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.
"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
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.