Robertson a faceoff specialist

Skills, daily drill matter, senior Owls standout says

April 29, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Westminster boys lacrosse team produces faceoff specialists the way Detroit manufactures cars, and Dave Robertson is the school's latest product.

The senior midfielder has dominated faceoffs, winning 17 of 25 in Tuesday's 11-10 win over Harford County's C. Milton Wright and 13 of 22 in the April 20 11-8 win over South Carroll.

Robertson, in his third season as the Owls' go-get-'em guy in the head-to-head contest of will and skill that opens play and restarts it after goals, credited his dominance to daily 20-minute drills on faceoff techniques.

"I work hard in practice," he said. "Once you work with it more and more, you feel more comfortable with it."

Robertson said there's no secret to his technique but admits that he likes to "try different things" on opponents.

"Most people are used to certain moves, like the clamp and the hop," he said. "When I throw a different move at them, they don't know what's going on."

Coach Jim Peters said Robertson is yet another addition to a group of talented faceoff specialists, which includes Salisbury State graduate Dan Gourley and two-time Carroll County selection Paul Binetti.

Robertson "does a lot of things right," Peters said. "He's a big, strong kid, but most of it is his desire to win faceoffs."

Lions lose top scorer

Spring is supposed to be a time of rebirth, but things are not looking rosy for Liberty's boys lacrosse team.

The Lions lost midfield star Kris Gooding, a junior, earlier this month to academic ineligibility, and senior midfielder Sean Donahue missed three games because of a mild separated shoulder.

Now Liberty must replace leading scorer Mark Donahue, a sophomore who suffered a broken collarbone in Tuesday's 10-9 loss to North Carroll.

Lions coach Sal Picataggi said Donahue, who has 12 goals and 18 assists, was hit after scoring in the fourth quarter.

"I thought maybe he had a stinger," Picataggi said, adding that the check was "legal." "But the trainer reached under the pad and said, `Sal, it's broken.' "

"He's our best offensive player," Picataggi said.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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