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I would say the differences are starting to become more distinct again

with the shot clock, a lot of "O-Mids" are finding themselves stuck playing defense, teams (like UVA) that can give their "D-Mids" the green light to push in transition can create huge match-up problems for teams that don't have mids that can at least compete at both ends of the field.

But, UVA obviously played a lot of "attackmen" in O-Mid slots this year to great success. That also creates match-up problems as guys like Bernhard have no problem taking their ssdm behind cage and forcing them to play with their back to the goalie (lots of SSDM's are not very comfortable doing that).

In my mind it boils down to three things:
1) dodgers
2) feeders
3) finishers

Finishers can come in several flavors: guys who are comfortable inside with little room and lots of pressure; time and room shooters who can be deadly from outside; guys with uncanny awareness of how little space they need to shoot.

One big advantage UVA has right now is a lot of players who can do all three of the above. Initiate with an intention to shoot or feed and that can finish in tight space or room from the outside - in particular Shellenberger and Moore come to mind, but Xander has grown into that kind of player as well (but a little less of a threat from outside).

Laviano (at least to me) is/was a classic finisher who can get a shot off from anywhere at any time.

From where I sit, it seems that the Finisher is the hole Lars needs to find someone to fill next year.

(In response to this post by 1969hoo)

Posted: 06/16/2021 at 10:40AM


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