The first month of the regular season is in the past, and Towson has yet to field its full-fledged offense due to the continued absence of Andrew Hodgson.
The senior midfielder who registered 27 goals and 14 assists last year is still sidelined by an undisclosed ailment, and coach Shawn Nadelen said his status remains unchanged. Redshirting Hodgson and preserving his senior year for 2015 may be an option, but Nadelen said it is not something being considered right now.
“We will if we get to that point,” he said. “Obviously, we’d love to have him because he does so many things for us. So we’ll keep looking out for his best interest and our best interest.”
Asked if there’s a general rule of thumb for a timetable for redshirting, Nadelen said, “In my eyes, no. Obviously, if you go through the whole season and it’s the last game of the year, I’m not sure if that’s the best choice. But for me, there’s no real rule of thumb with that.”
While the Tigers (2-2) continue to wait for Hodgson, they welcomed the return of sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty. The South Carroll graduate scored one goal on three shots and scooped up one ground ball in his first game since sustaining a knee injury.
“We were excited to see Ben back out there,” Nadelen said. “We were still up in the air after Thursday’s practice and Friday with not knowing how much he was going to be able to give us. He got out there and he did a decent job. I know there was a little concern with that knee when he was coming out with the ball and started to limp a little bit. So I got a little concerned, but he pushed through and got a goal.”
McCarty’s presence coincided with a much-needed performance from senior attackman Thomas DeNapoli, who posted two goals and four assists in the team’s 8-7 decision over Georgetown on Saturday. DeNapoli had scored zero goals and made just one assist in Towson’s losses to No. 9 Johns Hopkins and No. 10 Loyola, but picked a good time to break out of a quiet stretch.
“He’s a talented guy that gets a lot of attention,” Nadelen said. “He had opportunities against Hopkins and Loyola and didn’t cash in on them. You could see that was eating away at him. He’s a guy that we’re obviously going to want to continue to incorporate in our offense. He’s going to have looks and opportunities, and he made the most of them on Saturday. It was nice to see him get back into the groove.”