Local Division II men's lacrosse teams to watch
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.
Outlook: Pioneers look to be in the mix for a post-season run.
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.
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.
Outlook: Expect to vie for an NCAA Tournament berth.
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).
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.