UMBC's two-goalie strategy has yielded mixed results in the team's last two games.
The plan of starting sophomore David Pisanic and replacing him with junior Ruston Souder for the second half helped the Retrievers (1-4 overall and 0-1 in the America East) earn their first win of the season in a 9-8 overtime decision against Marist on March 12. But the duo surrendered 16 goals in a six-goal loss at league rival Binghamton on Saturday.
Coach Don Zimmerman was non-committal about employing the same formula for Saturday's contest against conference foe and No. 13 Stony Brook (5-2, 0-1) at 12 p.m. at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville.
"Not sure at this point," he said Wednesday. "Whether it be goalkeeper, attack, midfield or defense, we're looking at every combination we have out there. There could be some different guys starting this weekend. As coaches, we're just trying to find the right combinations. The key is that the guys are coming out and working hard and competing and having good practices."
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Pisanic, a Towson resident and Boys' Latin graduate, gave up seven goals and made six saves against Marist and then allowed six goals and registered six stops against Binghamton for his first loss of the year.
The 5-9, 170-pound Souder, a Pasadena resident and Chesapeake-AA graduate, earned the win against Marist after surrendering just one goal and posting five saves in the second half and overtime. But he gave up 10 goals and recorded just three stops against Binghamton.
Zimmerman said both Pisanic and Souder and even redshirt junior Connor Gordon, who started in the team's first three games understand how they are being evaluated by the coaching staff.
"For any goalkeeper and this is what we ask of our goalkeepers, we're looking for consistency," Zimmerman said. "It's the toughest position on the field, the most demanding. But with every player at every position, what we ask for is the most consistent effort and performance and for goalkeepers, to make those saves that you should make and then come up with some saves that are game-changer type saves. So all of our goalkeepers are working very hard."