Mass. College Lax: Catching Up With Keith Bugbee (Springfield College)
WESTON, MA – After earning their first Pilgrim League victory against Regis College on Wednesday evening, Noontime Sports caught up with Springfield College men’s lacrosse coach Keith Bugbee to chat about the win, as well as their season, too.
On the season thus far: “We play a really tough schedule and then we have a couple league games that are not quite the same level, but we don’t want to change what we’re doing. I was pretty pleased because I thought we just stayed with our system because we kept a pretty short leash on the guys to not get crazy out there and just do what we do. This is probably one of the youngest teams I’ve had in a while, so it was good to see they didn’t get crazy and just stayed with what they had to do. We had a couple guys score their first collegiate goal, so that’s fun for them, but we made sure we got guys in early and (Josh Blumenthal) is doing a great job here. He’s a good coach and just has little thinner roster than we have right now.”
On playing non-conference foes: “I’m a big fan and always have been of playing a tough a schedule, especially independent wise, so I think we play one of the toughest schedules in the country and last year we pretty much won all those games, and this year we lost a bunch of them, but we got better every time and I don’t think we would have won against Western New England if we hadn’t played that schedule because that forces us to play the game faster and smarter, but last year I had 13 seniors and we had a really strong team, this year I have one senior, so we’re starting like four freshmen and four sophomores and a lot of guys that are definitely young, but it’s a good bunch of guys, they work hard and I think we’re getting better.”
On the play of Ryon Lynch: “Even when we were playing those tough games, he still is I believe top-10 in the country for points right now (and) he’s good for like 4-5 points a game, which is great. He sees everything and a great kid and a leader.”
On Building Off This Win: “With this young team, you can’t substitute winning because a win is a win and because of our schedule this was the first game some guys even got in. A couple of these freshmen scored their first college goal today, so that’s great.”