Postscript from Syracuse at Johns Hopkins

Stanwick fares well in return for first time in four games

March 18, 2012|By Edward Lee

Wells Stanwick made his return from a right hand injury after sitting out three games. But if the freshman had a choice, he would’ve returned much sooner to No. 2 Johns Hopkins than Saturday’s 11-7 victory over No. 7 Syracuse.

“I was pressing,” Stanwick said after the contest. “If you talked to our coaches, they’ll probably tell you that I was trying to get out there. But it was smart to sit out a couple games and let everything come back to 100 percent.”

Stanwick injured his hand in the week leading to the Blue Jays’ eventual 10-8 win against Princeton March 3. Both he and senior attackman Chris Boland were dressed during pre-game warm-ups, but only Stanwick entered the game, running with the second midfield.

In the first quarter, Stanwick assisted junior midfielder John Greeley on his second goal of the game, and he converted a pass from sophomore attackman Brandon Benn late in the second period.

“Both were awesome. Both just gave me that extra boost,” Stanwick said his two-point outing. “I had a few pre-game jitters, but on that assist to Greels, it just felt really great to be back out here.”

Stanwick said his hand made it through the contest without incurring another setback, and coach Dave Pietramala said it was evident that Stanwick played with little trepidation about his hand.

“The best part was I thought he didn’t play with any hesitation today or fear,” Pietramala said. “I thought he just came in and did what he does with no concern for getting whacked around.”

Other notes:

*For only the second time this season, Johns Hopkins (7-0) lost the groundball battle, collecting just 17 to the Orange’s 27 – despite winning 13-of-20 faceoffs. The difference was especially evident in the fourth quarter when Syracuse scooped up 10 of 12 available loose balls. The numbers were emblematic of another lackadaisical showing in the final period and were cited by Pietramala as a source of disappointment. “I am not thrilled with the groundballs,” he said. “I’m upset about them. To win that many faceoffs and to lose that many groundballs, you can bet you’re your bottom dollar that on Monday, we’ll be doing groundball drills.”

*After Syracuse sophomore attackman Derek Maltz scored his first two goals on extra-man opportunities in each of the first two quarters, the Blue Jays adjusted their man-down scheme. They rotated defenders on Maltz, who usually occupied the inside position. The Orange countered by moving Maltz to the perimeter and using someone else on the inside, but they went 0-of-4 on man-up chances in the second half. “I thought it helped us when we did that because it took away that guy on the inside and they actually brought him up to the perimeter,” Pietramala said. “Now they’re putting someone else on the inside. So we switched roles and forced an inside guy to be an outside guy and an outside guy to be an inside guy.”

*With just 7-of-20 faceoffs against Johns Hopkins, Syracuse (3-2) has won just 23 of its last 69 draws. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Orange are 1-2 over that span, and it’s an issue that has bothered coach John Desko. “I think a lot of it has to do with so many more opportunities for the other team and fewer for us,” he said. “We’re going to have to be very efficient offensively. We may even have to play like some other teams as far as working for good shots and holding the ball more to rest our defense. But we’re just going to keep plugging at it. … It’s difficult. We’ve just got to keep working at it. Our guys are sophomores. We’re using defensemen up there more. We’ve just got to keep working at it. We’ve got to get better at groundballs, and we’ve got to get better at faceoffs.”

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