Offense Lagging for Bullets, Gulls
Both Salisbury and Gettysburg are bringing stifling defenses into this game – the Bullets lost their only game, 7-6 – but the offenses haven't been up to par to this point.
For Salisbury, it hasn't been about a lack of chances. The Gulls just aren't finding the final piece of the puzzle in their offensive sets.
"I think the key for us on Saturday will be how well we finish," said Salisbury coach Jim Berkman. "Even though we've dominated some teams defensively, we haven't finished well so far. The scores are a little misleading. We've had numerous, numerous opportunities in games and should have had five or six more goals in our four games easily from the possessions our defense is getting us."
The Bullets can't find any cohesion on offense. They've scored six goals in each of the last two games and managed more than nine shots in quarter just once in the past eight frames. There's an inconsistency, as well. After 27 shots in the first two games of the season, senior middie Danno Lynch had just four against Goucher in a 6-4 win.
"We've been struggling a little bit scoring goals this year, so we're focused a little bit more on us than we are on Salisbury, which scares me a little," said Gettysburg coach Hank Janczyk. "We have to find a way to play better. We're working really hard on Gettysburg at this point."
Salisbury, with its high-pressure defensive approach – Janczyk joked that the Gulls start playing defense the minute you step off the bus – is not a great unit to go against when you're trying to heal an offense. More than cohesion, the Bullet offense will have to have composure.
Fortunately for Gettysburg, Janczyk and the Bullets have been able to spend a good chunk of the past couple of days concentrating on the offense because they know what they're going to get from Salisbury's attack. Being the 27th meeting between Janczyk and Berkman, there aren't many secrets.
"Jim will put a play away and he'll bring it back a couple of years later," said Janczyk. "There's usually a twist to a play. There is only so many ways you can run a play, but he'll add someone to the pick, or pick with someone different, but pretty much the same philosophy."