Local Division II men's lacrosse teams to watch

The Dowling College Golden Lions Men's Lacrosse Team The Dowling College Golden Lions Men's Lacrosse Team celebrate their 11-10 victory over Limestone College after winning the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse National Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (May 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Robert E. Klein

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Last year: 6-6

Coach: John Jez (seventh season, 73-17)

Players to watch: A: Senior Justin Patterson (13 g, 25 a), Connor Drost (3,9) Octovio Bernabo (6,5), D: J.D. Skura (25 gb, 6 ct), Ryan Carroll (7CT). G: Tim Bradley (6.72 GAA)

Newcomers: A: Anthony DeLuca, Ryan Slane, Matty Beccaris. MF: Anthony Berardis

Key stat: Two losses were decided by one goal, four were decided by three or less. Outscored opponents 105-90.

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Outlook: Pioneers look to be in the mix for a post-season run.

 

Dowling

Last year: 13-2 (NCAA champion)

Coach: Tim Boyle (13th season, 114-51)

Players to watch: A: Michael Brennan (27 g, 5 assists). M: Louis Riley (137 gb, .649 faceoff pct.) Kevin McElhone (11 g, 2 a). Derek Muzio (46 gb, 20 ct), Billy Richardson (16 g, 19 a) Tom Cleary (21 g, 14 gb)

Newcomers: M: Brian White, Anthony Vaccaro, James Tucci, Michael Silva, Matt Crough, Pete Schneider

Key stat: Won program-best 13 games.

Outlook: With the loss of 13 seniors from the 2012 NCAA National Championship team, the Golden Lions will look to replace the contributions of those players on both ends of the field.

Molloy College

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Last year: 7-9

Coach: Eric Petrullo (Fourth season 17-28)

Players to watch: A: Kenny Lutz (42, 3), Tom Engelhardt (16,24). M: Anthony Marino (16, 12) Sal Geneva (10,9), Kevin Catalano (5, 8); G John Grebe (4-3, 9.09 GAA)

Newcomers: A: Vinny Calandra, Joe Leonard. M: Peter Clark, Austin Valentine, Tom Geneva, Eric Martin (transfer, Marymount). D: Dan Grebe, P.J. Castrovinci, Jon Biscardi, Terence Pfeifer (NYIT), James Lang (St. John’s)

Key stat: Had seven players reach double digits in goals scored last year.

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Outlook: Expect to vie for an NCAA Tournament berth.

 

Adelphi University

Last year: 13-3

Coach: Gordon Purdie (Sixth season, 49-24)

Players to watch: Joe Celano (26, 5), Michael Rossi (13, 24), Kevin Kennedy (12, 6), Greg Puskuldjian (79 gb). G Eric Janssen (6.08)

Newcomers: M/A: Anthony Rainone, Nathan Serviss, Corey Stavis Stephen Beckwith, Kyle Cropsey , Robert Rossi, Luke Spitzer, Salvatore Tuttle, Patrick Starke. D: Bryan Moritt, Joe Giardina, Nick Doran, Michael Savino

Key stat: Adelphi was second in the nation man up offense (.439) and ground balls per game (37.56), third in scoring offense (12.75) and scoring margin (6.69) and fourth in scoring defense (6.06 g/g) and points per game (20.19).

 

NYIT

Last year: 13-3. 8-2 EC

Coach: Bill Dunn (Fourth season, 31-11)

Players to Watch: A: Luke Miller (18, 27), Cory Triola (21, 3). M: Ryan Brunet (14, 5), Danny McDermott (29 gb)

Newcomers: A: Shawn Murphy. M: Eric Talbot, Tom Hughes. G: Pat Fleming

Outlook: Goal is to finish in the top 4, which will place team in the NCAA Tournament.

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