Starting April 9, games will be played outdoors again. The CCC’s top boys lacrosse teams are braving the cold weather now and hope it will pay off in the end.
“It is cold, it is nasty, it’s a tough spring so far,” East Catholic coach Gleg Boggini said.
CCC lacrosse is broken up into two division, by boys enrollment. The East Division is made up of majority Class S and M schools in the conference and the West Division is the larger, Class L schools with the exception of Windsor.
East Catholic is the defending East Division champions and look to be right in the mix for another title in 2014. The Eagles have a strong team returning, including two all-conference selections from last year in Joe Voss and a potential all-state attacker in Patrick Hills. Tom Carlson will be leading the defense.
“We’re looking for good things, we have a lot of good players, good senior leadership, a good defense,” Boggini said.
The usual suspects are expected to be up near the top as well. Northwest Catholic, Farmington, Tolland and RHAM are consistently contenders in the CCC East.
Northwest Catholic looks to challenge for the top spot with it’s top six scorers returning including John Fox, Ryan Donahue, Cam Von Hollander and Mac Kearns.
“At the face-off position we should be strong with sophomore Conner Murphy, as well as Chris McLaughlin, giving us hopefully the best 1-2 punch at the face-off X,” Northwest Catholic coach Pete Vlahakis said.
David Kalamarides will be playing his first varsity season this year as the Indians goaltender.
As for the West Division, Glastonbury is the defending champions and are returning a solid core of upper-classman.
Ryan Babiak and Drew Babiak will lead the Tomahawks midfield and Joe Nuzzolo, Tom Reardon and Ryan Tryzinski anchor the defense.
Look for Conard, Simsbury, Southington and Hall to all be competitive in the West, who, according to Glastonbury coach Scott Hinchey will all be improved this year.
The season begins on April 9 with a full slate of games and will end June 14 at Brien McMahon High School with the state finals.
Players to watch:
- Kevin Cop – Southington
- Marc Ross – Hall
- Jared Anderson – Rocky Hill
- Aiden McDonnell – Northwest Catholic
- Bryan Esposito – Newington
- Chris McLaughlin – Northwest Catholic
- John Fox – Northwest Catholic
- Alex Jamele – Southington
- John Palermo – Conard
- John Oravetz – Newington
- Steve Hamel – Southington
- Tom Carlson – East Catholic
- Brian Mahon – Southington
- Timmy Fisher – Conard
- Alex Cramer – Rocky Hill