Boys Prep Hockey – Eberhart Division Preview: Lot of Depth At St. Mark’s; Keep An Eye On St. George’s

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The Eberhart Division of the ISL will consist of eight teams once again. Look for St. Mark’s, Rivers and St. George’s to emerge as early favorite for the league crown.

BROOKS

Coach: Dave Ries

Jack McDermott
Brooks

While some programs were able to get in a few games last winter, Brooks unfortunately was not one of them. So, it is easy to say the Bishops can’t wait for this season to start.

“The kids are excited to compete against another school and to wear the Brooks jersey with pride again,” Ries said. “Winning games will be a group effort that will require everyone’s contributions.”

Owen Christopher
Brooks

Senior Colin Rosato and juniors Will Rassier, Owen Christopher and Jeremy Emch are a nucleus of forwards returning. A host of newcomers ready to go are juniors Jack McDermott (Northwest Catholic CT) and Luke Dwyer (ROCO), and sophomores Danny Valenti (Cardigan Mountain), Tanner McFaul (Cardigan Mountain) and Gustzav Sztermen (Hungarian U16).

An experienced defense will feature seniors C.J. Beals, Kyle Pelletier and Rocco Maitino, and junior Jake Lipani.

In goal, senior Jake Inzirillo returns, giving the Bishops some nice experience in the nets.

BB&N

Coach: Anthony Moccia

Now in his second year as head coach, Moccia looks forward to his first Eberhart Division game action. He reports the Knights are one of the most well-rounded teams the school has had in some time.

Forwards looking to get on the scoresheet this winter include seniors Konstantin Lukin Yelin, and Eli Waisburd, and juniors Daniel McNeill, Daniel Talacci, Paul McNiff, Alex Sandell and Will Rice.

The blue line will feature three seniors in Jack Rorick, Henry Grabowski and Thomas Sheft, and junior Caleb Hu.

In goal, junior David Maillio and senior John Angelino both return from last year.

GROTON SCHOOL

Coach: Bill Riley

The Zebras are really looking forward to getting back on the ice for this season. “We have great returning players at all positions,” said coach Riley, now in his 13th year with the program.

A young offense will be built around senior Max Noll Lake, and sophomores Allen Fang, Devn Fitzgerald and Ryder Cavanaugh. A freshman to keep an eye on is Zach Baker.

Seniors Brian McLachlan and Aidan Armaly, both California natives, will be key on the blue line. Groton has back a pair of solid netminders in senior Tommy Giroux and junior Michael Pelletier.

MIDDLESEX SCHOOL

Coach: Bobby Jay

Despite being young, coach Jay feels that his club has the chance to be very competitive and expects it to make huge strides as the season goes along.

Senior Joe Calo and sophomore Bryan Tang will be counted on heavily in the offensive zone.

A steady defense will be book-ended by Colby College recruit Jaiden Mullins and Rex Mabbs, both seniors. Fellow senior A.J. Finta is back between the pipes.

Zach Gruber
Rivers

RIVERS SCHOOL

Coach: Freddy Meyer

A large senior class with be a hallmark of this year’s edition of the Red Wings as coach Meyer goes into his first full season behind the Rivers bench.

Production and leadership up front should come from veterans like seniors Ziv Deener-Chodiker and Mel Mortarelli, both Williams College commits, and senior Zach Gruber. Two newcomers to watch up front are Brett Stone and Will Hatten.

Defensively, junior Ollie Chessler will be an anchor; he is a Union College commit. Junior Luke Swaim will play some big minutes. And in goal, senior Conor Sullivan should rank among the league’s top netminders.

ROXBURY LATIN

Coach: David Cataruzolo

Like many teams, the Foxes have a lot of unknowns heading into the season. The team is young with limited varsity experience, but has depth in goal and on defense, which will help as the offense gains some confidence.

Senior Jojo Dable, senior James Birch and junior Patrick Schultz will be offensive leaders for coach Cataruzolo.

Williams College commit Connor Berg, a senior, and juniors Tait Oberg and Will Matthews will be vital to the success of the defense. Sophomore goalie Evan Zhang is ready for a big season.

ST. GEORGE’S

Coach: Jeff Dwyer

The Dragons come into the season with a nice mix of talented upperclassmen (4 D1 commits), and promising youngsters. “We have a team with a lot of potential in all facets of the game,” said coach Dwyer.

The offense should score, buoyed be senior Matt Kursonis, a Holy Cross commit, and junior brothers Donovan Frias and Julian Frias, both recent commits to Yale University. Junior Ben Buckley will also contribute. A couple of up-and-comers to watch are sophomore Troy Hayes and freshman Owen Mulhern.

Holy Cross commit Ryan Buckley, a senior, will anchor the defensive unit, along with junior returner Rob Melvin.

A returning goaltender to the club is sophomore Ryder Shea.

ST. MARK’S

Coach: Carl Corazzini

With much more depth this season than in years past, the Lions are anxious to get things going.

Maddox Lizotte
St. Mark’s

“The kids have persevered through quite a bit over the last two years and there is a ton of excitement about being able to compete for their school,” coach Corazzini said.

A big group returns up front, paced by senior Holy Cross commit Dom Murphy. Seniors Peter Maro, Cam Sullivan and Eamon Connaughton, junior Jim Lyver, and sophomores Drew Gibbons and Jonathan Balzarini are back as well. The forward contingent will be bolstered by a group of newcomers that includes junior Damon Myers, sophomore Auston Borrgaard and freshmen Richard Gallant, Drew Carr and Sebbie Johnson.

Adam Becht
St. Mark’s

Princeton commit Michael Fisher anchors a solid blue line that also features senior Luke Sullivan, juniors Maddox Lizotte and Justin Pare, and sophomore Calvin Beard.

Four goalies – senior Adam Costley and juniors Adam Becht, Charles Watson and Harlan Jackson – will vye for the serious minutes between the pipes.

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