“Nearly every starter is stepping into a role that they are not accustomed to,” coach Anthony Incontrera said. “If they are able to embrace their role, then the team will continue their recent run of successful seasons. If not, it could turn into a rebuilding year.”
Senior midfielder Sean Harrison is a returning first team all-county player and should provide a jolt to the offense after his junior season was cut short by an ACL tear.
2012 record: 7-4, 8-8
Top players: Seniors Jake Stevens (A), Adam Huber (A), Nick Lucchesi (MF), Michael O’Rourke (MF), Jamie McLamb (D), Joe Valentino (D) and Jon Nass (G); juniors Connor Dubois (D), Zach Stevens (A), Thomas Stone (MF) and Dillon Solo (MF).
What you need to know: Nine starters return for the Vikings and experience will surely be a strength. Another strongpoint will be scoring as Mt. Hebron brings back the county’s leading scorer Jake Stevens, who had eight games with 10 or more points scored on his way to 116 points.
Canisius-bound attackman Adam Huber was a second team all-county selection last season after scoring 28 goals. Three-year starter Nick Lucchesi won 60 percent of his face-offs in 2012 and also accounted for 22 points.
“We are going to be very well balanced,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We have strong leadership and talented players at each position.”
Senior captain Michael O’Rourke will patrol the midfield, while defenseman Connor DuBois (over 90 groundballs) and goalie Jon Nass will captain the defense.
2012 record: 1-10, 2-13
Top players: Seniors Jimmy Riss (D), Jack Farrall (MF) and Vincent Dudek (G); juniors Brandon Andrews (G) and Wyatt Neely (A).
What you need to know: Senior captains Jimmy Riss and Vincent Dudek are the only two returning starters for the Scorpions. Riss led the defense with 64 ground balls and five goals to go along with five assists last season, and Dudek finished with a save percentage of .550.
Jack Farrall is the team’s top returning scorer but missed all of last year with a broken collarbone.
“Since we lack experience and we are a relatively young team, our success will be dependent upon how quickly we mature as a team,” coach Matt Hipszer said. “They will have to mature very quickly in order to be competitive with other teams in the county. We are simply looking to improve from one day to the next day; one game to the next game.”
Hipszer believes the team’s strength will be its work ethic more than anything else.
“Since we lack experience and skill we will have to outwork and out grind our opponents for 48 minutes in order to be competitive.”
Brandon Andrews will be looking to push Dudek in the goal for playing time and Wyatt Neely will attempt to provide some scoring on offense to complement Farrall.
2012 record: 4-7, 6-10