Fatigue not a concern for Mount St. Mary's

Tuesday's road game at No. 5 Johns Hopkins will be Mountaineers' fourth in 11 days

March 04, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

When Mount St. Mary’s travels to Homewood Field for Tuesday evening's showdown with No. 5 Johns Hopkins, the Mountaineers will be playing their fourth game in 11 days. But coach Tom Gravante said he is not worried about fatigue being a factor in the team’s 1-2 record over this stretch.

The players were given Sunday off after Saturday night’s 13-5 loss to Towson, and Gravante said they looked refreshed at Monday morning’s practice.

“They looked recharged this morning,” he said Monday morning. “I also thought back to when I was a player, and we played Wednesday-Saturday games. Now it’s Tuesday-Saturday games. But it beats practice, and I would much rather play a game than practice. These are young men who are resilient. They should be able to recharge right away. I think I made a mistake after the U.Va. game [last Tuesday night]. I should have given them that Wednesday off. We didn’t practice until noon, but I probably should’ve just let them take the entire day off. Spend time and relax. Go see a movie. Go do something. I certainly won’t make that mistake next year.”

Mount St. Mary’s has dropped its past two games, including an 18-11 setback to No. 11 Virginia. The loss to Towson was especially aggravating as the Tigers had visited Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg with only one win in four contests, but Gravante said the team can no longer afford to dwell on that result.

“We’re in the same situation as we were post-Maryland,” Gravante said, referring to the team’s season-opening 23-6 loss to the Terps on Feb. 12. “Got to have a short memory. That wasn’t our best effort and we can do better, and they realize that. We were coming off a long week. … This morning’s practice was good. The kids were excited. There’s nothing we can do to change the outcome of the Towson game. It’s time to move on.”

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