We are just about three weeks away from the start of the 2019 NCAA season as February 1st marks opening day. The first game of the NCAA season will be Utah vs Vermont to kick off what should be an exciting season.
Over the next few weeks I will be giving my own personal conference by conference predictions for this upcoming 2019 season. Going in alphabetical order we move on and take a look at the America East.
1. Albany Great Danes
The Danes are coming off their best season in school history as they went 16-3 overall won the America East and made it to the NCAA Semifinals only to loose to Yale. The Danes loose a lot on offense with Connor Fields, JustinReh, and Kyle Mcclancy all gone. In goal JD Colarusso is also gone and TD Ierlan transferred to Yale. It will be a new look Albany squad, but they are still Albany and Scott Marr is still the head coach.
On offense the Danes will be looking to sophomore attackman Tehoka Nanticoke, junior attackman Jakob Patterson, and senior midfielder Sean Eccles to lead the charge. junior midfielder Davis Diamond and sophomore midfielder Alex Burgmaster should be two guys that will be bigger contributors this year as well as a few freshman. The defense will be the biggest question mark as they did graduate Troy Reh and a few others on that end. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up as the lead guy on defense for the Danes this season. Senior Matt Perla looks to be a guy that can make a bigger impact on defense than he did last season and may have a bigger role. In goal junior Nate Siekierski has some big shoes to fill as he will replace JD Colarusso. Another big question mark is at the faceoff dot as TD Ierlan transferred to Yale and Zach Ornstein transferred to Villanova. Sophomore Austin Jones looks to be the next man up at the faceoff dot for the Danes.
2. Vermont Catamounts
The Catamounts are coming off a historic season in 2018 as they went 12-4 overall, graduated the winningest class in program history, and lost in the America East championship game to Albany. The Catamounts do return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball as they look to keep building.
Offensively the Catamounts loose their biggest piece in Ian MacKay who probably the best player over the past few seasons. Despite loosing MacKay the Catamounts do return the other nine of their top ten scorers from last season. Senior attackman Dawes Milchling, sophomore Liam Limoges, and junior midfielder Rob Hudson look to be the leaders on offense this season. Vermont had one of the best defenses in the country last season and they return some good talent there. Senior Jefferey Warren looks to be a leader on D as senior Andrew Simeon should see his role expand as well. At the faceoff dot sophomore Alex Semler should be taking the majority of the draws after a stellar freshman campaign. In goal the Catamounts shouldn’t have many problems as Sophomore Nick Washuta will be back in goal after being one of the best in the country last year.
3. Stony Brook
After a 2018 campaign where they went 7-8 overall and lost in the America East semifinals to Vermont the Seawolves return a big chunk of their squad on both sides of the ball. Stony Brook may be able to upset some people if they can put all the pieces together.
The Seawolves return all of their top ten point scorers from 2018 as well as some big pieces of their defense. On offense junior attackman Tom Haun, sophomore attackman Jack Walsh, sophomore midfielder Patrick Kaschalk look to be big contributors along with others. On the defensive side of the ball senior LSM Rylan Rees, sophomore Danny Cassidy look to be the leaders among others. In goal for the Seawolves will be junior Michael Bollinger as he looks to have another great season. At the feceoff dot it looks like sophomore John Ehlers and junior Tristian Dowd could split time as they both took a lot of draws last season.
The Retrievers come into the 2019 season after a 2018 campaign where they went 5-8 and missed the America East tournament. They were a fairly young team last season as they return a lot of weapons and still have a great defense.
Offensively the Retrievers bring back their top five point scorers from last season in senior midfielder Billy Nolan, sophomore attackman Steven Zichelli, senior midfielder Jack Andrews, sophomore attackman Trevor Patscharke, and junior attackman Ryan Frawley. The faceoff dot will be manned by junior Jake Brothers who will be looking to improve off his performance from last season. To anchor that defense will be sophomore Thomas Linger as he will be looking to preform even better than he did last season as freshman. On defense the Retrievers were very strong last season and they look to be just as strong in 2019 as well. They will return junior Nick Griffin, senior Jason Brewester, and sophomore Nick Doyle. All three look to be big contributors on that defense again this season.
5. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks had their best season in program history last year as they finished 8-8 and lost in the America East semifinals to Albany. UMass Lowell does lose a lot of seniors from last season that helped build this program. They talent they bring back will be looking to continue the upward trend.
The River Hawks top three point scorers from last season so that will be their biggest hole on offense. They do bring back senior attackman Austin Lane, junior midfielder Daniel Cozzi, as well as sophomore attackman Harrison Morrill. Those three should see increased roles in the offense this season. On defense the River Hawks bring back junior Cam Hult, senior Blaine McMahon, and Ryder Lessing as they do loose a few seniors. In goal for the River Hawks will be sophomore Huter Braun as he looks to build off of a successful freshman season. Taking faceoff’s for the River Hawks will be junior Brett Dattilo as the starter. Sophomore Jacob Zablocki should get some draws as well.
As the Bearcats enter year three under Kevin McKeown they look for much better results than they saw last season. Binghamton did lose some key players to graduation but they return some younger talent that has a ton of potential.
As the Bearcats lose three of their top five point scorers from last season they still return sophomore William Talbott-Shere, senior Joe Licata, and sophomore Sean Makar who looks to have an increased role this season. On defense the Bearcats had a younger defense last season as they return junior Tom Galgano, redshirt sophomore Sal Fama, and junior Kyle Tiernan as well as others that should be big contributors as well. Senior Brendan Patterson appears to be the man taking faceoff’s this year as he was the second man last year as a junior. In goal redshirt senior Kevin Carbone will be the starter as he looks to improve on his performance last season.
The Hartford Hawks have struggled the past few seasons and they look to turn that trend around in 2019. With a lot of senior’s on last year’s squad the Hawks will be fairly young on both ends of the field this season.
On offense the Hawks have a big hole as they lost four of their top five point scorers to graduation. They will be looking to senior attackman Dylan Jinks, sophomore midfielder Alex Smith, and senior Zach Elkinson will look to lead that offensive attack. Anchoring the defense in goal will be sophomore Nicholas Ferraro. Senior Claude Bradshaw looks to be the leader on that defense this season a they did graduate some of their top contributors. A the faceoff dot junior Nolan Little will be taking the majority of the draws this season after taking a back seat to Dylan Protesto in 2018.
Here are just a handful of freshman that you could see make an impact among America East squads this season.
Teioshotathe McComber, Attack, Albany
Tanner Hay, Defense, Albany
Liam Kalbacher, Attack, Stony Brook
Salvatore Iaria, Midfield, Vermont
Amos Gilbert, Midfield, Vermont
Nick Whithall, Attack, UMBC
ALL Conference Team Prediction
A – Tehoka Nanticoke, So, Albany
A – Tom Haun, Jr, Stony Brook
A – William Talbott-Shere, So, Binghamton
M – Sean Eccles, Sr, Albany
M – Billy Nolan, Sr, UMBC
M – Jakob Patterson, Jr, Albany
D – Jason Brewester, Sr, UMBC
D – Nick Griffin, Jr, UMBC
D – Stone Sims, Jr, Albany
G – Nick Washuta, Jr, Vermont
SSM – Jack Burgmaster, Sr, Albany
LSM – Ryland Rees, Sr, Stony Brook
FO – Alex Semler, So, Vermont