No. 3 Denver is hoping to have freshman Gordie Koerber (Gilman) back for Saturday's game against No. 8 Notre Dame in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic, but senior faceoff specialist Chase Carraro will remain inactive.
In Koerber remains out, coach Bill Tierney is confident in Colin Scott and Eric Adamson as fill-ins. Carraro has an injury, and the medical staff does not want to force his return.
The faceoff specialist from Louisville, Ky., was a second-team All-American last year and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Specialist of the Year. He left Denver's loss to Penn State in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic on Feb. 17. Senior Chase Calkin has won 46 percent of his faceoff attempts while Carraro has been injured.
"Chase [Carraro] impacts our offense with his speed because he's a dynamic fast-break scorer coming from the midfield and he makes our transition offense really effective," Tierney said. "Chase [Calkin] gives us a different feel out there because he's not quite a fast-break midfielder, but he battles to get those ground balls and his determination is really motivating for the other guys."
•Princeton senior midfielder Tucker Shanley will miss the rest of the season and will withdraw from school to return for the 2014 season, a school spokesman said Thursday.
Shanley injured his ankle in the preseason and then tried to play against Hofstra in the season opener, only to reinjure the ankle and also suffer a broken arm.
Shanley had 20 goals and eight assists a year ago.
"I am obviously very disappointed that I won't be able to finish my career with my classmates," Shanley said. "I am really looking forward to the opportunity of getting healthy and contributing next year."
•Massachusetts seniors Will Manny and Colin Fleming are "still on track to return this season and have been going through their recovery periods without setbacks," a school spokesman said Thursday. A return date has not been set for either at this time.
Manny broke his thumb in UMass' season opener against Army. A source close to the team at the time said Manny could miss up to six weeks with the injury, so his return should be near. He had surgery to get two pins put into the thumb.
The Minutemen started the season 3-0 without the duo, including a big win against North Carolina. March has proved more difficult for UMass, which has dropped three straight to Brown, Albany and Bucknell. A league matchup with Penn State looms this weekend.
•The return of Lehigh goalie Matt Poillon from an upper-body injury sparked the Mountain Hawks in a win against then-No. 11 Penn State on Saturday in the inaugural Independence Classic. Lehigh will still be without sophomore defender Dylan O'Shaughnessy for its game against Army on Saturday, however.
A Lehigh spokesman characterized his status as "out indefinitely." Mike Noone, Baxter Lanius and Ty Souders started for Lehigh last Saturday. O'Shaughnessy, a long-stick midfielder, had a strong freshman campaign last year, finishing the season with 13 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers
•Villanova will have John LoCascio, likely its best defender, back from injury just in time for No. 1 Maryland to roll into town. LoCascio's presence can't be overstated: He leads the country in caused turnovers, with 16 in four games.
Villanova, which was racked by injuries last season and in the fall, is also expecting Will Casertano to play. Casertano sat out Saturday's game against Pennsylvania. The week before against Princeton, the first-line midfielder earned his 100th career point. Kevin O'Neil (Boys' Latin) joined Max Hart (Georgetown Prep) and John Kluh (St. Mary's) on the first-line midfield for the game against Penn.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun