An ESPN analyst can only be in so many places in a limited time. But while Mark Dixon wasn’t on hand to see Maryland’s 10-9 upset of No. 7 seed Lehigh in the NCAA tournament on Sunday night, he did watch the game on television with great interest. On Monday, he offered what he liked and what he didn’t like in the Terps’ victory in the opening round.
Tuesday featured Dixon’s assessment of No. 1 seed Loyola’s 17-5 thrashing of Canisius, and Wednesday profiled his evaluation of No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins’ 19-9 rout of Stony Brook. But here is what he thought of Maryland’s win.
What Dixon liked: “One of the biggest things that impressed me was their senior resolve. [Midfielder] Drew Snider and [attackman] Joe Cummings just did not let that team lose. I just think they’re so impressive when those guys step up. I also like their defensive midfield corps of [junior long-stick midfielder Jesse] Bernhardt and [junior short-stick defensive midfielder] Landon Carr.”
What he didn’t like: “What I was not impressed with was [redshirt sophomore goalkeeper] Niko Amato. Lehigh’s [Kyle] Stiefel and [Roman] Lao-Gosney, those guys have rockets, but high-to-high, stick-side, from 15 to 16 yards, you expect a goalie of Niko Amato’s caliber to make those saves. I thought his performance was a little uneven in the first round.”