Friday, February 24, 2017

Billy O'Hara Impresses Richmond Coach

From the Baltimore Sun

Since taking over as head coach at UMBC, Ryan Moran has long suspected that junior Billy O’Hara has the talent to be one of the better long-stick midfielders in Division I. After watching the junior record four ground balls, three caused turnovers, and one goal in Saturday’s 10-5 loss at No. 14 Richmond, Moran got confirmation of his assessment from Spiders coach Dan Chemotti.
“Coach Chemotti mentioned him after the game,” Moran said this week. “He said, ‘Wow, No. 33 is a player.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, he’s good.’”
O’Hara, a Davidsonville resident and South River graduate, leads the Retrievers (0-3) in ground balls with 14, ranks second in caused turnovers with six, and is the only defensive player to score a goal. Those numbers harken back to last season when he led that squad in ground balls with 41, ranked second in caused turnovers with 17, and scored a goal.
Moran was the offensive coordinator at Loyola Maryland last spring, but it has not taken him long to be impressed by what he has seen thus far from O’Hara.

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