Mondays after weekend losses are always a rough time for players and coaches. That was certainly the case for Maryland.
Two days after Saturday's 10-6 loss at Yale, the Terps -- who dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 in the latest Cascade/Maverik media poll -- took a critical eye to every aspect of the team's performance. One area that drew extra scrutiny was an offense that went scoreless in the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs (2-0), who moved up six spots in the poll to No. 8.
"We were pretty critical of the guys," coach John Tillman said Monday evening. "We were pretty tough on them in the film session, but also realizing that we want to make sure that we believe in them. We also need to realize that what we're doing has to be better.
"We have to be firm, we have to be fair, and we have to be hard on each other and guys have to be hard on themselves, realizing that we've got to execute at a higher level and look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, 'What can I do?' As coaches, we have to do a better job of putting them in better positions, cleaning some things up, getting them more organized, and instilling that confidence in them to get them to execute a little bit better."
Maryland (1-1) has averaged just seven goals and has shot just 20.6 percent (14-of-68). The combined 14 goals scored against Navy and Yale are the fewest in the program's first two games of a season since 1927 when that squad scored just five times in a win against New York University and a loss to Army.
Growing pains were expected with a unit that graduated offensive leader Mike Chanenchuk (36 goals, 23 assists) and parted ways with sophomore midfielder Connor Cannizzaro (26, 8), who transferred to Denver.
The offense is still getting acclimated to sophomore attackman Dylan Maltz (a Syracuse transfer) and junior midfielder Bryan Cole in the starting lineup. And the indefinite suspension of sophomore attackman Matt Rambo for his role in an Oct. 21 incident didn't help.
Tillman acknowledged that the players are still developing a sense of cohesion when running the offensive schemes.
"I think part of it with us is, we're a little impatient," he said. "I think we're a little too aggressive at times. I think that's something that, with new leadership down there, getting those guys to realize that we want to be aggressive, but we don't always have to take the first look, we're looking for the best look. We're certainly not there yet."