Dave Pietramala has yet to decide on starting goalie for Johns Hopkins

Pierce Bassett and Eric Schneider still vying for right to start Friday night against UMBC

March 07, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Two days after announcing an open competition at goalkeeper, Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala has not yet named the team’s starting goalkeeper for Friday night’s home contest against UMBC.

Senior Pierce Bassett, who has started 27 consecutive games prior to sitting out Tuesday night’s 19-9 thrashing of Mount St. Mary’s for violating an undisclosed team policy, and redshirt sophomore Eric Schneider, who made four saves against the Mountaineers, are vying for the role.

Although the No. 10 Blue Jays (4-1) are less than 36 hours away from tangling with the Retrievers (1-3), Pietramala joked that he would not wait until game time to make a decision.

“I’m not that cruel,” he said Thursday morning. “We’ll go through practice today and then we’ll let the guys know. I thought they were two mature kids who would handle this the way I’m hoping it would be handled and that it would bring out the best in them, and yesterday after practice, they’re both out there taking extra shots.”

Pietramala wouldn’t say whether either Bassett or Schneider has taken a lead thus far in practice, saying he wants to see both of them play with the first defense.

Bassett has recorded a 7.61 goals-against average and a .594 save percentage in four starts this season, but Pietramala said he’s not worried about bruising Bassett’s ego.

“I can’t imagine that anybody would be happy. But quite frankly, I do know Pierce Bassett well and he is a team guy, and whatever is best for the team is what’s best for Pierce,” Pietramala said. “Eric Schneider is the same way. ... You know what was interesting? The most supportive guy on our sideline of the goalie [Tuesday night] was Pierce Bassett. These are two kids that we knew very, very well, and we believe this will bring out the best in each of them because they’re both competitors and they both want what is best for the team.”

Junior midfielder Rob Guida is not expected to suit up against UMBC. The absence of Guida, who has missed the last three contests because of an unspecified injury, means that junior Rex Sanders will likely start with seniors John Ranagan and John Greeley.

“He’s doing very well though,” Pietramala said of Guida. “We have received positive news about him, but not yet.”

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