Mount St. Mary’s hopes for the team’s first win of the season coming Sunday at Manhattan could improve with the potential return of junior midfielder Clayton Wainer.
Wainer, who had scored two goals in two starts for the Mountaineers (0-5), has missed the past three games since suffering a concussion during practice before a 15-5 loss to Delaware on Feb. 22. Coach Tom Gravante said Wainer is making progress in his recovery.
“He’s good,” Gravante said Thursday. “He wouldn’t have been ready on Tuesday [for a home game against No. 3 Johns Hopkins], but he did start his five-day return, in terms of giving him a little bit more physically to do at practice. Yesterday, we got him through one drill, today we got him three three drills, and tomorrow, we’ll put him in probably four or five. But it looks good. The trainers have been keeping a watchful eye, and we’re very confident in him that he’ll be ready to go by Sunday.”
Junior faceoff specialist Nick Haley is a question mark for Sunday. The Archbishop Spalding graduate has won 41.2 percent (40 of 97) of his draws and leads the team in ground balls with 13.
“He hasn’t practiced the last couple days,” Gravante said. “I think he’s scheduled for an MRI today just to look a little deeper. If he’s good, he could play on Sunday.”
If Haley can’t go, Gravante said junior Braedon Graham (St. Mary’s), sophomore Evan Gormley and sophomore long-stick midfielder Tommy Lyons could take faceoffs. Haley’s regular backup, junior Mike Celmer, is out, according to Gravante.
Senior midfielder Greg Mulvaney could play Sunday against the Jaspers (0-5) after sitting out the last three games because of a hamstring issue.
“He did some of the workout today, and he looked pretty good,” Gravante said of Mulvaney, who has one goal this season. “Didn’t look like there was any gimp. So tomorrow, he’s going to strap it on and we’ll see what he brings to the table.”