1) Towson's defensive plan. The Mount St. Mary's offense is headlined by the starting attack of seniors Andrew Scalley (nine goals and 14 assists), Brett Schmidt (10, 7) and Cody Lehrer (11, 5). That trio will certainly generate a lot of the Tigers' attention, but coach Shawn Nadelen said the defense can't afford to forget about midfielders like seniors Bryant Schmidt (4, 2), Daniel Stranix (4, 1) and Eric Ososki (3, 1). "Those guys are just as capable after seeing what they did against Virginia," Nadelen said, referring to the combined seven goals and two assists they accounted for. "I think all of their midfielders had at least two points in that game. When you focus on the attack so much, that can create opportunities for the midfielders, and those guys are very capable. So they're pretty balanced with their top six offensive guys. I think they rely heavily on their attack to really get things going and generate a lot of offense, but if you worry too much about the and don't pay attention to the midfield, those guys will hurt you as well."
2) Mount St. Mary's clears. According to coaches, the new rules in place to help accelerate pace of play in college lacrosse have made it difficult for teams to disrupt clears because coaches are so concerned about running their offensive midfielders off the field in favor of their defensive brethren. Try telling that to the Mountaineers, who have succeeded on just 65.5 percent (38-of-58) of their clears so far. Coach Tom Gravante said the team has emphasized clearing this week, including advising Borgogelli to taking his time while trying to connect on outlet passes. But Gravante put a good deal of the burden on the midfielders. "[W]e made some adjustments, working with the short-stick D-middies," he said. "They need to handle the ball better as well. There were a few times when those kids were just running into the gauntlet, running themselves into a trap when they really didn't need to. They need to be more poised. If three guys are closing the gap, that means there are two guys wide open on that field. So they've got to do a better job of playing with more poise and running with their heads up."