Washington College has faith in goalie Ted DiSalvo

Junior was benched at halftime of team's seven-goal last Saturday, but DiSalvo is expected to make his ninth consecutive start this Saturday

April 04, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Washington College may have pulled Ted DiSalvo after one half of the team’s eventually 16-9 loss to Centennial Conference foe Franklin & Marshall last Saturday, but the program’s faith in the junior goalkeeper hasn’t wavered.

Coach Jeff Shirk said that DiSalvo is still the primary starter, and he will open the Shoremen’s league contest against Muhlenberg this Saturday in his usual position.

“Teddy’s our guy,” Shirk said of DiSalvo, who has recorded an 8.26 goals-against average and a .572 save percentage in all nine of the team’s games “He’s played great all year. I think he responded great to the decision [of getting benched at halftime] because he backed [sophomore] Beau Brady. We kind of sat and talked after the game. It was just one of those things where we needed a spark because we weren’t clicking. It was a decision that we made, and Teddy accepted it because he is a team player. But we made it very clear – and Teddy knows it – that he’s our guy.”

DiSalvo made just two saves in 30 minutes of play against the Diplomats while surrendering eight goals, which prompted Shirk’s decision to pull him for Brady. That benching might impact the psyche of a first-year starter, but Shirk said he doesn’t have such concerns about DiSalvo.

“Just looking back to when I’ve coached goalies in situations like that, it usually helps them focus, and Teddy’s the type of kid who doesn’t lack work ethic,” Shirk said. “He has gained the confidence this year, which is why I think he’s such a good goalie. He had a little bit of an off game, and it wasn’t as bad as we originally thought it was after watching the film. So I think he’s locked in, and I’m expecting Teddy to play as well as he has in all of the previous games.”

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