Cohen takes lead in starting goalie race for UMBC

Brian McCullough finished last season as UMBC’s starting goalkeeper, but the senior apparently won’t open the upcoming campaign in the same position.

That’s because junior Adam Cohen has impressed the coaching staff enough to position himself to start in the cage. The Arnold native and Severn graduate finished 2010 as the starter, but started just twice last year as McCullough assumed that role.

“After the fall, we felt like Adam Cohen had the lead,” coach Don Zimmerman said. “We have three goalkeepers in Adam, Brian and a freshman named Wes DeRito, but we felt like after the fall, Cohen had kind of gotten ahead of the other two. So going into the spring right now, he’s getting the first look, but it still remains very competitive.”

Zimmerman said senior attackman Rob Grimm is also working with the first midfield and could start there. Grimm, who has amassed 43 goals and 46 assists in three seasons, could solidify a midfield that has been missing juniors Dave Brown (sprained ankle), Scott Hopmann (hamstring) and Nick Doub (high ankle sprain) at various points in the preseason.

If Grimm does start in the midfield, freshman Derek Bertolini could join juniors Scott Jones and Joe Lustgarten as starting attackmen. Zimmerman said Bertolini has shown promise thus far.

“We have a freshman named Derek Bertolini who we were impressed with in the fall and who made some nice strides,” Zimmerman said. “Right now, I would say that he has the best shot at moving into a starting position should we decide to Grimm to midfield.”

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