Mount St. Mary's to go with third different starter in net

Freshman Frankie McCarthy poised to start in Saturday's Northeast Conference opener vs. Sacred Heart

March 28, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

If Tom Gravante has his way – and as the head coach, he probably will – Mount St. Mary’s will go with its third different starting goalkeeper in Saturday’s Northeast Conference opener against Sacred Heart.

Freshman Frankie McCarthy is poised to open Saturday’s home contest as the goalie. McCarthy would replace sophomore Adam Borgogelli, who made nine consecutive starts after freshman Will Rego opened the season against then-No. 3 Maryland.

Borgogelli made the start in last Saturday’s 10-8 loss to UMBC, but after he surrendered seven goals in the first half, McCarthy played the entire second half, allowing just three goals and making five saves.

“I really liked what Frankie did,” Gravante said Thursday morning. “Borgogelli’s been struggling, especially with the high-to-high shots and the low-to-low shots. … Right now, my start is with Frankie McCarthy, and ultimately, that’s why we recruited him – to be our starter. We’re going to have to see – and I talked to my staff yesterday – can he handle the start? If not, Borgogelli’s good coming off the bench as well. So I’m not worried there, but we’re going to have to make a commitment. I want to start Frankie McCarthy.”

Asked if that change was cemented, Gravante said, “I think it’s definite. I want to make a commitment. Unless the next 48 hours are just awful for that young man, he is most likely going to get the start on Saturday because there’s only one way to find out. Clearing-wise, he’s better, he’s more poised. At the end of practice yesterday, I spoke to my staff about that, and we need to take that position. We’ve got to find out. Can he handle it or not? There’s only one way. Let’s go for it. His performance in the second half against UMBC warrants him a start.”

Borgogelli has recorded a 12.08 goals-against average and a .484 save percentage, but as mentioned above, he has started nine contests and gotten accustomed to the defense and the schemes.

But Gravante said he has no concerns about the players getting acclimated to McCarthy and his style of play.

“I think they just play their six-man game out there and stay true to the game plan,” Gravante said. “I thought they did a great job against UMBC, especially against No. 9 [senior attackman Scott Jones] and their big midfielder, Pat Young. I thought they did a nice job against those good kids.”

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