Liberty hosts LFSN's first SELC lacrosse preseason show
January 31, 2015 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) hosted its first SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) preseason show Saturday afternoon.
Hosted by LFSN anchor Rett McGibbon and analysts Dave Franklin and Patrick Strawn, the show started by revealing the SELC preseason poll and a breakdown of all four regions.
Reporter Monika McKenzie provided a variety of interviews with SELC coaches, including defending champion Virginia Tech's Matt Schroeder, Northeast Region champion South Carolina's Adam Rathe, and Southwest Region champion Georgia Tech's Ken Lovic, who also serves as director of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA).
Fellow broadcaster Brandon Cockburn represented Liberty with an in-studio interview with Flames Head Coach Kyle McQuillan. McQuillan earned SELC Coach of the Year honors last season for guiding his team to the Northwest Region title in Liberty's first season at the Division I level. The Flames, who clinched the title by defeating Virginia Tech in the regular-season final played at the Liberty Lacrosse Field, ultimately fell to the Hokies in the SELC tournament championship game in Atlanta.
Virginia Tech debuted at No. 10 and Liberty at No. 18 in the MCLA Division I Preseason Poll, released on Tuesday.
For the show, Strawn also interviewed SELC President Doug Horn during a recent visit to Liberty. Horn expressed his excitement in the conference's growth and competition level, as well as his anticipation for the out-of-conference matchups the upcoming season holds.
All hosts gave their early championship and award predictions (Florida State and Liberty dominated the picks) and mentioned key matchups to anticipate, including North Carolina State at East Carolina on March 20, the midnight game between Liberty and Georgia (March 27 at Liberty), Georgia Tech at Georgia on April 11, and three regular-season finales set for April 17 — Alabama at Auburn, South Carolina at Clemson, and an SELC championship rematch between Liberty and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
"For it being our first show, it was really good," Strawn said. "We were glad to see it went well and glad to hear a lot of positive feedback from other coaches and players on the show. The crew did a great job considering we had just filmed the men's volleyball midnight game the night before and then turned around to put on the show before broadcasting two hockey games."
McGibbon agreed, expressing his pride in both the effort and end result.
"For the first show that we've ever done, it was a really big success," McGibbon said. "We were really fortunate to have Dave Franklin come down from Long Island — he's like a lacrosse Wikipedia for the MCLA — so it was really good to have him and we look forward to doing the show again for years to come."