Reason for pessimism: Mount St. Mary's and good starts have not been synonymous. The team has gone 0-4 in 2007, 0-5 in 2008, 0-3 in 2009, 0-2 in 2010 and 0-2 in 2011. Gravante would love to avoid similar struggles this season, but the school opens its schedule with contests against Delaware, 2011 national champion Virginia and Towson before welcoming VMI to town on March 10. "I think these young men have grown from that," Gravante said. "Sometimes when teams experience success really on, they tend to get overconfident. I think now they realize that, and the hope is that they'll stay humble and play hard."