Stevenson comfortable with rotation at faceoffs

Trio of Reidt, Ramatowski, Wyatt give Mustangs options on draws

May 11, 2012|By Edward Lee

Stevenson has thrown as many as six guys out for faceoffs, but three – senior Doug Reidt, junior Sam Ramatowski and freshman Sam Wyatt – have taken at least 96 draws each.

Reidt owns the best percentage this season at 53.6 percent and has taken the most faceoffs (181). Ramatowski ranks second in attempted draws (110) and has won 51.8 percent. Wyatt has been the team’s first option in the Greyhounds’ last two contests, winning a combined 59.1 percent (13-of-22) in victories against Ohio Wesleyan and Birmingham-Southern.

Coach Paul Cantabene said the coaching staff is comfortable with employing all three during games, beginning with Saturday’s meeting with Gettysburg in a NCAA tournament second-round contest.

“We have three decent guys that are doing a good job,” he said Thursday. “So we’re giving them all a chance and trying to see who’s hot. We think that our freshman, Sam Wyatt, did a great job [in a 13-2 rout of Birmingham-Southern Wednesday] night. He was 10-of-13 and really getting in there. He’s been improving all year. He’s a big, strong kid, very athletic, great on groundballs. He’s getting some chances. And we’ve still got Doug Reidt and Sam Ramatowski. We’re rotating them all in there and giving them a good chance. We have some depth there. If one guy’s not hot, we can always go to the next guy.”

Cantabene said the staff reviews performances in practice and scouting reports of opponents to determine which player will take the first faceoff. But after that, the faceoff ladder becomes fluid.

“You might have the best guy, but a guy who’s not very good might beat the best guy,” Cantabene said. “It’s a lot about matchups and how you counter guys and stuff like that. We’ve got to do a good job of that in this next game against Gettysburg.”

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