Orchard Lake St. Mary's Making Splash in Michigan

Certainly, the Eaglets have struggled out of the gates, but then the offense settles in and the defense begins to clamp down on opponents. The defense is anchored by Nick Gondek and P.J. Walters, a sophomore who is a raw talent but has great size at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. OL St. Mary's also uses a two goalie system with Cameron Schulze and Adam Hatchard. But the real engine to this team is face-off specialist Josh Abbott, who has won 68 percent of his face-offs.

While the schedule helps the team's toughness, some would hypothesize that it would hurt with familiarity. The Eaglets haven't played many top-tier Div. II teams and thus lack knowledge about their potential opponents' tendencies. But that seems to not be an issue for Normand.

"We have film on every team," Normand said. "Plus, my offense doesn't follow traditional lacrosse rules, so sometimes it takes a team a half to figure out what we are doing."

But to fully make a splash back on the scene, the Eaglets will need to make a strong playoff run, and that's something Normand and his squad understand.

"I tell them that we haven't done anything yet," Normand said. "We're still the underdogs until we do something, and some nice regular-season wins doesn't mean we've done anything yet."

Certainly, OL St. Mary's has risen from the dead of a few seasons ago, but now only time will tell how these "zombies" fair in the lacrosse world. Normand and company are hoping for a Hollywood ending.

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2009-05-14



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