Mount St. Mary's coach Tom Gravante not worried about lack of midfield production

Starting attack has accounted for more than 73 percent of Mountaineers offense, but coach said midfielders are doing what is asked of them

March 01, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Mount St. Mary’s has averaged 11 goals in four contests this season, but a closer look reveals that the offensive production is quite lopsided.

The starting attack of seniors Andrew Scalley, Brett Schmidt and Cody Lehrer has combined for 30 goals and 26 assists. The total of 56 points accounts for 73.7 percent of the team’s output so far.

By comparison, the starting midfield of seniors Bryant Schmidt, Daniel Stranix and Eric Osoki has combined for 11 goals and four assists. It’s a jarring discrepancy between the two units, but coach Tom Gravante said he is not alarmed by the imbalance in points.

“The middies, I think, are doing better,” he said Friday morning. “There are things that happen in a game where if they dodge and they make two or three passes and the last pass is from an attackman to an attackman who scores, the credit should go back to the middies who created that for them. They don’t get the assists, but they’re doing the right things with the ball. Even if they don’t score and we score a goal from the attack, they had something to do with that, and we track that. We’re developing the mindset of it doesn’t who matter who does it or who gets it done. What matters is that we do it as a team. … I think they’re doing a better job. They’re dodging hard and moving the ball to the areas that we want them to and being very coachable, which is important.”

The midfielders will get an opportunity to raise their numbers Saturday night when Towson visits Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg. Sophomore goalkeeper Adam Borgogelli, who has started in each of the Mountaineers’ last three games, is slated to start against the Tigers.

“He still maintains his job,” Gravante said of Borgogelli, who has recorded a 13.67 goals-against average and a .506 save percentage. “We still track goals and saves in practice, and he’s staying on top. We’re going to continue to let these kids battle. We don’t want the goalies beneath him to throw in the towel or spiral down. We want to keep them competing, and it’s working. I really like this philosophy. I think it’s exciting for them.”

Mount St. Mary’s is 0-3 against Towson, who rallied from a one-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to escape with a 10-8 victory on March 3, 2012. Gravante said he hasn’t had to remind the players of that outcome.

“Players are going to remember,” he said. “I keep reminding them of the history between the two schools, that Mount St. Mary’s has never beaten Towson and history would have it that we don’t beat them. I continue to remind them that history needs to change and that starts with them. It starts with their belief in their ability, the guy next to them. This is the philosophy we implemented before Bucknell, before Delaware. It’s time to change history. It’s not set in stone. It may be a belief on the other team’s part, but it’s not going to be a belief here.”

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