While the starting attack and midfield have bolstered the offense of No. 2 Johns Hopkins, the numbers produced by the second midfield would seem to suggest that the unit is in a little bit of a slump.
Junior Bronson Kelly and freshmen John Crawley and Cody Radziewicz have combined for just one goal and zero assists in the last two games for the Blue Jays (5-0). Through the first three contests, Crawley, Radziewicz and sophomore Holden Cattoni had totaled 11 goals and zero assists.
But coach Dave Pietramala said the recent numbers don’t alarm him. In fact, he insisted that his evaluation of the second midfield is based on whether the offense is manufacturing goals when that unit is playing with the attack.
“Our feeling has been that when our second midfield is on the field, the offense has been productive,” he said Wednesday morning. “It hasn’t been unproductive. … If you’re still getting production from the offense with them on the field – and we feel like we have – that’s a good thing.”
And the makeup of the second line is not static. Pietramala pointed out that sophomore Rex Sanders and freshman Kieran Eissler have each gotten time on that unit, and others could get some runs depending on a variety of circumstances.
“They’re growing, they’re developing, they give us a little versatility,” Pietramala said of the second midfield. “Early on, Cattoni was a part of that group, and Bronson Kelly was a part of the first group. We saw fit to make an adjustment and we feel like that’s been beneficial. But there have been moments when one of those guys – Bronson Kelly, Holden Cattoni or someone – can’t take a run because they got caught on the field, and someone else has played on the first midfield. We’re not unhappy with either of the groups. I still think this is a work in progress. I think we’re still developing chemistry.”