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 Ivy League.
The Bulldogs are coming off of their first national championship in school history and they bring back a ton of firepower. They do lose Ben Reeves and others to graduation but that won’t be a problem for Andy Shay and the Bulldogs in 2019.
On offense the Bulldogs return junior attackman Jackson Morrill, senior attackman Jack Tigh, junior attackman Matt Gaudet, senior midfielder Joey Sessa, and others that will lead that Bulldog offense. Defensively it all starts in goal with sophomore Jack Starr as he looks to rise even higher after a breakout freshman season. Sophomore defenseman Chris Fake will be a leader on defense as they have a pretty young core around him. At the faceoff dot TD Ierlan transferred from Albany after a dominate season as a sophomore last year. The Bulldogs also have freshman Joe Neumann who is expected to be just as dominate when he gets his chance.
For more analysis of Yale check out my breakdown of their scrimmage against Team USA this fall.
The Big Red come into 2019 with a ton of firepower after a 2018 season where they won the Ivy League and lost to Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Big Red return a lot of fire power and are ready to make another run here in 2019.
Jeff Teat is the face of this team and the leader on offense. Along with the junior attackman is senior attack Clarke Petterson, and others as they look to lead the charge on offense. Defensively the Big Red will be led by junior Brandon Salvatore, sophomore Dom Doria, and others. To anchor the defense in net will most likely be junior Caelahn Bullen as he looks to make his mark as a starter after playing backup for two seasons. At the faceoff dot will be junior Paul Rasimowciz as he looks to improve off of a great sophomore campaign.
The Tigers come into the 2019 season after a 2018 campaign where they went 8-5 and missed the Ivy League tournament. They look to get back to being able to get back to the Ivy League tournament in 2019 with all the talent that they bring back.
Offensively the Tigers will be led by junior attackman Michael Sowers who has been one of the key players and faces of the program over the past few seasons. sophomore attackman Chris Brown and others will also lead that Princeton Tigers offense in 2019. At the faceoff dot it looks like sophomore Jack-Henry Vara will be taking the majority of the draws this season for the Tigers. Defensively sophomore George Baughan, sophomore Andrew Song, and senior Aaron Roberts will help contribute on that end of the field. In goal for the Tigers junior Jon Levine should be the starter this season after being the backup last season.
After a 2018 season where they went 6-9 and lost in the Ivy League semifinals to Cornell the Brown Bears look to improve and get back to challenging for the Ivy League championship this season.
On the offensive side of the field the Bears bring back their top three point scorers from last season in junior midfielder Luke Mccaleb, senior midfielder Carson Song, and senior midfielder Michael Panepinto. Those three look to lead the offense in 2019 along with others that they bring back as well. At the faceoff dot it appears that sophomore Matt McShea will be taking the majority of the draws this season after playing a backup role last season. On defense the Brown had a pretty strong unit last season and they do return a good chunk of that unit. Senior Alex Santangelo and sophomore LSM Adrian Enchill look to help lead that defense this season. To anchor the defense in goal will be junior Phil Goss as he looks to improve off of a great sophomore campaign.
The Quakers always have some hype around them coming into the season. They look to finally live up to some of those expectations here in 2019 after going 7-8 and losing in the Ivy League semifinals to Yale.
Penn returns a pretty good bit of their defense as junior Kyle Thornton and junior Evanchick look to help lead that defense. The Quakers will also have stud goalie Reed Junkin back for his senior season as he looks to add onto an already very impressive year. On offense the Quakers return three of their top five point scorers from a year ago in senior attackman Simon Mathias, junior attackman Adam Goldner, and senior attackman Tyler Dunn. At the faceoff dot junior Richie Lenskold will be taking the draws for the Quakers again this season.
Harvard comes into the 2019 season after a 2018 campaign where they went 7-6, missed the Ivy League tournament, and ended the season with a five game losing streak. The Crimson look to turn things around this season as they do bring back some good talent on both ends of the field.
On the offensive Harvard loss their best player Morgan Cheek to graduation which is a big hit. Junior attackman Kyle Anderson and junior midfielder Ryan Graff look to be two of the leaders on the offensive side of the ball this season. At the faceoff taking draws again will be sophomore Steven Cuccurullo as he looks to improve off of a great freshman season. At the defensive end of the field the Crimson will see senior Jonathan Butler and sophomore Frankie Tangredi be two of the leaders and main contributors. In goal it looks like sophomore Kyle Mullin will be the starter in goal. The Crimson should also see good contributions from freshman such as midfielder Isiah Allen.
Dartmouth has been
pretty bad horrific for quite some time now. The Big Green have won just four games in the past two seasons. However they look to start the turnaround this season with a lot of young guys back and having maybe the best Dartmouth freshman class I can remember.
On the offensive end of the field the Big Green return three of their top five point scorers from last season in sophomore attackman George Prince, junior attackman Ben Martin, and junior midfielder Jack Korzelius. Those three look to help lead that offense along with others that will be contributors as well. At the faceoff dot sophomore Gunn Kiernan will be taking the majority of the draws once again. To anchor that defense in goal sophomore Alex Burnely looks to be the starter, but junior George Christopher could also see a ton of time in the net as well. Out in front of the cage senior Austin Meacham, and junior Kyle Clampitt will be two of the leaders on that defensive unit.
Here are some of the freshman that you should keep an eye out for across the Ivy League this season.
Henry Stites, A, Dartmouth
Joe Neumann, FO, Yale
Matt Brandu, A, Yale
John John Lombardi, A, Cornell
Billy Coyle, A, Cornell
Chayse Ierlan, G, Cornell (Yes. Brother of Yale Faceoff man TD Ierlan)
George Pike, M, Brown
Jacob Stoebner, D, Princeton
BJ Farrare, LSM, Penn
Isaiah Dawson, M, Harvard
Hayden Cheek, A, Harvard
Austin Madronic, A, Harvard
A – Michael Sowers, Princeton
A – Jeff Teat, Cornell
A – Jackson Morrill, Yale
M – Joey Sessa, Yale
M – Jack Tigh, Yale
M – Michael Panepinto, Brown
D – Chris Fake, Yale
D – Mark Evabchick, Penn
D – Austin Meacham, Dattmouth
G – Jack Starr, Yale
LSM – Brandon Salvatore, Cornell
SSM – Ryan Bray, Cornell
FO – TD Ierlan, Yale