- Jun 8, 2018
I highly doubt Lipka is going anywhere on man-up, despite not actually scoring any goals. He was on a unit of 6 that was third best in the nation and I doubt Desko will get rid of any of the guys who contributed to that. I like the idea of Buttermore getting involved since we will need a guy who can shoot lefty to replace Voigt. Also if they rotate around and he ends up as the guy with the open shot from 12+ yards out we know he can take care of business from there with either hand (gotta love the Buttermore). Not sure he can mimic voigts ability to finish at low angles/in tight spaces. Owen Hill is a lefty I believe and has the box background. Maybe he is also considered for man up.Wondering how people see the man-up unit shaping up? Last year SU just went with their standard starting lineup, which I don't remember them ever doing before. They finished at 49% which is about what you are looking for, and much better than '18's 38%. Solomon led the unit with 7 man up goals, followed by Trimboli and Voigt with 6 each.
Four members of the unit return (Trimboli, Lipka, Rhefuss and Curry) and obviously I think it's a lock to say that Scanlan will fill one of the two open spots. Which leaves one spot open. I'd say the two leading candidates are Dordevic and Buttermore, but I wonder if it would be strange to have so many midfielders on a man-up unit?
Also, I think Scanlan would easily replace Solomon on the right hand side, but that leaves the left side wide open. Dordevic is a righty while I think Buttermore is a lefty. But again it feels like you'd want someone comfortable playing around GLE. Maybe this is an opportunity for Aburn or Donnely, or even Seebold (who I believe is a lefty, not really sure about the other two).
Lastly, with Dordevic coming back it obviously could get a little awkward as Lipka is also a returning starter. Unless he moves to attack Dordevic is likely taking Lipka's starting spot on the midfield. Does he also take his man-up spot too? Even before Dordevic got hurt, I thought Lipka could be a good addition to the man-up unit, but with that said, he didn't score a man-up goal last year. You could solve this problem by just replacing Voigt with Dordevic and keeping both happy, but I don't know if that would throw the balance of the unit off.
Scanlan replacing Solomon on the other hand seems like a perfectly obvious choice and we can almost guarantee that will be what happens next year.