Early Practice Notes from 2013

Early Practice Notes from 2013

 

 

Thanks to our inside sources, we have some news and notes from the opening weeks of the 2013 season.  Sounds like a lot of solid competition will push the team as they ready themselves for the opening day matchup versus UVA.  Layer up and stretch those hammies boys.

 

A week plus of practice is officially in the books and the players and coaches are working hard to get ready for the season.  With so many questions to be answered, nothing is set in stone and playing time is up for grabs at all positions.  Here are some notes from the first part of training camp:

 

  • 2 weekends ago the squad had a weekend of hard work and team building lead by some Navy Seals.  By all accounts this was a great way to start the camp and the coaching staff really feels it helped set the tone and see how the exercise has helped the team.
  • The team was met with a great surprise on day one as Brendan Glynn made an appearance and rolled himself out to the field to be the boys.  Smiles all around, great to continue to see and hear that Brendan is moving on from his accident.
  • There are several bumps and bruises keeping guys out right now, but nothing seems to be too serious.  Nick Trizano is working back from an achilles injury from the fall and the hope is that he can join the team sometime in March.  Additionally, freshman goalie Henry Buonagurio, who is competing with all the other goalies on the roster, will be out for at least another month as he works his was back from an illness.
  • Although he had a chance to see some time at X, Belka has spent the first week working from behind as the coaches are looking to find the right combination of the starting attack.
  • The left spot on attack, which was manned so well by Glynn for the last couple seasons, is now an open competition.  Some guys getting looks to fill the void are Andrew Vivian - who filled in for Triz last season with some valuable play; R-Fr Mitch DeSnoo – the big guy from north of the boarder can pull from the left for sure, and; Fr Frankie Fusco – the Yorktown, NY recruit has impressed the coaches early in his career and could find himself helping at the midfield if he doesn’t stay down.
  • Although the midfield is young, and would get a boost if the reigning CAA rookie of the year was back up top, the top of the order has seen a good amount of playing time with Prosser (Sr.), McIntosh (Jr) and Foley (Soph) all having solid camps so far.  After them, get ready for the crop of new names to fight it out for the remaining burn:  Cliff Simeon (Soph), Hank Brown (Fr.), Jordan Cunningham (Fr.), Raucci (Fr.) as well as DeSnoo and Fusco could all see themselves getting some time this season depending on how the rest of training camp goes.  Each one of these guys has impressed so far early in camp.
  • The Garret McIntosh with the long pole experiment seems to have died a little since the fall as the senior captain has been working for the most part with his short stick.
  • Don’t be surprised when you see fellow Stoga grads and brothers Jason and Jordan Klunder on the field at the same time.  Both of the D mids have looked good so far and the freshman (Jordan) looks like he has an opportunity to be in the D mid rotation along with soph Matt Clark.
  • Athough the defense had major graduations, Senior captain Chris Walsh has continued to build on a solid fall and when combined with juniors Matt Dusek and Tyler Houchins you might have the most solidified position on the team.
  • Pat Root (RFr), Paul Harrison (soph) and Chris Panichelli are all fighting it out for runs at midfield and some spots behind the starting D.
  • Get to know these names - Dan Rogders (soph), Cal Winkelman (Rfr), Will Gabrielson (Fr) and Henry Buonagurio – one of these guys will be the starting goalie.  Zero separation has been had after week one.

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