Navy’s five-goal output in Sunday’s 5-1 win against Delaware was surprising considering that the offense had scored 21 goals in its first two games and the Blue Hens had surrendered 27 goals to No. 20 Bucknell and Mount St. Mary’s.
Two days before they open the Patriot League portion of their schedule at Boston University (3-1), coach Rick Sowell said he thinks the No. 16 Midshipmen endured their first – and hopefully last – hiccup.
“We’ve certainly put it under the microscope, and boy, we missed in that first quarter alone some really good opportunities to get up maybe three or four goals,” he said Thursday morning. “We had a couple in transition, we had a couple of really good looks offensively that we just didn’t put away. Of course, we’re not going to put them all away, but we’ve been pretty good at cashing in on those opportunities. I don’t know if it was being unlucky or whatever you want to call it, but I don’t think this is indicative of what our offense is going to be. We’ll see going forward whether this was an aberration or if it’s a trend, but at this point and after seeing us practice the way we have the past couple of days, I feel good about our offense and that we’re going to get back on track. It’s not going to be easy against BU, but I’m certainly feeling good about the way our offense has been practicing this week, and hopefully, we can play the way we practiced this week.”
The one silver lining was the play of T.J. Hanzsche. After taking just one shot in his first two starts and going without a goal or an assist, the 5-foot-8, 174-pound senior attackman scored two goals on four shots against Delaware.
“I’m sure it was a good feeling just to see that ball go into the back of the net,” Sowell said. “Some of our guys were getting shots and just not putting the ball in the back of the net. He was not getting the shots. So I’m sure he was frustrated, but he didn’t show it. He’s a team player and one of our top leaders. So you never noticed that he wasn’t getting his shots. That being said, I’m sure deep down, when he scored that first goal, it was, ‘Whew, it’s about time.’ I’m sure it was a good feeling.”