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June 18, 2008

The search is over

North Carolina may have missed out on its No. 1 target when Don Zimmerman opted to remain at UMBC, but the Tar Heels got their next guy when Ohio State coach Joe Breschi agreed to become the program’s 12th head coach, the school announced today.

Breschi, a former first-team All-America defenseman and former assistant coach at North Carolina, succeeds John Haus, who was relieved of his head coaching duties last month.

"I made a commitment to be a Tar Heel 22 years ago to Hall of Fame coach Willie Scroggs, and now I have a chance to give back to the university, alumni and Carolina lacrosse family that had an extraordinary impact on my life," Breschi said in a statement released by the school. "My family is thrilled for the new challenge that lies ahead and we can’t wait to hit the ground running in Chapel Hill."

Breschi, a Baltimore native and 1986 Loyola graduate, went 92-63 in 11 seasons with the Buckeyes, who either shared or owned Great Western Lacrosse League titles in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2008 and enjoyed seven winning seasons in their last eight years. This past season, Ohio State compiled a 11-6 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

"I’m happy to welcome Joe Breschi as our lacrosse coach at Carolina," said Tar Heels athletic director Dick Baddour. "Joe has done an outstanding job of building a fine program at Ohio State. I’m thrilled that he has decided to accept our offer. Joe had a tremendous playing career in Chapel Hill and it will be great to have him back as part of our athletic family."

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June 16, 2008

Teams on the move

As predicted by Inside Lacrosse, the formation of the Big East has created aftershocks in the shift of teams to different conferences. The Colonial Athletic Association announced today that Penn State and Massachusetts will join Towson, Delaware, Drexel and Hofstra for the 2010 season, thereby assuring the league will earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.

"We are proud to welcome the University of Massachusetts and Penn State to the CAA in men's lacrosse," CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said in a release published today. "Both schools have excellent programs along with outstanding coaches and players. Their addition will keep CAA men's lacrosse among the top Division I conferences in the nation."

Penn State and Massachusetts will fill the void created with the impending departures of Villanova (Big East) and Robert Morris and Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference). No word yet on what the Eastern College Athletic Conference -- which includes Loyola -- and the Great Western Lacrosse League intend to do after losing several teams to the Big East.

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June 11, 2008

Don Zimmerman staying for a while

Making official what my colleague Mike Preston had alluded to in today’s column, UMBC coach Don Zimmerman has signed a six-year contract extension to continue coaching the Retrievers through the 2014 season, the school announced this afternoon.

"It’s an honor and it certainly means a lot to know that my family and I have this type of support from the school and particularly [athletic director] Dr. [Charles] Brown and [school president] Dr. [Freeman] Hrabowski," Zimmerman said during a brief phone interview. "It feels great to know that I’m going to be here and continue to work with the kids that we have. We have great kids. They mean a lot to me, they’re a part of my extended family, and just knowing that I’m going to be here for the next six years is really a dream come true."

A head coach for 22 years, Zimmerman just completed his 15th season with UMBC, guiding the program this spring to its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a school-record 11 straight wins.

Goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins, who was recruited from Calvert Hall by Zimmerman, acknowledged a team-wide concern that Zimmerman would leave the Retrievers for the vacant lacrosse position at North Carolina, where Zimmerman would have been reunited with former Tar Heels coach and current senior associate athletic director Willie Scroggs.

"I really wanted to have Coach Zim for all four of my years," said Blevins, who will be a senior next season. "I think he gives everyone a fair chance. There’s really no politics with Coach Zim. Whoever plays well is going to play. Him being like that makes everything more competitive and that’s why I think some of the kids on the team are as good as they are."

Midfielder Maxx Davis said word of Zimmerman’s extension spread quickly as players were relieved about maintaining a sense of continuity.

"Coach Zim, with the offense that he runs, gives us the freedom to utilize our natural skills," said Davis, a junior next season. "With a new coach, I’m not sure how we would have been able to react to new plays and new schemes. It definitely would have been difficult to adjust to an entirely new playing style."

In other lacrosse news, the Big East announced the formation of a men’s lacrosse league involving 2008 national champion Syracuse, 2008 quarterfinalist Notre Dame, Georgetown, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s and Villanova for the 2010 season.

"We are looking forward to the excitement that men’s lacrosse will bring to the Big East Conference," Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese said following a unanimous vote by the league’s 16 athletic directors during a recent annual spring meeting. "We have schools with established and successful programs, which want to come together and compete under the Big East brand."

The departure of Georgetown, Rutgers and St. John’s reduces the number of teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference to three in Loyola, Fairfield and Hobart. Inside Lacrosse speculates that the league could absorb Great Western Lacrosse League schools Ohio State, Denver, Air Force and Bellarmine.

The Colonial Athletic Association, which includes Towson, Delaware, Drexel and Hofstra, could replace Villanova, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart (the latter two leaving for the Northeast Conference) with two programs in Massachusetts and Penn State to gain the six teams necessary to earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse’s decision leaves only three independent schools in Johns Hopkins, Presbyterian and Jacksonville (which is going varsity in 2009).

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June 6, 2008

Just one more thing...

OK, I know that I said that today’s entry on the top five teams heading into 2009 was the final one, but I couldn’t resist singling out three squads that I think have dark-horse potential. The following three teams all did not finish with above-.500 records and missed the tournament this past season. But what they do share is a stocked starting lineup, a roster filled with savvy veterans and at least one Under Armour All-American high school recruit entering the next season. In alphabetical order, the teams flying under the radar are:

Harvard (2008 record: 6-8)

Outlook: The Crimson graduated no starters from this past season’s squad that dropped four one-goal decisions – three to Denver, Brown and Princeton. Attackmen Dean Gibbons and Jesse Fehr and midfielder Travis Burr each posted 14 goals, while midfielder Jason Duboe led the way with 26 goals. Perhaps more significantly, a defense that ranked ninth in the country with just 7.5 goals allowed per game reloads with defensemen Billy Geist (McDonogh), Max Gotschall and Sam Slaughter and goalkeeper Joe Pike (McDonogh). Throw in incoming attackman Jeff Cohen and defenseman Daniel DiMaria and former Navy assistant coach and current Harvard coach John Tillman has reason to be optimistic about next season.

Penn State (7-7)

Outlook: The Nittany Lions bid farewell to two starters, but can count on a strong defense courtesy of the return of goalie Drew Adams and defensemen Matt Bernier, Kevin Etter (Severn) and John Stuckey. That unit surrendered just 7.7 goals a contest – good enough for No. 13 in the nation. Attackmen Rob Forster and Max VanArsdale each scored 17 goals, but could use some more support from teammates like midfielders Brian Shea and Charley Henneghan. Penn State coach Glenn Thiel also welcomes a freshman class that includes three Under Armour All Americans in attackman Matt Mackrides, goalkeeper Steven Rastivo and midfielder Conrad Ridgway.

Rutgers (6-7)

Outlook: The Scarlet Knights’ biggest strength will likely be an offense that returns three starters in attackman Kory Kelly and midfielders Justin Pennington and Gerhard Buehning and key backup midfielder Jeff Rommel – all of whom scored at least 13 goals this past season. The worry for coach Jim Stagnitta is on the other end of the field where starting defensemen Mike Sissler and Nick Filippone have graduated. But defensemen Chris O’Dougherty and Will Stone will help provide some support for goalie William Olin. Under Armour All American midfielder Tim Rommel joins older brother Jeff next season.

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Part four -- 2009 preseason poll

Here is the fourth (and final) installment of my perspective on the top lacrosse team for 2009. The following teams are, in my humble opinion, the top five squads heading into next season. The one common thread among these teams is more positives that outweigh the negatives.

5. North Carolina (2007 record: 8-6; Tournament finish: first round)

Losses: The Tar Heels say good-bye to just two starters, but both Tim Kaiser and Brian Burke were mainstays on defense.

Returners: When North Carolina opened the season with five consecutive wins and a 6-1 record, goalkeeper Grant Zimmerman was the catalyst, and he will be back. Starting attackmen Bart Wagner (St. Paul’s), Gavin Petracca and Michael B. Burns and midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) spark an offense that averaged 10 goals per game.

Reason for pessimism: Finding a coach is one priority, but changing the climate of losing that has permeated Chapel Hill is perhaps the biggest challenge for John Haus’ successor.

Reason for optimism: The 1-2 punch of face-off specialists Shane Walterhoefer (Boys’ Latin) and Michael J. Burns could give the offense plenty of opportunities.

4. Cornell (11-4; first round)

Losses: The most significant departure for the Big Red is starting goalie Jake Myers. Backup attackman John Espey will also be missed.

Returners: An offense that ranked eighth in the nation in scoring should maintain or even improve that pace with the return of its starting attack led by Ryan Hurley and midfield spearheaded by Max Seibald and John Glynn.

Reason for pessimism: The starting goalie job appears to belong to freshman Mat Martinez, who posted a tepid save percentage of .480 in more than 106 minutes of play.

Reason for optimism: Opponents may have trouble getting shots off against Martinez, who will have starting defensemen Pierce Derkac, Nick Gradinger and Matt Moyer in front of him.

3. Maryland (10-6; quarterfinals)

Losses: Starting midfielder Max Ritz is gone as is the entire starting defense of Joe Cinosky, Ryne Adolph and Jacob Baxter.

Returners: Offense shouldn’t be problem with the return of starting attackmen Grant Catalino, Travis Reed (Boys’ Latin) and Ryan Young and starting midfielders Dan Groot and Jeremy Sieverts (McDonogh).

Reason for pessimism: Besides finding a third defenseman to team with Max Schmidt and Brian Farrell, can coach Dave Cottle afford to rotate goalkeepers Jason Carter and Brian Phipps in the net again?

Reason for optimism: Cottle continues to stockpile Under Armour All Americans. Next year’s group of five All Americans includes Loyola’s All-Metro attackman Joe Cummings.

2. Syracuse (16-2; NCAA champions)

Losses: Five starters are gone, including Tewaaraton Trophy winner Mike Leveille and midfielders Steven Brooks and Brendan Loftus. Don’t forget that face-off wunderkind Danny Brennan has also departed.

Returners: Kenny Nims and Greg Niewieroski are back on the attack with Dan Hardy and Matt Abbott leading the midfield. Long-stick midfielder Joel White was one of the top freshman in the country.

Reason for pessimism: Sid Smith proved his worth as a shutdown defenseman, but he’s going to need some help with fellow starters Evan Brady and Kyle Guadagnolo gone and especially if goalie John Galloway struggles as he did in the Final Four.

Reason for optimism: With three likely transfers in attackman Cody Jamison and midfielders Jeremy and Jerome Thompson, who needs defense?

1. Virginia (14-4; semifinals)

Losses: The heart of the offense in attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola) has left. Defensive midfielder Will Barrow was a calming presence, and Bud Petit was the best goalkeeper not named Michael Gvozden in the Final Four.

Returners: Starting attackman Danny Glading and Garrett Billings will lead what should be a potent offense again. The entire starting defense – Ken Clausen, Matt Kelly and Ryan Nizolek – also returns.

Reason for pessimism: Can goalie Adam Ghitelman regain the starting role that he had held for the first 10 games before giving way to Petit?

Reason for optimism: Coach Dom Starsia one-upped his ACC counterpart in Maryland’s Cottle by inking six Under Armour All Americans, including Loyola’s All-Metro attackman Steele Stanwick.

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June 5, 2008

Part three: 2009 preseason poll

Here is the third version of the top teams in 2009. On Tuesday, I went through teams ranked Nos. 20 to 16 and on Wednesday, teams ranked Nos. 15 to 11. The following are the teams I feel deserve to be ranked from Nos. 10 to 6. Now that could change as incoming freshmen and transfers are confirmed, but I’m going with what is known now. Check back in on Friday for the top five teams.

10. Colgate (2007 record: 11-6; Tournament finish: first round)

Losses: The biggest gap will be felt on the defensive end of the field where starters E.J. Atamian and Tyler Philpot take leave from a unit that surrendered just 8.8 goals per game this past season.

Returners: An offense that ranked 19th in the country with 9.8 goals a contest welcomes back three starters in midfielder Brandon Corp and attackmen Kevin Colleluori and Zack Craumer and a key backup in midfielder Ian Murphy, who scored 24 goals.

Reason for pessimism: Two priorities for coach Jim Nagle: finding a "quarterback" to replace attackman Matt Lalli and a faceoff specialist to succeed Chris Eck, who ranked fifth in the nation in faceoff percentage.

Reason for optimism: After capturing their first Patriot League crown and nearly knocking off Notre Dame in overtime in the first round, the Raiders have momentum on their side.

9. Ohio State (11-6; quarterfinals)

Losses: The Buckeyes bid farewell to just two starters, but those two -- midfielder Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) and goalkeeper Stefan Schroder -- were instrumental in the program’s resurgence.

Returners: The roster is littered with starters in attackmen Joel Dalgarno and Jeff Ryan and midfielders Peet Poillon and James Green and an emerging attackman in Mario Ventiquattro.

Reason for pessimism: The starting goalie job appears to be Brandon Freeman’s to lose. The sophomore turned in a 10.56 goals-against average in eight games this past season.

Reason for optimism: Freeman may at least get to lean on an experienced defense in starters Scott Matthews (Boys’ Latin), Scott Foreman (Calvert Hall) and Keith Lovett.

8. UMBC (12-4; first round)

Losses: Only four seniors, but the Retrievers will miss starting midfielder Terry Kimener and faceoff specialist Taylor Marino. Even with the departure of Kimener, scoring should not be hard to come by.

Returners: Starting attackmen Ryan Smith (Fallston), Matt Latham (Liberty) and Chris Jones and midfielders Kyle Wimer and Maxx Davis (Friends) should anchor an offense that averaged 10 goals a contest.

Reason for pessimism: Who will replace Kimener, who was selected eighth overall by the Chicago Machine in the Major Lacrosse League draft, as the team’s emotional leader?

Reason for optimism: The defense could be even better than the offense. Goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins (Calvert Hall) and defensemen Bobby Atwell (Southern-AA), Kevin Goedeke (Fallston) and Matt Kresse return to their starting roles from this past season.

7. Duke (18-2; semifinals)

Losses:
Much about this team is up in the air, especially about whether attackman Zach Greer and midfielder Brad Ross return for their fifth years. Assuming that they do not, the Blue Devils must also say good-bye to four fifth-year starters in attackman Matt Danowski, long-stick midfielder Nick O’Hara, defenseman Tony McDevitt and goalie Dan Loftus.

Returners: Attackman Max Quinzani would be back as the NCAA’s leading producer in goals, and he would be joined by midfielders Ned Crotty, Steve Schoeffel and Mike Catalino. Also, faceoff specialist Sam Payton, ranked seventh in the nation in faceoff percentage, is back.

Reason for pessimism: If Rob Schroeder also elects not to return for a fifth year, the most experienced goalkeeper would be Devon Sherwood, who played 40 minutes this past season.

Reason for optimism: Whoever is in the net can take some solace in starting defensemen Parker McKee and Mike Manley.

6. Johns Hopkins (11-6; finals)

Losses: The Blue Jays face holes on the attack (Kevin Huntley of Calvert Hall and Michael Doneger), midfield (Paul Rabil and Stephen Peyser) and defense (Eric Zerrlaut of St. Mary’s and Matt Bocklet).

Returners: Starting attackman Steven Boyle and midfielder Mark Bryan will lead a retooled offense, while defenseman Michael Evans (South River) and goalie Michael Gvozden (Severna Park) will team with key contributors Sam DeVore and Matt Drenan to lay the foundation for what could be a solid defense.

Reason for pessimism: Rabil, Huntley, Peyser, Doneger, Bocklet and defensive midfielder George Castle accounted for 62 percent and 42.4 percent of this season’s goals and assists, respectively.

Reason for optimism: Who better to motivate the Blue Jays into an us-versus-the-world theme than coach Dave Pietramala?

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June 4, 2008

Part two: 2009 preseason poll

Here is the second installment of my look at the lacrosse landscape in 2009. Again, I cannot stress enough that this is not a reflection of next year’s preseason poll because incoming freshmen and potential transfers have yet to be confirmed. If you missed it, click here for Part one (teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16). Check back in on Thursday for teams ranked from Nos. 10 to 6 and on Friday for those ranked from Nos. 5 to 1.

15. Brown (2007 record: 11-3; tournament finish: no tournament)

Losses: Six seniors, with the biggest departures on the defensive end where starters Reed Deluca and Brian Sharnick graduate from the Bears.

Returners: The entire attack – a trio of Thomas Muldoon, Kyle Hollingsworth and Jack Walsh that combined for 64 goals and 34 assists – is back as is goalkeeper Jordan Burke, who led the nation in save percentage and ranked second in goals-against average.

Reason for pessimism: Burke was spectacular, but can he elevate his game to even higher levels to make up for an inexperienced defense?

Reason for optimism: Brown, which shared the Ivy League championship with Cornell, ended the season with 10 wins in 11 games.

14. Bucknell (10-5; no tournament)

Losses: Nine seniors, but only two starters in midfielder Nick Marks and defenseman Evan Burns (Boys’ Latin).

Returners: Seven of the team’s top scorers – including attackmen Austin Winter, Tim Brandau (McDonogh) and Joe Mele, a trio that totaled 73 goals and 45 assists – fuel what could be a potent offense.

Reason for pessimism: Can the Bison overcome the memory of two losses to Colgate that essentially kept them out of the tournament?

Reason for optimism: A defense that surrendered just 7.8 goals per game this past season should be just as strong with the return of goalies Nick Sciubba and Matt Antonelli (Archbishop Spalding) and defensemen Tom Izard and Billy Haire.

13. Denver (10-7; first round)

Losses: Only five seniors, but the Pioneers bid farewell to two starting attackmen in Jon Paulson and Brett Koll.

Returners: An offense that ranked ninth in the country in scoring with 10.9 goals a contest brings back its top five scorers, including four starters in midfielder Jamie Lincoln, attackman Cliff Smith, midfielder Charley Dickinson and midfielder Joey Murray.

Reason for pessimism: Goalkeeper Austin Konkel must improve his 10.02 goals-against average and .488 save percentage if Denver has aspirations of a final four bid.

Reason for optimism: Maturity may not be an issue. Lincoln will be a 22-year-old sophomore, while Smith, a senior next year, will turn 24 in January.

12. Navy (10-6; quarterfinals)

Losses: Attackman and leading scorer Nick Mirabito was selected by the New Jersey Pride in the fifth round of the Major Lacrosse League draft last week. The Midshipmen also lost three starters in attackman Gregory Clement, defensemen Jordan DiNola and Brendan Teague and primary faceoff specialist Mikelis Visgauss.

Returners: Attackman Tim Paul (Loyola) is back as is the entire midfield of Patrick Moran (Severn), Joe Lennon (Loyola) and Basil Daratsos. Goalies Matt Coughlin and Tommy Phelan (Loyola) present an interesting dilemma.

Reason for pessimism: DiNola and Teague anchored a defense that ranked third in the nation by surrendering just 6.5 goals per game.

Reason for optimism: A healthy Bruce Nechanicky (anterior cruciate ligament surgery) could alleviate some of the pressure off of Paul, who will likely draw heightened attention next year.

11. Notre Dame (14-3; quarterfinals)

Losses: The Irish bid farewell to five starters – three of whom (midfielder Michael Podgajny, goalkeeper Joey Kemp and defenseman Sean Dougherty) were selected in the MLL draft. In addition, faceoff specialist Taylor Clagett, who ranked fourth in the country in faceoff percentage, was taken in the fifth round.

Returners: Notre Dame’s fifth-ranked offense still has four of its top six scorers in attackman Ryan Hoff (Dulaney), midfielder Grant Krebs (St. Mary’s), attackman Duncan Swezey and midfielder Peter Christman.

Reason for pessimism: A defense that ranked fifth in the country this past season will be weakened by the departure of Kemp, Dougherty and starting defenseman Ross Zimmerman.

Reason for optimism: The Irish was on the cusp of beating eventual national champion Syracuse and getting to the final four. Maybe they can carry over that momentum to next season.

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June 3, 2008

Part one: 2009 preseason poll

It's been almost a week since there's been some lacrosse-related news, so I thought I would take a crack at a preseason (some would say premature) poll for the 2009 season. I will break up the top 20 into four installments with today's entry looking at teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16. Wednesday will feature Nos. 15 to 11, Thursday Nos. 10 to 6 and Friday Nos. 5 to 1.

This is just my take on the poll and does not include contributions from my colleague (and lacrosse "Godfather") Mike Preston. It also contains scant information on incoming freshmen and potential transfers. But let's get it started.

20. Loyola (2007 record: 7-7; Tournament finish: first round)

Losses: 12 seniors including starters in attackman Shane Koppens, midfielder Paul Richards and faceoff specialist Tim McDermott.

Returners: Three of the team's top four scorers in attackmen Cooper MacDonnell, Matt Langan and Collin Finnerty, two starting defensemen in Steve Layne and Steve Dircks, and starting goalkeeper Jake Hagelin.

Reason for pessimism: Losing Koppens, the team's quarterback, could be a severe blow to an offense that averaged 9.3 goals per game this past season.

Reason for optimism: Hagelin was an underrated presence in his freshman year, and long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci will gobble up more ground balls for what could be a solid defensive unit.

19. Hofstra (10-6; first round)

Losses: Seven seniors including starting midfielder Mike Unterstein and one of the country's top short-stick defensive midfielders Kevin Unterstein.

Returners: Four of the team's top five scorers in midfielder Anthony Muscarella and attackmen Jay Card, Dan Stein and Tom Dooley and starting goalie Danny Orlando.

Reason for pessimism: The graduation of Kevin Unterstein and starting defensemen Connor Hagans and Collin Stabler depletes a defense that surrendered just 8.6 goals a contest.

Reason for optimism: When you return four starters who punched in no fewer than 22 goals each, maybe the Pride can borrow Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala's line: "Your best defense is a good offense."

18. Albany (8-8; no tournament)

Losses: 11 seniors including three starters in midfielder Jordan Levine, defenseman Craig McDonald and goalkeeper Brett Queener.

Returners: Seven starters including attackmen Brian Caufield and Corey Small and defensemen Chris Schongar, Mike Banks and Mark Phelan.

Reason for pessimism: Can Dan McKeon offset the graduation of Queener, a three-year starter for the Great Danes?

Reason for optimism: Attackman Frank Resetarits left Albany after the 2007 season as the program's first first-team All American. His brother Joe is an Under Armour All American who will make his freshman debut next spring.

17. Georgetown (9-4; no tournament)

Losses: 15 seniors including two of the team's top three scorers in starting attackmen Brendan Cannon and Andrew Baird, defensemen Jerry Lambe and Craig Stevenson and starting goalie Miles Kass.

Returners: Three starters in attackman Craig Dowd, midfielder Andrew Brancaccio and defenseman Chris Nixon.

Reason for pessimism: Backups Christian McCormack and Matt Winter have combined to play 31 minutes in goal in their careers.

Reason for optimism: Coach Dave Urick is usually pretty adept at surprising his critics.

16. Princeton (7-6; no tournament)

Losses: Two starting attackmen in Bob Schneider and Alex Haynie, but the biggest void will be on defense. Top defenseman Dan Cocoziello and goalie Alex Hewit are playing for the Denver Outlaws and the New Jersey Pride, respectively, of the Major Lacrosse League.

Returners: Starting attackmen Tommy Davis and Jack McBride, midfielders Mark Kovler and Rich Sgalardi and defensemen Chris Peyser and Jeremy Hirsch.

Reason for pessimism: The Tigers, not known for boasting explosive offenses, have to get more from that end.

Reason for optimism: Word is that Under Armour All-American goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito (McDonogh) is primed to fill in for Hewit immediately.

Check back in Wednesday for Nos. 15 to 11. 

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