Revived offense paves way for St. Mary's

Diversified unit has helped Seahawks reel in four consecutive wins and first place in Capital Athletic Conference

March 28, 2012|By Edward Lee

When attackman Dennis Rosson graduated last May, the concern around the St. Mary’s program was who could make up for the 28 goals and 16 assists that departed with Rosson.

The Seahawks have answered that question with a group of players. Four different players have scored at least 10 goals each, helping the offense average 10.4 goals in nine contests this season.

Junior midfielder Taylor Cook leads the team in goals with 17, and freshman midfielder Will Lerch ranks second with 14. Freshman attackman Matt Tarrant has scored 13 times, and senior attackman John Dehm has registered 10 goals.

The diversity on offense is something coach Chris Hasbrouck has been seeking for a while.

“It was our goal to not be so one-dimensional, and that’s something that is kind of a testament to Dennis Rosson,” Hasbrouck said. “Denny was such a good player that he could carry us. But at times, we didn’t give him the support he needed, and that’s why I knew that for us to be successful, we were going to have a much more balanced offense. And that’s what we’re getting. We’re getting scoring from our second midfield line, which is fantastic. We’re getting scoring from four attackmen. So it makes us a lot harder to guard. If we execute, we’re going to put ourselves in a position to succeed."

And directing the offense is junior Patrick Mull. After switching from the midfield to attack, Mull leads the offense in assists (22) and points (29).

“If we finished a little better, he’d probably have about 30 [assists],” Hasbrouck said with a laugh. “Patrick’s doing a great job. He ran midfield for about a year or two because we wanted to get him on the field. I think that’s given him a much better understanding of what we want to do offensively. He’s really taken on that role of the quarterback. We’d like to have him turn the corner. He’s such a capable shooter, but he’s an extremely unselfish player. So he’s distributing the ball, but he’s a very competent shooter, and that’s another dimension that we hope he brings to each game we have left.”

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