Newburyport Daily News
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Coach: Ed Gaudiano
Last year’s record: 15-3
Key returning players: Tyler Matses, sr.; Drew Bourdeau, jr.; Nick Mombello, sr.; Matt Kelleher, so.; Alex Buckley, sr.; Mike Shay, so.; Dillon Guthro, jr.; Rob Cataldo, sr.; Jared Healey, jr.
Newcomers: Jared Bradbury, jr.; Nick Federico, so.; Peter Greene, so.; George Pantelis, sr.; Brendon Barreclough, so.; J.J. Bajko, so.
Strengths: Defense. The entire defensive group returns along with goalie Dillon Guthro.
Concerns: Find a group of offensive middies, and one attackman.
Coach’s outlook: “We should be solid on defense to start the season. Offensively, we’re looking to work new players in. Replacing Sam Francis, who is injured, will be hard to do. We have a competitive group of kids who should be in every game.”
First game: April 10 at Ipswich
Coach: Sean Parsons
Last year’s record: 10-9
Key returning players: Luke Packer, sr.; Travis Kneeland, sr.; Joe Roucco, sr.; Andrew Sheerin, jr.
Newcomers: Jake Gilbert, so.; Max Madden, so.; Will McCaffrey, jr.
Strengths: Experience. Parsons’ system has been in place for a year.
Concerns: Participation numbers have dropped.
Coach’s outlook: “Even though our numbers are low, we have a group of athletes on the team this year. Everyone can play their position very well, and most of them are three-sport athletes, so being in shape isn’t going to be a problem. But our goals are simple: Make the tournament and to have double digit wins again this season. Our magic number is obviously nine to make the tournament, but our goal number is 14.”
First game: Today vs. Marblehead
Coach: Dan Leary
Last year’s record: 0-14
Key returning players: Sam Colombo, jr.; Brendan Sullivan, so.; Calvin Wiles, sr.; Jeff Porter, so.; Josh Wesolowski, so.; Nick Zaia, jr.; Quentin Bounsy, jr.; Mike Aiduk, jr.; Kevin Miles, sr.; Kyle Richardson, jr.; Chad Legault, jr.; Luke Strangman, so.; Brett Connolly, jr.
Newcomers: Connor Beaton, so.; Cody Rothwell, sr.; Kyle Richardson, jr.; Brayden Carney, so.; Ben Smith, jr.
Strengths: Experience, depth on defense.
First game: Pentucket earned its first victory in two seasons Saturday — a 9-5 defeat of Bishop Fenwick.
Coach: Andrew Boeppel
Last year’s record: 11-9
Key returning players: Jared Warren, jr.; Nick DePasquale, so.; Mike Gochakowski, jr.; Scott Perry, jr.; Neil Murphy, jr.; Zack Graham, sr.; Joe Mangano, sr.; Tim Quinn, jr.; Jackson Fritz, jr.
Newcomer: Mike Labrecque, so.
Coach’s outlook: “The weather hasn’t been kind to us in preparation for the season, but our guys haven’t let that stop them from working hard to be ready. I’m proud of their determination and look forward to the season.”
First game: Georgetown beat Swampscott 13-4 Monday.