Coach Brian Kelly knows he won’t know if the problems that No. 8 Washington College exposed in Saturday's 16-7 rout against Goucher will be solved until the Gophers take Beldon Field in Towson on Wednesday against No. 19 Gettysburg.
But one area he won’t have to fret about is the identity of the starter in the cage.
Junior Karl Wiszumerski made a game-high 12 saves against the Shoremen in his first career start. He was credited with zero turnovers and was a plus in the clearing game, which is usually a shaky area for first-time goalkeepers.
Wiszumerski did enough to impress Kelly.
“He played well,” Kelly said Tuesday. “He had nine first-half saves. Of the 12 goals we gave up in the second half, I think three or four were from the perimeter. The other shots were shots coming from right around the crease area.
"I think he played well. He finished with 12 saves. Unfortunately, he gave up 16 goals, but I think there was a defense that broke down most of the time in front of him. For the most part, he played a pretty strong game.”
On the flip side, faceoff specialist Tristan Morris struggled, winning just 8-of-22 draws (36.4 percent) and scooping up a team-best four ground balls. Then again, the junior was tangling with Washington College senior Michael Trapp, a third-team All American who won 64.8 percent (228-of-352) of his faceoffs and collected 132 ground balls last season.
Kelly said Morris could have used some help from his teammates.
“I didn’t really singularly address him,” Kelly said. “It’s a unit, and he’s not the only guy out there. We needed help from our wing play. Tristan at times did a good job of tying him up and making it a 50-50 ground ball, and we just didn’t support him at those times.
"It’s not just one guy. It’s three guys battling for that faceoff. He’s certainly a phenomenal player, Michael Trapp. Tristan is a hard worker and will get back out there and go after Gettysburg.”