Johns Hopkins not weighing redshirting Rob Guida yet

Junior midfielder has sat out last four games with unspecified injury, but Blue Jays not considering shelving him for remainder of season

March 21, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Rob Guida’s status remains uncertain as No. 12 Johns Hopkins prepares to meet No. 13 Virginia in the second game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic doubleheader at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore this Saturday.

The junior midfielder had recorded one goal and one assists in two starts before missing the Blue Jays’ last four contests. But coach Dave Pietramala said the program is not considering shelving Guida for the remainder of the season and applying for a medical redshirt.

“I think you always have to weigh that option, and I think you always have to weight what’s in the best interest of the young man health-wise,” Pietramala said Thursday morning. “Can he come back and can he come back and be successful? Is he going to take four weeks to kind of get his feet wet? … If the clock is ticking, you absolutely have to look at that. At this point for us, that has not been a consideration because the progress Robert has made has been outstanding. Every indication that we’ve received has been very positive. If that were to change, we would absolutely look at that, but we have not had that conversation.”

Johns Hopkins has been down this road before. Last year, attackman Chris Boland broke his collarbone in the season opener against Towson and sat out seven games before returning.

And the program can look at what other schools have done. Massachusetts senior attackman Will Manny was sidelined for five contests after reportedly suffering a broken thumb, but he has played in the Minutemen’s last two games. The Cavaliers opted to shelve senior midfielder Chris LaPierre after playing in three games because of an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Pietramala would not confirm or deny a pair of Lacrosse Magazine reports published last week that Guida had broken his collarbone and would not return until the end of this month.

“He’s week-by-week,” Pietramala said. “What I can tell you is Robert is doing very well. He’s been out on the practice field with us.”

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