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Tom Gravante to make game-time decision on starting goalie for Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse

Mount St. Mary's practiced Monday morning but came away with little certainty about its goalie situation.

Both senior Chris Klaiber and sophomore Frankie McCarthy practiced solidly after Saturday's 16-3 loss to No. 11 Maryland, and coach Tom Gravante said he will likely announce the starter on Wednesday hours before the Mountaineers (0-1) visit Georgetown (0-0).

“We haven’t spoken about that just yet as a staff,” Gravante said Monday morning. “… I think it will be [a game-time decision], but both of those young men have to be ready to play. In the two games we played – the scrimmage against Richmond and the game against Maryland – they both played, and we want them to both be ready to play.”

Klaiber and McCarthy made seven saves and surrendered eight goals each in Saturday’s contest. Klaiber, however, was pulled 4:08 into the first quarter and was tagged with the loss.

Gravante said the coaching staff reviewed the game film and saw some positives and negatives for both goalkeepers.

“We watched the film and Chris made some unbelievable saves at times, and I know there were times when he didn’t,” Gravante said. “Frankie had his share of saves and he stuck out to me a little bit more because he made a save on the first shot he took. But Maryland a few times, they were inside the 20[-yard line at Byrd Stadium in College Park] and closing to the 15 with the cage on the 10. So they had some shots that are going to be tough for any goalie to make those saves. So we don’t know just yet. We’re still looking at it.”

While the defense and offense struggled against the Terps, one silver lining was the play of junior faceoff specialist Nick Haley. The Ferndale native and Archbishop Spalding graduate won 45 percent (9-of-20) of his draws after going 33.3 percent (24-of-72) in his first two seasons.

With junior Mike Celmer 1-of-2 and sophomore long-stick midfielder Tommy Lyons 0-of-1, Haley seems to have cemented his starting status.

“I think Nick is certainly the No. 1 guy,” Gravante said. “We’ll see how it goes. You can never be certain at that position. Sometimes things fall your way and sometimes it goes dry for you and you’ve got to keep battling. What we like about Nick is he did a nice job of not giving up any fast breaks off the faceoff. That’s real important.”

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