The starting attack of senior Zach Palmer, junior Brandon Benn and sophomore Wells Stanwick combined for seven points on five goals and two assists in Johns Hopkins’ 15-6 victory over Siena a week ago, but coach Dave Pietramala thinks that trio is capable of doing more.
Pietramala is not suggesting that he expects 10-point outings from Palmer, Benn and Stanwick, who totaled 13 shots against the Saints. (By comparison, the starting midfield of seniors John Ranagan and John Greeley and junior Rob Guida combined for 21 attempts.)
“They’ve got to force teams to respect what they’re doing,” he said Thursday. “They’ve got to press the corners a little bit more so that teams need to account for them defensively and give them a little bit more attention when they have the ball whereas right now, they’re getting a little less attention when they have the ball.”
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Palmer, Benn and Stanwick get another shot Saturday night when they visit Towson. Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen criticized his players for a lack of anger stemming from their season-opening 9-7 loss to High Point, but Pietramala said the Blue Jays should expect a fired-up opponent.
“I think we’re going to see team full of anger and with something to prove,” he said. “I’m not interested in [Nadelen's] comments to the paper. Those kids are going to come out and they’re going to be ready to play Johns Hopkins, and I have certainly communicated that to our team. … The fact that they won or lost to High Point is of no importance to us. We’ve always had great games at Towson. So the High Point score doesn’t change how we’re going to prepare for them.”