Patriot League Preview: Scituate, Hanover will battle in Fisher Division

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KEENAN DIVISION

QUINCY (9-10-3)

The Presidents will be young, having graduated a bulk of last year’s club. This year’s team will only have one senior returner. Coach Ted Walsh says most of last year’s JV squad will move up, and that his team will have to compete harder.

A leading forward for the Presidents will be junior Daniel O’Leary (12-7-19).

WHITMAN-HANSON (1-16-3)

Putting in some hard work in the off-season could very well pay dividends this winter for the Panthers, who struggled to a one-win season last year.

At forward, coach Chris Googins will look for production from the likes of Korey Howard, Alex Uva, Owen Manning, Adam Solari, Chris Stoddard, Luke McVeigh and John Hagan.

Senior captain Ryan Sawtelle leads the defensive unit with returners Ed Scriveri, Tom Willis and Reed Watson. Senior Rick Welch returns in goal.

SILVER LAKE (6-16-1)

Silver Lake alum coach Dan Scott is in his second year behind the bench and has things going in the right direction after a tourney berth last year. He looks to bring the Laker program back to prominence.

Junior forward Alex Heffernan returns as the leading scorer with 13 points. Junior forward David Marani is back after scoring 12 points. Senior defensemen John Evans (1-7-8), Nick Larossi (3-6-9) and Liam Kelliher (0-5-5) are back, along with goalie Alden Maguire, who had three shutouts.

Sophomore forwards Drew Nugent, Kevin Cardarelli, Bobby Guilford and Nick Solari and sophomore defenseman Greg Wolf are newcomers expected to contribute.

The team brings back 20 players from the year before. Silver Lake looks to have a breakout season. It is still a young team but now with some state tourney experience after going to the second round of the D3 South tournament last year.

“We bring back a good crop of senior defensive leadership and a talented group of underclassmen forwards,” Scott said.

PLYMOUTH NORTH (10-9-2)

The Eagles must find a way to replace 10 seniors that graduated. Coach Tim Drew says his team will be young but will play hard and smart. The returning group did get some valuable varsity time last winter.

The offense will go through senior Brendan Figueroa (12 pts), junior Cam Caraher (16 pts) and sophomore Jason Norwood (9 pts). New junior Matt Hardy looks to chip in.

Junior Pat Hilton (8 pts) will be a key blueliner for the Eagles. Newcomers Jack McPherson, a senior, and freshman Matt Ditulio are ready to contribute.

With Monte Gray having moved on to junior hockey, sophomores Sean Hart and Chris Kearney and freshman Jack Arnold will fight for the starting goaltender’s job.

DUXBURY (10-11-3)

The Green Dragons, the lone D1 entry in the league, incurred a massive graduation loss (17 players). Coach John Blake anticipates steady improvement as the season unfolds even as the team tackles its traditionally rugged non-league schedule.

An experienced defense features junior captain Ted Griffin, junior Jack Venturelli  and sophomore Will Vanderveen. Senior captains Andrew Violandi and Aidan Luscko drive the forward unit. Sophomore Ben Cheney adds to the mix. New goaltenders Nate Romanelli (JR) and Steve Pisani (SO) could both log time.

FISHER DIVISION

PEMBROKE (10-8-3)

With the loss of 16 seniors to graduation, there is plenty of opportunity for returning players in the program and incoming freshmen to earn varsity jobs. Coach Mark Duffy will have a busy pre-season camp.

Senior defenseman Sam Brown, in his third varsity year, will be leaned on heavily for his experience and leadership. In the nets, seniors Steve Hatch and Tyler Archibald and sophomore Mike Martin will compete for the starting job in goal with the graduation of two-year starter Justin Pijanowski.

Zach Taylor
Hanover

HANOVER (17-3-3)

Jonathan Abban’s crew is coming off another solid year, but the Indians will tell you losing in the South quarters is no measure of success.

Zac Taylor returns at forward after a solid 21-13-34 season. Senior Connor Morris (9-21-30) and classmates Paul McCabe (defense), Nick O’Sullivan (forward), Drew Cratty (defense), Tyler Martin (forward), Cam Murphy (forward) and Ollie Manser (defense) and juniors Joe Radzik (forward), Lucas Lanagan (forward), Sam O’Grady (goalie), Kevin Chandler (goalie), Jared Rizzo (defense), Colin Enos (defense), Jason Bishop (defense) and Ben Fein (defense) are all back

“We have good leadership, solid goaltending and an experienced team,” Coach Abban said.

PLYMOUTH SOUTH (8-9-4)

In order to have a successful season, the Panthers will need to play solid defense in their own zone, especially in the tough Patriot League.

Up front, senior veterans Dan Lincoln and Sean Colbert are back and will again be a solid offensive duo for coach Mike McCosh.

Leading the way defensively are senior Jake Worrick and Peter Fantoni.

Liam Walsh
Scituate

NORTH QUINCY (6-10-4)

Looking to get back to the post-season, and this year the Red Raiders will be in Division 3 South, everyone needs to be on the same page from the outset, reports coach Matt Gibbons.

Junior Kieran O’Driscoll (14 pts) is adept at both forward and defense and is a key players. Look for seniors John Norton, Ethan Herman and Connor Donaghey to amp up their scoring as well.

Senior Chris Donaghey will see a lot of minutes on the blue line, while freshman Asher Wines takes over in goal for the Red Raiders.

Shane Comeau
Scituate

SCITUATE (22-3-1)

The Sailors fell one goal away from a D2 state title last March. A lot of offense returns from that club, but there will be plenty of spots to fill on defense, and in goal. If the defense can hold its own, Scituate will be right there again.

Up front, coach Mike Breen has a bevy of weapons, including seniors Liam Walsh, Liam Norton, Shane Comeau and Liam Peterson, and juniors David Murray and Ryan Harrigan. On the blue line, senior Devin Brown will step up and have a key role.

Newcomers looking to make a splash are Mark Falvey, Trisitin Smith, Matt Finnerty, Nick Spinella and Anthony Spinella.

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