Chestnut Hill Men's Lacrosse Inaugural Season Preview

Face off responsibilities will fall on the 5'10" 250-pound frame of Ricky Norman (Stafford, Va.)

"Ricky is a beast. He's won every face off tournament or competition he's ever entered and he continues to work at his craft. He's built like a power lifter, but I think teams will be surprised by his quickness."

The midfield is rounded out by some of the fastest players on the team. Bart Pierre (Maplewood, N.J.), Eric Janda (Fredericksburg, Va.), Ean Little (Wayne, N.J.), and Pat Murray (Havertown, Pa.) have the ability to blow by their defender at any time. Carrington expects these four to be reliable dodgers for the Griffins this spring.

Defense is the most experienced unit on the Griffin squad. The defense is led by sophomore Zack Hiller (Dunkirk, Md.) and freshmen Tom Carfagna (Laury Station, Pa.) and Jon Curtis (Harleysville, Pa.).

"Zack has been a leader for us since day one. He played last season at Anne Arundel Community College, and that year of high level collegiate experience has been invaluable to our defense's development," states Carrington. "Tom Carfagna might be our most gifted defender. He has the ability to strip his attack man, get the ground ball, and take it the length of the field for a goal. Jon Curtis has established himself as our vocal leader. He's all heart and can play defense at close or the midfield."

Freshman Joe Rucinsky (Camp Hill, Pa.) and junior Chris Green (Auburn, N.Y.) are expected to log significant minutes for the defense as well.

"Joe is the smartest defender on our team. He does all the little things correctly and with enthusiasm," said Carrington. "Chris is the anchor of our team on and off the field. He's the oldest member of our young squad and everyone looks to him for leadership."

Freshmen, D.J. Lynch (Mullica Hill, N.J.), Zach Wilkins (Marlton, N.J.), and Joshua Rogers (Philadelphia, Pa.) will assume long stick duties this spring. Carrington calls Lynch a ground ball magnet and intense competitor. Wilkins has the ability to pressure his opponents all over the field, and Rogers has the athleticism to be one of the best defenders in the league.

Freshmen Bill Brush (Rushland, Pa.), Alex Kurbjun (Wayne, Pa.), and Danny Garavito (Miami, Fla.) complete the defensive unit. Carrington expects all three players to push for playing time. Brush is one of the hardest workers on the team. Kurbjun has made major strides in the off season, and Garavito has established himself as an attack man's worst nightmare.

The goalie battle was back and forth all fall, and the Griffins are still without a clear-cut starter for the spring season.

"Andrew D'Addona (Norristown, Pa.) is our most fundamental goalie. He's a solid leader and makes all the saves he's expected to make," Carrington commented. "Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) might be the exact opposite of Andrew, but he's equally effective. Dakota is a strong vocal leader who finds a way to make big saves despite being a little unconventional between the pipes."

Speculation and anticipation turn to culmination when the Griffins debut on February 27th against the Knights of Neumann University.

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