EMMITSBURG — On Thursday night, Luke Mutterer was studying for an exam in a course titled “Origins of the West.” Then the freshman goalkeeper got a text from associate head coach and defensive coordinator Tim McIntee informing him that he would get his first career start the next day against UMBC.
“I was shaking the whole time,” Mutterer said. “I had an exam to study for and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is terrible.’ Thinking about the exam and thinking about starting, my head was all over the place.”
If Mutterer fared as well in the test as he did Friday afternoon, he might not have anything to worry about. The goalie made seven saves to anchor the Mountaineers’ 16-7 victory over the Retrievers at Waldron Family Stadium.
Nervous before the game, Mutterer said stopping a shot by freshman attackman Ben Keller with 5:10 left in the first quarter helped him feel relaxed.
“It’s definitely a lot of pressure because it’s a big thing for a freshman to start,” Mutterer said. “It’s pressure, but the players and coaches really had the faith in me for this game. I felt really comfortable because everyone was on my side supporting me. So I was really happy with how we played.”
Mutterer replaced senior Matt Vierheller for the final three quarters of the team’s 13-10 loss at Richmond on Tuesday. Mutterer gave up seven goals and was tagged with the loss, but he also made nine saves.
Coach Tom Gravante said Mutterer outplayed both Vierheller and freshman Dylan Furnback in practice for the right to start Friday.
“He did a nice job and finished the game,” Gravante said. “There were a couple hiccups in the clear, but he’ll work through that. I don’t want to say he’s a freshman, but he is a freshman, and he got his first start of his career and he did a nice job.”
So after an eventful day that included an exam and a start, Mutterer could finally enjoy the night.