Experienced Youth Set to Shine for Warriors

Behind Hauk, freshmen Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) and James Ahrens (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) will give the team several options at the position.

Although hurt by the loss of USILA Scholar All-American Vic Marchetti '12, the Warrior defensive corps will return a pair of players that saw significant time in the backfield.

Vic's brother, sophomore Joe Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) will ensure that the team's defense will be anchored by a Marchetti brother for the fifth year in a row. As a rookie, Marchetti started all 15 games, picking up 18 groundballs and causing six turnovers. He also made big defensive plays, including picking up the groundball in overtime that led to the win against Elizabethtown.

Sophomore Thomas Hanson (Tuscon, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) will join Marchetti after appearing in 13 games and starting five as a freshman. Hanson was one of the most productive defensemen on the team, picking up 36 ground balls and adding four caused turnovers.

"Thomas, last year, kind of learned through trial by fire," Hodgson said. "This year, he has looked extremely strong and he is becoming a leader down at the defensive end along with Joe. Even though, we're young still on the defensive end, I think we've matured a lot."

A trio of freshmen will also be asked to step up to form the young group, as freshman Dan DeClerk (Victor, N.Y./Victor), Matthew Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) and Jamal Nelson (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) will all be given chances to shine.

The Warriors return junior Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart), who started every game in net for the team in 2012 and played 96 percent of the team's minutes in net, along with two other keepers that can challenge him for minutes this season.

Hauk developed throughout his first season as a starter for the Warriors, finishing with seven wins, 149 saves and a 10.38 goals-against average, all of which are in the top 10 in the school's single-season record book. At 6-2, Hauk provides a tall presence in net and he has quick reflexes, but he still has room to improve in net.

The team can also turn to a pair of other goalkeepers that have experience in Lycoming's defensive system in sophomore Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) and junior Sean Brown (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne).

Wylly appeared in two games for the Warriors during his rookie season, playing in 30 minutes and recording a 3.92 goals-against average. Brown played five minutes, making three saves during his sophomore season.

"We have a goalie that played every game last year and he was really pushed by Alex Wylly this offseason," Hodgson said, "so right now, that's up for grabs. Both played really well during the offseason, so that's something we are excited about."

With nine games against teams that finished 2012 with a winning record and two against squads ranked in the top 10 in the preseason poll, Lycoming College will once again face an incredibly challenging road as it seeks to reach the postseason for a record sixth straight year.

The Warriors begin and end their 2013 schedules with tough opponents, opening at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Feb. 20 against eighth-ranked Dickinson and closing on the road on April 27 against new conference foe, top-ranked Stevenson.

In between those two tough contests, the Warriors will face several perennial powers within the friendly confines of the Shangraw Athletic Complex, including SUNY Geneseo (Feb. 27), Ithaca (March 6) and Widener (April 13).

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