Goucher, Washington used regular-season meeting differently

Opponents in Wednesday's first-round NCAA tournament game took differing approaches to Feb. 25 contest

May 09, 2012|By Edward Lee

Wednesday’s first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament between Goucher and Washington is a rematch of a Feb. 25 contest in which the Gophers traveled to Chestertown and emerged with an 8-6 decision.

Since then, both teams have enjoyed their share of success. Goucher is riding a 14-game winning streak en route to a 17-1 record and their second Landmark Conference tournament championship in three years.

The Shoremen (11-5) captured the Centennial Conference regular-season crown for the first time since 2004 before falling to Dickinson in the tournament final last Sunday.

But both teams are viewing that regular-season meeting through different lenses. For instance, Gophers coach Kyle Hannan said he and his staff have not included much from that game in their scouting report with the players.

“Teams change so much over that period of time,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “The only thing we’re using is that we know how long the bus trip is. So we’ll be organized and time it up right when we get to their campus. But other than that, I think they’ve changed positions with some players, they’re doing different things, and they’re obviously very confident because of the season they’ve had. So it’s a different team. We were their first game in February, and now it’s almost mid-May. So there’s a big difference.”

On the flipside, Washington coach Jeff Shirk said that regular-season contests has been a handy tool for review.

“We used it quite a bit because looking at some of Goucher’s more recent games, they do a lot of the same stuff,” he said. “Of course, they’ve adjusted and some personnel has changed and there are some things they’ve tweaked, but one of the things that really got us in that first game was their 10-man ride. They’re still running it and they ran it very well against Drew to win their conference tournament. So we actually used that first game tape to go over some of the stuff that they got us with. And we’re concentrating on a lot of the new stuff.”

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