lohudlacrosse preview: Archbishop Stepinac

Posted by Michael ODonnell on Mar 18 2016 at 06:02AM PDT

Archbishop Stepinac High School Crusaders

League: NY CHSAA

Head Coach: James Goldmann (fifth year)

Assistants: Patrick Henderson, Michael Ahearn, Connor Hunt

Last season: 6-13

Returning starters: 6

Marquee players: Gianni Ciffone, Sr., A; Nick Dadario, Sr., MF; Jordan Gunther, Sr., A; Patrick Magliocchino, Jr., A; Macklin Moyna,Sr., D; Will Jordan, Jr., D; Ryan Sharkey, So., LSM.

On the verge: Kevin Gray, Fr., MF; Michael Ciffone, Fr., D; Kevin Rafferty, So., MF; Tyler Rispoli, So., G.

Playing at the next level: Ciffone (Cortland).

Rivals: Iona Prep, Fordham Prep, White Plains.

Strong point: We return our entire starting attack, so we are confident in the chemistry they have built up. Offensively we seem to be in a much better rhythm than last year.

Biggest concern: We have an ongoing competition for the starting goalie job and are are looking to shore that position up after the departure of CHSAA AA Goalie of the Year Robbie O’Toole’s departure. Pole depth is also an issue we are working through.

Coach speak: “We will have a roster of 37 this season, so the competition at practice has been encouraging thus far,” Goldmann said. “We will rely heavily on the relationships our offensive players have built up from last year, and we will also be looking for contributions from some JV call ups and freshmen. The schedule will be a grind, and we have two defensemen returning off injury. If we stay healthy at the defensive positions we should have a very productive year.”


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