The team had a big weekend, competing and finishing 4-1 in the 2015 NCLL Fall Brawl in Chestertown, MD, this past Saturday. With the strong mentality of “win it all and win big,” the team came into rural Chestertown, headed for Wonton Regional Field, and braced themselves for the tough games to come. The first game they would have to face, just happened to be last year’s tournament victor, Ithaca College.
“We really wanted that first place finish. Especially going up against the defending champions of that tournament.” Team Treasure and midfielder, TJ Mulderig said.
The first game of the tournament against Ithaca initially weighed-down on the nerves of the team. Once Mulderig scored the first goal, he said that everything “just started rolling through.”
“It was close, all the way up to the fourth quarter, we kind of wore them down because of our numbers. We got more legs than other teams.” Murdering said.
According to Mulderig, the team came together quick and meshed well during this first game. The sophomore middie said that the team had things that could be polished, such as not forcing to feed the crease, keeping the ball in play, and defensive communication. The team ended the game with a score of 4-2, with other goals coming from Matt Gorzynski and Ryan Gallagher.
The second game, against East Stroudsburg University, was a blow-out, with a final score of 7-0 for the Prof’s.
“It got a little choppy at the start and towards the end. It’s nice playing a team that’s out in the Pennsylvania area, because we don’t go much farther than Philly. From a player’s aspect to see skill from a club level in Pennsylvania, from East Stroudsburg was interesting and fun to play against other people from a different area. To see clubs come out and give us competition makes me excited for the season.” Mulderig said.
Morgan State University was next, which gave the team a fight, according to Mulderig. The team beat the Bears, 10-4.
“Interesting game. They definitely weren’t on par with us in terms of skill, just assuming because maybe they picked it up late. In terms of effort, it was there. Even though they, what I thought, lacked in skill, they made up for in hard-work and effort; all the way up to the whistle, they were giving us a game.” Mulderig said.
Following that was the semi-final game against Lock Haven University. The Profs beat the Lock Haven at last year’s tournament and this year, according to Mulderig, “came out as a different team.” Around the beginning of the game, the Bald Eagles had the Profs by three goals.
“We kind of had to rally a little bit there. What was cool is that a player, Chris Paulo, had a hat-trick and it was cool to see his shots because he can shoot the ball. So, once he fired that into the net, the whole sideline was just hootin’ and hollerin’.” Mulderig said.
That semi-final game ended a win with an 11-6 final score.
Finally, the tournament came down to the championship game, with the team going up against Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. According to President Rob Zybrick, with a rough start of 5-0 during the first half, the Prof’s put in a goal to bring themselves up to 5-1 before half-time. The team began making a comeback during the second half, making the score 6-5. The game came down to the wire as Kutztown tied 6-6 in the fourth quarter, and then scored once more to pin the score at 7-6. The Prof’s ended up on man-up during the last 30 seconds but was unable to score. The Prof’s finished the tournament, 2nd place overall.
Key players for the tournament included senior face-off man, Alex Mullholland, who took the majority of face-offs during the five games. Other players that Mulderig mentioned include midfielder Chris Paulo, as well as the “whole defense” including Rob Zybrick and Matt Liss.
Mulderig said that with the experience of the tournament, he’s learning how him and the team can compete at a higher-level of gameplay.
“I think where we are as a program, it was probably new waters for returning players and maybe even new waters for the new guys, who maybe came from a lower-level high school-level. I think that knowledge is just going to push people to want to succeed and work and win some ball-games.” Mulderig said.