Its about time Logan Schuss starts getting some credit. The sophomore from Canada will soon be known around the lacrosse world as one of the greats from Canada in 2011. Schuss helped Ohio State to a very big win over UNC on Saturday. Schuss chipped in with five points (3 goals, 2 assists). Schuss is a chippy, hard nosed Canadian attackman who creates offense wherever he is on the field. Schuss will be a major reason why the Buckeyes will make a major push for Memorial Day in 2011. Mark my words.
Exhibit A of Logan Schuss:
Steve Serling showed me a lot this weekend and proved that Hofstra does have many more weapons than they have had in recent years. The senior midfield showed that coach Seth Tierneys squad can score from many different parts of the field. In the 10-6 win over Sacred Heart, Serling put up seven points on three goals and four assists. Fellow senior Stephen Bentz added three goals and an assist. The Pride won this game without big play from the talented duo of Jay Card and Jamie Lincoln. This isnt to say they didn't help create offense for Serling or Bentz. This just goes to show teams will now have to think twice about shutting down the talented duo because the Pride can now come at you many different ways. Hofstra also added a 6-3 win over Colgate, a win in which Hofstra barely had the ball because of the slow, slow play of Colgate.
Pierce Bassett and the Blue Jays have looked very strong out of the gate for coach Dave Pietramala. Hopkins didnt just beat Deleware last night, they completely controlled every aspect of that game. With a 6-1 halftime lead and eight goal third, the Blue Jays never let the Blue Hens have a chance. Credit great goalie play by Bassett who now has 20 saves on the year and has looked good in place of Michael Gvodzen.
The play of the Blue Jays attack unit is straight up scary so far. If the combo of Zach Palmer (12 points), Kyle Wharton (7 points) and Chris Boland (7 points) can stay healthy and keep this play up, its safe to say the Hop is back and have yet another offense that will give opposing coaches headaches.
Wharton in my mind can carry that offense. When he plays well, the entire offense just clicks. Part of the reason is Wharton is a tough matchup for any defense. He can play attack and midfield. At 6'3" he has more of a midfielders body but Pietramala will play him at both positions.
Exhibit A for Wharton: NASTY!!
Check back tomorrow for my thoughts on Syracuse and their win over the Denver Pioneers. Also, what I think of UNC in 2011, Loyola's comeback win and why UMass will never get the respect they deserve.