The search for St. Mary’s goalkeeper of the future has centered on freshman Joey Casey.
The Ellicott City native and Mount St. Joseph native made 15 saves in the Seahawks’ 13-12 upset of No. 11 Roanoke Sunday. In doing so, Casey validated coach Chris Hasbrouck’s decision to go with him rather than seniors Scott Marsh and Ben Wheeler and junior Zack Blewett.
“Great to have,” Hasbrouck said of Casey, who is scheduled to make his second career start against No. 8 Dickinson Saturday. “We feel good with our guys, and Joey has just done a little bit more and made a few more saves in practice, and we felt that he had definitely earned the right to start. We felt it had played out to what we thought. You never really know with that first one. That was his first college game. He’s very capable. I’ve always felt that anytime your team is in a one-goal game and you’re coming out with the win, al lot of times, it comes down to the goalie play, and I think 15 saves says it all.”
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St. Mary’s got six goals and two assists from its first midfield of junior Gordy Long (two goals and one assist), sophomore Will Lerch (2, 1) and senior Taylor Cook (2, 0), and sophomore Nate Babcock chipped in with three goals from the second unit.
Although freshman Conor Jordan led all scorers with four goals, the starting attack of sophomore Matt Tarrant (1, 2), senior Patrick Mull (0, 2) and junior Max Reamer (0, 0) underwhelmed at times. But Hasbrouck wasn’t ready to sound the alarm over the attack’s showing.
“I like the fact that we had a number of players score, which is good,” Hasbrouck said. “Conor had four goals, he’s a freshman, and he’s right in with that attack group. I think Matt pressed a little bit [Sunday]. I think the expectations after his freshman year, he’s one of the most athletic kids we have and he kind of just pressed a little bit. Got himself into some positions. Roanoke was sliding early to him, and we just didn’t move the ball quick enough. Patrick, in four years, has really developed into a great leader, and he’s at the point now where he doesn’t really care if he’s scoring the points. He’s making sure that everybody is in the right spots. The wind was incredibly strong, but he really kept us organized and did a great job of backing the offense.”