Re: 2010 EMASS High School Soccer
posted at 8/31/2010 2:48 PM EDT
I did find this gem of an article, which should provide for some useful info:
1. Hingham – The defending Patriot League Keenan champs, the Harbormen reached the Division 2 South Sectional quarterfinals a year ago, but that might not be so easy this fall. The team lost its two top players – All-Americans Brett Canepa (UMass Amherst) and Terence Morrissey (Bryant) – as well as all-star keeper Andrew Blomberg, and that leaves three huge holes to fill. But, Hingham returns Patriot League all-stars Brian Blanchard, Jake Awtry, Ryan King, and Daniel Stoddard.
2. Marshfield – The Rams are a tough team to dissect. They lost Atlantic Coast League all-stars Wade Jastremski and Jeff Kilday, two vital components to last year’s team. They also lost nearly a dozen other seniors, including starting keeper Brandt Greene. But the Rams do return Atlantic Coast League all-star Andrew Sheridan, who’s good for a solid 80 minutes each game. Sheridan is one of three captains for Head Coach Scott Sorensen this fall. The other two – Jan Sjonquist and Matt Wencis – were instrumental in Marshfield’s late-season run to make the 2009 tourney. And keep an eye out for sophomore Evan Jastremski, who’s good on the ball and has the ability to take control of open space. This team has the talent to challenge for a league title, it’s just a matter of how quickly that talent comes together on the field.
3. Duxbury – A loss to eventual Division 2 Eastern Mass. semifinalists Sandwich in the South Sectional quarterfinals. The Dragons lost only one regular season game, and it came to Hingham, in a game that decided the Patriot League title. This team lost a lot of quality starters, including Dan Sangster, who is now at the University of Hartford, as well as Tom Drummy (Babson) and Pat Charland (Stonehill), and starting keeper Max Cote and backup Tom Kazanowski, 19 seniors in all. This is a program that has notoriously churned out new talent each year and could do so again in 2010, but this is the youngest team Duxbury has had in years. It’s not going to be easy.
4. Hanover – The Indians made a decent run in the Division 3 South Sectional tournament before losing in the semifinals to No. 3 Westport on PKs. Without 2009 senior co-captain and midfielder Jon Spitz, the key will be neutralizing the middle. Defensively is also where the Indians need help. Keeper Jimmy Oliver and last year’s senior co-captain and defender Andrew Bishop are gone, leaving guys like Dylan Griffin, who had a stellar freshman season, to step up quickly to fill the void.
5. Rockland – No one expected the Bulldogs to reach the postseason after some regular season struggles. But not only did the Dogs qualify for the tournament, they won two games, including a first-round upset of Harwich. Keeper Kevin Strobler had a phenomenal freshman season in 2009, and he’s the backbone of that Bulldogs backline. But can the Dogs replace the scoring power of forward Bruno daSilva?
6. Norwell – The Clippers lost their scoring touch with the graduation of three South Shore League all-stars - Curtis Webb, Phil Johnson, and Pat Collins. But forward Brad Prouty was also part of that attack last year, and he returns this fall. Keeper Tom Koch is also back on the pitch, one year after recording nearly 10 shutouts a year ago. The team went 10-4-4 last year, a season in which it moved up to Division 2.