Postscript from Georgetown's upset of Maryland
Prior to the No. 17 Hoyas' 13-10 victory over the No. 3 Terps yesterday, few people had any idea of what Georgetown sophomore attackman Ryan Schuler could do. What he demonstrated was impressive.
In his first career start, Schuler recorded a career-high three goals, added an assist and played a huge role in the Hoyas beginning the season on the right foot. Schuler had just three assists in 10 games last season, but when Brendan Cannon and Andrew Baird graduated, Schuler proved to coach Dave Urick that he deserved to join junior Craig Dowd and redshirt sophomore Ricky Mirabito as starters.
"We knew he was a player of the future here," Urick said. "The window of opportunity for him as an attackman wasn’t going to open up [last season]. So we felt it was important to get him some game experience, and it wasn’t a huge amount of playing time, but he played a role as a short-stick D-middie and as a regular midfielder. But he’s much more of a natural attackman."
With Maryland assigning its long-pole defensemen to Dowd, Mirabito, junior midfielder Andrew Brancaccio and senior midfielder Dan D'Agnes, Schuler took advantage of his short-stick defender, often evading his defender long enough to either take a shot or pass the ball to teammates who found better scoring opportunities.
Schuler, who tends to shy away from media attention, bolted for the team bus after the game, but Dowd praised his teammate for shedding his anonymity. "He’s not unknown to us," Dowd said. "This is his breakout game. They threw a short stick at him, thinking they’d be able to handle him, and he took advantage of that all game."
*Georgetown junior defenseman Barney Ehrmann limited celebrated junior transfer Will Yeatman to zero goals, zero assists and just five shots, only one of which was on net. Ehrmann's performance was even more astonishing considering that he battled a flu-like virus that sidelined him until Friday. "He didn’t practice until Friday, and what he did Friday was pretty minimal," Urick said. "I think he did fine." Said Ehrmann: "I knew all week I was going to try and play, give it my best. Adrenaline kind of takes over and once you get out there, you don’t really feel sick until afterwards."
*Terps coach Dave Cottle wasn't as alarmed about the play of goalkeepers Jason Carter and Brian Phipps as he was about the team's inability to clear the ball out of the defensive half of the field. After clearing the ball 92.3 percent of the time (39-of-42) in the first two games, Maryland cleared just 62.5 percent (10-of-16) against the Hoyas. The Terps went just 1-of-4 in the third quarter, which partially fueled Georgetown's 6-0 run that broke the game open. "We had six turnovers in the third quarter offensively," Cottle said. "We kept putting pressure on ourselves defensively, and we had three broken clears with two of those broken clears [with] wide-open guys, and they, in turn, scored two goals off of the broken clears. I just say give them credit. They had the ball, they wore us down a little bit, and they outplayed us in the fourth quarter."
*The Hoyas are just 2-7 all-time against Maryland, but they have won two of the last three meetings – both times in College Park. … Sophomore attackman Grant Catalino’s 16-game point streak is the longest among the Terps. … Maryland junior Bryn Holmes (McDonogh) won 12 of 16 face-offs and is 35-of-43 this season.