2023 Team Previews



Written by Todd Karpovich Twitter @toddkarpovich 
Edited by Staff @NCLLax 


ALBANY - Empire Conference

Coming out of COVID, each and every program has experienced trouble  and success attuned to their own team. Albany has fit that bill as just  surviving is sometimes the biggest success anyone can have. As the Great  Danes note “lacrosse is about the relationships” and the players for Albany  have developed a tight bond playing in Empire Conference.  

“Our team has become very close and we look to building off of that,” said  midfielder Zach Bauer.  

The Great Danes went 1-11 last season as the Great Danes lost 15 seniors  to graduation. This past fall was a respectable .500. 

This year’s attack will be led by Justin Brooking, while Chris Smith and  Bauer will help make up the midfield and senior Luke Wojehowski is back  on defense.  

Freshman midfielder Scott Lupi is also expected to get solid minutes.  

The Great Danes will also be buoyed by transfers Danny Coleman (goalie),  Dean Mauro (midfielder), and Joe Ragozzino (midfielder).  

CORTLAND - Empire Conference (Preseason Rank #14)

Cortland has been one of the most successful programs in the NCLL and  that trend should continue this season after the Red Dragons National  Tournament appearance in 2022. 

The team has talent and depth throughout the roster and will be led by  senior attackman Joseph Lamson (Lafayette High School, New York) who  had 24 goals and 20 assists last season when it was the Empire  Conference champion. 

“The expectation is to return to the national tournament and finish at least  ranked Top 5,” said President and goalkeeper Christopher Cascio. “With  over 25 returners and a record number of interest from new players to join  the team, we’re ready to start where we left off last spring. Strong defense  amplified with some explosive midfielders and sneaky attackmen will be the  keys.” 

Cortland went 7-1 in the regular season and 2-1 in the playoffs to capture  the title. The club also went 3-1 in the fall with wins over Syracuse, RIT, and  Binghamton and a loss to Cornell. 

Cortland should be stout defensively.  

Cascio (Oceanside High School) finished the season with 88 saves. He will  be supported by defensemen Nicholas Defelice (Farmingdale High School)  and Jack Paton (South Glen Falls High School).  

The midfield will be led by Gunnar Johnson, a junior from Oceanside that  had 12 goals and 19 assists last season. Also back are seniors Ryan Smith  (Northport High School) and Alex Wenzler (Kings Park High School). Smith  had 10 goals, eight assists, and 22 ground balls while Wenzler finished with  11 goals, 16 assists, and 12 ground balls.  

Sam Rovner (Hewlett High School) joins Lamson on the attack and  contributed eight goals, 14 assists, and 7 ground balls last year.  

“Some players from our NCAA program, will also be joining the team this  year,” Cascio said. “Cornell will be a notable opponent, as we look to  reclaim the Empire Conference title, and after losing to them in the fall, the  spring is a must-win.”

FORDHAM - NY Metro Conference

Fordham’s entire junior class is studying abroad across Europe, as the  program will be counting on its underclassmen to step up and contribute in  a big way in NY Metro Conference play. 

Fortunately, Fordham should be in good hand as the senior class returns:  Leo Wackerman (Harriton) and Brian Arella (Manhasset) on attack: goalies  Raj Mehata (Allentown) and Tommy McHugh (St. Joe’s Prep) will each  have the opportunity to to lead a formidable defense with fellow classmate  Henrik Murer (St. Peter’s Prep) leading the way. Sophomore Thomas Sluka  (Kellenberg) will also see plenty of action.  

“We anticipate great contests with all of our opponents and are very  content with the schedule we have created,” President Tom McHugh said.  “We are hoping to build on a fall campaign that finished strong with two  victories after some tough close losses. The team is anchored by senior  leadership on both sides of the ball with two captains on attack and two  captains as goalies. 

Fordham went 5-3 last season and had a signature win against #5 Lehigh.  The Rams lost to UMass in the 1st Round of the National Championships. 

The team will get a boost with the new additions of sophomore defenseman  Ted Gravanis (Fairfield Prep) and freshman midfielder Bobby Lynch  (Ridgewood) 

HOFSTRA - NY Metro Conference

The Flying Dutchmen from Hempstead have been able to put some  challenges with COVID behind and are looking forward to a productive and  healthy spring season. 

Cameron Law is a tremendous overall player after finishing with six goals,  two assists, 15 caused turnovers, 20 ground balls, and a 60% winning  percentage on face-offs. 

“After a tough couple of seasons due to the Pandemic, the Dutch are  looking to get back in stride by using our strong defensive core and new  young offensive talent to help the veterans and team get into the win  column,” Law said. “The team was hit very hard by Covid and put into  survival mode but with a new coach, some outstanding freshmen, and new  transfers, we can have a great team moving forward.” 

Garrick Woodhouse is a versatile player who excelled in the goal and as a  midfielder, scoring four goals with three assists. Sam Johnston  (Marlborough) is back on the attack after finishing last season with nine  goals and 10 assists.  

A couple of new players — defenseman Carson Crossle and attack man  Dylan Lam, Attack — will also make an impact.  

MARYLAND - Chesapeake Conference (Preseason Rank #3)

A historically nationally Top 5 ranked program, and some would say a  decade Top 3 program as Maryland is a mainstay at the National  Championship, bowing late in back to back seasons to Navy while also  hoisting several of their own. 

The Terrapins are looking to capture that crown again from the competitive  Chesapeake Conference which boosts five nationally ranked teams. Throw  in Rutgers, #14 Cortland, #10 Vermont, #4 Penn State and #2 Ohio State,  you can see why the Terps will face a gauntlet. 

Maryland went 9-2 in 2022 and returns both of its leading scorers — Evan  Jones and Alex Sewell, who was sidelined by a late-season injury.  

Goalie Sam Matusek, defenseman Jordi Anderou and FOGO Micah  Kranzel also return after earning starting jobs last year.  

“The strength of the team starts with our FOGO who is returning for his  senior year after dominating the league last year as a junior,” club president  Andrew Skiscim said. “Our offense is looking super strong again having  only lost one midfielder between the first two lines and a single starting  player from the attack. Both have been replaced by a middie transfer and 

the attackman was replaced by one of our starters last fall that was  studying abroad in the spring.” 

“Defensively, we graduated 2/3 of the starting poles and our starting LSM.  While our defense was dominant last year, we also caused a lot of  turnovers and also had our fair share of penalties.” 

Maryland lost seven key players to graduation but added several talented  transfers, including midfielders Brennan Treacy, Matt Deans, and Erik  Augustin, and talented freshmen, such as Nick Candella (Queen Anne) and  Austin Conerly (Sherwood).  

“I think that we will be fine on defense though since we have our starting  goalie returning and between the two of them, the defense will hold its  own,” Skiscim said. 

VIRGINIA- Blue Ridge Conference (Preseason Rank #8)

Virginia has unfinished business after falling to Maryland in last season’s  Division I quarterfinals.  

The Cavaliers have a loaded roster capable of making a run all the way to  this year’s championship. 

The Cavaliers have a strong defense led by a mix of returning  upperclassmen and a key transfer in Javon Smith, who was a two-time  Ohio Athletic Conference Honorable Mention at NCAA Division III Ohio  Northern.  

The Hoos should also be able to score on any team as every single one of  the starting attackman return as well as the addition of NCAA Division I  Utah transfer Jack Reichert, who prepped at Lawrenceville High School in  New Jersey and graduated from Western Albemarle High School where he  was named First Team All-Central Virginia. 

Doug Godine, a fifth-year senior from the Gilman School, leads the offense.  He will be supported by fellow senior Taylor Musa, who hails from Riverside  High School and is the state of Virginia’s all-time leading high school goal 

scorer. National player Ethan Ashley is also back on attack as he was the  leading goal scorer for Team Korea.  

Virginia will get a boost from short-stick defensive midfielder Brendan Knott  as fellow midfielder Axel Gyllenhoff (Potomac HS) is looking to build off a  successful first season with the club.  

Virginia went 4-3 last season and was edged by National finalist Maryland  10-9 in the playoffs in College Park. 

The Cavaliers have a tough schedule with Nationally Ranked games  against Navy, Penn State and then a rubber match versus the Terps.  Virginia has an active roster with more than 70 players has the more  intense the practices, the easier the games will be.  


BLOOMSBURG - Keystone Conference

Bloomsburg is looking to push the bar in the club’s development and a  return to prominence. 

The Huskies’ top returning players include midfielders Jason Mills (York  Suburban) and Mason Smith (Berks Catholic), attack man Dylan Witzig  (York Suburban), and defenseman Camden D’Imperio (Lampeter  Strasburg). 

“Some of the notable strengths of this team are a drive to get better, team  chemistry, and a bond that goes beyond the field,” Smith said. “Some  exciting contests that we are anticipating are our tournament with  Millersville and PSU Berks, as well as our annual competition with  Kutztown University. We are looking forward to an exciting season and are  eager to play.”

Bloomsburg had key wins over Millersville, Penn State-Berks, and York  College last season.  

The Huskies also have several key transfers, including defenseman EJ  Landoli (Hood College), midfielder Jake Jones (Nazareth), and goalie Alex  Garcia (Southern Lehigh). With a blend of veteran and newcomer, expect  to see more growth coming out of this Keystone stalwart. 

BRYANT - New England Conference

Bryant should be one of the top defensive teams in the New England  Conference. Allowing 5.0 GAA during the fall, the Bulldogs defense is led  by Aidan Hill (The Hill Academy), Dave Marani (Silver Lake), Michael  McNeil (Medfield), and Ben Fein (Hanover).  

Last season, Bryant went 7-3 and finished the year ranked #14 in the final  regular season NCLL rankings. The club also made its 1st national playoff  appearance and will look to keep that momentum going this season.  

“The biggest strength on our team is our defense, which has many great  players on that end who all communicate well and can lock anyone up,”  club captain Michael McNeil said. “We have also been getting stronger on  the offensive side of the ball as well near the end of the fall ball season.  Players became more comfortable with each other as well as getting the  offense rolling to score a lot more.” 

Bryant lost eight seniors to graduation — four starters and two contributors  on the attack. 

But the club has new depth.  

The attack is led by Spencer Peters (Wayne Valley) and Joseph Chiappetta  (St. Anthony’s). Sophomore Jason Consiglio from Maryland powerhouse  Calvert Hall will help lead the midfield with Harry Falowski (Joel Barlow)  and Thomas Fruci (Walpole High School). 

Several newcomers are also expected to make an impact, including Billy  Gardner (Franklin High School) on defense, Vin Pesce (Westhampton  Beach) in the midfield, and Keo Kiriakos (Masconomet) on the attack. 

Long-stick midfielder Gerrit McAloon from Frisco, Texas, will also battle for  minutes.  

Bryant has key matchups against #12 Brown, newcomers Tufts and  Babson as well as conference champion #7 UMass to name a few, Bryant  will have to keep the momentum going forward as the conference is as  tough as ever. 

“Our most notable rivals are UMass who we lost to in the playoffs last year  and Brown, who we always have a close game as that game always goes  down to the wire” McNeil said.  

GEORGETOWN - Chesapeake Conference (Preseason Rank #4)

Georgetown will get a boost as both junior defenseman Ben Calvert and  midfielder Ben Resnicoff return from injuries: add in a talented freshman  class and it’s easy to see why the Hoyas will have a bigger target on their  back and higher aspirations coming into the 2023 season. 

The attack will be led by sophomore sensation Shane Dennin and junior  Ken Wolfe. 

The midfield has experience with senior leader Naveen Ailawadi and  juniors Mekhi Simpson and Max Schroop.  

Senior Andrew Dunn and sophomore Jack Harrison will support Calvert on  defense with senior net minder Alex Flynn, who has proven especially  tough to to score on. 

The Hoyas return a pair of sophomore FOGO players — Will van Dyke and  Michael Spellman — that will make an impact.  

In their breakout 2022 season, Georgetown finished 12-6, won the Beltway  Bash, captured the Chesapeake Conference Championship before bowing  in the Final Four to eventual National Champion Union.  

Georgetown had Ann extremely successful fall, going 4-1 with wins over  William & Mary, George Washington, Kutztown, and York. 

The freshmen class is led by attackman Tommy Belsito, middie Jai Ailawadi  and defenseman Luke Musser.  

GEORGE WASHINGTON - Chesapeake (Preseason Rank #20)

George Washington has an experienced team that will be competitive in  NCLL’s Chesapeake Conference. 

The midfield in particular should be the strength of the team with the return of  Nick Penders (Foxboro), Michael Levitas (Evanston), Tyler Richardson  (Pennridge), Kaj Boeri: (Hartford High), and Alec Becotte: Junior (Community  School of Naples).  

Jack Klein (Chaminade) and Steve Dimino (Cumberland Valley) are back on  defense, along with goalie Louis Cesaratto (Irvington). Transfers John  Rosenstein and Michael Stanton will make contributions in the midfield.  

George Washington will get its scoring from Matt Laquerre (Suffield  Academy), James Moukheiber (Concord Academy), and Matt Donnell  (Manhasset High School).  

In the fall, the club won two games against George Mason and notched a win  against York. George Washington dropped games to Georgetown, Loyola, and  the Orange Smash. 

Several freshmen are expected to make an impact, including Michael Falek  (Tenafly), Ryan Walker (Lawrenceville), Antonio Money (Severn School),  Charlie Foley (The Rivers School), Evan Gibson (Kinkaid), Henry Kurtz  (Providence High School), and Wyatt McNeil (Bishop O’Dowd). 

HIGH POINT- Blue Ridge Conference (Preseason Rank #8)

High Point is looking to build off one of its most successful seasons ever in  Division II.

Going 5-2, the Panther won their 1st Conference Championship in program history,  advanced to their 1st National Tournament and finished the season ranked #7  nationally. 

“After a historic year within our program, beginning with the hiring of Head Coach  Austin Miller and ending with a National Elite 8 and Conference championship,  High Point’s men’s club lacrosse has never been stronger on and off the field of  play moving into the Spring of 2023,” club president and senior defenseman  Tommy Canby said. “Throughout the summer and fall seasons, we have gained  young and experienced talent from across the country which will help us build on  the progress we saw last spring and execute our goal of winning an NCLL National  Championship in May.” 

High Point’s attack will be led by Jarrett Meibaum (St. Paul’s in Louisiana) and  Preston Hoey (Chaminade). 

Zane Cohen (Wootton), Kade Little (Northwood), Donovan Cleffi (Randolph,  N.J.), and Stefen Shapiro (Marvin Ridge) are back in the midfield. Graham Wesel  (Concord-Carlisle Regional High) will handle most of the faceoffs.  

In addition to Canby, Noah Donovan (Reading) is a key defenseman and Rob  Troyano (Wading River) will be in goal.  

High Point is also coming off a competitive fall-ball season. 

“This fall has been awesome to witness as a coach,” Miller said. “The team is  remarkably self-motivated and hungry to exceed the taste of success they had last  season. The guys know they are capable of doing something special. I think if we  can understand that to do that, we need to dig deep, be disciplined, and band  together as a unit every practice and every game, then we can meet the high  expectations we have for ourselves. We lost a handful of skilled players to  graduation or transfer but gained a great group of transfers and freshmen that have  made immediate impacts at every position this fall.  

“Couple that with the return of most of last year’s team and we have what could  potentially be our best team ever. While we’re always excited to play our  neighboring rivals at MCLA Elon University, I’m excited to go against William &  Mary for the first time and see what could have been in last year’s conference  tournament. We’re also excited to continue expanding our schedule to include 

tougher and unfamiliar opponents to push us in a more highly competitive  direction.” 

The new players for High Point expected to make an immediate impact are transfer  Max Michalek (Kentucky) and freshmen Jack Sundin (Saint John’s in  Massachusetts), Caleb Goodwin (Roswell), Toby Zeindenburg (Avon Old Farms),  and Ryan Hammelman (Midlothian). 

IUP- Three Rivers Conference

Sean Rhodes has taken over as head coach of Indiana University of  Pennsylvania after leading the Iowa State club lacrosse team. 

The Crimson Hawks went went 5-2 in the Three Rivers Conference before  losing to Akron in the semifinals of the conference championships last  year.  

IUP’s attack will be led by senior Mitchell Debiase, and juniors Nate Good  and Joey Correcelli.  

The midfield has depth with Ira Johns, Joe Kopp, Cole Siford, and  Sebastian Colinear. Logan Stover and  

Danny Shakes will face off.  

On defense, juniors Maxum Green and Evan Kartsotis are back in the mix  with sophomore goalie Cadin Anlauf. 

KENT STATE - Three Rivers Conference

Former player Andrew Valentine has added excitement to the program by  taking over as head coach. 

“He brings charisma and enthusiasm to practices to try and get our players  to break through to the next level of play,” said President Brendan  Sweeney. “He is excited to take the reins as the coach and to bring the club  back to the National Tournament and the prominence it once was.”

Kent State should be competitive in league play with its top scorer and  athletic midfield while also introducing new faces who are ready to make an  impact.  

Senior Merrick Widdoes (Hudson) is back on attack after leading the team  with 50 goals last season. The Golden Eagles will get senior leadership  with defenseman Zach Zaccaro (Medina), goalie Matthew Mapstone (Lake Catholic) and midfielder Archie Bartolotti (Orchard Park). 

Freshmen Adam Varga, a long-stick middie from Olmsted Falls, midfielder  Brock Taylor (Massillon Jackson), and defenseman Austin Monroe (Plum),  will battle for minutes. Junior Will Alton (Olmsted Falls) is also competing  for the team for the first time.  

Kent State has notable national games against #5 Louisville, #15 Kentucky  and Division I #3 Ohio State: throw in the annual game versus arch-rival  Akron, conference foes Toledo and Bowling Green and it’s not a stretch to  see why this year’s schedule has a much higher SOS overall. 

“We are gaining several players from great high school programs in Ohio  as well as finally having a coach compared to years past,” Sweeney said.  “This team is eager to start the season and I feel we can make waves with  our revamped roster.” 

LOUISVILLE- Midwest Conference (Preseason Rank #5)

Last spring, Louisville won the Midwest Conference title and reached the  Elite 8 for the first time since 2017. After a sluggish start in the National  Tournament, the fourth quarter could not come fast enough for their  opponent as the Cards made a remarkable run before time slipped away.  Expect that knowledge to fuel an intense fire for 2023. 

The Cardinals have a chance to go even farther this year with a high powered offense, depth at the “X” and an athletic midfield.  .  

Louisville return a solid corps in the lineup, including goalie TJ DiSantis  (Oldham County), attackmen Ryan Dowling (Chattahoochee) and Braden  Carver (New Oxford) and sophomore face-off specialist Hunter Satterfield  (Central Hardin).

Louisville went 6-6 last season and knocked off defending conference  champion Kentucky 11-8 in the Midwest Championship. The Cardinals also  had a successful fall with wins over Division I Cincinnati (10-3) and Ohio  (10-6) while ending up 3-1 including another win over rival Kentucky. 

The Cardinals add some key freshmen with face-off ace Luke Lewis  (Westfield), long-stick middie Brady Tucker (Little Miami), midfielder Luke  Truffer (Guerin Catholic), and short-stick defensive midfielder Aden Lipsy  (Brewster Academy). While 2022 ended at .500, expect Louisville to be  ready this time around. 

OSWEGO- Empire East Conference

With talented returning players and a high-powered freshmen class,  Oswego plans to make “serious noise around the league.” 

Junior Carter O’Brien (Chenango Forks HS) led the team with 19 goals and  five assists last season while FOGO/midfielder Jack Hyland (New Paltz)  won 60% of his draws as a sophomore.  

Senior Mike Rattinger (Commack High School) and sophomore Chancler  Kiner (Homer High School) will help anchor the midfield, while Alex Couch  (Watertown High School) will help patrol the defense.  

With an unusually strong freshman and transfer class, we’re looking to  make some serious noise around the NCLL,” said captain Christian  Ferrara. “Our main two goals for this year are to finish .500 or better and  make the conference playoffs. We also hope to be nationally ranked for the  first time since 2018.”  

Last season, Oswego went 3-7 but earned its first win over a Division I  school in club history — an 8-6 victory over Albany. The club also won  three out of its last four games with their only loss in that span to eventual  Division II National Champion Union. 

The team will get a boost from several transfers and a talented freshmen  class.

Oswego added a couple of long-stick midfielders with sophomore transfer  Jake Palmer Sophomore (Lowville High School) and first-year player Aidan  Mcgowan (Skaneateles High School).  

Junior goalie Logan Sather (Alfred State, Baldwinsville High School) is also  in the mix, along with defensemen Andy Bishuk (Keuka College, Auburn  High School) and Jake Crandall (Thousand Islands High School.) 

Oswego is ready to tackle a challenging spring schedule in the Empire  Conference, of which are several nationally ranked programs and former  National Champions. 

“Some notable contests for the spring will be rematches with Niagara, and  Albany,” Ferrara said. “We look forward to playing Syracuse and likely one  of either Cortland or Cornell. Of special interest is renewing our rivalry with  Clarkson.” 

QUINNIPIAC- New England Conference

Quinnipiac University has its sights on reclaiming the New England  Conference title with an experienced team that will be complemented by a  talented group of newcomers.  

The program finished last spring with a 3-4-1 overall record with narrow  losses to both UMass B and Bryant.  

The attack is led by Jared Chase, a Cheshire High School (Conn.) grad  who led the team with 15 goals and five assists, while Nick Curran added  two goals and three helpers. 

Long-stick middie Mike Cimis (Woodstock Union High School in Vermont)  is also back, along with sophomore Nick Migliore (4 goals, 2 assists). The defense is led by senior and Randolph (N.J.) alum Alex Wanatick and  fellow New Jersey native junior Matt Francis (St. Joseph’s Regional  School). 

“We have a very solid team with a good group of returners that balance out  the field with newer players,” said President Alex Wanatick. “With a  defensive heavy team, our strengths are on that end with clearing and  man-to-man as our go to defense. Offensively, Quinnipiac is strong as they  return four solid attackmen rotating one in the midfield corps to balance the  field. Three of our attackmen are returners with the other an incoming  freshman [Ryan Maher] who was originally committed to the varsity team.  With quick ball movement, we’ll find success through our attack.  

“With heavy competition within the New England and NY Metro conference,  we look forward to some tough competition.”  

In addition to the returning players, Quinnipiac has several transfers and  incoming freshmen, including Maher from Garden City high school in New  York, who is expected to make an immediate impact.  

Ben Olmsted will provide depth at the midfield after transferring from  Caldwell College, a NCAA Division II program. Tyler Stiewing from St.  Joseph’s in Connecticut will battle for time in the goal.  

Also in the mix are defenseman Quinn Saltzman (Apponequet, Mass.) and  midfielder Daniel Francis (St. Joseph’s Regional, New Jersey). 

These players will provide key depth for Quinnipiac, which lost eight  seniors, six of whom were starters and four served as captains.  

“More than half our team are new players and most are freshmen,”  Wanatick said. “It’s definitely a new team compared to last year but they’re  ready to come to compete for the title. … We tried to play harder teams in  Division I this fall to best prepare us for the teams ahead. We are looking  forward to some good matchups against UMass B, UMass Lowell, Brown,  and Bryant, hoping to make some redemption from last year’s close  losses.” 

RADFORD - Blue Ridge Conference (Preseason Rank #14)

Radford has experienced players and depth at every position.

As a result, the Highlanders should be a force in the Blue Ridge Conference  and beyond after last season’s 6-4 record which included and an appearance in  the Beltway Bash championship game. 

Senior Jackson Woods (Briar Woods HS) won three state championships and  recorded 7 goals and 10 assists on attack and midfield during the 2022 season  for the Highlanders. 

Sophomore Aidan (Colonial Forge HS) is a strong lefty attack man who uses  his size and strength to get off shots and is always in a position to score off the  ball. As a freshman, Aidan scored 8 goals and 4 assists as his production should  show great strides this spring. 

Junior Cayden Butt (Roanoke HS) is a big presence on the offensive side of the  ball who can use his strength to body defenders and take high-quality shots.  Butt had 6 goals and 4 assists last spring. 

Caden Schaible (Dominion HS) is an experienced player who has a high  lacrosse IQ as he can score or set his teammates for the finishing shot. The  junior had 5 goals and 8 assists. 

Defensively, Radford returns Nate Shaffer from Kettle Run High in Northern  Virginia who originally played for NCAAA D III Washington College as a  freshman. An essential part of the defense, the junior led the team in the spring  with 7 forced turnovers in his initial season in Virginia. 

Causing 5 forced turnovers last spring, Logan Hall (Freedom HS) has been a  driving force on the team since his freshman year. Quick on his feet and always  in the right position to make a play on the ball has enabled Logan to become a  defensive mainstay. 

Leading the team in ground balls, senior Nick McDaniel (Brentsville HS) is a  fast close defender/LSM who makes his presence known every time he is on  the field. 

Starting between the pipes, senior Ronan Beardsley (Freedom HS) has been  sensational in the crease after coming back from an ACL injury and has a  remarkable 65% save percentage.

RICHMOND - Tidewater Conference (Preseason Rank #16)

Richmond is looking to take the next step in its development after its  successful return to the NCLL last season. 

The Spiders finished 4-2, with wins over Christopher Newport, Radford,  and two victories over VCU. Richmond finished the year ranked #18, while  also finishing up as the Tidewater Conference runner-up. Richmond also  had a successful fall campaign at 3-1. 

“Having brought the program back for the 1st time in several years last  spring, we were really happy with our initial success in the DII Tidewater  conference, and have our sights set on achieving a Top 10 ranking this  spring,” defenseman Walker Campbell (Boys’ Latin) said. “We plan to build  on the young talent that made us successful this past season by having  more underclassmen and transfers playing important roles this season. We  also look forward to renewing our rivalries with #11 VCU and #17 William &  Mary in the Tidewater.” 

The Spiders’ attack will be led by Ryan Heslin (East Catholic), Stuart  Schaenen (Madison), and Colin Kuni (St. Augustine Prep). Casey Ott  (Radnor) and Will Johnston (Belfield) will help anchor the midfield. 

In addition to Campbell, Matt Douglas (Seton Hall Prep) and goalie Owen  Fleming (Key School) will support the defense: Cole Stephenson (Wilton) is  the top faceoff player.  

Some of the top freshmen/transfers expected to make an impact are  attackman/middie James Krzywda (Boston College High School),  midfielders Cameron Boyer (Brophy College Prep) and Griffin Elliott  (Colorado College) and goalie Eric Reazor (Corning). 

Rowan - Liberty Conference

Rowan University has a solid mix of veteran players and newcomers that  has the club excited about the upcoming season in the Division II of the  Liberty Conference.  

The team, a regular program in the Top 20, has begun implementing new  strategies for practice and games that allow it to play to its strengths and  improve its weaknesses. 

Rowan finished unexpectedly at 2-9 last year, but expectations are much  higher for ‘23. The program is looking to compete with high-powered clubs,  including West Chester, St. Joseph’s and TCNJ, while battling up and  coming Williamson Trade and Rutgers-Camden: Drexel, a dark horse, will  be another program the Profs will need to watch out for. 

“Last spring was a tough season but we feel that we have bounced back  this fall with extremely competitive games against #3 West Chester and  Division I #20 Loyola,” President William Dennery said. “We are confident  that our team is one of the best groups we’ve had in a while and our  combined skill level will push us into the playoffs and beyond this upcoming  season.”  

Rowan has an experienced attack led by Sean McHugh (Delran), Cole  Rueblinger (Washington Township), and Hunter Lippincott (Lenape), along  with sophomore John Ipri (Delran).  

Fifth-year senior Dylan Ritchkoff (Hamilton West) will help anchor the  midfield with Ryan Giles (Lacey Township). Transfer Nick Enoch (Delran)  will also see time in the midfield. Fellow Ryan Collins (Township) leads the  defense.  

With the fall W against Loyola and a narrow 9-7 loss to West Chester, the  goal is to carry that spirit into the spring.  

RPI - Empire East Conference

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute returns to compete in the Empire East  Conference as the Engineers made several appearances pre-COVID to the  National Tournament. One of the dark horses to watch out for in the entirety  of Division II, they face a much different and higher powered Empire  Conference to contend in. 

“Our rival will definitely be Union as we continue to play competitively  against a top team that is 15 minutes away from us,” President Jackson  Tandler said. (Note: after article Union has moved to Division I) 

In addition to defender Tandler, Andrew Bodmer is back as RPI has an  experienced goalie in Jonah Whitt.  

Jacob Norton (Cathedral Catholic) and Collin Jackson will help anchor the  midfield while Brian Donlon will lead the attack.  

“We look to get a taste of the Empire East and play Cortland, Oswego, and  Ithaca to name a few,” Tandler said.  

ST. BONAVENTURE- Empire West Conference

Despite the fact that St Bonaventure lost 10 seniors to graduation, they  return a talented squad which will compete this spring in the Empire West  against Rochester, Niagara and RIT. 

The club finished 2-3 last spring with wins over Rochester and Oswego.  Bonaventure also finished this past fall at .500 with the victory over Niagara  University and a loss to #2 RIT. 

Senior Joshua Sweeney (Williamsville) is an experienced goalie that will  boost the defense and has been a bright spot throughout. 

Fellow senior Kevin Pease (West) is back on the attack and sophomore  Jack Harper (Hamburg) leads the midfield.  

There are also several freshmen ready to make an impact, including Noah  Sisti, Charlie Bayer, Gavin Molly, and Ben Vitale. 

SLIPPERY ROCK - Three Rivers Conference

Slippery Rock goalie Joshua Wise-Harper is confident the team’s strong  defense will be complemented by a balanced attack. 

The club hopes to challenge for the coveted Three Rivers Conference title,  several of which reside in Slippery Rock when the Pride were Keystone  Conference champions several times over. 

“We had a record recruitment this year and that brings lots of new and  impressive talent to all areas of the field and plenty of potential to grow,”  said Wise-Harper, who also serves as captain with Vito Pisani, James  Border, and David Flath. “Currently our team is very defense-oriented,  however, our attack has been really showing out recently and will become a  vital strength before the end of the season.” 

Slippery Rock’s attack will be led by James Border (Seneca Valley) and  Brody Allison (Butler High).  

Junior Anthony Malloy (Butler High) is back in the midfield and will get  support from freshman Dante Bolden (Moon Township High).  

Long poles David Flath (Stafford High) and Alexander Fleet (Norwin High)  also have experience.  

“A lot of the guys still feel the sting from our losses of last season and are  ready to come out the gate this season with a vengeance and a win in their  minds. If nothing else, my team’s determination is our greatest strength,”  Wise-Harper said. “Of course, IUP is going to be the game we are most  anticipating given our school’s long history of rivalry, however, Kent State  and several of the other conference teams that have stuck in our minds and  ones we look forward to competing with again.” Losing never sits well,  especially for a program unaccustomed to it. Expect the Pride to reach their  stride and surprise several teams this spring.

ST. JOSEPH’S - Liberty Conference (Preseason Rank #6)

Saint Joseph’s University lost 16 seniors to graduation but the Hawks have  reloaded and should be competitive in Division II of the Liberty  Conference. Coming in hot at #6 in the preseason rankings, the Red  Hawks lost a 2022 conference championship stunner to West Chester as  they challenged the Rams for conference supremacy and have established  a rivalry unmatched. 

“We’re returning most defensive starters with an experienced midfield,” club  officer Chris Kirby said. “The team is motivated and coached well.”  

Saint Joseph’s top returning players are senior defenseman Chris Kirby,  Paul Ruddy, and Alex Conn. The midfield also has experience with Nick  Jones and Liam Connolly with junior Colin Hodgson leading the attack.  

The top newcomers include attackmen Jimmy Beaudette (Long Island  University) and Pat Cooney, midfielder Max Mulligan and defenseman Jose  Coronado.  

The Hawks dropped games to Villanova, Towson, and Vermont in the fall,  all Division I programs currently ranked in the National Top 20.  

WILLIAM & MARY - Tidewater Conference (Preseason Rank #17)

The Tribe is excited about the upcoming season after adding nine new  players while graduating only four seniors. 

The club had a solid fall with a decisive nine-goal win over Christopher  Newport and narrow losses to #11 VCU and #16 Richmond.  

“The team is excited to play these rivals competitively in the spring,”  President David Seidl said. 

James Turner, a senior from Woodbridge who also played at Colgan, is a  returning lefty starting attack man while James Hammond (Robinson High  School) is the returning righty starting attackman. In the mix is Sam  Burgunder (Friends School).

Junior Reese Austin (Mt. Lebanon) was one of the team’s leading scorers  from last year and leads the midfield with Andy Lumelleau (Summit) and  Brian Simmons (Yorktown) 

On defense, David Seidl (Severn) led the club in forced turnovers last year.  Fellow defenseman Sam Vido (Calvert Hall) was a solid contributor in the  fall. Both will be looked upon to lead W&M on the defensive side of the  field.

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