Pierce Bassett, who got the start in goal in last Saturday’s 11-7 loss to No. 3 North Carolina, will start this Saturday against visiting Albany.
Bassett, who became only the fifth true freshman to start in the cage since 1972, finished with six saves, and coach Dave Pietramala confirmed that Bassett will remain the starter.
“I don’t think we can afford to keep going back and forth and keep these guys in limbo each week. I think that would be unfair to all of them,” Pietramala said. “Pierce did a solid job. I’m sure if you asked him, he’d probably say, ‘Gosh, I wish I had a couple of those back.’ … I thought he showed some poise and composure, and he did a good job. Can he play better? I absolutely think Pierce is capable of playing better. But was he the reason why we lost? No, absolutely not. I thought he did a solid job.”
Bassett replaced senior Michael Gvozden, who had been the team’s undisputed starter since he succeeded Jesse Schwartzman prior to the 2008 season. Pietramala said Gvozden, a Severna Park native and graduate, has been a model teammate.
“I’m sure he’s very disappointed, but it’s a decision that we’ve made and one that we think is in the best interest of the team,” Pietramala said. “Michael, while very disappointed and wishing that the situation was different, has been extremely supportive of not just Pierce, but of all the other goalies. He’s the first to greet Pierce when Pierce walks off the field, and as I told Michael, Pierce looks up to him. … He’s still a freshman, and he still looks up to the senior. So the support of that senior is critical, and Michael – in practices and in games – has done what you hope a good teammate would do.”