Attack - The Terps lost 3 starters here in Young, Catalino, and T.Reed. RS-Jr. Owen Blye (33pts) did replace the injured Reed for much of the 2nd half of the season, and expect he will be one of the starting attackmen next spring. One can remember four years ago that Young, Catalino, and Reed were able to start as freshmen, the Terps have two highly touted attack recruits coming in this fall, David Solomon and Kevin Forster, who could quite likely do the same thing in 2012. If this doesn't work out the Terps had 3 good attack recruits last spring who played sparingly as freshmen: McGuirre, Saylor, and Haley who could challenge for playing time, and another top recruit this fall in Jay Carlson. Tillman did seem to avoid playing freshmen this spring, and another option open to him would be moving Joe Cummings back to attack. Lots of talent here but mostly inexperienced. I think the Terps need to find at least one guy who can really threaten opponents defenses - if they find two they could be back in the running for the final four.
Offensive Midfield - Most of the guys are back: Cummings (sr, 32pts), Haus (jr, 28pts), Snider (sr, 20pts), Jk.Bernhardt (Sr,18pts), K.Cooper (jr, 13 pts). There are pretty strong rumors that the Terps will add former Princeton Tiger, Mike Chanenchuk, who scored 36 pts two years ago - although I doubt he will get 100 shots with the Terps as he did with Princeton. Filling things out: the Terps bring in a top recruit in Joe LoCascio, Rustin Bryant(so) has been working on converting to midfield, and Brian Cooper (so) might start moving up. The Terps also have (sr) Joey Fontanesi, who has been waiting his turn and Bob Kercher could return for a rs-senior season.
Defensive Midfield - Landon Carr(jr) moved into a starting role here and did a very nice job. He does especially well in transition, where he scored 7 goals with 1 assist. I could even see him moving to the offense before all is said and done. Mike Shakespeare(sr), also was a regular for the Terps this past spring and did a nice job - I especially like his ability to handle the ball in his stick. David Miller(sr) and Pat Morrison(jr) also saw time here for the Terps. I was fairly impressed with Greg D'Arienzo's (so) ability to clear to ball and look for him to possibly get more time next spring.
LSM - Jesse Bernhardt split time with Brian Farrell this spring and is an outstanding LSM. He had 40gb and 16 caused TOs this spring. Hard to know exactly who his back-up will be. David Miller has carried a long pole and Mike Scheeler(jr) has been earning his dues. I tend to expect it will be one of the freshmen though: Kellen Miller (Landon) is well thought of and supposedly very athletic, Eric Parnon is playing in the Under Armour game and looks like he might start his career as an LSM, and Goran Murray could show up here although I sort of expect to see him at close defense.
Close Defense - The Terps lose their three starters here: B.Schmidt, M.Schmidt, and Bohlander - and nobody else played much - this could be a real problem area. I remember a few years back the Terps were in a similar situation when Zink, Passavia, and Wagner graduated - people were predicting doom - but Cottle brought in the transfer Whittenberg, Megill moved up to a starting role, and a freshman Joe Cinosky joined the group and the close defense played well. In 2012, the Terps have a good upper classmen in Grant Oliver, who has been waiting his turn. Two top sophomores: Casey Ikeda and Mike Ehrhardt; Ikeda has been injured while Ehrhardt has been getting his feet wet in lesser games. The Terps also bring in a top recruit, Goran Murray, who when I read articles on Haverford's games has been taking opponent's top attackmen out of the game. I think from these four, Kevin Warne should have the athleticism and talent to put together a good close defense. For depth, the Terps have two solid former MIAA players in Emmett Cahill and Patrick Rhodey.
Face-offs - Curtis Holmes(jr) returns after a great spring (.629 pct). Dan Noskin (so) returns with a year as his understudy. The Terps bring in a top face-off guy from LI in Charlie Raffa. So the depth behind Holmes should be better.
Goal - Amato(rs-so) returns after a really fine spring. He was named to the All-ACC team. Hopefully, he will get a little more careful with his clears next spring - otherwise he was outstanding. Mark White (rs-sr) could return as his back-up, if not Dom Lamolinara and MJ Leonard return as back-ups. The Terps also add a well thought of recruit from Ohio, Kyle Bernlohr.
There has also been a hint in inside lacrosse that the Gribbin brothers (Georgetown Prep): Billy is a junior attackmen, who had good success with PSU as a freshman (31pts) but played less as a sophomore, and Bobby is a midfield recruit in the UA game, might choose to transfer to UMd.
Final Analsis: The two big question marks for the Terps are the attack and close defense. I tend to think that Warne has the athletes and talent to form a good close defense, it will be inexperienced and make its mistakes but they do have a quality goalie behind them. The attack is more of a questionmark, if the Terps can find a couple guys who really threaten the defense like Young and Catalino did, the Terps could get back to the final four. Otherwise, it might be a season of slowing the game down against top teams, and trying to keep the NCAA tmt streak alive.
Edited by Zack80, 16 September 2011 - 10:48 AM.