Mass. College Lax: Catching Up With Josh Blumenthal (Regis College)

Regis coach Josh Blumenthal has the Pride headed in the right direction! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for

Regis coach Josh Blumenthal has the Pride headed in the right direction! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for

By Matt Noonan 

WESTON, MA – In his second season with Regis College’s men’s lacrosse team, Josh Blumenthal has noticed some positive changes that are helping the Pride improve. And after their 26-3 setback to Springfield College on Wednesday, the second year coach chatted with Noontime Sports about the team’s current campaign.

On Playing Strong Competition: “We see the competition that we need to get to and we maybe 20 goals apart, but next year we hope to get to 18 goals and 16 goals, so I think you have to play the best to be the best and that’s what I think (the game against Springfield will teach us). We got beat pretty good (on Wednesday), but we saw when they had four guys swarming a lacrosse ball on the ground and we had only have one that’s what we need to do to take it to the next level.”

On The Team’s Strengths: “One is our conditioning because we are light on numbers, so we have to be conditioned and two is the heart my guys have and they just don’t give up and I think that was pretty evident from the game. The score didn’t necessarily go in our favor, but we didn’t stop running the whole time, so I think it’s a combination of the two.”

On Nicky Rodrigo’s Play: “Nicky and Peter Leighton, who’s a sophomore, are 1 and 2 in scoring, so one of the tough things about our team is we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores and one of the great things about our team is we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, so I am looking longevity here, but Nicky is fantastic, he’s a hard worker and I think his style of play down in Miami was little bit different because he was the last guy to touch the ball where now he has to be the first guy to initiate, so his goals are a lot more earned this year than last year. Once he becomes more accustom to the NCAA speed, I think he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with, which I think he already is.”    

On Peter Leighton’s Play: “Peter was our leading scorer last year and he has come back probably better than he was last year, which is exciting for me. I think he had the freshmen blues in a sense where he wasn’t used to the speed and now he’s used to it, so he knows he’s going to get checked, but now he knows to run right around it. A lot of his goals that he’s scored this year, he’ll get pushed at the last second as he’s flying and tumbling to score.”

On NECC (New England Collegiate Conference) Lacrosse: “The more lacrosse the better. I hope we can get to seven and get the time going for the automatic qualifier within two years, but I think it’s great.”

On Facing Pilgrim League Opponents: “I think we’re a lot better skilled than we were last year, so I expect the results to be better, but I think the fact that we’re a year older, this is my second year, the guys have had me for a second year, so they kind of know what to expect, so I’m excited about it. I am excited for the end of the season, whether we win or we lose, so we can look at the stats side to side, and I expect more than half to be more in our favor than they were last year. That would be a good barometer for me for in my second year.”

On Team Improvements: “I think the work ethic is a lot better. I think we brought in some lacrosse players where I think some of the guys from before came to Regis just to come to Regis and they wanted to play lacrosse. Now, they’re lacrosse players coming to Regis to play lacrosse. There’s a lot of similarities in the way we line up between Springfield and us, the way we carry ourselves, so I think just the mindset has gotten better.”

On Coach Bugbee’s Postgame Comments: “I have known Keith for a while. His daughter and I coached at Babson when we coached the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) championship team together and I knew him when I was in high school, but he’s such a well respected guy and I asked him if he wouldn’t mind talking (to my team), so it was short and sweet, but just basically said that you’re working hard and kudos to you and when I took over (the Springfield program) I had to do very similar things. (He also said) to believe in your coach, believe in your program and success will follow.”

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