Hunter Francis is a veteran lacrosse person, having been a GM in MLL. He now will be running the Baltimore Bombers, and we got a chance to catch up with the coach and GM below as he previews the season and their opener against Boston.
On Training Camp:
We’ve had a very good training camp- not great, but very good. The logistical challenges of having camp during the holidays meant we had some players coming and going. We have a strong mix of veterans and newer players and the sharing of knowledge among the players has been a real benefit.
On How to Beat Boston:
The biggest challenge will be for us to relax and play our game. We are expecting Boston to be very good- we know some of their players (like Malcolm Chase) who we have the utmost respect for so we’re expecting major obstacles. So our focus in practice and during travel is on ourselves- to understand each players role and what they must do to help us succeed.
On Who Has Stood Out in Camp:
Matt Hickman and Ben Rubeor have both stood out. I am expecting both these men to make a real impact in 2013 and beyond.
On the Bombers Strengths:
Our biggest strength is the number of true professionals we have on board. Whether MLL or NLL these guys simply conduct themselves different. When we consider size, strength, speed, etc. the one thing that sticks out is experience. I’m amazed how they have not only embraced the Bombers but the NALL- they’re committed to the success of the league.
On What to Expect Saturday:
Regardless of the outcome I am expecting a rivalry to be born Saturday night. This game will be physical, up and down the floor with each athlete leaving everything inside the rink. The Boston team is well thought out- they have outstanding management, coaching and ownership and this will be reflected on the floor by their players. I believe the fans and supporters will leave with a great sense of value who can’t wait for the next home game.