Cottle not pleased with UM's faceoffs
As overpowering as No. 5 Maryland was in today's win against visiting Providence -- a 13-5 final score, a 49-14 shot advantage and a 42-22 demolition in groundballs -- coach Dave Cottle continues to be less than pleased with his team's faceoff prowess.
Although seven players -- led by senior Will Dalton (who won 4 of 4 faceoffs) and junior Jeff Reynolds (3 of 3) -- helped the Terps claim 15 of 20 faceoffs today, that rate pushed Maryland just over the 50 percent mark (47 of 93) for the season. Prior to today's contest, the Terps had won just 43.8 percent (32 of 73) of their faceoffs.
"Our wing and faceoff play is not good," Cottle said. "There are a lot of 50-50 balls we're not getting on the wing and faceoffs. I think our faceoff men are doing a better job with the faceoffs, but when it becomes a 50-50 groundball, I think the other team's getting it."
Cottle said he plans to continue rotating junior Jason Carter and sophomore Brian Phipps in the net. "We're trying to figure out who our guy is right now," Cottle said. "We can't be a 50 percent save percentage team. We have to be in the 60s and we're not there yet." Maryland's save percentage is 47.6 percent.