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  2014 Boys' Season Preview    

  By Aaron Brown

  February 2014

 

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THE UNDERDOGS: BOYS

 

There are several teams that have good reason to be optimistic in 2014. Some have gone through the rebuilding process, some are going through it now, and others are finally putting things together to make a run at their best season in team history. Let's take a closer look at the teams that could be considered 'The Underdogs' this season:

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41. HERSEY


The Huskies return the nucleus of last year's MSL East-winning squad; Jack Carroll, Connor Reynolds and George Vladimirov set out to repeat as division champs and should have no problem helping the team improve on last season's 13-16 finish.


Head Coach: Dick Mortensen

Key Players: Michael Buffa, Jack Carroll, Connor Reynolds, George Vladimirov

Goalkeeper: TBA

Final 2013 Ranking: 45th


42. BARRINGTON


Shine the spotlight on Barrington this season, as they have plenty of firepower returning and a brand new coaching staff that could make things difficult for MSL West opponents. Chase Lesniak and Sam Miseyka lead a group of players who worked their way through a 10-win season in 2013 and might be better than expected this time around.


Head Coach: Rob Emary

Key Players: Nick Cogswell, Charlie Hoffman, Chase Lesniak, Marshall Mathias, Sam Miseyka

Players to Watch: Tommy Derkin, Mitch Gavars

Goalkeeper: Andrew Fischer/Theo Papadimitriou

Final 2013 Ranking: 47th


43. HOFFMAN

The Hawks will look to quickly rebuild after last year's senior-laden group nearly upset Conant in the sectional final round. Alex Garibay, Jacob Pasaye and company have their work cut out for them, but they could develop into a dangerous Mid-Suburban League team by season's end under new head coach Joe Arce.

Head Coach: Joe Arce

Key Players: Michael Darfler, Zach Enriquez, Alex Garibay, Yi Hou Mei, Jacob Pasaye, Kevin Phee

Goalkeeper: Joe Smiley

Final 2013 Ranking: 18th


44. WHITNEY YOUNG


The Dolphins return the majority of their starting lineup but will need to make up for the loss of star Seth Hughes to graduation
; expect a more balanced approach in 2014, with Tony Romo and Dan Shumaker leading the offense and Matt Gonzalez protecting the backline for Andy Parro's bunch.


Head Coach: Andy Parro

Key Players: Benjamin Liu, Duncan McDonald, Hector Mendez, Juan Reyes, Tony Romo, Dan Shumaker

Goalkeeper: Matt Gonzalez

Final 2013 Ranking: 40th


45. PROSPECT


Prospect was in contention for the MSL East title last season and should be back in the mix with seniors Nathanael Ginnodo and Cam Mauer teaming up with junior Michael Morikado to make the Knights a tough team to beat.


Head Coach: Dan Gentry

Key Players: Nathanael Ginnodo, Carter Mau, Cam Mauer, Michael Morikado

Goalkeeper: TBA

Final 2013 Ranking: 44th


46. WHEELING


The Wildcats worked their way through the rebuilding process in 2013 and should reap the benefits in 2014; Nate Reiff and Mike Godley lead a solid group of returning starters that will be supported by experienced goalkeeper Noah Ihde on the defensive end.


Head Coach: John Means

Key Players: Mike Godley, Landon Lockwood, Dave Modlin, Jake Noel, Kyle Noel, Nate Reiff

Goalkeeper: Noah Ihde

Final 2013 Ranking: 55th


47. RIVERSIDE-BROOKFIELD


R-B could be in line for their first double-digit win season in their short history as they return the key elements of last year's squad, including playmakers Tim Somers and Paul Sitkiewicz plus goaltender Simon Kritikos.


Head Coach: Peter Murphy

Key Players: Drew Boxell, Andrew Brown, Anthony Colon, Dan Magee, Paul Sitkiewicz, Tim Somers

Goalkeeper: Simon Kritikos

Final 2013 Ranking: 56th


48. LANE


The Indians lost several important contributors from last season's 13-win performance but have the potential to better that mark if Max Boetcher, Alex Carreon and Roberto Millan-Ayala can continue to improve. Head coach Geoffrey Schott could also look to Andrew Fogelis and Peter Proctor as Lane hopes to make another deep postseason run after lasting until the sectional semifinal round in 2013.


Head Coach: Geoffrey Schott

Key Players: Max Boetcher, Alex Carreon, Andrew Fogelis, Peter Proctor, Roberto Millan-Ayana

Goalkeeper: TBA

Final 2013 Ranking: 58th


49. MCHENRY

The Warriors return several key players who will be hungry to improve on last season's 7-22 record. Look for Rebecca Dabrowski, Myles Lucas and Matt Peck to lead the way on the offensive end for McHenry; head coach Craig Fowles will hope for increased production from Kevin Braun and Garrett Floden as well. Gino Barry saw limited action in goal last season but will be counted on to take over the netminding duties from Wyatt Schroeder.


Head Coach: Craig Fowles

Key Players: Rebecca Dabrowski, Kevin Braun, Garrett Floden, Myles Lucas, Matt Peck

Goalkeeper: Gino Barry

Final 2013 Ranking: 54th


50. LATIN

Latin will hope to build around playmakers Max Falb and Steven Grotewold while relying heavily on goalie Gerald Porter; they have the potential to be a Top 25 team if they can find some depth as they navigate through the 2014 season.

Head Coach: Noah Himmel

Key Players: Max Falb, Steven Grotewold, Sam Orlin, Jacob Pharoah

Goalkeeper: Gerald Porter

Final 2013 Ranking: 60th


 

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