Jack Mangan has dabbled on the offensive side of the field before. But this spring, the senior has started seven of eight games for the Mount St. Mary’s men’s team as an offensive midfielder, which he acknowledged is still a work in progress.
“I don’t know if it’s the most comfy, but I’m getting used to it,” he said. “With every game, I get a little more experience playing offense. I’ve been mainly a defensive guy since my freshman year. So it’s just gaining that experience and keeping it simple. I’m not trying to make that hero play. I’m just trying to get the ball into the hands of our shooters like [senior attackman Chris] DiPretoro and [sophomore midfielder Luke] Frankeny, and I know those guys will finish it.”
So far, 5-foot-9, 180-pound Mangan has five goals and four assists, fourth-most on the Mountaineers (3-5).
And Mangan continues to run back as a short-stick defensive midfielder and line up on the wings on faceoffs. He leads the team in caused turnovers with 16 and is tied for second with sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Furnback in ground balls with 26.
Mount St. Mary’s coach Tom Gravante admitted that Mangan’s prowess on defense and faceoffs makes it hard to keep him exclusively on offense.
“He’s just very good on faceoffs, knows how to hunt the ground ball,” he said. “He creates transition, and he’s on our man-down unit, and he knows how to play really well in the rotation and how to get into areas to pick off passes. I waited patiently and frustrated because I knew he could help us on offense as well. He’s got tremendous poise and IQ for the game.”
Mangan has taken only 16 shots, which ranks eighth on the team. But he said he feels confident to let the ball fly if he’s given the opportunity.
“If I get the chance, I’ll be ready to can it,” he said. “That’s one of the things we work on a lot in practice. I just try to make sure that my stick’s right, and if I get that 12-yard shot, my teammates are always telling me to shoot more. So if I get the chance, I’ve just got to put it home.”
Too many turnovers for Maryland women
The No. 2 Terps are 7-0 for the sixth time in the last seven years, but there is at least one area that has been troublesome.
Maryland has committed more turnovers than its opponents in four games, including 18 in a 17-9 rout of Hofstra on March 2, 18 in a 12-11 overtime win against No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday and 15 in a 14-9 victory over No. 6 Penn on Wednesday. Entering Wednesday’s game, the Terps were tied with No. 19 Notre Dame for the third-fewest turnovers per game (11.8) among Division I schools, but coach Cathy Reese said the team must do a better job of valuing the ball.
“We’ve had a couple games this season where our turnovers came on the defensive end,” she said Wednesday. “Today, they were in the offensive end. We just need to look to put the whole length of the field together and take care of our options. We’re not going to shoot 100 percent, and we know that. But if we can take our time, limit our turnovers, and put some of these away, we can score on a few more opportunities than we did tonight.”
Wisnauskas a playmaker for Maryland men
That Logan Wisnauskas is pacing the No. 6 Terps (6-1) in points with 36 does not qualify as stunning news. But the redshirt sophomore attackman is leading the team in assists.
In fact, Wisnauskas’ 16 assists are already a career high, surpassing the 15 he had last spring. The Sykesville native and Boys’ Latin graduate is on pace to finish the regular season with 32 assists, and coach John Tillman compared Wisnauskas to a certain Tewaaraton Award winner from two years ago.
“I saw a lot of the same things in [former attackman] Matt Rambo,” Tillman said Wednesday. “Matt was a guy who was little bit more of a scorer earlier in his career and then as he got older, if you just look at his stats, he got a lot more even with his goals and assists, and to me, that’s kind of Logan. He’s a really smart player. He’s very unselfish, and I think he and [fellow attackmen] Jared [Bernhardt] and Lou [Dubick] have really good chemistry together. I think everybody realizes that if you get Logan to a good spot, he can finish it, but I think people also know that if Logan has the ball and you move, he’ll look for you.”
Frostburg State men rolling under new coach
At 4-1 and under the leadership of new coach Steve Gartelman, Frostburg State is off to its best start since the 2016 squad opened that year with 11 consecutive wins.
Gartelman, who was hired in September after coaching Division II Lake Erie for the previous four seasons, credited predecessor Tommy Pearce — who in eight years guided the Bobcats to an 85-62 record, six straight appearances in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, and a trip to the title game in 2015 — with recruiting talented players to the program. He said the objective is to qualify and then advance deep into the postseason before the school moves to Division II, possibly as early as Aug. 1.
“The guys in this program have been there, and that’s the standard,” Gartelman said. “That would be a successful season, but not the extent of a successful season that we’re shooting for. So we want to host multiple games, and we want to win that conference tournament, and if we have one more year in Division III, let’s get ourselves into the NCAA playoffs. So we’re really setting the bar high, and the guys are working hard towards those goals.”
Wednesday’s 17-9 victory over Saint Joseph’s (Pa.) gave the Towson women their first win in seven games and helped them avoid an 0-7 start, which would have been the worst in program history. The last time the Tigers opened a season with six consecutive losses occurred in 1994. … Junior Jakob Katzen’s 25 saves in the McDaniel men’s 15-5 setback to Stockton on Wednesday were the most in a game by a Green Terror goalkeeper since Chuck Nolan made a program-record 34 stops on March 16, 1983. … The Washington College men’s 11-10 triple overtime loss to No. 15 Christopher Newport on Wednesday marked their first triple overtime game since a 9-8 setback at Dickinson on April 11, 2009.