Navy got hat tricks from a pair of starting attackmen in senior Sam Jones and sophomore T.J. Hanzsche in Saturday’s 9-8 overtime loss to Georgetown, but little else from its offensive midfield.
Senior Sean Price (Severna Park) was the only midfielder who registered a point, scoring a goal in the first quarter. (Junior short-stick defensive midfielder Alex Heyward scored in the third period.)
The first midfield of seniors Pat Durkin and Erik Hoffstadt and junior Gabe Voumard and second line of Price, senior Austin Heneveld and sophomore Kevin Wendel combined for 14 shots, putting half of them on net.
But coach Rick Sowell said he is not worried about the midfield’s lack of production as the Midshipmen (1-1) get ready to tangle with Patriot League foe Bucknell on Saturday.
"Concern, no," he said Tuesday afternoon. "But we need to get more out of them, and they’re certainly capable. We had opportunities and we missed them. We have to get more out of them, but by no means are we concerned. They’re a play away from busting out and hopefully, that will happen on Saturday.”
Durkin, Heneveld and Price are the only midfielders with at least two points thus far, but Sowell said he has not considered juggling the lines just yet.
“We’re fine with the lines we have right now,” he said. “Two games in, we’re not going to panic right now because of one game. Even throughout the game against Georgetown, Austin Heneveld was bumping between the first two lines, and that may continue against Bucknell. Depending on how things go, we have that flexibility, and so at this point, that’s the way we’ll play it.”
The play of Jones and Hanzsche overshadowed a one-assist, five shot outing from senior attackman Tucker Hull. But if Jones and Hanzsche can be consistent, Sowell knows the attack becomes even more dangerous for opponents to handle.
“It makes us tough to stop when you’ve got T.J. and Sam firing on all cylinders,” he said. “They’re going to draw a lot of attention. So, that opens up opportunities for Tucker or our midfielders. We have to cash in and take advantage of those opportunities, which is something we have to improve on.”