Dave Pietramala not stressing about Johns Hopkins' first midfield's low production

Blue Jays coach would like to see unit be more efficient, but has no plans to turn over personnel until return of Rob Guida

April 02, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

The fact that the starting attack leads No. 12 Johns Hopkins in scoring this season is not particularly shocking. What is surprising is that members of the first midfield are not immediately next on that list.

Freshman Ryan Brown, who runs on the second line, is tied with senior John Ranagan for fourth in points with 17. Senior Lee Coppersmith, Brown’s linemate, ranks sixth with 14 points, and senior John Greeley, who has been a starter since his freshman campaign, is seventh with 13.

“Would we like to be more productive from the midfield? Yeah, absolutely,” coach Dave Pietramala said Tuesday morning. “That’s something that we expect. … We need to be more efficient there. I’m not upset with the shots that we’re getting. … We have to shoot the ball better, but I’ll say what I always say. I’m not going to blame shooting. That is a fundamental part of the game. So simply put, we have to be better at those fundamentals, especially with our middies in general.”

The two goals produced by the starting midfield of Ranagan, Greeley and freshman Holden Cattoni in last Saturday’s 11-10 overtime loss to No. 3 North Carolina represent the first line’s first multiple-goal output since March 8, when Ranagan, Greeley and junior Rex Sanders combined for five goals in a 13-7 rout of UMBC.

Sanders has made four starts with Ranagan and Greeley, Cattoni two, and Brown one, and Cattoni has started the last two games. But Pietramala said he’s not considering changing the personnel until the return of junior Rob Guida from an undisclosed injury that has sidelined him for the past seven contests.

“When Rob Guida comes back, things will change,” Pietramala said. “If you take the No. 1 midfielder away from each team, that’s a challenge. But we haven’t talked about it. It is what it is. It’s no excuse. The fact that we’ll get Robert back will help us there, will give us a fresh set of legs, will give us a guy who can stretch the defense, a guy who was on the extra man, and that will jumble up the lines depending on how Robert’s performing obviously.”

Speaking of Guida, Pietramala said there is nothing new to report about his status.

“Like every week, it’s game-to-game, day-to-day,” Pietramala said.” He’s doing great. We’ve not talked about redshirting him. We will have him back and we plan to have him back. Will we have him back this week? I’m not sure about that.”

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