EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 7, 2013

MVC/CAL Boys Lacrosse: Pino, Knights among MVC's best


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Merrimack Valley Conference

Andover

2012 season: 11-7, lost in Division 1 East first round

Returning starters (4): Tyler Weeks, Sr., defense; Andrew Eriksen, Sr., midfield; Jesse Greaves, Jr., midfield; Will Reardon, Jr., attack

Returning lettermen: Steven Castaldo, Sr., long-stick midfield; Justin Brosnan, Sr., attack; Jordan Maue, Sr., goalie; Kevin Shea, Sr., attack; Billy Rand, Sr., defensive midfield; John Oteri, Jr., midfield; Hunter Tyrrell, Jr., midfield; Jameson O’Connor, Jr., defense

Promising newcomers: Cole Organisciak, Jr., defense; Andrew Brownson, Jr., attack, Sean Carroll, Jr., midfield; Cam Davey, Jr., defensive midfielder; Marcus Marini, Jr., defense; John Nossiff, Jr., attack; Walter Pappas, Jr., goalie; Mike Quinn, Jr., defense; Michael Sharrio, Jr., attack; Jake Tarricone, Jr., defensive midfielder; Nick Wall, Jr., defensive midfield; Jack Wilkie, Jr., midfield; Bryce Jenkins, Jr., attack; Zach Walker, Soph., midfield; George Cardillo, Soph., attack; Brian Duffy, Soph., defense; Alex Marshall, Frosh., defense; Andy Soucy, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Tyler Weeks, Andrew Eriksen

Candidates: 79

Returning goal leaders: Andrew Eriksen 33

Returning honorees: Andrew Eriksen and Tyler Weeks, All-MVC; Jesse Greaves MVC All-Star

Fast facts: Tyler Weeks committed to UMass Amherst. ... Andover is off to a 1-1 start.

Assistants: Clayton Jones, varsity; Mike Votto, JV; Bill Eagan, freshmen

Coach Wayne Puglisi (14th year, 148-95): “We graduated a lot of big players, Matt McIver and our entire defense so we’re just trying to build the team the best we can right now.”

Central Catholic

2012 season: 3-17, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (4): Thomas Jenoski, Sr., defense; Alex Lester, Jr., midfield; Jack McInnis, Soph., midfield; Zach Coffey, Soph., defense

Returning lettermen: Andy Vasquez, Sr., midfield; John Canto, Sr., defense; Jameson Falk, Sr., midfield; Cole Lusty, Jr., midfield

Promising newcomers: Austin McLellan, Jr., midfield; David Cheehan, Soph., defense; Ryan Blatti, Soph., goalie; Eric Robbins, Soph., attack; Austin Lewis, Soph., midfield; Brian Triglione, Soph., midfield; Will Galvin, Soph., midfield; Tom Cannif, Soph., midfield; Sean Bartlett, Soph., midfield; Alex Parent, Frosh., attack; Riley Smith, Frosh., attack: Steve Jackson, Frosh., midfield; Sean Bernabei, Frosh., defense

Captains: Thomas Jenoski, Alex Lester

Candidates: 63

Returning honorees: Thomas Jenoski, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: Freshman Alex Parent has nine goals in two games. ... Last year’s three wins were the fewest in the program’s eight-year history ... Jacob Lakos, a sophomore attack who scored 35 goals last year, transferred to Salem ... Goalie Robert Zipper transferred to Haverhill.

Assistants: Kevin Lally varsity assistant, Brian Gerow (goal defense) varsity assistant, Vincent Helfrich varsity assistant; Mike Jameson, Chris Doherty JV

Coach Aram Jeknavorian (2nd year, 3-17): “We have some good young talent. We have to replace some goal scoring. It’s probably going to have to come from Jack McInnis and Alex Parent but we have to do it as a team. Thomas Jenoski is going to be a key defensive player.”

Haverhill

2012 season: 13-6, lost in Division 1 East prelims

Returning starters (4): Curtis Robart, Sr., defense; Matt Serra, Sr., attack; John Papachriston, Jr., midfield; Austin Phillips, Jr., attack/midfield

Returning lettermen: Chance Brady, Sr., midfield; Nick O’Neill, Sr., midfield; Ethan Poirier, Jr., attack; Owen Kallery, Jr., longstick midfield; Josh Dion, Jr., midfield; Dylan Giles, Jr., midfield; Phil Panici, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Zach Grundy, Sr., goalie; Robert Zipper, Soph., goalie; Michael Gleason, Frosh., longstick/midfield; Dante Serra, Frosh., attack

Captains: Matt Serra, Chance Brady

Candidates: 55

Returning honorees: Matt Serra, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: The 13 wins last year was the most in the program’s 9-year history. ... New coach Michael Bergstrom has coached several sports, including lacrosse, at Lexington Christian Academy for 10 years. He still is the boys soccer and wrestling coach there. ... Robert Zipper is a transfer from Central Catholic where he was the goalie last year. ... Zipper’s father Paul Zipper is an assistant coach. ... Varsity football coach Tim O’Connor is the JV coach. ... Dante and Matt Serra are brothers.

Assistants: Jay White, assistant; Paul Zipper, assistant; Tim O’Connor, JV

Coach Mike Bergstrom (2nd year, 13-6): “We’re going to be young and inexperienced early but we do expect to get better as the season goes on and be ready for the tournament.”

Methuen

2012 season: 5-15, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (5): Nick Powers, Sr. goalie; T.J. Gannon, Sr., attack; Luke Hulme, Jr., defense; John Maginnis, Jr., defense; Ryan Bradley, Jr., midfield

Returning lettermen: Jake Fabrizio, Sr., defense; Ryan Doyle, Sr., midfield; Tim O’Leary, Sr., attack; Mike McAloon, Jr., midfield; Nick Yameen, Jr., midfield; Sean Nickerson, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Willy Weinhold, Jr., midfield; Peter Menzies, Soph., defense; Joe Greene, Soph., defense

Captains: Nick Powers, T.J. Gannon, Luke Hulme

Candidates: 57

Returning honorees: T.J. Gannon, MVC All-Star

Fast fact: Methuen was a club team in 2011 and went varsity without first playing a sub-varsity schedule. ... The Rangers are off to an 0-2 start. ... Junior Willy Weinhold is new to the sport. The MVC football All-Star ran track last spring. ... T.J. Gannon was the top defenseman and Nick Yameen a first-line forward for the hockey team.

Assistants: Jon Becker, JV; Jason Symmes

Coach Ed Brandt (2nd year, 5-15): “We are counting on T.J. Gannon, Ryan Bradley and Tim O’Leary to step up and lead the offence. Luke Hulme is a natural leader and really leads the pack on defense. Nick Powers is a tremendous presence in net.”

North Andover

2012 season: 10-10, lost in Division 2 East first round

Returning starters (10): Colin Cronin, Sr., defense; Cosmo Capobianco, Sr., goalie; Dante Querci, Sr., attack; Jake Silk, Sr., attack; Nick Pino, Sr., attack; Tommy O’Mara, Sr., midfield/defense; Ross Shumway, Sr., midfield/defense; Tommy Stabile, Jr., midfield; Austin Hiller, Jr., midfield; Kyle Young, Jr., midfield

Returning lettermen: Jon Casale, Sr., midfield; Devin Ayres, Sr., midfield; Patrick O’Connor, Jr., goalie; John Enright, Jr., midfield; Tyler Salois, Jr., midfield; Brendan Hartford, Jr., midfield; Charles Patane, Jr., midfield; Drew Guisinger, Soph., midfield; Patrick Sweeney, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Forrest Lennhoff, Jr., defense; Chris Martin, Jr., midfield; Matt Moody, Soph., midfield; Riley Cronin, Soph., midfield; Nick Querci, Soph., attack; Brett Kochanski, Frosh., midfield; Joe Samuelman, Frosh., defense

Captains: Glen Hartford, Jake Silk, Nate Hitchcock, Colin Cronin

Candidates: 85

Returning goal leaders: Nick Pino 65 goals, Dante Querci 34, Jake Silk 27, Nate Hitchcock 20

Returning honorees: Nick Pino, Eagle-Tribune All-Star.

Fast facts: Nick Pino’s four goals lifted the Knights past Andover on Friday. ... The Knights have posted double-digit wins in every year in their 14-year history. ... Nate Hitchcock, a senior midfield, has a shoulder injury is out for the season but he remains a quad-captain. ... Quad-captain Glen Hartford (ACL) might return this year. He also missed last year with a knee injury ... Dante and Nick Querci are brothers.

Assistants: Ross Marchegiani, varsity; Steve Connolly, JV; Eric Cournoyer, Freshmen

Coach Ryan Connolly (2nd year, 10-10): “We’re looking for a lot of our experience to come back and help us. It’s going to be a challenge going to the MVC but hopefully that experience (will come through).”

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Georgetown

2012 season: 11-9, lost in Division 3 East prelims

Returning starters (11): Zack Graham, Sr., midfield; JoJo Mangano, Sr., goalie; Mike Gochakowski, Jr., attack; Jared Warren, Jr., attack; Neil Murphy, Jr., attack; Scott Perry Jr., midfield; Alex Brannon, Jr., midfield; Jackson Fritz, Jr., defense; John Willis, Jr., defense; Connor O’Grady, Jr., midfield; Nick Depasquale, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: same as above

Promising newcomers: midfield; Zach Switzer, Jr., attack; Cam McClung, Jr., defense; John Moner, Soph., defense; Max Labrecque, Soph., defense; Scott Conte, Soph., goalie; Tim Quinn, Soph., midfield; Ryan Frost, Frosh., attack; Jake Mitchell, Frosh., midfield; Sam Mitchell, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Zack Graham, Alex Brannon, JoJo Mangano

Candidates: 42

Returning goal leaders: Mike Gochakowski 57

Returning honorees: Jackson Fritz, Mike Gochakowski and JoJo Mangano, CAL All-Stars

Fast facts: Mike Gochakowski opened the year with a 6-goal game. ... Last year’s squad had the most wins since 2007 (also 11 wins). ... Jake and Sam Mitchell are identical twins.

Assistants: Matt Laut, JV; Matt Gaylord

Coach Andrew Boepple (2nd year, 11-9): “Mike Gochakowski and Jared Warren are huge on the attack. Neil Murphy is also key for us on offense. Jackson Fritz and John Willis lead the way for us on defense. JoJo (Mangano) is so solid for us in net.”

North Reading

2012 season: 22-2, Division 3 East runner-up

Returning starters (5): Jeremy Buckley, Sr., attack; Mike O’Brien, Sr., midfield; Nate Seed, Sr. midfield; Conor Murnane, Sr., defense; Tommy Potter, Sr., defense

Returning lettermen: Anthony Lytle, Sr., midfield; Billy Sexton, Sr., midfield; Carl Lipani, Sr., midfield

Promising newcomers: Tim Tannian, Sr., midfield; Will Brown, Jr., midfield; Sean McGreal Soph., attack; Shane Bartlett, Soph., midfield; Tim Russell, Jr., defense; Jared Potter, Soph., goalie; Pat Reilly, Frosh., longstick midfield

Captains: Game captains

Candidates: 43

Returning goal leaders: Mike O’Brien 33

Returning honorees: Conor Murnane, All-CAL

Fast facts: For the second year in a row, the Hornets set records for wins and advanced the furthest in the state tourney in their 8-year history. ... Top returning scorer Cam Knight (39 goals) transferred to Lawrence Academy.

Assistants: Peter Kane, JV

Coach Chuck Campobasso (9th year, 95-71): “We are counting on a lot from Mike O’Brien, Billy Sexton, Jeremy Buckley and Nate Seed on the offensive end. Anthony Lytle too. Conor Murnane and Tommy Potter lead the team on defense. His brother Jared is very young, but looks good in goal.”

Pentucket

2012 season: 0-15, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (8): Kevin Miles, Sr., defense; Calvin Wiles, Sr., midfield; Sam Colombo, Jr., attack; Kyle Richardson, Jr., defense; Brett Connolly, Jr., goalie; Luke Strangman, Soph., defense; Jeff Porter, Soph., midfield; Brendan Sullivan, Soph., attack

Returning lettermen: Quintin Bounsy, Jr., midfield; Michael Aiduk, Jr., midfield; Nick Zaia, Jr., longstick midfield; Chad Legault, Jr., defense

Promising newcomers: Cody Rothwell, Sr., midfield; Ben Smith, Jr., goalie; Brayden Carney, Soph., goalie; Connor Beaton, Soph., attack; Nick Arcadipane, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Calvin Wiles, Nick Zaia, Kyle Richardson, Sam Colombo

Candidates: 38

Returning goal leaders: Calvin Wiles 12

Returning honorees: Calvin Wiles, CAL All-Star

Fast facts: Dan Leary is the program’s third head coach in three years and one of the youngest coaches in the state. He replaced Rick Hayes during last season. He played football and lacrosse at Exeter High and Endicott College (class of 2010). ... The last two seasons have been by far the worst in the program’s 9-year history

Assistants: Alex Roberts

Coach Dan Leary (1st year): “We hope with the depth we have with the defense we’re able to take it to the next level.”