Maryland to go with hot hand on faceoffs

Terps will decide which faceoff specialist to ride during course of Sunday's first-round game vs. Lehigh

May 10, 2012|By Edward Lee

For the second time in the last three contests, Maryland gave freshman Charlie Raffa more faceoffs than junior Curtis Holmes.

In the team’s 12-8 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on April 25, Raffa took 10 faceoffs, winning six. Holmes won 4-of-10. The disparity was much wider in the Terps’ 13-11 loss to Colgate last Saturday when Raffa went 12-of-24 and Holmes was 0-of-3.

As the team prepares to meet No. 7 seed Lehigh and junior Ryan Snyder (132-of-259 for 51.0 percent) in Sunday night’s first-round NCAA tournament game, Maryland coach John Tillman confirmed that he intended to go with the player having the most success on faceoffs.

“No doubt about it,” he said Tuesday. “We feel comfortable using Charlie. So he will get used and the guy that is winning the most will get the majority of the draws, and I think the guys are OK with that. They realize that if one guy is winning, they’ll pull for him and they’ll be excited for him. And they’ll be excited for their opportunity if it presents itself. I think both those guys are pretty good with that. But we want to make sure that Curt gets his opportunity. Even though Charlie got a few more, Curt’s always ready.”

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