Taylor Cook and Nate Babcock may not be St. Mary’s most dangerous midfielders, but they are the team’s most athletic. And the Seahawks have enjoyed a three-game winning streak despite the pair’s absence.
Coach Chris Hasbrouck said Babcock, a sophomore, has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms. The Baltimore and Severn native recorded six goals and two assists in six games, but the concussion-like symptoms raised a red flag.
“In today’s day and age, you have to be careful with a concussion,” Hasbrouck said. “He wasn’t diagnosed, but he had some symptoms. So we felt it was in his best interest to hold him out until we were absolutely sure that he was ready to go. That was important.”
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Cook, a senior, has posted five goals and two assists, but has been plagued by groin and shoulder injuries.
“The kid wants to go out there every day, and we literally had to shut him down,” Hasbrouck said. “He’s had groin issues, he was having some shoulder issues, and he clearly wasn’t playing at the level he was capable.”
Hasbrouck said that Babcock returned to practice Tuesday for the first time and his status for Saturday’s home game against Frostburg State will be determined Friday. Cook is still at least a week away from practicing.
Babcock and Cook, who have rotated between the first and second midfields, have been replaced by sophomore Tim Perugini and freshman J.G. Hahn. Perugini (five goals and five assists) and Hahn (0, 0) have played on the second line, while sophomore Matt Tarrant (14, 5) has moved from attack to join sophomore Will Lerch (9, 6) and junior Gordy Long (9, 1) on the starting midfield.
“Those two kids have really come in and have performed outstanding,” Hasbrouck said. “They’re just going to continue to get better. That gives us more depth going forward.”