Keeping It Hot, 4/29
Mount St. Mary's has played some of the best teams in the country: Maryland (a 17-7 loss), Navy (12-5), Virginia (20-2), Georgetown (14-7) and Johns Hopkins (12-1). So after the Johns Hopkins game last night, I asked starting goalie T.C. DiBartolo which offenses were the most difficult to face.
"Virginia was very exciting. They moved the ball all over the place and took shots from all over," he said. "Johns Hopkins was the most accurate shooting team. They were pinging corners like crazy. And Georgetown had great athletes. Those are the top three I remember."
Good News for Maryland Fans
After a bit of research, TFBO2F has found a team that made the NCAA championship game while rotating its goalies. In 1980, Virginia used a rotation of sophomore Brian Gregory and junior Joe Bottner to finish 12-2. It lost to Johns Hopkins in double-overtime, 9-8, in the title game. We're still looking for a team that used two goalies in winning the title.
Virginia's six-goal run against Duke in the ACC title game on Sunday coincided with Coach Dom Starsia's decision to use Shamel and Rhamel Bratton on the same midfield (with fifth-year senior Peter Lamade).
Virginia (12-3) has finished its regular season and awaits its seed in the NCAA tournament; the pairings will be announced on Sunday night. Shamel Bratton has 12 goals and 4 assists this year; Rhamel has 8 goals and 6 assists.
"I thought they did fine," Starsia said. "I was telling someone the other day, they have more goals than Kyle Dixon had as a freshman, more goals than Chris Rotelli had as a freshman...People say their shooting is all over the place, and that might be right. But if their shooting is all [they have to work on], I'd say they have a very bright future."
Penn Is Mightier
The Penn women's team snapped Northwestern's 36-game winning streak with an 11-7 victory on Sunday. Senior Sarah Waxman (Sidwell Friends) had seven saves and classmate Rachel Manson (St. Stephen's/St. Agnes) added one goal and two assists.
Penn (13-1) has won the Ivy League title and took over the No. 1 ranking from Northwestern (15-1) yesterday. Thanks to Clare Lochary for the tip. Clare also asked if there were a "No Girls Allowed" sign on TFBO2F. We are pleased to show that is not the case. Though recent developments in my personal life have led me to believe there must be one in my house somewhere...
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