Johns Hopkins fans got a pleasant surprise when freshman attackman Wells Stanwick (right hand) returned from a three-game absence and ran with the second midfield in the team’s 11-7 victory over No. 7 Syracuse Saturday. Could another surprise be in store regarding the availability of senior attackman Chris Boland (shoulder)?
As of Wednesday morning, there is no answer to that question, according to Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala.
“It’s day-by-day, and I’ve been saying that for about two weeks now, and it’s exactly what it is,” Pietramala said of Boland, who has sat out six consecutive games since injuring the shoulder in the Feb. 17 season opener against Towson. “It’s a day-by-day thing. When I get the green light, then we’ll make some decisions as to what is in the best interest of Chris and his health, but also for our team.”
Stanwick recorded a goal and an assist in his first game and didn’t appear hesitant about testing the durability and strength in his hand. Stanwick started two games before his injury, allowing junior John Kaestner to post four goals and two assists in the four contests that he has started.
Pietramala said the coaching staff hasn’t made a decision on whether Kaestner or Stanwick will start this Saturday when No. 2 Johns Hopkins visits No. 1 Virginia.
“We’ve got a young man who just returned from being out for a couple weeks and is just kind of getting back into the swing of things. We’ve also got another young man who – in his absence – did a really nice job for us and has helped us,” Pietramala said. “You want to make sure you’re doing things the right way and sending the right messages to your team.”