Teams that should have been better but for some stupid reason just played like crap. I can't wrap my head as to what is wrong with this team, but it seems broken like those two teams were.
them. One was injuries. We couldn't go a weekend without someone ending up with a concussion (seemingly every time we played Miami) or some other injury that cost them multiple games. The other was awful leadership and a couple of highly selfish players who I thought made developing chemistry impossible.
2011-2012 was similar in that the leadership had a hard time kicking some guys into a more team-centric mode. I think too that first year in the Compton went to people's heads a little bit, maybe even the coaches. I thought Jackson really misused the goalies, as every time it looked like Summerhays was coming into form, he'd put Johnson back in, or he'd let Johnson play through 1 or 2 bad goals, but he'd yank Summerhays if a soft one got by.
Both those seasons though were huge disappointments coming off the previous years.
why it feels that way. It just doesn't seem like this group is going to gel and come together in a way to make a run at the NCAA's. I want to be wrong about that, I really do.
It was pretty telling that Burke was the leading goal scorer for us last year right into the tournament despite registering only one or two goals in the second half to that point. The guys who moved on after last season accounted for nearly 40% of our goal scoring as well as all of
our leadership. This team is very young, so I’m confident that the leadership will emerge as it has with Jackson’s past teams; I’m less confident about the goal scoring.
2 goals. This large Freshman Class has about 9 goals half-way thru the season, compared to the last large freshman class of 2010-2011, where the freshman scored over 75 goals for the year led by Lee (24 G) and Tynan (23 G). Our recruiting now seems predicated on keeping everyone for 3-4 years so we seem unlikely to get high-end scorers as freshmen. This is a very young team, made younger by the absence of Wegwerth and Oglevie.
The skaters from the 2011 freshman managed almost a half a point a game average, .41/game and the 2019 freshmen are only chipping in about a quarter point a game, .26/game. That class was aided though in large part by two absolute standouts on the scoresheet, Tynan and Lee. Without them, the other skaters managed just .2 points per game. But this class definitely does not (at least not yet) have that stud scoring machine like Tynan or Lee.
I'm hoping that there will be a breakthrough game here where 4 or 5 guys net goals and we put 6 or 7 on the board and it will start the team on a good roll.