2018 Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Preview - Midfield/Faceoffs
BALTIMORE, MD – In the second of a three-part series breaking down the 2018 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, HopkinsSports.com takes a look at the Blue Jay midfield and faceoff units.
Tinney Headlines Returning Midfield: Senior co-captain Joel Tinney is back for his final season after earning Second Team USILA All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors a year ago. One of the most dynamic players in the nation, Tinney totaled 19 goals and nine assists last season and carries career totals of 47 goals and 19 assists into his final season. He also led the team in ground balls a year ago and is a contributor at both ends of the field and on the wings on facoeffs.
Fraser, Concannon, Valis Provide Experienced Depth: While Tinney may grab the headlines, there are several other veterans returning who will be key contributors in 2018.
Senior Patrick Fraser is the most experienced of this group as he has played in 47 games with seven starts and counts 32 goals and five assists to his credit. Arguably the most dangerous time-and-room shooter in the nation, he has scored a national-best 26 extra-man goals over the last three seasons and figures to see significant time in six-on-six situations as well.
Junior Alex Concannon missed virtually his entire freshman year due to an injury, but returned last season and punched up three goals and nine assists. His nine assists were tied for third-most on the team and he has the quickness to make the defense move. Now two years removed from his injury, Concannon is being counted on to take on a bigger role among the top six middies on the team.
Senior Brinton Valis, also a co-captain, has played in 34 games in his career and is one of team’s top dodging midfielders. In an offense full of players with varied skill-sets, his ability to get to the goal will be crucial to the unit’s success.
Another senior who figures to see the most extensive playing time of his career is senior Thomas Guida. Guida has played in 29 games during his career and is one of the team’s top outside shooting threats. In the Blue Jay offensive system, he could emerge as a dangerous weapon in settled situations.
Moreland Tops Faceoff Depth Chart: Senior Hunter Moreland returns for his final season and is the Blue Jays’ clear-cut leader on faceoffs. A three-year regular, he returned for his final season in great shape and has worked hard to help develop freshmen Kyle Prouty and Weston Narewski, who both figure to see time this season as well.
Moreland was 102-of-188 (.543) on faceoffs last season and grabbed 35 ground balls as well. In his career, he has won 287-of-515 faceoffs and needs just 13 more faceoff wins to become the 11th player in school history to win 300. Like any faceoff specialist, his ability to control the dot and give the Blue Jays added possessions will be crucial.
Prouty, the fourth-ranked freshman faceoff specialist in the nation according to Inside Lacrosse, and Narewski have different styles and will be counted on to spell Moreland throughout the season.
Any number of players could see time on the wing, a crucial part of the success of the faceoff unit. Tinney has been a mainstay there throughout his career and Guida has also excelled on the wing at points during his career.
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