Unlike last week when Dave Pietramala announced that he planned to rotate goalkeepers Will Ryan and Eric Schneider for Saturday's home game against Big Ten foe Michigan, the Johns Hopkins coach is not showing his hand prior to Saturday's contest against No. 2 Maryland at Byrd Stadium in College Park at 8 p.m.
Asked if he planned to split halves between the goalies, Pietramala said Wednesday, "I haven't decided that yet."
Asked if Schneider -– a redshirt senior who made 13 saves and gave up just five goals in the 16-9 rout of the Wolverines -– might start for the Blue Jays (6-6 overall and 3-1 conference) against the Terps (12-1, 4-0), Pietramala replied, "I haven't decided that yet. That's something we'll keep kind of close to the vest."
Ryan started against Michigan (5-7, 1-3) after helping the team edge Penn State, 11-10 in double overtime, on April 11. But shortly after the Wolverines tied the score at 3-3 with 3 minutes, 1 second left in the first quarter, Ryan was pulled in favor of Schneider, who had started all 16 games in 2014 and the first 10 contests of this spring.
"Will, I just felt like we didn't give him much of a chance, but I didn't think Will was reacting well to the ball," Pietramala said. "Given the fact that Eric had that kind of week of practice, we went into the game just like the week before. If Will was on the ball and seeing the ball like he did the week before against Penn State, then we would just keep him. We just felt like if there was any inkling that he wasn't reacting to the ball or we weren't doing the things we needed to do defensively, we would consider making that change. … We put Eric in and Eric played very well. That's the guy that played in our goal last year."
Johns Hopkins could wait until Saturday before announcing its goalie to keep Maryland on its heels. But Pietramala said he would prefer to make a decision on the starter sooner rather than later.
"But like I said to you a week ago, I hadn't lost confidence in Eric and we put him in the game. I haven't lost confidence in Will Ryan either," Pietramala said. "The hope is that they both now are motivated to continue to work hard. I will say that they've both been tremendously supportive of the other not only in the games but in practices as well. Both are seeing significant reps with the first group. That has continued. That has not changed."