Class A, B
Coach: Andrew Whipple (8th year).
Last year: 14-4, lost in Class A semifinals.
Top players: Senior midfielder Nick Panara; sr. attack Stephan Quinzi; sr. defense Greg Weyl; jr. midfielder Brandon Barker; soph. defense Jared Conners; jr. goalie Kevin Maguire.
Outlook: The arrival of junior defenseman Mike Perotto and sophomore Jon Perrotto from Aquinas added more strength to a strong situation. Senior and two-year starter Billy Cooper and junior James Felix, who has given a verbal to LeMoyne, also are back as midfielders. “I have some young kids playing, but they are really good,” Whipple said.
2. (tie) Fairport
Coach: Mike Torrelli, (10th year, 142-50).
Last year: 15-3, lost in Class A semifinals.
Top players: Sr. defense Sam Dovan; sr. goalie Joe Scalise; jr. midfield Allen Thibodeau; sr. midfeld/attack Dan McAvoy; sr. midfield/attack Justin Kesselring.
Outlook: When a team is described as an annual lock to be in contention for a Section V championship, that seems to be a good starting point. It appears the team’s seniors are serious about what the Red Raiders want to do, and that’s a good sign with 18 players at that grade level. Fairport coaches make additions to position depth a priority, and Monroe County league coaches notice.
2. (tie) Webster Thomas
Coach: Rob Ruller (13th year, 132-71).
Last year: 16-3, lost in Section V Class A final.
Top players: Jr. midfield Kevin Hill; sr. attack Mitch Hutteman; sr. defense Ryan Nugent; jr. midfield Pat LeMoine; soph. attack Travis Ford.
Outlook: The Titans did lose six three-year starters, but coaches in the league expect them to be in the mix for a sectional title. Hill, who is headed to Penn State, and LeMoine, who has given a verbal commitment to Virginia, are part of a strong and deep group of midfielders. A schedule that includes Penn Yan and Ithaca (Section IV) does not seem to indicate a rebuilding team, when you consider there are also division games against Fairport, Pittsford and Penfield.
Coach: John Schembri (6th year as coach, 60-34).
Last year: 13-8, Section V Class A champion lost in state semfinals.
Top players: Sr. attack/midfield Mitch Standera; sr. midfield Brian Wall; sr. midfield Jake Sproule; jr. attack Max Spaan; sr. goalie Liam Guiton; jr. midfield Carter Jordan.
Outlook: We know the Patriots won’t get off to another rocky start like last season. Their stamp as a sectional title contender is made legitimate with a three-game win streak that began against state and Section III power West Genesee and included a two-goal victory at home versus Fairport. Orchard Park (Section VI) is next on the schedule on Friday. A few coaches would like to have Penfield’s midfielders. Junior Ethan Parks, junior Jack Taddeo, senior Jake O’Connor and Ryan Fulton are in the entire new unit of defensemen.
Coach: Jim Andre (2nd year).
Last year: 10-9, lost in Class B final.
Top players: Sr. midfield Luke Bartkoski; sr. midfield David Cardillo; jr. defense Brandon Kunick; soph. midfield T.D. Ierlan; soph. attack Ryan Maloney; sr. attack Eric Haney.
Outlook: If the Blue Devils are to at least match last season’s finish, it will likely be without junior midfielder Sam Byassee. A knee injury could keep Byassee, who has given a verbal commitment to Maryland, out most if not all season. There are still reliable players at midfield in Cardillo and Bartkoski, who scored 12 goals with nine assists last season. “We’re working hard trying to put some pieces together. The kids seem to be gaining confidence,” Andre said. A win March 29 over rival Canandaigua had to help.
Coach: Ed Mulheron (9th year, 145-30).
Last year: 13-7, Section V Class B champions, lost to Hamburg-VI in state quarterfinals.
Top players: Sr. defense Joe Eddinger; sr. attack Brian Feldman; sr. midfield Eric Munn; jr. attack Connor Hulme; soph. midfield Mitchell Schaefer.
Outlook: An 0-2 start probably is not what Canandaigua had in mind, but a reversal can be made. Canandaigua has a sectional title and runner-up finish the last two seasons. The losses to Victor and Churchville-Chili were by a total of three goals. Eddinger (Albany) is described as dynamic by Mulheron. He should lead a group of defensemen who are in new roles. Goals may be less of a concern in a lineup that includes Feldman (Quinnipiac), who scored a team-high 52 goals last season; Munn (Siena), the team’s points leader (63); third-year varsity member Hulme; and sectional final MVP Schaefer.
Coach: Mark Lovett (1st season).
Last year: 10-8, lost in Class B semifinals.
Top players: Sr. midfield Josh Merkel; soph. attack Dan Doktor; soph. goalie Max Eismann.
Outlook: The resignation of coach Craig Whipple and some assistants after four games may not doom the Eagles, but it turns the team’s season toward the unknown. Merkel, a 2013 Monroe County league all-star, will be among those expected to hold everything together among the players. There are sophomores, including the new starting goalie Eismann, and an eighth-grader who Whipple said were expected to play “a lot.”
Coach: Donny Moss (1st season at C-C).
Last year: 10-8, lost in Class B semifinals.
Top players: Sr. midfield Trevor Hodgins; Soph. attack Ryan Cosgrove; sr. Aaron Buck; sr. Jake Mortier; sr. F/O Mike Caternolo.
Outlook: The Saints are in position to take a step forward with just about the entire 2013 starting lineup back. Ohio State recruit Hodgins, Cosgrove, Buck and Mortier each scored at least 20 goals. The return of senior defensemen Justin Ferraracio and Brandon Lohman, along with senior goalie Michael Yehl, may be just as encouraging. The result of a night game at Webster Thomas may be interesting.
Coach: Dave Moore (3rd year, 28-15).
Last year: 11-6, lost in Class A quarterfinals.
Top players: Sr. attack Teddy Alvarado; jr. attack Shawn Kimble; sr. midfield Harald Juergens; sr. defense Brian Mangene; jr. goalie Jarod Kimble; jr. midfield Justin Goodrich.
Outlook: The upside for the Cadets is that they should be able to slow down attacks with five players back in that area for them. Does Kimble go from a second- to a first-team Monroe County league all-star in his third varsity season? One of the team’s challenges may be scoring, as Alvarado Goodrich and Shawn Kimble are the replacements for a group that produced almost 100 points. “We’re more balanced this year,” Moore said.
Coach: Jim DeWald.
Last year: 6-11, lost in Class A quarterfinals.
Top players: Jr. attack Collin Waden; sr. midfield Matt Hair; soph. midfield Jake Hughes; jr.attack Nick Lenhard; jr. attack Brad Schillinger; sr. midfield Jason Partridge; sr. defense Zachary Duris.
Outlook: Like Hilton, this is a Class A team that would like to replace one of the acknowledged powers in the title chase. The Royal Comets are 2-0. Their first Monroe County division game is April 24 versus Pittsford.
1. Penn Yan
Coach: Brian Hobart (10th year).
Last year: 20-3, Section V Class C champions lost in state semifinals.
Top players: Sr. attack/midfield Bradley Voigt; sr. goalie Brandon Maciejewski; sr. attack/midfield Rion Davison; sr. attack Andrew Perl; soph. midfield Austin Fingar; soph. attack/midfield Sean Emerson.
Outlook: Imagine what expectations are for the Mustangs, who you can just about refer to as perennial champions. 2013 AGR team members Voigt and Maciejewski are among the region’s best players. Voigt and Davison should make sure Penn Yan’s attack clicks and goals will not be a problem.
Coach: Grant Catalino (2nd year).
Last year: 12-5, lost in Class C semifinals.
Top players: Sr. attack Alex Bianchi; sr. defense Liam Smith; sr. attack Jonathan Olbrich; sr. goalie Alex Uhlein.
Outlook: The Little Irish have had a look at three Section V Class C teams so far, and the results were convincingly in their favor. Area coaches believe that Aquinas, despite losing good players to transfers, are the biggest threat to Penn Yan’s hold on the sectional trophy. Bianchi and his shooting ability are still around, as this is his fourth varsity season.
Coach: Joe Hill (7th season, 73-39).
Last year: 13-5, lost in Class C semifinals.
Top players: Sr. attack Ben Reeves; sr. midfield Stephen Morrell; sr. attack Jarett Duchesneau; sr. defense DJ Lanning; sr. goalie Tyler Hurlbutt.
Outlook: If any team is in a position to improve, it looks like Palmyra-Macedon. Reeves, who recently committed to Yale, is a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and the leader among seven starters back. Morrell and Duchesneau also were 2013 Finger Lakes league all-stars. It’s common for second-team league all-stars like Lanning, DeMeyers and Hurlbutt to improve and join the league’s best.
Coach: L.J. Russell (10th year, 130-49).
Last year: 17-2, lost in Class C final.
Top players: Sr. midfield Kyle Cosentino; sr. midfield Eddie Eddington; sr. midfield Hunter Seaward; sr. attack Fran Shaw.
Outlook: A season of doom is not necessarily in the forecast just because it would be an uphill drive for Geneva to match last year’s win total. There are holes to fill, as nine out of the 10 in the field are gone; a few were third- or fourth-year players. Russell believes that Cosentino and fourth-year varsity member Eddington are underrated. The Panthers scrimmaged Class A Webster Thomas and Class B Victor. “It showed our weaknesses, but we do have some potential,” Russell said.
Coach: Mike Pane (3rd year, 14-19).
Last year: 12-6, lost in Class C quarterfinals.
Top players: Soph. midfield Nick Rapp; fresh. defense Dylan Joy; sr. senior Zach Rink.
Outlook: So far, so good for a step up by the Panthers (3-1). The loss was to Class B Wayne. Games to watch for stronger indications of improvement are April 22 at Palmya-Macedon, the rematch at Gananda on May 5 and a yet to be scheduled home game versus Aquinas.
– James Johnson