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Muyl's Mental Growth Helps Guide Hoyas

11/25/2015, 12:15pm EST

New York Red Bulls U23 striker preps for Georgetown’s quarterfinal stage of NCAA Tournament

PDL Feature

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Georgetown junior forward Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls U23) has always carried a powerful demeanor to his game, but as he has grown as a player, the mental approach has changed.

“This year, I have really been working on my mentality and trying to be more positive with myself and others,” Muyl recently said to The Hoya. “I think it has been making a big impact on my game, as well. It doesn’t mean necessarily losing your edge, losing the competitive nature.”

Muyl scored his sixth goal of the season during Georgetown’s 3-0 victory against Hofstra on Sunday in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. He and fellow NYRB U23 teammate Arun Basuljevic are tied for second on the team in goals, and Muyl leads the squad with 10 assists.

The Hoyas now faceBoston College on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinals, and Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese credits Muyl’s maturity as perhaps the biggest asset for the team this season.

“His maturing into the player he has become over the last two years has been maybe the single most important piece to the success we have had this year,” Wiese said.

With that ringing endorsement, Muyl has found the mental and physical balance to produce. Wiese even compared Muyl’s game to Spanish footballer Luis Suarez – “without the biting.”

“When he is really good, he causes all the problems,” Wiese said. “He’s the one that unlocks teams.”

Muyl has an instinct for the ball, and as Georgetown continues to progress through the tournament, the junior forward’s presence will remain one of the biggest keys to the Hoyas’ success.

“He is a personality that [opposing teams] have to deal with,” Wiese said. “He is talking and he’s running, and he’s fouling and he’s being fouled, and he’s on the ball all the time. He is just around it. You can’t not notice him.”

Allen breaks Georgetown scoring record: Georgetown senior forward Brandon Allen (Baltimore Bohemians) scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season on Sunday. It also marked the 50th of his career with Georgetown, breaking the previous mark of 49 set by Ben McKnight in 1995.

“It was nice for Brandon to take the all-time school record from Ben McKnight today,” Wiese said after the game. “Maybe that will open the floodgates for him.”

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