The expectations were not especially high until Adam Marvin began to pour in goal after goal after goal.
Before the opening weekend of the hockey season was over, Clarkstown was again considered a contender. The comfort level with linemates Dean Baumann and Luke Myers was apparent from the start and they made this team dangerous.
Opposing teams knew the senior forward was a standout on the ice, but did anyone see this coming?
“I’m going to say no,” Clarkstown head coach Rich Willows said. “We knew Adam could find the back of the net. We did not know he would find the back of the net as often as he did.”
Marvin finished with 34 goals and 22 assists this season.
He was a big part of the program’s first win over Suffern and first league title since North and South merged. Except for an upset loss to North Rockland in the Section 1 tournament, it was a memorable run.
Marvin is this year’s Journal News hockey player of the year in Rockland County because of his ability to produce time and time again.
“I was a little surprised,” he said of the final totals. “I put a lot of work into this season, though. I was playing a lot of hockey in the offseason and that helps. I just kept working out and got a lot stronger and faster. The first weekend, I knew this was going to be a good year. Our line was rolling and even in practice before we started we played well.”
Marvin, Baumann and Myers are linemates in travel, as well, and won a Tier III state title with the Palisades Predators.
“It helps us a lot with chemistry,” he said. “We’ve been on the same line the last four years in high school. We played together on a lot of teams even before that. Dean is the playmaker and grinder of the line. Me and Luke score goals.”
They were on the ice shift after shift after shift in the biggest games and rarely showed any signs of fatigue.
“It was unbelievable how much they played and never got tired,” Willows said.
Marvin was especially dangerous in close games.
“Adam would sort of sit back and pick and choose his moments,” Willows said. “He got more intense when we were down. He does like to score, but Adam is truly a team player and was huge in terms of what he did for us in the locker room and getting everybody organized in the offseason.”
Opponents had to be very careful with Marvin.
“He’s got a second and third gear,” Pelham coach Ed Witz said. “He’s probably one of the more dangerous scorers we faced. He’s got that arsenal and can score in so many different ways.”
The extra speed, agility and stamina developed in the offseason played a role in the increased scoring. Marvin had 18 goals and 16 assists last season. The increased minutes also were a factor.
There were intangibles factoring in, as well.
“I think it was a matter of showing just how much I wanted it,” said Marvin, who attends Clarkstown North. “I always found a way to score and never gave up on a play. I don’t really like to lose.”
2016 Journal News Hockey All-Stars
F – Adam Marvin, Clarkstown, Sr.
F – Luke Myers, Clarkstown, Sr.
F – Tim Patwell, Suffern, Sr.
D – Troy Daniels, Suffern, Jr.
D – Ryan Bohlander, North Rockland, Sr.
G – Sean Gordon, Suffern, Sr.
Coach – Rich Willows, Clarkstown
F – Mike Ruthberg, Suffern, Sr.
F – Thomas Murphy, Pearl River, Sr.
F – James Morina, North Rockland, Jr.
D – Dave Rozitis, Suffern, Jr.
D – Michael Diskin, Clarkstown, Jr.
G – Kenny Hoppe, North Rockland, Jr.
Dean Baumann, Clarkstown, Jr., F; Evan Cama, Suffern, Jr., F; Tim Cavanagh, Clarkstown, So., G; Alex Graff, Nyack/Tappan Zee, So.; F; C.J. Greco, Suffern, Sr., F; Chris Hilliard, North Rockland, So., F; Anthony Margiotta, Clarkstown, Sr., F; Dolan Ocasal, Pearl River, F, Sr.; Reed Stark, Suffern, Sr., F.