Q&A with Mount St. Mary's senior goalie T.C. DiBartolo

March 24, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player or coach to get you more acquainted with the player and his/her teamToday's guest is Mount St. Mary's senior goalie T.C. DiBartolo, a Bowie native and Archbishop Spalding graduate who ranks second in school history in career saves (629), third in goals-against average (9.71) and 10th in save percentage (.576).

Question: Coach Tom Gravante has often referred to you as the backbone of the team. Does that put a lot of pressure on your shoulders to backstop this team?

Answer: Not really. I kind of expect a lot from myself anyway. So anything that the coaches ask of me, I pretty much ask of myself. And the goalie is the last line of defense, so it's nothing really new. All goalies are used to it.

Q: The Mountaineers have evened their record at 3-3 after routing the Virginia Military Institute, 21-7, on Tuesday. How do you feel about where the team is at right now?

A: I'm excited to see where we're going. We've kind of been like a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde team this year. We're either really good or we kind of struggle at times. I think when it clicks — and it will click, I hope —it's going to be a really good team to play with. We've had flashes of brilliance in every game this year. So I think this team is very dangerous, but its biggest danger is itself right now.

Q: What's your impression of Loyola, Saturday's opponent?

A: They're extremely well-coached. Coach [Charley] Toomey is a great guy. He was a great goalie in college, so I definitely look up to him. They have a great team, and they're always going to be prepared. They're going to be a good team, and they're going to come excited and ready to play. Loyola-Mount St. Mary's is a pretty big rivalry in other sports. I've never played against them before, but I know a couple of kids on their team, so I'm pretty excited.

Q: Loyola has dropped its past two contests. Could you be catching the Greyhounds at a good time?

A: I don't really think about that because when we lose two in a row, we get hungrier to win a game. So it could go either way. I prepare for every team as if they're going to play their best. So I don't really worry if they're on a losing streak or a winning streak. I expect them to play their best, and hopefully, they expect the same out of us.

Q: Virginia coach Dom Starsia has said in the past that he can't wait for you to graduate so that his team doesn't have to try to score on you again. What does it mean to you when you hear that from someone like Starsia?

A: It's always nice to hear. It's definitely a huge honor when any coach says, 'Good job' after a game, but to hear it from Dom Starsia with his great record, his great teams at UVA, it's definitely nice to be recognized.


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