Cape Ann League Preview: Keep An Eye On Newburyport

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NEWBURYPORT (12-8-2)

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The Clippers enjoyed a solid debut Division 1 campaign last winter. Long-time coach Paul Yameen returns a solid core but will need younger players to step up and fill the gaps. Team defense will be stressed.

Four-year senior forward Ben Ventura (9-17-26) is closing in on 100 career points and is joined up front by classmates Austin Roy (13 points) and Ty Therrien (10 points) and junior Scott Webster (6-10-16).  Freshman Mark Babcock figures to step into a regular role. Senior two-time all-league defenseman Matt Kelleher (6-11-17) continues rehab from a lacrosse knee injury. Sophomore Tanner Derby returns as does junior goalie Noah Kolesha, who will be pushed by freshman Ken Hodge.

 

TRITON (9-10-2)

The Vikings closed 6-0-1 a year ago, missing the post season by a single point in their inaugural Division 1 season. You can bet that’s more than enough motivation for coach Drew Wile’s club, a blend of talented veterans and exciting newcomers.

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Junior Jack Norton (36 points) powers the attack, aided by seniors Jarrod Guertin (18 points), Joe Schickling (16 points) and Jack Killion, and sophomore Jed Cutter (11 points). Junior Shea Capolupo and sophomore Barrett Towns are back with blue line experience. St. Mary’s transfers Ricky Calvani, a sophomore, and Zack Mello, a freshman, add depth on defense. Junior Kyle McKendry adds to the depth at forward. Freshman Nolan Smith could get the call in goal.

 

NORTH READING (16-3-2)

The defending league champions do have a whole host of guys returning, but one spot they will have to replace is in goal, where league MVP Keith Linnane has graduated.

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Senior Jared Potter (37 pts) and junior Nick Day (27 pts) will be the go-to guys offensively for coach John Giulliotti. Returning seniors Chris Onanian (11 pts) and Griffin Paine (10 pts) will complement them, as will juniors Tyler Calos, Michael Driscoll and Patrick Driscoll, and sophomore John Merullo.

The Hornets have four defensemen back, led by seniors Sean McGreal (10 pts) and Cory Collins. Junior Jason Tannian and sophomore Jared Valade have varsity experience.

With Linnane graduated, the goaltending job looks to go to returning junior Nick Ponte.

 

MASCONOMET (15-5-2)

The Division II North quartefinalists lost 15 seniors to graduation, and top scorer Joe Griffin to juniors, so building chemistry will be first and foremost for coach Andrew Jackson.

The offense will be built around senior Mike Castro (26 pts) and senior Vitaly Knowles and Andrew Anzalone. Expect immediate contributions from new junior Garrett Lafata and sophomore brother Brendan Lafata. Junior Anthony Mancini is another newcomer that will help out.

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[/one_fourth_last] Senior captain Jake Giacchino and junior Nick Pease are key holdovers on the blue line. New senior Connor Whiffen hopes to help out.

The goaltending position was completely wiped out the graduation so newcomers Greg Knowles (junior) and Matteo Napolitano (sophomore) will battle for minutes between the pipes for the Chieftains.

 

AMESBURY (10-11-0)

Back for his second stint behind the bench for the Indians is George Dodier, who takes over a team that qualified for the post-season a year ago.

Amesbury lost some key players to graduation and defections, and will turn to junior goaltender Jake Harlow, senior rearguard Austin Toohey (9 pts) and senior forward Mike Duggan to provide leadership during the early transition period.

 

PENTUCKET (6-14-0)

The Sachems are also under new management with Jarrett Scarpaci replacing long-time head coach Bill Burns. He inherits a team will a good returning nucleus which could mean some added success this winter.

The first line consists of three senior captains in Brayden Carney, Ben Klosowski and Jeremy Binding. Sophomore Johnny Orlando will be a key offensive contributor. New sophomores Max Whitmeyer and Brendan Lincoln hope to chip in.

Senior captain John Moner anchors the defense, a unit that also welcomes back junior Andrew Greenbaum.

Scarpaci can turn to three different goaltenders in returning sophomores Anthony Orlando and Rob Porter, and freshman Cam Ludwig.

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LYNNFIELD (5-11-4)

Team defense, good special teams play and solid goaltending will be the keys if the Pioneers can be a challenger in the Cape Ann League.

Senior co-captain Dan Sullivan (16 pts), senior Mike Look and junior Dan O’Leary (16 pts) will be offensive leaders for coach Jon Gardner, along with junior Rob Loconte.

On defense, senior captain Cam Rondeau and junior Matt Miller will log a lot of minutes.

 

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