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Editor’s note: The Orange County Register is having the area’s spring sports coaches take part in a Q&A about the 2020 season that was cut short by the coronavirus crisis.
Perry Craz, Northwood boys lacrosse
Q: How are you adapting to being home every day during the spring?
A: I’m adapting well. There’s still a lot of work and planning that goes into each season, so it’s been nice to get a head start on 2021.
Q: As a coach, what do you miss most about your “normal routine” (pre-coronavirus)?
A: I miss everything. Interacting with players, game days, practices, and watching the team grow on a daily basis.
Q: When you think about your team these days, what stands out the most?
A: I think NHS lacrosse is resilient. The players have continued to improve and invest in the culture of “do more, get more.”
Q: As a coach, what has been the worst moment for you this spring and why?
A: The worst was the cancellation of the Orange Lutheran game on March 16. The boys were ready to play after a great game vs Capo, and the rain, lightning, and virus ended up being the last day the team was together.
Q: And what has been the best moment for you this spring and why?
A: The best moment of 2020 was defeating then No. 1 Dana Hills on the road. We played a complete game and were beginning to gel offensively and defensively.
Q: If you could play one game tomorrow, what would that look like?
A: If we played a game tomorrow I’d hope it was against our biggest rival, Beckman High School, at Northwood HS. Final redemption for the seniors. I imagine a lot of energy and fans in attendance.
Q: What do you want your players to learn from all of this?
A: Learn the importance of today. Give your all every day because at any moment things can change for the best or worst. Be ready for both!
Q: For fun, which player(s) on your team made you laugh the most?
A: Hands down the player who made me laugh the most this year was Travis Arena. He just does things to defenders that are laughable. Can’t wait for the league to see him play next season.
Q: For fun, who on your team would you like to challenge to a friendly showdown on the field? And would it be a face-off or do you go 1-on-1 on offense or defense?
A: It would have to be 1-on-1 vs captain and starting defender Matthew Keith. He wouldn’t stand a chance but it would be fun!
Q: For fun, what song do you play on the team bus for the final bus ride home?
A: After each victory the team jams out to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.