UMBC's Hopmann rounding into form

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Don Zimmerman figured it would take Scott Hopmann some time before he began to re-discover his footing in UMBC’s offense.

The coach’s patience has been rewarded as the junior midfielder has recorded 11 points in his last three contests after posting five points in his first five games since returning from a hamstring injury.

The Annapolis native and St. Mary’s graduate amassed three goals and one assist in the Retrivers’ 11-8 victory over America East foe Vermont Saturday. He produced three goals and one assist in the team’s 12-11 loss to Towson last Wednesday.

“I think he’s really stepping up,” Zimmerman said Monday. “Coming back from a hamstring, when you get a hamstring early in the season, not only do you lose the time until you can get back out on the field, but then you’ve got to play catch-up. Scott has done a nice job. He’s worked hard to get back where he needed to be, and he’s put the shots on target and has stepped up and been a leader for us. It’s great to see. We need it.”

Hopmann, who registered 11 goals and two assists in 11 games (eight starts) last season, has been teamed with sophomore Ryan Johnston and freshman Derek Bertolini on what is called the Gold midfield. (Junior Dave Brown and sophomores Zach Linkous and Conor Finch make up the Black midfield.)

Hopmann, Johnston and Bertolini started against the Catamounts, but Zimmerman wouldn’t say if they would open Saturday’s contest against another America East rival in Stony Brook.

“[W]e’re committed to playing two offensive midfield groups and committed to playing them as equally as we possibly can to just give us a little bit more depth and keep us strong going into the fourth quarter,” Zimmerman said. “His midfield did start against Vermont. Whether we keep the midfields the same or juggle them up, we’re not sure yet. But certainly his midfield of Derek Bertolini and Ryan Johnston had a very good game against Towson and stepped up on Saturday against Vermont.”

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