The bad: The win against Delaware gave the team a shot in the arm, but the Mountaineers couldn't sustain those good vibes. They couldn't hold onto an 8-7 lead against Towson with 9:03 left in the fourth quarter and an 8-5 advantage against Georgetown in the final period. "The Georgetown game, we should've won," Gravante conceded. "We had a great chance to put them away, and we can't win one faceoff in the fourth quarter or a couple groundballs. That's what Georgetown needed to get the time of possession and get to the cage, and that certainly happened. Against Towson, same thing. We were up on them, and we couldn't put them away. We've got to manage the ball." … Mount St. Mary's sorely missed faceoff specialist Ben Trapp, who graduated after winning 58.2 percent of his draws and collecting 107 groundballs, and senior long-stick midfielder Mark Burns, who was redshirted after scooping up 36 groundballs and posting four goals and three assists. Junior Jon Marsalese won 51.3 percent of his faceoffs and grabbed 73 groundballs, but the faceoff unit dropped off from last season. "We couldn't win faceoffs, and we couldn't pick up groundballs," Gravante said. "I have to compliment Jon Marsalese because that's why we ended up winning that ball game against Robert Morris in the semis. He went better than 50 percent on faceoffs, which was great because the first time we played them, their faceoff kid had a tremendous day against us. In that next game [against Bryant in the tournament final], we couldn't win faceoffs or pick up groundballs, and Bryant's game was on that day." … An offense that scored 12.1 goals per game last season regressed in 2012, averaging 10.3 goals. The unit clearly missed the presence of senior attackman Cody Lehrer (33 goals and 10 assists in 2011) and senior midfielder Eric Ososki (14, 9), both of whom redshirted this year, "We lost anywhere between 40 and 50 goals out of our lineup," Gravante said. "So those two players definitely would have made the difference in some games because that's what they do. … I'm excited about the return of both of those kids. I think it did make a difference, and I knew that. I knew we were going to have some growing pains. I knew we were taking some very legitimate players out of the lineup, but it also gave some kids that were in shadows of those kids an opportunity to play."