Leftovers from Q&A with Towson's Andrew Wascavage

Fifth-year senior goalkeeper reveals opponent with hardest shot and his near-attempt to transfer

April 05, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Friday’s editions included a Q&A with Towson fifth-year senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage. Due to space constraints, here are some more answers that didn’t make the cut.

Can you name an opposing player you’ve faced with one of the hardest shots to stop?

[Attackman Mike] Sawyer from Loyola is pretty hard. And the guy from Hopkins last year who broke his collarbone [attackman Chris Boland]. Even though he shot from close range, he could bring it.

Who is the slickest offensive player you’ve faced?

I would say the Thompsons [of Albany]. We scrimmaged against Albany before the season started, and they’re just real crafty. You had to be aware at all times that they would shoot, and they would shoot it between their legs, not looking at the goal, behind their backs, all that kind of crazy stuff.

You played in just four games in 2009 and 2011, sandwiching a redshirt season in between. How did you feel about not getting much playing time?

I had hoped when I came in that I would be starting, but in my freshman fall, I found out that I had torn my meniscus in the summer, and I had to get surgery. That really kept from trying to start or getting too much time my first year, and at the end of that year, I tore same meniscus even worse. So I kind of sat out my sophomore year to heal and get better. In my junior year, we already had Travis Love, who had started for a year. I accepted the backup role. I tried to challenge him as much as I could, but we were pretty set with him. I was thinking about transferring and then I tore my ACL right after I had been accepted to a few schools that I wanted to transfer to. So I ended up staying at Towson, and I was able to recover and get a chance to start.

So you were all set to transfer?

Yeah. I was going to go transfer to either Mount St. Mary’s or Salisbury because I knew that coach [Shawn Nadelen] was pretty much going to stick with Travis. I thought I could get some playing time elsewhere, but I tore the ACL in the middle of that process, and Coach was kind enough to let me stay at Towson.

So if it hadn’t been for the torn ACL, you would not still be at Towson?

Yeah, most likely not. I know that things happen for a reason. I’m not happy that I tore my ACL, but I’m happy where I’m at now. I’m happy things worked out the way that they did. I’ve always loved Towson. It was never anything against the coaches or the guys on the team or the school. Just playing time.

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