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Section 1/FAA hockey: Preview capsules

by Isaac Cass on
Tue, Nov 29, 2011 3:33 AM

Updated Thu, Dec 1, 2011 1:33 AM
Section 1/FAA hockey: Preview capsules
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Division 1 | Conference IV
Coach: Andrew Trust
Last sectional title: None as a combined team; Clarkstown North won the Division 1 title in 2002.
2010-11 season: 10-10-1 (lost to Lakeland/Panas, 7-6 (4OT), in the Section 1 D-1 quarterfinals)
2011-12 season: 1-2 (defeated Stepinac; lost to White Plains and Monroe-Woodbury)
Top returnees: Mitch LeSueur (senior, forward); Austin Vanderlinden (senior, forward); Mike Levy (senior, goalie) Jake Dickson (senior, defense); Brett Chase (junior, forward)
Top newcomers: Mike Taussi (junior, forward); Mike Gillespie (sophomore, forward); Maurice Morris (sophomore, defense)
Outlook: Clarkstown suffered the cruelest fate possible in 2010, succumbing to Lakeland/Panas in a four-overtime playoff classic. But the memory of that should be a driving force in 2011. Veteran senior forward Mitch LeSueur (14G, 20A) returns to lead the offense. His balanced 2010 numbers point to an all-around game, which should allow him to transition into the squad's No. 1 playmaker. Look for Don Bosco (NJ) transfers Mike Gillespie, Maurice Morris and Mike Taussi to also make an immediate impact.
Coach's quote: “The expectation is that we are going to be very competitive with every team this year. Discipline and system work is our goal.”

Division 1 | Conference II
Coach: Dave O'Neil
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: 13-8-1 (lost to JFK/PV, 2-0, in the Section 1 D-2 quarterfinals)
2011-12 season: 0-0 (season-opener vs. Pearl River on 11/29)
Top returnees: Ian Palfrey (senior, forward); Mark Luciano (senior, forward); Angus McLean (senior, forward); Frank Sherding (senior, defense); James McNamara (senior, defense); Michael Rodriguez (senior, defense)
Top newcomers: Henry Lilly (sophomore, defense); Jack Dougherty (sophomore, forward)
Outlook: The Eagles, who will make the jump to Division 1 this season, return a pair of stud forwards in Ian Palfrey and Mark Luciano. The deadly duo combined for 48 goals and 49 assists in 2010, garnering ETB plenty of buzz heading into 2011. While Palfrey and Luciano will draw most of the headlines, the roster includes an impressive 16 seniors overall. The ice will be littered with experienced players. Among them are Frankie Sherding and Angus McLean. Sherding, a talented defenseman, flashed his end-to-end versatility in 2010, racking up 16 goals and 18 assists. McLean, a burly forward, had 12 goals and seven assists.
Coach's quote: “It should be a great year if everyone stays healthy.”

Division 2 | Conference I League B
Coach: Steve Grilli
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: Hen Hud was a club team prior to this year
2011-12 season: 0-2-1 (tied Fox Lane; lost to Carmel and Pawling)
Top returnees: Matt Solnick (senior, defense); Sean Sweeny (senior, forward); Scott Cole (senior, forward); Matt Ledwin (junior, forward); Brett Dalton (junior, forward); Kevin Brennan (junior, forward); Kenny Garrett (junior, defense); Nicky Rose (junior, defense)
Top newcomers: Mike Ciofalo (freshman, goalie); Brett Malinowski (freshman, forward)
Outlook: This will be Hen Hud's first season competing in Section 1. The Sailors have looked the part through their first three games, tying Fox Lane and losing a pair of one-goal heartbreakers to Carmel and Pawling.
Coach's quote: “We‘re all excited about our inaugural season playing in Section 1. Our players are working hard at practices, on and off the ice. Our objective for the season is to take one game at a time. Hopefully, we will learn a little more about our identity as a team with each game played. We’re looking forward to a fun and competitive season.”

Division 2 | Conference III
Coach: Zachary Dargaty
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: 7-12-1 (lost to Fox Lane, 4-1, in the opening round of the Section 1 D-2 playoffs)
2011-12 season: 2-1 (defeated Somers/North Salem and JFK/PV; lost to John Jay-CR)
Top returnees: Sam Spar (senior, forward); Nicholas Girardi (junior, forward); Blake Davis (junior, forward); Owen Gatto (sophomore, defense); Dean Klein (sophomore, defense)
Top newcomers: Calder Fontaine (freshman, forward); Sam Mishkind (freshman, forward); Greg Krisberg (freshman, defense)
Outlook: The Quakers will look to build on a stellar 2010 campaign, which saw them bounce back after a winless 2009 season. Offensively, Greeley returns its top two scorers in Sam Spar (13G, 1A) and Blake Davis (11G, 12A). Spar, a captain, will set the tone with a blue-collar style of play. Davis will rely on craftiness to outwit the opposition. Nicholas Girardi (4G, 8A) and Calder Fontaine round out the offense. Coach Zachary Dargaty pointed toward Fontaine, a speedy skater with good hands, as a player to watch. Versatile Owen Gatto spearheads the defense. He will be joined by Greg Krisbergis, a sniper who has the ability to cash in from the point.
Coach's quote: “Nearly 70 percent of the roster is freshmen and sophomores, including all but one of the defensemen. Many of those players will be counted on to make big contributions right away. Junior Neil Hershman takes over the starting goaltending duties. While the overall depth and talent of the squad continues to grow, Greeley will have to overcome a general lack of size and experience, especially early in the season, to have any success. Our goal is to bring the right level of passion and energy to the rink each night and play smart, fundamentally sound hockey. If we are able to do that, we feel we will be able to compete with most teams in our section.”

Division 2 | Conference I League B
Coach: Alex Smith
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: 15-7 (lost to Pelham, 4-1, in the Section 1 D-2 semifinals)
2011-12 season: 2-1 (defeated Greeley and Byram Hills; lost to Mahopac)
Top returnees: Dan Killea (senior, defense); Frazier Bostwick (junior, forward); Jack Grimm (junior forward); Jake Petrillo (senior, goalie); Vince Riocci (senior, forward); Thomas Blaney (junior, forward); Patrick White (junior, goalie); Connor Moore (junior, defense)
Top newcomers: Dylan McMichael (junior, forward); Anthony Manno (sophomore, forward); Jesse Gasparino (sophomore, defense); Josh Tobin (sophomore, forward); Tyler Posadas (freshman, forward); Kyle St.Denis (freshman, goalie)
Outlook: All-league standout Frazier Bostwick returns to pilot a high-flying offense that lit the lamp 103 times in 2010. Bostwick, who already has eight goals and four assists in the Indians' first three games of 2011, is well on his way to topping last year's 24-goal effort. According to coach Alex Smith, possesses a combination of physical skills and competitiveness that make him the Indians' leader. Jack Grimm (17G, 14A) is another player to watch on offense. Defensively, Dan Killea will serve as the cornerstone. Smith praised Killea's hustle, heart and speed.
Coach's quote: “We are hopeful to compete with the best teams in our conference and work hard to maintain focus in our system. If we can stay disciplined and minimize our mistakes, our depth should keep us in most games.”

Division 1 | Conference II
Coach: Mike Chiapparelli
Last sectional title: 2008-09 (Division 1)
2010-11 season: 14-7 (lost to New Rochelle, 2-1, in the Section 1 D-1 quarterfinals)
2011-12 season: 1-1 (defeated Christian Brothers Academy; lost to Bethlehem)
Top returnees: Brett Poniros (senior, goalie); Trey Herlitz-Ferguson (junior, forward); Peter Conley (junior, forward); Teddy Bellis (junior forward); Nathan Mulhaney (senior, forward); Jake Danehy (senior, defense)
Top newcomers: N/A
Outlook: While the Tigers were hit hard by graduation, they do return a stud goalie in Brett Poniros, who had a breakout 2010 season with a 2.19 goals against average. Offensively, Mamaroneck has to replace leading scorer Scott Hagan. Junior forward Peter Conley (20G) has the talent and potential to do it. Teddy Bellis, Nathan Mullaney and Trey Herlitz-Ferguson will also be charged with putting up offensive numbers. Bellis, a gritty center with a nose for the goal, tallied a career-high four goals in Saturday's 6-2 win over Christian Brothers Academy of Albany. According to coach Mike Chiapparelli, Mullaney is one of the fastest skaters in Section 1. He will give the opposition headaches out on the wing. In terms of an enforcer, look no further than captain Jake Danehy, a physical presence who will be charged with shutting down the opposition's top scorer.
Coach's quote: “We can skate and have a hard-working group that is focused to play defense and transition to offense. We will be very competitive.”

Division 1 | Conference II
Coach: Jim Tozzo
Last sectional title: 2000-01 (Division 2)
2010-11 season: 16-7 (lost to White Plains, 7-2, in the Section 1 D-1 semifinals)
2011-12 season: 2-1 (defeated Ossining and Yorktown; lost to Brewster)
Top returnees: Nick Sioufas (senior, defense); Kenny Belvin (junior, defense); Joey Ramondelli (junior, defense); Joe Carcia (junior, defense); Greg Feliu (junior, goalie); Chris Ramondelli (junior, forward); Mark Umbro (junior, forward); Brett Barry (sophomore, forward); Kenny McLean (freshman, forward)
Top newcomers: N/A
Outlook: There's simply no replacing a player of Richie Prunesti's caliber. The former scoring sensation racked up 48 goals and 28 assists in 2010. He had a hand in 76 of New Rochelle's 126 total goals. In lieu of a true superstar, the Huguenots will lean on an experienced core of juniors. Offensively, Chris Ramondelli (20G, 23A) and Mark Umbro (17G, 11A) will take on bigger roles as scorers. Freshman Kenny McLean and sophomore Brett Barry should also make a bigger impact after. The talented underclassmen combined for 11 goals and 18 assists last season. Defensively, captain Nick Sioufas returns to anchor the unit. Starting goalie Greg Feliu (3.64 GAA), who had 28 saves in last year's 2-1 upset win over Mamaroneck in the Section 1 D-1 quarterfinals, will look to build on a stellar 2010 campaign. Defensemen Kenny Belvin, Joe Carcia and Joey Ramondelli round out the unit.
Coach's quote: “We expect to play solid, disciplined, defensive hockey and come out on the winning end of a number of one-goal games.”

Division 2 | Conference III
Coach: Kevin Connolly
Last sectional title: 1990-91
2010-11 season: 0-19-1
2011-12 season: 0-3 (lost to Fox Lane, Pawling and New Rochelle)
Top returnees: Zach Giusti (senior, defense); Mike Lema (senior, forward); Luke Rothschild (senior, goalie); Jackson Kane (senior, forward); Jake Camilliere (sophomore, defense)
Top newcomers: James Brosnan (freshman, forward)
Outlook: Ossining — which is coming off a winless 2010 season — has already looked like a stronger team in 2011, losing its first three games by an average of just 1.6 goals. On defense, two-year captain Zach Giusti will be the crucial player. He will be joined by veteran goalie Luke Rothschild, who has the ability to keep games interesting Jake Camilliere, a starter last year as a freshman, brings impressive athleticism and rounds out the unit. Mike Lema, Jackson Kane and will be counted on to power the offense. Kane, who has good hands and a nose for the goal, led the team in scoring last year with seven goals and seven assists.
Coach's quote: “Returning the majority of the roster means players are a year older, stronger and smarter. We are looking to continue to compete in every game and work hard to improve. This is a very tight knit group of student athletes, who have a lot of class, character and heart.” - Assistant coach Zack Yonkler

Division 2 | Conference IV
Coach: Tony Capone
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: 7-12 (lost to JFK/PV, 10-2, in the opening round of the Section 1 D-2 playoffs)
2011-12 season: 0-0 (season-opener vs. ETB on 11/29)
Top returnees: Chris Alexander (senior, forward); Lowell Hunt (senior, goalie); Michael Henry (senior, forward); Brendan O'Dea (senior, forward); Gary Healy (sophomore, defense)
Top newcomers: Max McGee (freshman, defense)
Outlook: The Pirates compete in a league composed of bigger Rockland County schools like Suffern, North Rockland and Clarkstown. In 2011, the goal is hold their own and compete. Having a core of talented players at both ends of the ice will certainly help the cause. Forward Chris Alexander, a returning all-league selection, is one of the fastest skaters in the section. He impressed last year as a junior, tying fellow senior Michael Henry for the team lead in points with 35 (19G, 16A). Together, the veteran duo will dictate Pearl River's offense. Defensively, all-league honorable mention selection goalie Lowell Hunt will be counted on to have another big year.
Coach's quote: “We are going to try and be as competitive as possible. We are one of the smallest schools in the section and we are playing some big schools in Suffern, North Rockland and Clarkstown. Our goal is to be as competitive as possible with the big boys.”

Division 2 | Conference II
Coach: Ed Witz
Last sectional title: 2010-11 (Division 2)
2010-11 season: 14-11-1 (lost to Williamsville East, 3-2 (2OT), in the NYS D-2 semifinals)
2011-12 season: 1-1 (defeated Queensbury; lost to Glens Falls)
Top returnees: Will Mac Innis (senior, defense); Graham Lambdin (senior, forward); Matt Landis (senior, defense); Colin Reilly (senior, forward); Danny Shea (senior, forward); Josh Borofsky (junior, goalie); David Morgan (junior, forward); Tristan Weeks (junior, forward); Will Cullen (sophomore, defense)
Top newcomers: N/A
Outlook: Pelham and Rye have jostled atop Division 2 for the past decade. The two have utterly controlled the throne, accounting for the last seven D-2 sectional crowns. In 2010, however, the Pelicans wrested control of the rivalry, winning their fourth sectional crown since 2004. The Garnets, who entered last season in search of their fourth title in five years, were denied by an upstart squad that figures to occupy the top spot in D-2 for the foreseeable future. With every single key player back from last season, expectations are understandably sky-high. If you recall, the Pelicans were a questionable call away from playing in last year's state title game. Instead, they dropped a hard-luck double-overtime decision to Williamsville East in the semis. In 2011, all-state players Matt Landis and Colin Reilly will look to get back to Utica and finish the job. Reilly, who totaled a team-high 52 points (28G, 24A) last season, will be the key player on offense. After missing the first two games of the year with a finger injury, he is slated to make his season debut on Saturday against Shaker-Colonie. In addition to Reilly, Pelham returns forwards Tristan Weeks (12G, 10A), Graham Lambdin (9G, 10A), Danny Shea (8G, 11A), David Morgan (9G, 6A) and Andrew Schauer (8G, 7A). Defensively, Landis will serve as the anchor. The two-sport star, who will play lacrosse next season at Notre Dame, is always the most imposing player in the ice. And he proved to be more than a one-dimensional bruiser in 2010, totaling three goals and 10 assists while logging serious minutes. Versatile defensemen Will Cullen (2G, 9A) and Will Mac Innis (2G, 13A) form a stellar trio with Landis. Goalie Josh Borofsky also returns in net, providing yet another veteran presence in a crucial position. Borofsky had a breakout sophomore season, posting a 2.92 goals against average. Not to mention, he got better as the pressure mounted, relinquishing just six goals in six playoff games. Overall, the Pelicans have the talent to bring home the program's first state title and just the second in Section 1 history.
Coach's quote: “The good thing is that we have a lot of experience and a lot of guys who have been through the wars. My senior class went to the NYS final four as freshmen. As 10th graders, we didn't make it but we did as juniors. As seniors, we are, of course, looking to do it again. But you have to remember there are a lot of teams out there in the Division 2 bracket. We have to hope that we stay injury-free and play hard and smart. You have to have a little bit of luck, too. It's not an easy thing to do to win a section and not an easy thing to get to Utica.”

Fairchester League
Coach: Gary Bingham
Last Fairchester League title: 2010-11
2010-11 season: 7-14-2 (defeated Hamden Hall, 5-4, in the Fairchester League title game)
2011-12 season: 0-1 (lost to Portledge)
Top returnees: Henry Beshar (senior, forward); Jack Carroll (junior, goalie); Michael Rocco (junior, defenseman)
Top newcomers: Gabe Reagan (sophomore, defense); Kyle Halloran (freshman, forward)
Outlook: The Wildcats return a ton of key pieces from last year's squad, which edged out Hamden Hall to win the Fairchester Athletic Association League Championship. Offensively, senior captain Henry Beshar will be the top gun. He was the second leading scorer in 2010 with 23 points. Coach Gary Bingham described Beshar as a strong skater. Defensively, veterans Michael Rocco and Jack Carroll will be the anchors. Rocco's a versatile defenseman with the ability to cover a lot of ice very quickly. Bingham expects him to make an impact on the offensive end, too. Carroll, a big and agile goalie, returns in net.

Division 2 | Conference III
Coach: Jason Friesen
Last sectional title: 2009-10 (Division 2)
2010-11 season: 18-4-1 (lost to Pelham, 1-0, in the Section 1 D-2 finals)
2011-12 season: 0-0 (season-opener vs. Shaker-Colonie on 12/2)
Top returnees: Ryan Rogers (senior, forward); Kirk Holmes (senior, forward); Justin Uzcategui (senior, defense); Michael Benincasa (junior, forward); Chris Lipari (junior, forward); Jason Chin (junior, defense); Luke Urbanczyk (junior, defense); Cal Hynson (sophomore, forward); Jack O'Brien (sophomore, forward)
Top newcomers: Sean Pryor (senior, forward); Ben Schaffler (senior, forward); CJ Murphy (senior, defense); Max Bresolin (junior, defense); Danny Sullivan (junior, forward); Griffin Tutun (sophomore, forward)
Outlook: After winning three of the previous four Section 1 D-2 titles, Rye was dethroned by Pelham in last year's final. The loss of all-section goalie Aaron Rix is a tough pill to swallow, but the Garnet faithful can take solace in the return of fearless forwards Ryan Rogers and Michael Benincasa. The duo combined for 28 goals and 33 assists in 2010. Benincasa, who is coming off 20-goal campaign as a sophomore, will act as more of a finisher. Rogers, who had a team-high 22 assists last season, is more of a setup man. Defensively, Rye will lean on Jason Chin and Justin Uzcategui. Look for Uzcategui to log major minutes and blanket the opposition's best forward. In a reversal of roles, the Garnets will now be the hunter — not the hunted. With a core of experienced and talented players, they have the potential to pull off the upset and disrupt Pelham's state title aspirations.
Coach's quote: “We look positively towards a very successful 2011-2012 campaign. We have 12 returning players that will play a pivotal role on this year's team as well as a number of new/younger players looking to jump in and help out. Our schedule is going to be difficult, but we look forward to all of the challenges in front of us. Our focus is to learn and grow as a team and our expectations are as high as they have been in past years. We look forward to a very rewarding and successful hockey season.”

Division 2 | Conference II
Coach: Jim Mancuso
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: 7-13-1 (lost to Somers/N Salem, 4-3 OT, in the opening round of the D-2 sectionals)
2011-12 season: 0-0 (season-opener vs. Ryetown/Harrison on 12/2)
Top returnees: Travis Misarti (senior, forward); Jake Bank (senior, forward); Ian Klein (senior, forward); Conner Wolfe (senior, goalie); Ian Marinelli (junior, goalie); Sam Blakley (junior, defense); Matt Blakley (sophomore, forward); Rob Burns (sophomore, defense)
Top newcomers: Hunter Jurman (sophomore, forward); James Nicholas (freshman, forward); Devon Schell (freshman, forward); David Ko (freshman, forward)
Outlook: The Raiders could very well be the surprise team in Division 2 this year. While the loss of leading scorer Eric Staropoli is glaring, a lot of young talent is coming back. Forwards Jake Bank (14G, 10A), Travis Misarti (12G, 9A) and Matt Blakley (4G, 5G) will compose the core of the offense. A talented freshman class also figures to strengthen Scarsdale's depth. Defensively, returning starters Sam Blakley (4G, 12A) and Rob Burns (5G, 12A) will anchor the blue line. Conner Wolfe and Ian Marinelli return in net. Wolfe logged the most minutes last year, stopping 76 of the 94 shots he faced.
Coach's quote: "The theme with the 2012 Scarsdale Raiders is balance. The Raiders have added a group of talented underclassmen to a team that returns the core of their offense from last season.”

Division 1 | Conference IV
Coach: Rob Schelling
Last sectional title: 2010-11 (Division 1)
2010-11 season: 21-3-1 (lost to Williamsville North, 3-2, in the NYS D-1 semifinals)
2011-12 season: 2-0 (defeated Nyack/Tappan Zee and Iona Prep)
Top returnees: Ian Adler (senior, forward); Greg Dgheim (senior, forward); John Redgate (senior, forward); Willie Sanchez (senior, forward); Steve Scholer (senior, forward); Tyler Stark (senior, goalie); Kevin Haggerty (senior, forward)
Top newcomers: Kevin Hill (sophomore, forward), Justin Tiso (freshman, forward)
Outlook: Another year, another drive for that elusive state title. The Mounties, who fell just short last season, were touted as the overwhelming favorite in 2010. In 2011, however, that vibe seems to have faded. For Suffern — which is gunning for its 20th Section 1 title in the past 24 years — it just might be a blessing in disguise. With some of the bright lights lowered a bit, this year's squad has the potential to shine when it matters most. The amount of talent returning from last season's star-studded team is staggering. Offensively, D-1 second-team all-state selection John Redgate will lead the way. He totaled 14 goals and 17 assists as a junior. Willie Sanchez (14G, 14A) and Ian Adler (14 goals, eight assists) will also be key components to a lethal offense, which exploded for a combined 20 goals in early-season wins over Nyack/Tappan Zee and Iona Prep. Defensively, veterans Steve Scholer and Tyler Stark are about as good as it gets. Scholer, who had seven goals and 17 assists in 2010, has game-changing ability on both ends of the ice. Stark, meanwhile, is coming off a year where he had a miniscule 1.47 goals against average and a 91.06 save percentage. Needless to say, the Mounties have all the tools to achieve their ultimate goal.
Coach's quote: “In a lot of ways, we are similar to last year's team. We lost six great seniors and a lot of goals from last year's team and you hope other guys can step up and replace those goals you lost from Willy Baker, Jake Jaeger and Keith Nicholson. We lost a physical presence in Mike Gorton and an all-state defenseman in (John) Fuchs. But the kids that didn't get much ice time learned from these guys. We will have a lot of depth. We can play three lines and play up to six defensemen. We are fortunate in that we have a lot of depth.”

Division 2 | Conference I League A
Coach: Bob Fritsche
Last sectional title: None
2010-11 season: 5-14-2 (lost to Pelham, 5-0, in the opening round of the Section 1 D-2 playoffs)
2011-12 season: 2-1 (defeated Pawling and Carmel; lost to New Rochelle)
Top returnees: Neil Jacobsen (senior, forward); Jake Proscia (senior, forward); Adam Rothman (senior, forward); Randy Ashe (senior, goalie); Adam Greene (sophomore, defenseman)
Top newcomers: Alex Campbell (sophomore, forward); Liam Donnelly (eighth grade, forward); Patrick Sullivan (eighth grade, forward)
Outlook: The Huskers will be led by a pair of returning all-league honorable mention players in Neil Jacobsen and Randy Ashe. Jacobsen, a hard-working forward, had five goals and five assists in 2010. Ashe brings a stable presence in between the pipes. He played all 910 minutes last season and was third in the section with 543 saves. In terms of breakout players, keep an eye on defenseman Adam Greene, who has the speed to burn teams in transition.
Coach's quote: “Although we are generally a young team, we should compete well in the league we are in. They are working well together and it looks like we should have a good season.”

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