Johns Hopkins unsure if attackman Zach Palmer will play vs. Navy

Senior's status is still unclear after sitting out last Saturday's win vs. Maryland with unspecified injury

April 19, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Zach Palmer’s availability for No. 13 Johns Hopkins’ home contest against Navy at Homewood Field in Baltimore this Saturday is still uncertain. The senior attackman suffered an unspecified injury during practice on April 10 and did not play in the team’s 7-4 upset of No. 6 Maryland last Saturday.

Asked about Palmer’s status, coach Dave Pietramala replied, “Day to day.”

Pietramala declined to say whether he was optimistic that Palmer would return for Saturday’s game.

“I don’t know one way or the other,” Pietramala said. “That’s going to be up to our medical staff.”

Senior John Kaestner scored two goals in Palmer’s place against the Terps, and he would be poised to start again if Palmer is ruled out. But sophomore Wells Stanwick – the Blue Jays’ leader in assists (16) and points (38) – did not record a point for the first time this season.

Some credit goes to Maryland sophomore Goran Murray and the rest of the defense for shadowing Stanwick, but it appeared that he missed the presence of Palmer, who is tied for second on the team in both assists (12) and points (24). Pietramala was quick to dismiss that theory.

“I think we won the game, and that’s all that matters,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who scores, it doesn’t matter who doesn’t, it doesn’t matter who has the assists. The fact of the matter is we won an important game, and that’s what matters to us.”

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