Ben Love on offense and Scott Marsh on defense sparking St. Mary's

Junior midfielder, senior goalkeeper have stood out with their play in the Seahawks' three-game winning streak

March 27, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

St. Mary’s three-game winning streak has relied on standout play from a pair on opposing ends of the field.

Junior Ben Love has scored a career-best five goals in each of the team’s last two contests. The Owings Mills native and McDonogh graduate leads the offense in goals with 16, and 11 of those have occurred during the Seahawks’ three-game run when Love made the switch from midfield to attack.

“We were having some issues with turnovers, and we had some injuries in the middle of the field,” coach Chris Hasbrouck said Wednesday morning. “Two of our probably fastest and most athletic kids have been out for just about a month now. So we needed a little more speed in the middle of the field, and that’s why we moved [sophomore] Matt Tarrant from attack to midfield. It’s one of those amazing coaching changes. You move a kid from midfield to attack and all of a sudden, he’s averaging five goals a game. Other than that, honestly, I really don’t have an answer. He’s always been capable. He’s extremely tough. He knows our offense, and he’s made the most of his opportunities.”

Senior goalkeeper Scott Marsh has been just as productive. The Crofton native and South River graduate has posted a 6.00 goals-against average and a .640 save percentage since replacing freshman Joey Casey as the team’s starter after an 11-6 loss to No. 12 Denison on March 13.

“It’s not in my nature to want to pull a goalie, but at that time, I just felt that he wasn’t seeing the ball,” Hasbrouck said of Casey, an Ellicott City native and Mount St. Joseph graduate who has recorded an 11.54 goals-against average and a .495 save percentage. “Scott had had a couple of practices, and we thought it was time to make a change and see what he could do. He’s gone in and played very well. We’re fortunate that we had some options. He’s done a great job for us. He’s very steady. Being a senior, emotionally, he’s not affected by the highs or the lows. He’s very consistent, a steady influence back there. He’s played great and hopefully, he continues to perform for us.”

For their efforts, Love and Marsh were selected by the Capital Athletic Conference as Offensive and Defensive players of the week, respectively. But Hasbrouck pointed out that the duo has been getting help from their teammates. He also said that he is waiting for St. Mary’s (5-4 overall and 1-0 in the league) to produce its best game of the season.

“We’re in a fortunate position where I don’t think we’ve played our best lacrosse yet, which is a good thing,” Hasbrouck said. “You want to be playing better at the end of the year. We’ve had tough games early, but our goal is we want to play our best lacrosse late. Right now, the way the schedule is with upcoming opponents, we’ve been battle-tested. Our goal is not just to have those two [Love and Marsh]. We want to put together 60 minutes consistently, and I like our chances against anybody if we do that.”

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