. Pat Flynn made sure to point out the most embarrassing ones to the whole team, and I thank him for that. Also, it was great to see my family, who I hadn't seen since winter break. My dad was his usual self, cracking many inappropriate jokes about me and embarrassing me as much as possible, but he was also able to make about 50 omelets for all the guys, which everyone enjoyed. My mom was busying running around the house making sure everyone had their drinks filled and had gotten enough to eat. It was very nice of them to have the whole team over, and I really appreciate it.

After the brunch at my house, we had to drive another five hours to Duke, on top of the eight hours we drove from Worcester to McLean, Va. The bus trip, though long, was still a good time. All the freshmen were sitting two to a seat in the front of the bus with the coaches, while the upperclassmen were sprawled out in the back of the bus in their own seat with all the room. It was a little crammed in the front, but we made do.

During the trip I learned a lot about all of my teammates. One of the funniest things we took away from the trip is that John Marino was the prankster. He felt the need to put fake snakes in people's beds and to pelt J.R. DiCiocci with water balloons on J.R.'s return from dinner one night. I believe there is a video of the event flying around the internet, but I am not sure.

On the Wednesday of the trip after we played Duke, we loaded the bus at about 6:30 in the morning to make the drive all the way back to campus. Everyone was really tired and slept for much of the trip, but when some of the movies that we were watching got old we had to entertain ourselves with games such at the "Hat Game," the "City Game" and the "Picnic Game." The best part of the games was that even the coaches got involved in them, specifically Coach Levin.

Once we got back to campus there were still four days left in our spring break and practically no one on campus. It was nice having the whole dorm to ourselves and no classes, but that soon passed by as spring break ended and school, lax, and our social lives once again had to be juggled.

Now, six games into the season, we are really coming together as a team. In our last game against Bucknell we really showed everyone and ourselves how good we can truly be, and I think we know now how to do it. We will do it for the rest of the season. I like where the team is going, and I think by the end of the season people won't believe how much better we have gotten since our first game against Fairfield.

Until next time,
Tyson Colaianni

 

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February 27, 2006

I want to start off by thanking all of my teammates and friends for their "constructive criticisms" of this diary, it was greatly appreciated....

Anyway, my first real college lacrosse game is out of the way and it was an eventful one to say the least. First off we played Fairfield which is ranked in the top 20, the game was scheduled to be played Saturday but was moved to Sunday because of snow. Because of the move we were able to get in an extra practice on Saturday in the morning before the snow came. The practice was a light walk-through, but we did our entire warm up routine with the music blaring to get us loose for the game. The rest of the day we just hung out in the dorms waiting for the game. It was kind of tough Saturday night because all we wanted to do was rest, but everyone else on campus was out partying.

Even with the loud hallways I was able to get to bed around 1:00 in the morning and woke up around 9:00 for a team breakfast. I wasn't able to eat much because I was extremely nervous for the game. We had to be up in the locker room around 11:00 and we were going to take the field at 12:00 for our pre-game warm-up. The opening face-off would follow at 1:00. When we walked out on the field in two tight lines with the great music that our captain Bill Klotz put together blasting, I was ready to go, the only thing that caught me off guard was the blistering cold and the high winds which made the frigid temperature of 20 degrees actually feel like negative 15. It was not only the coldest weather I've ever played in, it was the coldest I've ever been in at all.

The game overall was a let down for me. We came out sloppy and had a really bad day. Even though we left the game with a loss there were a couple of bright spots. The game really challenged us to take a deep look at ourselves and to figure out what we want out of this year.

We have a little road trip coming up for spring break, which I am really excited about. We are playing Hartford on Saturday and then traveling to North Carolina to play the number one team in the country, Duke. On the way down to North Carolina, we will be stopping at my house in McLean, Virginia, for a nice brunch that my parents will be putting on. It will be good to see my parents and my sister. (I haven't seen them since Winter Break.) Also, the team will be able to see what the NOVA (Northern Virginia) is like and how amazing it is.

My parents and sister will be making the drive down to Duke on Tuesday to see me play, and it will be the first time they see me play in college. My brother Ryan (he goes to the University of Kansas) is trying to figure out a time to come out to Worcester and catch a game. He has to wait until the end of the NCAA basketball tournament because he covers the men's basketball team for the school newspaper out there.

Spring break should be a lot of fun, lots of team bonding and no classes (not to mention we get to play tons of lax). The season is now in full swing, and it's going to be a good one.

Until next time,
Tyson Colaianni

 

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February 14, 2006

Hello everyone, my name is Tyson Colaianni. I am a freshman and I plan on studying economics-accounting. From the first day that I stepped foot on campus I fell in complete love with the school. Coming from a public school in McLean, Va., not many people around me had heard of Holy Cross. I had heard of it because my mom is from Vermont and her brother was recruited by Holy Cross to play hockey. Also, my father went to Georgetown and applied to Holy Cross, and knew of the many great aspects surrounding the school. My sister attends a Catholic high school in Washington, D.C., and a lot of people from her school apply to Holy Cross, so I heard a number of good things. Many people in my high school, however, had not heard of Holy Cross. When I told my friends that I was going to come here, they looked at me funny, thinking that I was going to some church camp, but I reassured them of the greatness of Holy Cross, and not everything here revolves around the Catholic Church.

I began looking at Holy Cross during the summer going into my junior when the lacrosse coach, Adam Pascal, began to recruit me. I came up in the beginning of September with my mother to look at the school and meet with coach Pascal. When I first arrived on campus I was in complete awe over how beautiful the campus was. My mom told me after my visit that she wished that she had the opportunity to go to college at Holy Cross, because of the many great things that the school offers. I was just pumped that I was given the opportunity to play Division I college lacrosse. I later went on my official visit in October. I stayed with Bobby Sullivan on my visit, a freshman at the time, and had an absolutely amazing time. When I left campus after my two day visit I knew that this was going to be my number one choice for college and that I was going to apply for early decision.

Now that I am into the full swing of things in my first year as a college student and lacrosse player, I have realized that things are a lot different from high school, especially with lacrosse. The game moves at a much faster pace, and I have never been a part of such intense practices until this year. Coach Pascal is a coach who is full of so much energy; at times I wonder where he gets it all. Practice moves up and down for two hours, we go from one drill to the other, which keeps the practice going and makes the time fly by. Coach emphasizes hustle a lot which allows for the team to get better with each practice. Like coach says, "You play how you practice," so we know that if we play hard and intense in practice, it is going to transfer into the games.

This past weekend we headed over to Providence, R.I., for a scrimmage with Brown. I was a little nervous at first going into the game. I kept thinking to myself that I didn't want to mess up and I wanted to play well, however once the first whistle blew all my nerves let go and I was ready to play some lacrosse. The team was really pumped to get on the field and begin to play against some new faces. As a whole we played pretty well but there are a lot of areas where we need to improve. We are definitely getting better, and it just felt so good to be outside playing another team.

After the game we drove five minutes from Brown to the house of one of our seniors, Chuck Rogers. There we were greeted by all of our parents and a large amount food. It was a great way to end the day. I was able to meet a lot of the parents who I will be seeing at many of these "tailgates" for the next four years. My parents were not able to make the scrimmage because it is a nine hour drive up to school, but they will be at some games in the future to cheer me on. This coming Saturday we are scrimmaging Providence, which will be another tune up for our season opener against Fairfield on Feb. 25. Well, I did just get back from a grueling practice and should probably hit the books, since I have a big math test tomorrow.

Until next time,
Tyson Colaianni

 

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