McDaniel heads into Friday’s semifinal against Washington in the Centennial Conference tournament on a five-game winning streak. And for the last four games, senior Brad Motley has been the primary goalkeeper.
The Fallston native and graduate replaced sophomore Christian Dallmus as the starter after the Green Terror’s 6-5 overtime decision against Franklin & Marshall on March 31. According to coach Matt Hatton, an injury Dallmus – who had started the first 11 contests – suffered during the week of practice after that win opened the door for Motley.
“Our hands were kind of tied with what we could do, and we felt like Brad not only had a positive attitude on how that position played out, but he also had been playing well enough that we felt comfortable putting him in there and comfortable that he would help us win games,” Hatton said Tuesday. “He’s been in that position since and really hasn’t relinquished it back. Obviously, Christian’s healthy now, and they’re still battling for that position. Looking at the numbers, I think Brad has played quite well, and I think he’s really confident, and I think that’s a microcosm of the team. I think we’re playing with some pretty good confidence, and I think Brad’s at the top of the list of guys who are playing like that. It wasn’t like we demoted Christian or anything like that. That’s kind of how it unfolded for us.”
In his four starts, Motley has played well, amassing a .620 save percentage and a 6.75 goals-against average. Despite those numbers, however, Hatton declined to name Motely as the starter for Friday’s tournament semifinal.
“Those are great numbers, and I think Brad has played really well and is very confident. But in all fairness to both of them, I think it’s a matter of looking at how the week unfolds,” Hatton said. “They both understand that, and it’s been a pretty good, solid competition between them. I don’t think it necessarily means that Brad’s going to start or that we’re going to look at playing Christian. It’s just a matter of who shows us and proves to us that he gives us the best chance to be successful on game day.”