2018 Conference Previews: New England Conference

Editors note: The following preseason previews were compiled from information submitted by each team captain/coach in response to an NCLL Preseason Questionnaire. Teams that did not respond with information could not be included in the previews.

DIVISION I

UMASS Amherst A Team


Mascot: Minutemen

Founded: 1986

Team Officer: Jackson Fritz

Top Returning Players:

1 – Johnny Nash G 2018 Holliston, MA
2 – Tom Rogers D 2019 Foxborough, MA
8 – Tom Glinski M 2019 Bourne, MA
12 – Zach Rignola A 2019 Westhampton, NY
15 – Stephen Ganley F/O, M 2019 Danvers, MA
17 – Ben Tirrell A 2019 Marion, MA
23 – Chris Matthews A 2018 Duxbury, MA
27 – Sean Cole D, LSM 2019 Franklin, MA
36 – Ben O’Neill M 2020 Canton, MA
37 – Kyle Coleman M 2019 Arlington, MA
40 – Drew Corsaro G 2018
44 – Griffin Couture D 2018 Shrewsbury, MA
88 – Tanner Fazzino D, LSM 2019 Longmeadow, MA
91 – Jackson Fritz D, LSM 2018 Georgetown, MA
99 – Melvin Espinoza M 2018 Amherst, MA

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
6-3 with one-goal wins over both Fairfield and UVM. Great fall of recruiting and outdoor practices. Potential is high and prospects are superb.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

00 – Dylan Kruse F/O, M
3 – Brian Wahle M
9 – Richie Burke M
14 – Evan Pennoyer D, LSM
20 – Zach McGowan A
24 – Nathan Mulone G
38 – Jake Quay M
Mac Perry M
41 – John DeFlumeri D
63 – Stephen Megnia D, LSM

Losses to Graduation:
Max Kinney D 2017
Lucas Dickey M 2017
Dakota Jay M 2017
Eric Jaeschke D 2017
Ryan Kennedy A 2017
Tyler Ames A 2017
Nick Desisto M 2017
Andy Ho Reserve 2017

DIVISION II

Babson College


Mascot: Beavers

Founded: 2018

Team Officer: Nick Spofford

2018 Outlook:

Babson’s club team will play their inaugural season in 2018. The offensive presence of this team will be one that other teams in the NCLL need to look out for. With only a couple juniors and no seniors, this team is young and will prosper in the upcoming years. With a top goalie of Samson Silberman, and offensive powerhouses such as Griffin DiParlo, Sam Beqaj, John Calicchio, and Trevor Grode, this team should certainly get better as the season goes on.

 

Merrimack College


Mascot: Warriors

Founded: 2014

Team Officer: Anthony Amorelli

Top Returning Players:

Anthony Amorelli- Attack/midfielder, 2018
Ramzi Stech- Defense, 2019
Drew Cannistraro- Goalie, 2020
Joe Shaughnessy- Defense, 2019
Pat Devine- Attack, 2020

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements

2-2 in 2017 with wins over Harvard and Brown.

2018 Outlook:

Anthony Amorelli, Ramzi Stech and Gianmarco Speroni will captain the Warriors this season. The team is well motivated and ready to take on the new challenges of joining a league for the first time.

Losses to Graduation:

Jeff Conley – Best overall player on the team, former varsity player for Merrimack
Connor Kovacs- Very athletic and solid attackman
James Molton- Great goalie and overall presence on the team

 

Providence College

Mascot: Friars

Founded: 2017

Team Officer: Connor Rocco

Top Returning Players:

Alex Sabel, Junior, Attack, Northborough, MA, Algonquin Regional H.S., 10 Goals
David O’Connor, Junior, Defense, Needham, MA, Needham H.S., 20 GBs, shutdown defense

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements

Wins over Club programs UMASS Lowell, Roger Williams and Brown. Fall ball results include victories over Dartmouth Club and NCAA DIII Wheaton.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Kevin Flaherty, Freshman, FO/M, Beverly, MA

2018 Outlook:

The Friars return 30 of 31 players from last year. While still young, the experience will has the team playing more cohesively than last year. The Friars add a new head coach, Dan McQuillan. Coach McQuillan brings a wealth of experience both from his days playing goalie at St. John’s and from a previous coaching position at Long Island prep powerhouse, Chaminade. The team has circled the date for a rematch with Quinnipiac on their calendar after a competitive overtime game last season. This year, we are excited to formally join and compete in the NCLL.

Losses to Graduation:

Offensive leader and attack Nick Arnold (10 G) class of 2017

 

Roger Williams University

 

Mascot: Hawks

Founded: 2014

Team Officer: Jarred Aguiar

Top Returning Players:

Jarred Aguiar – Attack – Bishop Stang – Tiverton, RI – 2019 – Captain
Austin Costa – Midfield – Bishop Stang – Westport, MA – 2019 – Captain
Dan Bertochi – Defense – Winchester – Winchester, MA – 2020 – Captain
Nicholas Ramirez – Defense – Nauset – Orleans, MA – 2019
Stephen Gross – FO/LSM – Norwood – Norwood, MA – 2018
Noah Gougeon – Attack – Minnechaug – Wilbraham, MA – 2020

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements

Posted a 4-4 record in 2017 with a conference victory over Brown. In the fall, the Hawks hosted a round-robin tournament and claimed a victory over Holy Cross and dropping a game to Brown.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Brian Royx – Midfield – Tolland – Tolland, CT – 2019
Ryan Lustyik – Defense – Hendrick Hudson – Westchester, NY – 2019
August Colburn – Goalie – John Stark – Weare, NH – 2019
Cory Eminger – Attack – Scituate – Scituate, RI – 2021
Ali Abdul Sater – Midfield – Middlebury – Middlebury, VT – 2020
Anthony Murphy – FO/M – Transferred to Wentworth Institute of Technology

2018 Outlook:

Despite some key losses due to graduation, the Hawks return a solid squad with plenty of depth at each position. With new players such as Brian Royx, Ryan Lustyik, and Ali Abdul Sater being former varsity players they should add much needed depth at various positions. Notable returners Jarred Aguiar, Austin Costa, and Noah Gougeon look to lead the offense while Nick Ramirez and Stephen Gross look to lock down the defense. After a strong fall season we believe that we have the necessary skill set and leadership to make a deep playoff run. Contests for note for Roger Williams include tilts with Brown, UMASS Lowell and Quinnipiac

Losses to Graduation:

Brady Schoner – Midfield
Corey Annunziata – Attack
Daimeon Baity – Goalie

 

Quinnipiac (Sleeping Giants Lacrosse Club)

Mascot: Sleeping Giants

2018 Outlook:

Following a 4-2 season in 2017, the Sleeping Giants look to retake control of the New England Conference. The Giants will be eyeing a fourth straight trip to the conference playoffs, along with an attempt to avenge their heartbreaking first round exit with a 8-5 loss to Stevens in 2017.

The Giants graduated 11 seniors in 2017, including captain Dylan Ix and midfielder Eric Fernandez. With the loss of talent, come many new faces looking to make their mark. The Sleeping Giants welcome new coach, and former player, Ivan Matson. Coach Matson will be joined by new players; Henry Potts (Senior Attackman, Pittsford High School), D.J. Kellermen (Sophomore Goalie, Ward Melville High School), and James Pontone (Freshmen Midfielder, The Hun School). Along with the new burst of talent, the Giants return captains Tommy Pearce (Senior, The Bergan Catholic High School) and Joe Christman (Attackman, Bridgeton Academy) to lead the team, along with new junior captains Matt Zurek (Midfield, Action-Boxborough Regional High School) and Evan Zimmer (Midfield, New Canaan High School).

After a solid fall ball season, going 3-4, this young Sleeping Giants team looks forward to its normal conference matchups versus Roger Williams and UMass Lowell. However, they also are excited to face first year teams, such as Red Dog Lacrosse Club and Providence College during their hunt for the New England Conference Championship.

 

Saint Anselm College Men’s Club Lacrosse


Mascot: Hawks

Founded: 2010

Team Officer: Brandon Milton

Top Returning Players:

Brandon Milton, midfield, 1 goal and 4 assists, Saugus, MA, 2018
Gary Storace, attack, 5 goals and 2 assists, Nashua, NH, 2018

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements

0-3 in 2017. No fall ball games played, but practices were held.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Brendan Davis, LSM, Colorado
Alec Catalini, attack/midfield

Captains for 2018 are Brandon Milton, Gary Storace, Michael Rolleri and Alex Flynn. Will be having contests with UMass Lowell, Boston College, UMass Amherst B, SNHU, Tufts, Roger Williams and others. SNHU will be our rival.

 

UMASS Amherst B Team


Mascot: Sam the Minuteman

Founded: Team founded in 1867 by Civil War general and then President Ulysses S. Grant

Team Officers: Edwin Cadorette, Austin Hiller, Patrick Norton, Brandon Helgason

Top Returning Players:

Brandon Helgason (Newton MA/Newton North High School 2019)
Patrick Norton (East Greenwich RI/East Greenwich High School 2019)
Austin Hiller (North Andover MA/North Andover High School 2019)
Eddie Cadorette (Dartmouth MA/Dartmouth High School 2018)
Andrew Ballard (Belmont MA/Belmont High 2020)
Vincent Clark (Bronx NY/Mount St. Michael Academy 2020)
Cadrin Msumba (Grafton MA/Grafton High 2020)

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
Coming off a scorching hot 6-2 regular season in 2016, the UMass Minutemen Club B produced a strong 5-1 2017 regular season. The only loss coming at Dartmouth College on an early Sunday morning with a rather disheveled unit due to self-inflicted injuries and sleep deprivation due to off-field shenanigans. The Minutemen marched confidently into New York for the regional playoffs and were able to defeat Montclair University by about 100 goals. Montclair ran into a defensive wall (stronger than Trump’s border wall) and were unable to attempt a shot in the first half. Unfortunately, the 2017 season came to an abrupt end in a close contest with Stevens University who had defeated the Minutemen the year before in the playoffs (still under protest as we had to drive 6 hours at 10AM on a Sunday). Nonetheless, the Minutemen come into the 2018 season with a desire to rip twine, dangle unfortunate defenders, and slay bodies in true UMass fashion.

Despite the absurd move of chopping his lettuce, expect sophomore standout Andrew Ballard to continue his success. With the loss of emotional leader Tyler Kearns look for new comer Steve Dief, a western mass native, to bring energy to the turf in 2018. With the loss of Hayden “Rolling Thunder” Grahl Look for senior captain Eddie Cadorette to bring the noise on the defensive end. Coined the Fajita Don, no attackmen nor fajita is safe when he is around. Put Division 2 NCLL on notice, tailgate season has ended (until about April) and the B Team is committed to winning games on Saturdays.

An unofficial scrimmage against our UMass A team resulted in a victory for our team. New incoming freshman, Kyle Keegan fired off two shots for goals putting the B team ahead. Big defenseman Austin Hiller, Eddie Cadorette, and Andrew Ballard formed a brick wall around the crease that would have made Stonewall Jackson shed a tear. We lost our second scrimmage against the A team under the lights at McGuirk Stadium.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Kyle Keegan (Medfield High/Medfield, MA, Midfield)
Stephen Diefenderfer (Minnechaug Regional High School/Springfield, MA, Attack)
Evan Mulone (Barnstable High School, Barnstable, MA, Attack)
Nikolai Krupyshev (Chelmsford High School, Chelmsford, MA, Midfield)
Jack Schille (North Reading High School, North Reading, MA, Midfield)
Bryan Walsh (Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood, MA, Midfield)
Nate Haywood (Holliston High School, Holliston, MA, Defense)

Anticipated Rivalries:
No one is our rival because no one is on our level. Despite being on UMass Lowell’s “list” for several years now, they have remained a non-threat defeating us only once in the past three years in four matchups. Thus we have retained the title of “Flagship Campus” of the Massachusetts University system and they are still #2. Similarly, animosity between UMass Club B and Roger Williams has led to heated match-ups each year. In spite of this, the record has remained one-sided as the UMass Club B team has remained victorious against the Hawks on all occasions. Our team is resilient when it comes to ground balls and sideline chirps, which defines our organization.

Losses to Graduation:
Stock: The former captain was a Kobe Bryant-like attackmen who had one mission with the ball in his stick: break ankles, score, and celly. True team player that shared the ball just as much as he ripped twine.
Rex: A force in the Rec Center weight room as well as the field, the former D-1 star turned club legend will be missed for his knowledge and tenacity on the squad. His subtle jabs at the opposition also helped to solidify his enforcer roll on the defensive end.
Wet Noodle Bill: A two-way middie, Bill would literally run until he vomited on offense and defense. Wet Noodle was known primarily for his trademark move, the “run up the middle of the defense, jump, and shoot” which generated many offensive opportunities.
Kearns: Defensive stand-out and team motivator Ty Kearns will be sorely missed for his play as well as his pre-game speeches. No individual before, or after, has been able to rile up a club athletics team quite like Tyler and his hair always looked super good.
Blonde Jeezus: His government name is Ryan Stelling but with luscious blonde locks and God-like athletic ability he was a major contributor on the field. Despite not being able to use his left hand he would drive opposing teams by solely going right and going by those in his path to the net. This senior had one mode, spin cycle.
Rolling Thunder: The former captain will be sorely missed as part of our signature meat train defense. The future lawyer now spends his days in Portsmouth, Rhode Island playing squash and polo with other country club types.
Trevor: Trevor Pilkington could feed and score from his attack position. The former captain was a star on the field as well as in UMass Greek Life as a brother of TKE. An all-star and frat-star, he truly was the full package.
Stinger Warner: The sharp shooter proved to be threat from anywhere over half field. His poor shot selection lead to numerous goals, celebrations, and turnovers. He also lead the team in minutes served due to disagreements with official’s calls.
Barone: Super fan Brian Barone has moved onto Dell EMC and will no longer be able to boost morale on the sideline. Position remains unfilled.. For now.
Lawrence: A lonewolf off the field, his knowledge at faceoff X paved the way for continued success of his proteges who follow faithfully in his footsteps. Also a force on the B team celebration front, his trademark fist pump is feared throughout New England.

 

UMASS Lowell


Mascot: River Hawks

Founded: 2013

Team Officers: Stavros Vallas

Top Returning Players:

Chad Connolly, 91, A, Sophomore, Woburn, MA
Stavros Vallas,  45, M, junior, Winchester, MA
Dylan Shaffer, 2, G, Junior, Lynnfield, MA
Morgan Leeber, 4, D, Junior, Hull, MA
Nolan Hallamore, 8, D, Sophomore, Easton, MA
Zach Bryant, 18, M, Sophomore, Shrewsbury, MA
George Scopelites, 21, D, junior, Haverhill, MA
Jason Halpin, 33, A, senior, Abington, MA

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements

7-6 W vs Roger Williams and a 9-3 W over Saint Anselm. Played both Dartmouth and UNH in the fall.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Anthony Deprimeo, 99, Billerica, MA
Nolan Palma, 14, Hull, MA
Nick Moore, 25, North Attelboro, MA
Cooper Fairbanks, 22
Brandon Lebert, 69, Woburn, MA

2018 Outlook:
We are looking forward to a great year in 2018. The River Hawks lost 3 players to graduation, but there are lots of new faces along with a strong core group of players returning.

 

Fairfield Club


Mascot: Stags

Founded: 2009

Top Returning Players:
Pino Bio (Attack) – 17g/33a/50pts in 2017
Danny Gleeson (Midfield) 20g/36a/56pts in 2017
Stephen Grillo (Attack) 15g/25a/40pts in 2017
2018 Outlook:
This year, the talent level is unmatched by any previous Fairfield team. The team started and ended the fall with a scrimmage at Rutgers with a depleted lineup, and still held their own. The Stags will hold a ten game schedule, and look to be appointed to the National tournament for the first time since 2015. Besides being basic rival of cross-town Sacred Heart University, we will be renewing our rivalry with our neighbors up north, the Sleeping Giants (Quinnipiac). The loss of Dan Radel in goal to graduation will be a tough factor to handle, but it shouldn’t be a problem with our defensive depth, held down by the likes of senior Connor Campbell. Overall, the Stags captains and seniors look forward to a promising last year of competitive lacrosse ahead of them, and hope to bring home some hardware come May.”

DI Teams Not Listed: Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and Vermont
DII Teams Not Listed: Connecticut College, Red Dog LC at BU, and Southern New Hampshire

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