John Kaestner’s two-goal outburst in No. 2 Johns Hopkins’ 10-8 victory over Princeton was surprising in that the junior attackman had never scored a goal prior to Friday night.
But as far as Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala is concerned, Kaestner – who made his first career start in place of freshman Wells Stanwick – was simply doing what he had been coached to do.
“We’ve always tried to have a next-man-up mentality and tried to encourage everybody to work as hard as they can to be prepared for when their opportunity comes,” Pietramala said Monday morning. “One of the most disappointing things for coaches at times is when guys do have an opportunity and they’re not prepared for it or haven’t worked to prepare for it. I thought in this instance, John Kaestner did. He did exactly what we hoped he would do, which was his job. We’ve talked about that approach, and hopefully, that makes things easier for a guy like John when he’s asked to step into a contributing role.”
With Stanwick (undisclosed) and senior Chris Boland (shoulder) sitting out Friday night, sophomore Kevin Interlicchio and freshman Mike Daniello also got some minutes on attack. The pair took just one shot, but Pietramala said they gathered valuable experience against a formidable opponent.
“Those are going to go a long way for us, getting those guys experience in a big game,” he said. “And they did a fine job. Neither of them turned the ball over. They were both able to handle the ball and make good decisions, and we hope that as we move forward, our ability to play more people is going to help us when it gets hotter.”