News and Notes from the UPenn/MD Scrimmages

News and Notes from the UPenn/MD Scrimmages

On the first nice day in what seems like weeks, Franklin Field hosted a three team scrimmage between Penn, Maryland and Drexel.  WPF was on hand to watch all four quarters against Penn and then the first quarter of Maryland.  While it was a great chance to work on things and get a ton of guys some playing time, it showed that the Dragons still have to clean some things up before the Cavs come rolling into town on Feb 15.  Here are some notes from what we saw:

 

-        Slow starts to both games had the Dragons on their heels early and in both games they were outscored by about 5 goals.  Vs Penn it just looked like they didn’t come out with the same intensity as their opponents and against MD they looked like they had cooled down from the break between the two games.  Either way, in each quarter they played some of the top competition in the country and looked a step behind. 

-        While the start was less than impressive, the Dragons played the next 3 quarters against Penn looking very good in all phases and it wasn’t from just the starters as the coaches started subbing early and the guys off the bench keep the pressure on in all phases of the game.

-        Belka was nicked up and did not play; the O looked like they could have used the 1st team All CAA player, especially early on.

-        Faceoffs were a major bright spot for the Dragons as both Saputo and Deven Thomas won the majority of their draws.  In the first quarter of the Maryland game Saputo unofficially won all 5 (or 6) of the draws, most of them clean.  Redshirt freshman Mike Barnes took a few draws and he looked like he can help out this season as well.

-        Nick Trizano started the game on attack and was the first guy in blue to really stand out.   He had a couple goals and could have had a couple more.  His tough dodging got the whole team going, he looked to be in midseason form.

-        McIntosh and Fusco had quiet days.  No reason to read anything into that, McIntosh will be just fine and Frankie was shaking off some rust after not playing this fall with an injury.

-        Redshirt freshman Cole Shafer had the first crack at replacing Church on the right wing, he responded with a good day that included 2 goals.  For a smaller player he ripped one shot that had some unexpected heat on it.

-        As discussed in the fall, there is a number of middies that look like they can help this team.  Coach Ford used a number of different combinations of guys as he has to be trying to see who is going to get the minutes when things really count.  Junior TJ Foley responded with a good goal on the day, sophomores Jules Raucci and Jordan Cunningham did as well.  Junior Mitch de Snoo, soph. Mason Pynn and freshman Joe Rainoldi did some good things on the day and all look like they can help the team in some way.

-        While Fusco will most likely be the starter on the left side, senior Jared Boudreau sowed off some fancy stick work and also had a nice goal during his minutes.

-        Freshman Robert Freeze and Matt Senft did not blow up, but both looked comfortable on a D1 field.

-        The goalie battle looks to still be open as Cal Winkelman and Will Gabrielsen both had good and bad moments.  Redshirt freshman Henry Buonaguiro seemed to make the most of his quarter of work as well, getting to some low hard shots for a couple nice saves. 

-        Jason and Jordan Klunder look comfortable with the short stick D mid role. 

-        Another short stick D middie to get minutes was redshirt freshman Brendan Fabian, he looked to be the fastest guy on the field.

-        The starting D has some work to do with their team D concepts, but after the first quarter they settled down.  Sophmores Miles Thomas, Chris Panichelli and Pat Root all had their moments and freshman Canadian Markel Nelson looked like he might push of time this season as well.

 

Conclusion:  Like everyone else at this point in the season, there is work to be done.

 

Next up, UMBC at Vidas Field next Saturday.