Throughout fall workouts and the preseason, Navy coach Rick Sowell has openly voiced his opinion that the midfield needs to play better to alleviate some of the scoring burden on the attack.
The attack got some help in Saturday's season-opening 20-7 thumping of VMI, but it was the second line that outperformed the starters. Junior Erik Hoffstadt registered three goals and one assist, and junior Sean Price and freshman Kevin Wendel each contributed a goal. That trio's play made an impression with Sowell.
“We’re hopeful that this is not an aberration but more of a trend,” Sowell said. “But we thought even in our scrimmage a week ago against Virginia, our second midfield had some quality possessions. They only scored once, but they put together some really good possessions, and that carried into Saturday’s game. Our first midfield can play better. We got a couple goals from [senior] Bryce Dabbs and a couple from [junior] Pat Durkin, but [sophomore] Gabe Voumard, who had the
Senior Evan McGoogan won 3-of-6 faceoffs against the Keydets, but freshman Sean Reilly won 13-of-18 draws. Still, Sowell wasn't ready to announce that Reilly had overtaken McGoogan as the team's primary faceoff specialist.