Inconsistent faceoff play. Poor goaltending. They’re somewhere in the 50s in save percentage. Extremely low shooting percentage on offense, but they found themselves on Friday night. Their offense looked really good. They got high-quality shots. But prior to that, their offense just wasn’t generating quality shots. And then in their short-stick defensive midfield position, the loss of [senior] Chris LaPierre [to a knee injury] really hurt that position. They’ve had some good effort guys, but some guys who play offense have had to play. So they’ve had to play a lot of zone.
Running through the conferences with automatic qualifiers to the NCAA tournament, which team do you like to emerge out of the America East?
Albany’s the favorite there with Stony Brook being their main challenger.
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How about the Big East?
It’s interesting because Villanova is 4-0 and atop the Big East. But I think that’s going to come down to either Notre Dame or Syracuse. I’ll take Notre Dame.
Who do you like in the Colonial Athletic Association?
The surprise of the Colonial is the fact that UMass is at the bottom of the league. The middle is kind of jumbled, and Penn State is the strong favorite.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference?
Denver or Loyola.
How about the Ivy League?
I like Cornell. Cornell’s offense is excellent. Their first attack unit of [sophomore] Matt Donovan, Rob Pannell and [senior] Steve Mock and then you throw [sophomore] Connor Buczek out there in the midfield with [senior] Max Van Bourgondien and [senior] Connor English, a lefty Virginia transfer, that’s a really strong group. They can give anyone fits. The problem that Cornell has is an undersized defense, I don’t love their short-stick defensive midfielders, and I don’t love their offensive depth.
Who do you like in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference?
Marist. They beat Jacksonville last week by three. Marist is 8-2, and they’re having a nice season.
The Northeast Conference?
Finally, what about the Patriot League?
I’ve got to go with Lehigh. They beat [No. 13] Bucknell last week. I don’t think Colgate or Army is quite as good. But that’s a good tournament. Those teams are fairly closely-matched.