All eyes on Mount’s Lehrer

Attackman, with 44 goals, is focal point of opposing defenses

April 30, 2010|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Opposing defenses are beginning to catch on to Cody Lehrer, and for good reason.

The sophomore attackman for Mount St. Mary's has scored 44 goals this season, fourth-most among DivisionI players. That kind of production has inspired a few opponents to try to prevent Lehrer from even touching the ball.

"I've faced shutoffs in a good number of games this season," Lehrer said. "It can be frustrating at times, but at the same time, I view it as a compliment. They have a respect for me and see me as a threat. I just take it as a challenge and try to do what I can."

Lehrer headlines a Mountaineers offense that is averaging 11.2 goals and could get the No. 2 seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a victory Saturday over Marist.

Lehrer, whose goal production is tied for the fifth-most by a Mount player in a single season, was shut out by Manhattan in a Mountaineers 5-4 victory. Coach Tom Gravante said Lehrer should expect further scrutiny from opposing defenses.

"We do anticipate that teams are going to try to shut him off and lock onto him," Gravante said. "My staff and I have some ideas to free himself and his stick so that we can get him involved. One item on our coaching agenda is to help him grow through the frustration of teams trying to shut him off. When he scores goals, we win games."

Lehrer, a Baltimore native and Dulaney graduate, has scored at least three goals in a game nine times this season, including a career-best seven goals in a 14-12 win against Lafayette on April 3. But he dismissed the notion that he has to carry the offensive burden.

"It's a good pressure," he said. "I just view it as I've got to do my part. Everyone has their role on the team, and I'm trying to fill mine to the best of my ability."

Ghitelman makes casefor top goalie in nation

When the topic of top goalkeepers in Division I is brought up, Syracuse junior John Galloway, Princeton sophomore Tyler Fiorito and Notre Dame senior Scott Rodgers are usually mixed in the conversation.

Curiously, Adam Ghitelman's is left out, and that's somewhat surprising considering that the junior is 35-5 in less than three seasons with No. 2 Virginia. But if Ghitelman is upset about being overlooked, he's not letting on.

"I can't say that," he said after his 16-save performance propelled the Cavaliers to their sixth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship with a 10-6 dismantling of No. 3 Maryland in College Park on Sunday. "I think a lot of the goalie position is looked at based on save percentage and whatnot, and I think I bring a lot more to our team than just stopping the ball. But I've worked on that, and hopefully my game is ready for the playoffs. Those guys are phenomenal. They deserve the credit that they get. If I'm overlooked, I don't care. All I really care about are wins and losses and, hopefully, getting the win in the final one."

Preston joins fatherin McDaniel record books

Senior attackman Gibbs Preston drew inspiration from seeing his father's name on McDaniel's list of all-time scorers.

Bruce Preston, an attackman who played for the Green Terror from 1972 to 1975, amassed 179 points on 112 goals and 67 assists, second-most in school history at the time.

His son, a Baltimore native and McDonogh graduate, has 203 points on 100 goals and 103 assists, 11th-most in program history. Gibbs Preston is only the fifth player to reach the 100 mark in both goals and assists.

"One of my individual goals was to have more points than my dad," said Preston, who leads the team in assists (24) and is second in goals (22) and points (46). "I'm happy, but I can't really think about it because we have [the Centennial Conference] playoffs on Friday. I'll think more about that accomplishment when the season is over."

Et cetera

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