Experienced Youth Set to Shine for Warriors

Midfield
After struggling with depth in the midfield during the first two years of Hodgson's tenure, the team will have plenty of firepower in the middle this season despite losing three critical midfielders due to graduation.

In the offensive midfield spots, the Warriors have two of the best in the league in Romano and senior captain Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air).

The dynamic Romano finished tied for second in the Commonwealth Conference in goals scored in 2012, averaging 2.47 per game and he took third in points per game at 3.74 per game. One of the most aggressive offensive players in the league, Romano isn't afraid to fire away, as he took 11.3 shots per game as a junior.

He's also one of the team's most consistent defenders, scooping up 44 ground balls, the third most on the team and causing four turnovers.

Lurie, the team captain, has developed throughout his career with the Warriors, developing into a key component in the offensive midfield. He scored six goals and added seven assists in 2012, but also notched 10 ground balls.

"Tom is definitely going to be someone we look to," Hodgson said. "We are going to look to him to provide leadership."

Junior Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) also provides solid experience in the midfield, as the three-year letterwinner appeared in 14 games in 2012, scoring three goals and adding three assists.

"I think Jason is going to have a breakout year," Hodgson said. "He has really worked hard and I think he has a real bright future."

Five others also return that can help in the offensive midfield, including junior Ben Adrian (Dallas, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) and sophomores Christian Jacobs (Gwynn Oak, Md./Baltimore Lutheran), John Scarponi (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and Steve Troup (Pittsford, Pa./Pittsford Mendon).

Troup appeared in 12 games as a rookie, scoring a goal and adding an assist, while Adrian saw time in 13 games and picked up seven ground balls. Scarponi, Williams and Jacobs each also saw time and are looking to add playing time this season.

Junior Stephen Campaniollo (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili), a transfer from Finger Lakes Community College and three freshmen Chris McNally (Summit, N.J./Summit), Jake Wanamaker (Waldwick, N.J./Waldwick) and Lee Pappas (New Windsor, Md./Glenelg Country School) will also have a chance to make an impact in the midfield.

In the defensive midfield and at the faceoff circle, the Warriors will look for senior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) to have a breakthrough season after serving as a backup at the positions for each of the last three years. A player with a motor that never shuts off, Doherty posted two goals and an assist as a junior while also scooping up 41 groundballs and causing six turnovers. At the 'x', he won 20 of 32 faceoffs for a healthy .625 percentage.

"Matt is going to be important winning faceoffs and getting groundballs," Hodgson said. "With Matt in there at defensive middie, he is someone who can play and 'D' up almost anybody."

Sophomores Kieran McLaughlin (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) and Trevor Williams (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Catholic) and sophomore newcomer Luke McGreevy (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) will also see time in the defensive midfield, playing an important role in the transition game for the Warriors.

The longstick midfield slot has an added level of depth, as sophomore Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) returns after starting 13 games in 2012 and scooping up 46 ground balls, the second-most on the team. He also caused a team-high 19 turnovers and added an assist.

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2013-02-20



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