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What was the most impressive result from this past weekend?
The most impressive to me was [top-ranked] Maryland. Just watching the way they dismantled Duke [16-7], I know there have been struggles, and they obviously have a lot to figure out, but that’s still a talented team and a team that gets up for Maryland, an
Is it too early to say that Maryland is the team to beat right now?
I think they're the team to beat. I agree that it's early, but I think Maryland is the best team in the nation hands down and then the rest, your guess is as good as mine. As we saw over the weekend, we saw five top 10 teams lose. So it's pretty wide open. But to me, Maryland is a head above the rest.
Any of those upsets stand out to you?
The Hopkins loss [11-8 to No. 14 Princeton], two things kind of jumped out at me. I thought that [No. 5] Hopkins was more disappointing than I expected them to be in that type of game. I think offensively, they looked pretty disjointed and we saw that first midfield struggle. I think they really missed [junior midfielder] Rob Guida [who is dealing with an undisclosed injury]. That was the first time I had ever seen [senior defenseman] Tucker Durkin not look dominant. But that also goes hand-in-hand with Princeton really impressing me. Not only the Froccaro brothers [Jeff and Jake], but [junior midfielder Tom] Schreiber seems to be everything that they’ve been talking about over the past year.
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I think at this point, Rob Pannell is the leader in the clubhouse. I was excited for this game more than any other game over the course of the week. I thought that Rob Pannell played a really smart game. He didn't go into that game thinking that it was Pannell vs. Baum, and he got a lot of guys involved. Cornell had 10 different scorers. That showed me a lot about his maturity. He's a fifth-year guy. And then the other storyline that needs to be mentioned is [senior defenseman] Jason Noble who marked Baum for most of that game. He's an All-American, but he's not a defender that wows you with his size. But I was impressed with what he did against Baum. I do a lot of Patriot League games for CBS, and Peter Baum is as good as it gets in my mind, and to see him held to only three shots and one assist is pretty impressive.
Is the media guilty of excessively pointing out Loyola senior short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins' absence?
I think it’s glaring. I’m a huge fan of
Who are the top five teams in the country in your opinion?
I have Maryland at No. 1, Notre Dame [No. 2], Loyola [No. 3], Cornell [No.] 4 and Princeton [No.] 5.
How much trouble is 2-4 Duke in?