Goucher relying on retooled attack to lead offense

Gophers have replaced Kyle Boncaro and Rory Averett with as many as five attackmen, and the results have been promising

April 18, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

When Kyle Boncaro and Rory Averett graduated last year as Goucher’s all-time leader in points (273) and goals (190) respectively, the attack’s cupboard appeared to be bare. But the unit has been rebuilt and is thriving again.

Junior Max Roach ranks second on the team in both goals (17) and points (25), junior Dylan Zook leads the team in assists (16), and sophomore Sam Morgan is second in assists (14) and third in points (24).

Senior Zachary Fratella ranks fifth in points (19) and sophomore Sam Woodruff has chipped in seven goals and six assists. Coach Brian Kelly said all five attackmen have developed a cohesion with each other.

“They all have their individual strengths and weaknesses,” he said Wednesday. “We added Sam Woodruff, and although he’s not scoring a ton of points, he was a midfielder who is shifty and quick, and he’s playing down there. We’re got a five-man rotation that’s been working very well. They’re playing to each other’s strengths, and we mix and match, and they’ve all seemed to step up at different times in different games to help us execute our offense. They really work well together.”

But with only three spots on the starting attack, not all five players can play attack at the same time. Fortunately, Fratella and Woodruff have played midfield, and that flexibility allows Kelly the room to put different personnel on the field.

“We’ll mix and match and they’re not labeled as attackmen,” he said. “They’re offensive guys and they’re out there. If they’re not in on attack, they might get some runs on midfield.”

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