The graduation of Isaiah Davis-Allen and Nick Manis and the promotion of senior Adam DiMillo to the second midfield has somewhat depleted the No. 2 Terps at short-stick defensive midfielder.

The position was exposed in Saturday’s 11-10 loss to top-ranked Albany as many of the combined seven goals that sophomore midfielder Jakob Patterson and senior midfielder Kyle McClancy scored for the Great Danes occurred in one-on-one dodges from behind the cage against a short-stick group that included redshirt senior Tim Rotanz, junior Will Snider, sophomore Drew Harrison (Mount Saint Joseph) and freshman Roman Puglise.

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“We have some guys that are kind of growing down there, and I think the guys are continuing to get better,” coach John Tillman said. “We obviously had to make some decisions. You help too much on those guys, and you’re staring down pretty darn good shooters up top. If you don’t help those guys, they found some creases and put the ball in.”

Faceoff wins at a premium for Loyola Maryland

The No. 8 Greyhounds (4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Patriot League) have fared well except on faceoffs, where they have won just 42.2 percent (62 of 147) to rank 55th out of 69 Division I teams.

Coach Charley Toomey said Loyola is relying on the unit to play better Saturday against Navy senior Joe Varello, who ranks 16th in the country at 60.3 percent (70 of 116).

“I wish I could say it was one thing, but it’s not,” Toomey said. “It’s giving ourselves a chance when the whistle blows to win a clamp or to get it to a spot. We’ve got to battle there at the X. But once it becomes a 50-50, we need to do a better job with our wings of boxing out and scrapping and stealing one even if they’ve won the clamp.”

Tinney talks to Johns Hopkins

After two quarters of play in the Blue Jays’ game against UMBC, the team had only a 3-2 lead at halftime. In the locker room, senior midfielder Joel Tinney addressed his teammates before the coaches entered to talk to the team, and coach Dave Pietramala appreciated the tri-captain’s initiative.

“That’s a senior moment,” he said. “That’s what a leader does. Clearly he felt — as the coaches did — that we weren’t playing as hard as we could. He thought we were lethargic and that we could be and should be playing better, and he said, ‘Coach, can I have the locker room?’ Those are moments that as a coach, you live for because rather than me going in there and saying something, it’s coming from their peer, it’s coming from their leader, and it carries great meaning.”

Mount St. Mary’s forcing turnovers

The Mountaineers have not ranked in the top 20 of many categories in recent years. But thus far, they rank 11th in the nation in caused turnovers at 8.3 per game, but coach Tom Gravante acknowledged that his team is not brimming with prototype “takeaway defenders.”

“I just think that it’s our organization, our guys’ attention to detail, our ability to win matchups when it’s necessary to win matchups and slide at the appropriate time,” he said. “I just feel that we have long defensive sets where we’re really patient, and if we do what we need to do, the offense is eventually going to make a bad decision, and I think the defense will catch them. Anybody’s defense will do that if they take a bad shot or if they’re going to force the cage or if they run into a double or triple. I just watched on Saturday how our guys did a really nice job of playing great team defense, sliding when they were supposed to slide, and catching our opponent on a double and taking the ball away from them. That’s how you win games.”

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