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Shack Stanwick not attacking goal so far for Johns Hopkins lacrosse

It appears that someone has told Johns Hopkins sophomore attackman Shack Stanwick he is a feeder, and not a scorer.

The Blue Jays (1-1) have scored 20 goals this season and Stanwick (Boys' Latin), a starter, has scored only once, and worse yet taken only three shots. He has six assists, but both he and the Hopkins offense would be better if he went to the goal.

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Right now, he is not even a threat. A former Maryland attackman and friend of mine, the late Terry Kimball, used to say that once an offensive player touches the ball his No. 1 priority is to score.

In other words, go to the goal and then pass as a second option.

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This season, I understand Stanwick is operating from behind goal, but he seldom challenges his defender. Against Loyola on Saturday, the Greyhounds just pushed him once beyond where the goal lines were extended, and then they settled into the passing lanes waiting for him to pass.

He seldom attacked one on one and there were no isolation plays for him. He never put any pressure on the defense to slide to him opening up possible cutting lanes.

It's interesting to see him play this way because both of his older brothers, Steele and Wells, were great passers who could also score. Steele might have been one of the toughest attackmen to play in recent years, and Wells, though not the biggest kid, could take a hit.

Shack is bigger than either of his brothers. He is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. Last year, Shack scored 28 goals and had 23 assists, but he was on the wing. This year, he is the primary passer but he still has to be more creative in getting his own scoring opportunities.

I'm not urging him to be selfish, but to be more of a complete player which would open up the offense. Fortunately for the Blue Jays, it's still early in the season and they have plenty of time to work some things out.


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