The No. 7 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team's 14-12 loss at No. 11 Penn State was exacerbated by an injury to starting attackman Shack Stanwick that sidelined him for the entire second half.
Whether the Blue Jays (8-3, 2-1 Big Ten) will have him for Saturday's road game against Michigan (7-5, 0-3) on Saturday is unclear. Coach Dave Pietramala said the Boys' Latin graduate is "day by day. So we'll see."
Asked if he is optimistic that Stanwick will be available, Pietramala replied, "I don't know. If I was in charge, sure. But he is evaluated by our doctors daily. So it's in their hands and our training staff's hands. So they'll make the decision each day as to where he is and his status."
Stanwick appeared to suffer a lower-body injury after colliding with Nittany Lions junior defenseman Christopher Sabia in the first quarter of Saturday's loss. Stanwick returned and finished the first half, but was held out for the final two quarters.
Stanwick, who leads the offense in points (39) and is tied for first in assists (24), was replaced by sophomore Forry Smith, who had one assist and three ground balls on Saturday.
"Forry Smith went in, and he actually played well," Pietramala said. "He got a couple of really important ground balls for us and had an assist. It's one of those things where our offense isn't run around one guy. When you lose a guy – whether that's Shack or [senior midfielders] Joel [Tinney] or Pat Fraser or whomever – in a game, the hope is that the group is going to pick up the slack.
"We've always been a next-man-up team, and that's why we require all of these guys to prepare like starters so that when the moment comes, the moment is not too big for them and they're prepared to perform in that moment."
If Stanwick can't play, Smith could join sophomore Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield) and junior Kyle Marr as the starting attackmen against the Wolverines. The offense also has options in Tinney, who is tied with Stanwick for the team lead in assists, and junior Alex Concannon or freshman Connor DeSimone, both of whom played attack in high school.