Over at Laxpower...
On the Division I men'sforums, a fan called "Flubber" (hope his last name isn't "Lang") has a pretty good take on Hopkins's problems.
It all comes down to a lack of fire and productivity. I haven't seen these guys play up to their potential since the first half against Princeton, who, it turns out, aren't that good.
Boyle and Donegar [sic] have been unproductive, shift Kimmel to attack (his natural position) and bring in one of the new guys to play the crease role. Donegar had three drops on the crease against UVa, was surprised to see him starting against UNC. Kevin Huntley has had a great year, find ways to get him the ball.
Shake the midfields up. Without Kimmel on First middie, bring up Walker, a bonafide scoring threat who is a natural middie. When Kimmel got caught on D against Syracuse he ended up chasing his man to the goal. Not a slight, he just doesn't play defense well. As an attackman he does not have a lot of time on the defensive end of the field and that makes him a liability.
Make Bocklet one of the LSM's, his stickwork is amazing, he should be on the wing for every faceoff. Let Drennan [sic] play close D, it is his natural position. Bocklet is much better with the ball in his stick than any of the other D men, at LSM he has a much better chance of doing something good with the ball when it gets down to the offensive end. The other guys, not so much.
I don't know what to do about the goalie. Steel hop said he was soft mentally. I don't know about that. But a goalie has two things going for him, the guys in front of him, and his confidence. After the yoyo deal yesterday, I get the feeling that Petro doesn't know what to do with his goalie either.
A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. The Hop is making fundamental errors, turnovers, offsides, bad passes, that must be driving Petro nuts. I know that it is not Petro's coaching. I watched every practice before last years Semifinal game against Delaware. I was very impressed with every aspect of Petro's preparation for the game, it was meticulous and precise. He notices every mistake a player makes and lets them know it. So it is not their preparation.
They have dug themselves quite a hole. They have the talent to get themselves out, the question is whether they have the leadership (amongst the players, that is) and the will, to do it. Their execution and decision making on the field, save for those first 30 minutes against Princeton have been uninspired.
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