Chris Hasbrouck looking for some anger from St. Mary's

Coach wants to see Seahawks play with chip on shoulder after Saturday's 9-8 loss to York

April 23, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Chris Hasbrouck is not happy that St. Mary’s dropped its regular-season finale to Capital Athletic Conference rival York last Saturday, and the coach wants to see his players show a little emotion when they meet Wesley in the first round of the conference tournament this Wednesday at Seahawk Stadium in St. Mary’s City.

“We need to go in there with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder,” Hasbrouck said Tuesday morning. “They knew that for a lot of reasons, we let a great opportunity slip by. I think we play better when we feel like there’s more at stake. I don’t have the answers for why we came out and didn’t play harder on Saturday, but give a lot of credit to York. They had a great game plan, and those kids played a solid 60 minutes. Every time we scored, they answered, and they forced us into mistakes that were a little bit uncharacteristic of us. They battled us at the X when I thought we would have the advantage there. They came in and they took it to us. We’ll learn from it, we’ll watch the film, and we’ll hopefully get to play them again.”

The 9-8 setback dropped the Seahawks to 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the league, which cost them the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The disappointment of losing those rewards were mirrored by Hasbrouck’s reaction to the loss to the Spartans (13-3, 5-1).

“We just got beat,” he said. “I thought we had a great week of practice. We just didn’t play with the passion and intensity that we needed to play to win the game. York just outplayed us. Unfortunately, we waited until the last six or seven minutes to really start playing with a heightened sense of urgency and at that point, it was too late. So hopefully, we can take care of business of Wednesday and get another opportunity to play them. But we certainly can’t look past tomorrow.”

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