For the second consecutive game, Mount St. Mary's started a re-tooled attack, and coach Tom Gravante said the trio of senior Mark Hojnoski, redshirt sophomore Bubba Johnson and freshman Will Hendrick will start Tuesday night at UMBC (2-5).
Hojnoski replaced freshman Mike Moynihan for the Mountaineers (2-5) in an 8-7 loss to Richmond on March 11. Hendrick was swapped in for sophomore Spencer Smith in Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss at Northeast Conference rival Wagner.
Coach Tom Gravante said change was needed after Smith and Moynihan had combined for six turnovers and just one goal in a 7-6 win at Furman on March 7 and the loss to the Spiders.
"After the Richmond game and the number of turnovers generated with certain guys in there, we needed to make changes, and we implemented those changes in drills and during a scrimmage," Gravante said Monday afternoon. "Certain guys on attack were paired with Bubba Johnson and Mark Hojnoski, and the best guy in the eyes of the entire staff was No. 47, Will Hendrick. So we gave him the start."
Hendrick did not finish with a goal on four shots and did not record an assist in Saturday's setback to the Seahawks, but Gravante said the coaching staff expected some growing pains.
"We had time to prepare and get him more acclimated to Division I lacrosse," Gravante said. "He was doing some great things in practice with some drills. He's just young. His ability to play 60 minutes and be totally focused isn't there, and we know that. He's going to make mistakes, but we have two veterans on attack that need to support him. They need to have a voice in terms of where he needs to be, what he needs to do, what he doesn't need to do, when he needs to do it. So we're going to continue to stay with him because he's got tremendous athletic ability."