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Northeastern Conference South Preview: Gloucester, Swampscott, Lynn Will Fight It Out

Ed Field
Gloucester

GLOUCESTER (10-8-3)

A small but talented senior class and some exciting young talent have the Fishermen optimistic about challenging for a NEC South crown they won last year.

There is some bountiful production back up front for coach Derek Geary in junior E.J. Field, the leading returning scorer, seniors Derek Hopkins, Colby Mitchell, Tim White and Robby Horne. Freshman Jack Costanzo looks to have an immediate impact.

Tim White
Gloucester

Senior Ryan Muniz brings a solid physical presence to the Gloucester blue line.

In goal, junior Connor Vittands is a returning starter.

REVERE/MALDEN (9-8-4)

Team defense will play a major factor in how this season progresses for the Patriots, who lost a lot of goal scorers from last season’s club. “We will have to get ugly goals early in the season and play a tight team defensive strategy,” said coach Joe Ciccarello.

Four seniors – Zach Rufo, Rick Briana, Wayne Cintolo and Andras Cardona – will be Revere’s offensive nucleus.

Senior Cam Mazza and senior Matt Cravotta will handle things defensively.

Brian Clougherty
Lynn Jeft

John DiFilippo
Lynn Jets

Owen Downey
Lynn Jets

Andrew Patrie
Lynn Jets

 

LYNN JETS (13-6-4)

Offense shouldn’t be a problem for the Jets, who return a lot from a team that averaged almost five goals a game last season. If Lynn can get some solid defense, they could challenge for the NEC South title and another long run in the post-season.

Senior Brian Clougherty (70 pts) should be amongst the top offensive players in the the division, along with fellow senior John Difillipo (49 pts). Seniors Andrew Patrie (11 pt) and Aiden Seitz and junior Matt Devin are back as well. Two freshmen looking to crack the lineup are Jaylen Porter and Sean Leonard.

On defense, senior Owen Downey will be the quarterback for coach Mike Roberts. The group also has back seniors Troy Petkevitch and sophomore Christian Alquinta. Freshman Stevan Downey looks for a role.

Senior returner Jack Gallant, last year’s starter, will give the Jets stability in goal.

SWAMPSCOTT (13-6-6)

The defending Division 3 North champs being back junior center Drew Olivieri (10-19-29), senior right wing Zach Elwell (5-9-14), junior left winger Conor Donovan (10-8-18) and senior center Casey Williamson (2-6-8) return to power the offense.

Defenders Chris Barnes and Griffin Bruhm return on the blue line.

“We will have good scoring with Elwell/Olivieri/Donovan,” Swampscott coach Gino Faia said. “We will need to have younger players step up and fill voids from big graduating senior class on defense and in goal. We must work hard and play good position both offensively/defensively.”

SOMERVILLE (7-12-1)

Playing good team defense will be a huge factor if the Highlanders look to challenge for the NEC South crown.

Seniors Chris DeSousa and Jeremey Procter, junior Austin Pacheco, sophomore Josh Amaral and freshmen Aidan O’Donovan, Nick Cicerone, Tensin Gesar and Aidan Slattery all return with varsity experience at forward for coach Kevin Wilson. Newcomers Cosmo Curtatone and Jake McDonald add to the mix.

Senior Nolan Roche, senior Dylan Zraket, junior Joe Carey and sophomore Chris Bonney form the defensive nucleus. Arlington Catholic transfer Aidan Johnson will look to fit in.

Four candidates – senior Bobby Lavey, junior Jaren O’Brien, Jack Donovan and Jack Marujo – are battling for the starting goaltender’s position.

  • Everett will also be in the NEC South. The Crimson Tide have a new coach as Alex Naumann takes over the program
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