Detroit at Mount St. Mary's: Halftime thoughts
What good vibes Mount St. Mary’s generated in the first six minutes have evaporated as the Mountaineers are clinging to a 4-3 lead over visiting Detroit at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmittsburg.
Mount St. Mary’s scored the game’s first four goals in a span of 5 minutes, 49 seconds – quite a reversal from the team’s first two games of the season when Virginia and Towson raced out to early advantages of 7-0 and 4-0, respectively.
But the Mountaineers (0-2) have gone dry over the final 24:11 of the first half, opening the door for the Titans to chip into the lead. Detroit scored twice in a span of 26 seconds to end the first quarter and added a man-up goal to trail only by one at halftime.
Mount St. Mary’s has been careless with the ball, turning it over 13 times to only seven times by Detroit. Possession will be key in the second half.
*The team’s wholesale changes in the starting lineup have yielded some positive results. Junior Anthony Golden, who started on attack, leads the Mountaineers with two points on one goal and one assist. And sophomore Daniel Stranix, who started in the midfield, has also scored a goal. Junior midfielder Bryant Schmidt, who was demoted from the first line, has scored once.
*On the flipside, junior attackmen Cody Lehrer and Brett Schmidt, who were bumped from the starting lineup, have been quiet as reserves. Schmidt is 0-for-1 in shooting, has committed three turnovers, and was penalized once. Lehrer has not taken a shot or picked up a ground ball.
*The Mountaineers have to take advantage of the work being done by senior Ben Trapp and the faceoff unit. Those guys have helped the team win 8-of-9 faceoffs in the first half. Another avenue could be extra-man chances where the team is just 2-of-5, including 0-of-2 in the second quarter.