BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Bishop Eustace graduated a terrific senior class that included South Jersey Midfielder of the Y ear A.J. Pietrangelo and leading scorer Matt Pattison. But there are several key veterans returning, such as senior forward Mason Domico, who had 11 goals and three assists last year. Senior forward Joseph Ayoub and junior midfielder Drew Ruehlicke each netted three goals and will also contribute to the offense, and senior Joseph Makar is another top returner in the midfield. The defense is solid with juniors Ni ck Senior and Alex Pietrangelo, and both can put the ball in the net as well. Senior Michael Hulihan will look to take over as the starting goalie and junior forward Andrew Borrelli is another returner to keep an eye on.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders’ 16-4-2 record included a 10-1-1 m ark in the Olympic Conference National Division on their way to the division championship. They also reached the sectional final before falling to Christian Brothers Academy. They hope to be a contender in the division again and make another playoff run.
CAMDEN CATHOLI C FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Camden Catholic welcomes back several youngsters who gained varsity experience last year and are excited to show what they learned. That includes four sophomores who saw time as rookies: forward Lucas Dunn, midfielders Shane Serio and Khalis McDoug ald and back Joseph Giegerich. Junior Patrick Galloway is another key returner who split time in goal and could be ready to assume the j ob fulltime. Junior Liam Barnett contributes in the midfield, junior Mike Volpe is a veteran defender and Andrew Godley is another junio r looking to make an impact.
OUTLOOK: Last year was a rebuilding one for the Irish, but the hard work they are putting in during the offseason should translate to a few more wins
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherokee has a solid senior class that includes three returning starters. Midfielder Jonah Gill, who was second on the team with five goals last season, leads that group. Midfielder Mac Castellano (three assists) and back Corey Haines (three goals) are other key returners. Senior leader ship also comes from midfielders Colton Christie and Aidan Daniels and backs Mike Andes and Mike Klemm. Junior Joseph Carroll should play a role in the midfield and junior goalie Ethan Dannersberg will look to become the starter in net. Other juniors expected to contribute are midfielder Natty Lapinski and back Max Wieliczko.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs went 6-10-3 in 2017—the first time in ages they did not reach double digits in wins—and dropped a close game to Shawnee in the first round of the playoffs. Don’t be surprised if they get back to a winning record this fall.
CHERRY HI LL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A large portion of the starting lineup is back for Cherry Hill East, including al l-conference goalie Nick Feldman, who made 108 saves and kept the Cougars competitive in most of their games. Junior midfielder Eddie G rant is a key piece of the attack who led the team with four goals and added two assists. Senior captain Mark Basehore leads the Cougars on and off the field and plays all over the pitch. Seniors Jacob Fowler, Harry Hampton, Remus Creanga, Jacob Lee and Andrew Bui will also con tribute to the overall chemistry and success of the team. Newcomers to look out for are junior Josh Thomas and sophomore brothers Luke an d Andrew Luehrs.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars’ 3-13-2 record in 2017 featured six losses by one goal. Their defense should keep them in games ag ain this year, and if they can develop some scoring they could contend for a winning record.
CHERRY HI LL WEST LIONS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Cherry Hill West graduated a strong senior class— including a pair of double-digit goal scorers— but the Lions remain confident in their returning group. Senior Zach Bruno had two goals and six assists and made the all-conference first team as a junior. He will be a top playmaker whether he lines up at forward or midfielder. Senior center midfielder Justin Coolahan will also be a key player offensively along with outside midfielders Joey Baldarrago, a senior, and Griffen Martello, a junior. Senior forward Jovanny Trinidad and junior midfielder Christos Malliaros will also be counted on for scoring. Senior center back Joey Mardino is the team’s best defender and leads a unit that also includes seniors Oskar Jablonski, Sean Tyler and Charlie Williams. Several players are in contention to take over as the starting keeper.
OUTLOOK: The Lions seem to earn at least 10 wins every season, and last year was no different as they went 10-8-1 and competed in t he South Jersey Group III playoffs. They hope to at least reach that number this season behind a balanced attack and veteran defense.
CLEARVI EW PIONEERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Five starters are back for Clearview, including senior midfielder Jack McEvoy, who had six goals and made the all-conference second team. Junior forward Jack Accorsi also returns after leading the team with seven goals. Other returning starters are junior midfielder Kevin Donahue, junior back Anthony Careless and senior back Mike Rizzo. Other senior leaders are forwards Logan Spinney and Bryce Ciccarelli, midfielder Cameron Karpinski, defender Dylan Beer and goalie Eric Weiss, who hopes to become the starter in net. Junior forward Vincent Fedoryka and junior midfielder Pearse Costello will also look to contribute.
OUTLOOK: Despite finishing with a rare losing record at 7-9-3, the Pioneers were competitive in most of their games last year and suffered six one-goal losses. Don’t be surprised to see them get back on the winning track this fall.
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Three allconference first-team players return to lead East ern, including senior forward Phil Varner, who reached double digits in goals as a junior. Senior Terrell Collins is a playmaker in the mi dfield and senior Tanner Koch anchors the back line. Senior midfielder Gabe Francesconi is another key returner who provides scoring. Sen ior forwards Antonio DiColandrea and Luis Ochoa and senior midfielder Michael Padula also contribute offensively, and other experienced de fenders are seniors Bayur Buruschkin, Anthony Cutrera and Geoffrey Brandt. Junior Connor Blasberg saw varsity time in goal last year and ho pes to become the starter.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings went 11-6-3—their fourth straight season with at least 11 wins—and qualified for the Coaches Tournament and South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Another successful season appears likely with a strong senior class.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The entire starting lineup is back for Gloucester Catholic, including midfielder Joe Grace, defender Chayse Rand a nd goalie Jimmy Bartolotto, all seniors who served as captains in 2017. Brothers Joe and Matt Tesi are other key senors who contribute offensively. Junior Alex Heard is another returning goalie, and other juniors who gained valuable experience as sophomores are Bobby Kuli nski, Ethan Guldin, Connor Milliken, Jack Stewart and Alex Polidoro. Sophomore Ian Negron earned a starting position as a rookie and will l ook to build on his promising first season.
OUTLOOK: Last year was a rebuilding one for the Rams, who finished with a 3-12-1 record. Don’t be surprised if they make big strides this fall with most of the roster back in the fold.
HADDONFI ELD BULLDAWGS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Haddonfield graduated an outstanding senior class, including all-time leading scorer Jack Dugan and fellow Division I player Sam DeCencio, so new leaders will have to emerge. One of the key returners is senior forward Steve DiTomaso, a proven finisher who had 15 goals and five as sists last year. DiTomaso also had 13 goals as a sophomore and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to being the No. 1 scoring op tion. Junior Tommy Mollis is another top returner who had five goals and four assists playing mostly at outside midfielder. He will most l ikely be moving into DeCencio’s spot at center mid, where his skill and creativity should lead to a big season. Senior midfielder Luke Baxter (nine goals) and junior forward Geno Mariano (five goals) are other important pieces of the offense. Senior Riley Powers also has experience in the midfield and the defense is led by senior Mike Gallo and junior Cole Roddy. There are four or five candidates to take over as the starting goalie and an open competition for the job will be held during camp.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldawgs went 21-3-1 with their third straight Colonial Conference Liberty Division title last year. They also made the sectional final and the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. Despite the losses to graduation, the program expects to compete at a high level again.
KI NGSWAY DRAGONS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Kingsway suffered major losses to graduation, including top scorers Austin Ogren and Zach Garcia and standout goalies Brady Hochman an d Noah Turner. Five starters are back led by senior defender Michael Natale, who had nine assists and made the all-conference second team . Seniors Ryan Ayars and Alec Emmi also return on defense and seniors Brandon DeLuca and Matt Toner are key players in the midfield. Senior J onathan Senkier had three goals and two assists and other senior contributors are Michael Boyle, Mike Trainor and Ronan Harkins.
OUTLOOK: Th e Dragons’ memorable 2017 season featured a 12-5-2 final record, the Tri-County Conference Royal Division title and appearances in the playoffs and South Jersey Coaches Tournament. They expect to remain competitive with a solid core in place.
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Although Lenape graduated three all-conference firstteamers, there are several important pieces to build around. Senior Gianfranco Alti eri is back to anchor the defense from his center back position, and junior Jack Blumberg is a three-year starter on D. Senior striker Yia nni Paxnos started up front as a junior and registered five goals and two assists. Junior Danny Mulvihil and senior Tyler Huynh are veterans in the midfield and junior Aidan Cashin will be counted on to spark the offense. Senior Kyle Sherman hopes to earn the starting goalie job and other returners looking to make an impact are seniors Aidan O’Brien, Brian Ocasio and Jason Mizia, junior Kevin Schurr and sophomore S hom Dhar.
OUTLOOK: The Indians went 4-1-2 down the stretch last year to finish with a 9-9-2 record, and the only loss in that span was a 1 -0 playoff defeat to eventual sectional champion Washington Township. They hope to build on the foundation and stay competitive this fa ll.
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Moorestown graduated leading scorer Jack Broker and two other all-conference players but is happy to welcome back senior forward Vinnie Capporola. He scored five goals last year and will look to spark the offense this fall. Seniors Brendan McGettigan and Tanner Hall and juniors Dov McGuire-Berk, Alex Lopacinski and Joseph Delconte are other returners who will contribute up front and in the midfield. Junior Kevin Muhic has experience in net and will look to become the starting goalie.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers went 11-6-4 last year and reached the sectional semifinals before falling in pen alty kicks. They should remain competitive with a young squad if they can develop some depth around their returning nucleus.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Moorestown Friends is excited about the return of senior Ollie Frank, who anchored an outstanding defense last year and made the all-league first team and all-South Jersey second team. He will again be the leader of the back line and will help sup port sophomore Michael Paznokas, who looks to move into the starting goalie position. The offense is paced by three sophomores who made a n impact as freshmen. Forward Matt D’Ottavi led the team with 11 goals—including the game-winner in the sectional final—while midfielders Astin Galanis (seven goals, 10 assists) and Evan Schlotterbeck (six goals, four assists) both received honorable mention recognition in t he Friends Schools League. Other playmakers are senior midfielder Brian Cronk, who was second on the squad with eight assists, along wi th senior midfielder Hunter Arce and junior forward John Bernard. Junior Cory Dennis and sophomore Tyler Patton will also contribute in the midfield.
OUTLOOK: The Foxes’ 13-5-4 season featured the sectional championship and a 2-0 loss to Morris Catholic in the state final. Th ey look like contenders again if the defense pans out to support a talented offense.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYER S TO WATCH: With leading scorer B ryce Bovell lost to graduation, Paul VI will rely on seniors Dylan Coco and Dominic Nigro to pick up the slack offensively. The Eagles are fortunate to have a solid goalie in senior Josh Rivkind, a starter since his sophomore season. Other senior leaders are Shane Clancey, Za chary Fiorani, Michael Leshko, Ryan McShane, Ciaran Plunkett, Rory Rivkind and Michael Vaccaro.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles gleaned some valuable lessons from last year’s rebuilding season and it would not be surprising to see them add to their win total this fall.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Seneca graduated several key pieces, including all-time leading goal scorer Zach Malcolm, starting midfielder Sean Barnard and Chris Macauley, the anchor of the defense. The good news is that three players who scored at least seven goals last year are back for the Golden Eagles, including all-conference first-teamer John Meale, a senior forward who ha d seven goals and six assists. Senior forward Eric Pierre also found the net seven times and junior forward Luke Leach had a breakout year as a sophomore, tying for the team lead with nine goals. The midfield is also strong with seniors Justin Patton, Owen Lovett, Mitch Tippi n and Zachary Brida and junior Sam McHugh. Senior Drew Gallagher leads the defense in front of senior Jonah Mikulski, the starting goalie. O ther senior contributors are forward Thomas Fox and defender Stephen Oliva. Sophomore midfielder Shane Lovett will also vie for playing time.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles went 12-6-1—their most wins in a season since 2011—and dropped a close game to Lacey in the first round o f the playoffs. With a lot of talent returning, expectations are high for this fall.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior midfielder Brian Lorenz had five goals and four assists to make the all-conference first team last year and leads the returners for Shawnee. Junior Aidan Lewis also netted five goals and other playmakers in the midfield are senior Ben Dellmyer and junior Aidan Giquinto. Senior James Murray is a key piece of the back line and senior Dillon Ferrari also hopes to contribute on defense. Several varsity newcomers will be counted on to fill out th e lineup.
OUTLOOK: After compiling a 13-4-3 record, claiming the Olympic Conference American Division title and reaching the sectional semifinals last year, the Renegades were hit hard by graduation. But there is still a solid core in place and they can expect to remain competitive.
WASHI NGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMEN
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Seniors Chad Yates, Brett Guetens, Jake Logar and Arturo Serano, who all made the all-conference first team as juniors, form a terrific core for Washington Township. They also play club soccer together and are close friends off the field, and would love nothing more than to win a state title together in their final season. Yates moved from midfield to forward early last season and exploded for 19 goals and four assists on his way to all-South Jersey first-team recognition. Guetens is another force up front who had 10 goals and a team-high eight assists. Serano (nine goals, three assists) and Logar (six goal s, three assists) are both strong two-way players in the midfield. The Minutemen graduated th eir entire starting defense but do bring back senior goalie Mike Pagano. Seniors Mike Mulvihill and Sean Zemlack are experienced players in the back. Junior Alex Desiderio and senior Ryan Jobes are returning forwards and oth er players looking to make an impact are junior Ryan Cleary and sophomore JR Cima.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemen went 21-3-1 with their fourth straight sectional championship and third Coaches Tournament title in five years during another memorable campaign in 2017. There’s no reason they can’t be among South Jersey’s top teams this season if their defense develops to support their playmakers.
BI SHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Bishop Eustace has a lot to be excited about with several talented players returning from last year’s state championship team. That includes senior forward Sara Beidleman, who led the team with 18 goals and 10 assists to earn all-conf erence first-team and all-South Jersey third-team recognition. Other key seniors are midfielders Brittany Pickering and Sammie Sorensen— an all-conference second-teamer—along with forwards Olivia Hansen and Kat Soanes. Sophomores who had an impact as freshmen are forward S ophia Verrechia (eight goals), midfielder Erin Sullenberger (four assists) and midfielder Michaela Salvati, who netted the game-winning goal in the sectional final and the game-tying goal in the state final. The defense suffered key losses to graduation, but the good news is that junior Nellie Manola-Lamanna is back in goal after being named to the all-conference second team. Other returners looking to ma ke an impact are senior Meghan Shelly and junior Kendyl Drayton.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders’ special 2017 campaign included a 15-4-3 record, th e Olympic Conference National Division title and a co-state championship in Non-Public A. This is shaping up as another successful season.
CAMDEN CATHOLI C FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Senior forward Danielle Rooney has made the all-conference first team two years in a row an d seems primed for a big final season at Camden Catholic. She led the Irish with eight goals and nine assists last year. Sophomore Taylor Ga rdner is another playmaker who found the net six times as a freshman. Other contributors up front and in the midfield are senior Collee n Crawford, junior Haley Mylotte and sophomores Mattigan DiBease and Brooke Foster. Senior Erin O’Callaghan is back on defense and junior Ev a Meldrumwill look to take over as the starting goalie. Other seniors include Bella Paolini, Robbie Houck, Olivia Gibbs, Camryn Harrell and Nimmol Thach, and there are several returners in the sophomore class who will push for playing time.
OUTLOOK: The Irish went 3-15-2 in 2017 with six one-goal losses, including a 2-1 defeat against Paul VI in the first round of the playoffs. If they can find a way to pul l out those close games they should see their record improve significantly.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherokee has a pair of juniors who shined as sophomores and should be top players again this season. Forward Claire Mulholland had three goals and four assists to make the all-conference first team, while midfielder Nicole DiLullo had five goals and three assists. Other key returners in the midfield ar e juniors Olivia McMillan and Julia Hoagland and senior Jordyn Deveney. Junior Emma McMillan and sophomore Janelle Deveney are important pie ces of the defense and experienced goalies include seniors Ally Gould and Rebecca Palais. Sophomore Kat Caminske could also compete for t he keeper position and sophomore Arianna Sparrow is another returner who should have an impact at multiple positions.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs ’ 10-9 season featured appearances in the Coaches Tournament and South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Look for them to be a competitive squad again in 2018.
CHERRY HI LL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Twin sisters Lexi and Roni Schaffer both made the all-conference second team last season and are poised for big senior seasons at Cherry Hill East before continuing their careers at Division I Boston University. Lexi, a midfielder, led the Cougars with four goals in 2017 and Roni anchored the defense from her center back position. Forward Bella Rossetti (three goals) and defender Lily Stanwyck, both juniors, joined the Schaffer sisters on the all-conference second team, and junior Becca Winslow is back after a solid season in goal. Midfielder Faith Rosenblatt is another key junior who started as a freshman before sitting out high school soccer last year to play in the Development Academy. Senior leaders include Natalie Hay, Emma Stopek and Callie Ungerleider and junior returners are Sydney Cicha, Carly Nothnagel and Brianna Wons. Sophomores Alyssa Bui, MaryKate McCurdy and Jill Drummall showed potential as rookies and are expected to step up this season as well.
OUTLOOK: With a solid crop of veterans, it would not be surprising to see the Cougars improve on last year’s 5-11-3 record.
CHERRY HI LL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherry Hill West enjoyed a breakout season in 2017 and a strong core is back, including its top scorer and four all-conference players. Junior midfielder Kat- rina Vyzaniaris led the team with six goals, while junior midfielder Alivia Gallardo had three goals and four assists on her way to all-conference first-team and all-South Jersey accolades. Senior midfielder Madeline Sweeney made the all-conference second team, and other offensive contributors are sophomore midfielder Mia Angelucci and senior forward Jordan Jackson. Senior back Samantha Santos and sophomore goalie Michaela Auguadro, both all-conference first-teamers, headline the defense along with sophomore back Abbigale D’Ambra. Senior Meghan McGlinn and junior Gillian Sweeney return in the midfield, and senior forward Kelsey Clauss will look to contribute after missing last season with an injury.
OUTLOOK: The Lions’ 9-7-6 record featured three upsets in the South Jersey Group III playoffs and a memorable run to the sectional final before they lost to top-seeded Ocean City in penalty kicks. Bolstered by that experience, they will look to compete for the Olympic Conference National Division title this fall under new head coach Katina Anthony.
CLEARVI EW PIONEERS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Three all-conference Second-teamers return t o lead Clearview, including senior forward Liz Bonomo, a proven finisher who had eight goals and eight assists as a junior and seems prim ed for a big senior season. Senior midfielder Rachael Hollywood (three goals, six assists) and senior defender Mackenzie Tumini were als o conference all-stars a year ago. Sophomores Mackenzie Clement (six goals) and Jackie Norris (four goals, three assists) both had an impact offensively as rookies and should only get better in year two. The Pioneers also have a solid goalie in junior McKenna Dalfonso, who enters her third season as the starter. Other key returners are seniors Mya Bocchicchio, Carly Pickett, Chloe Hall and Josyln Wilson and ju niors Lea Bocchicchio and Olivia Kedziora. Seniors Samantha Vance and Sydney Wurst and sophomore Sydney Strauss are expected to contribute as well.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers’ 13-7-2 record in 2017 included an upset over Eastern in the sectional quarterfinals. With a good mix of veterans and young talent, there is no reason they shouldn’t contend in the Tri-County Conference Royal Division this fall.
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Eastern’s roster was quite young in 2017, so there are a lot of key players returning from an undefeated season. That in cludes junior midfielder Kelli McGroarty and junior back Sara Brocious, who both made the allstate third team, the all-South Jersey firs t team and all-conference first team. McGroarty led the Vikings with 19 goals and was second with 11 assists, while Brocious anchored a def ense that allowed just 11 goals all year. Sophomore forward Riley Tiernan is another top returner who had 16 goals and 13 assists as a roo kie to make the allconference first team. Junior midfielder Emma Bitar (six goals, three assists) and junior forward Francesca DiColandr ea (three goals, six assists) are other playmakers. The defense is strengthened by senior Ashley Pietrafitta, an all-conference second-t eamer, and sophomore Nicolette Scarduzio. Other contributors are seniors Tori Accardo and Marissa Feltoon and junior Megan Ryan.
OU TLOOK: Th e Vikings went 21-0-2, won the Coaches Tournament for the third time and claimed the Olympic Conference American Division title for the sixth consecutive year before falling in penalty kicks in the sectional quarterfinals. This fall they have a chance to finish as South Jersey’s No. 1 team once again.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Gloucester Catholic graduated its leading scorer and several veter an defenders, but still has a talented crop of returners. Junior midfielder Caitlyn Cordery had nine goals and six assists on her way to all-conference second-team honors, and other playmakers are senior forward Lindsay Bishop (four goals, two assists) and sophomore forward Emileigh Cloak (six goals, two assists). Junior forward Alexis Godby and sophomore midfielder Sophia Testa will also be counted on offensively. Seniors Erin Francis and Kristine O’Hara are experienced defenders in front of junior goalie Alyse Capizzi, who made the all-conference second team. Other senior leaders are Alli Pontano, Jessica Stewart and Chiara Catarinicchia, while sophomore Lauren Ridinger is expected to earn playing time as well.
OUTLOOK: The Rams went 10-10 with a playoff victory during a solid 2017 campaign. Look for them to sta y competitive this fall.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Madie Bee has been an impact player on Haddonfield’s offense since her freshman year and is poised for a huge senior season before moving on to Seton Hall. She had 23 goals and six assists as a junior to make the all-South Jersey and all-conference first teams for the second year in a row, and enters her final campaign with 63 career goals. S enior midfielder Nic Green (seven goals, five assists) joined Bee as an all-South Jersey and all-conference first-teamer and junior forward Jordan Siok (10 goals, six assists) also made the all-conference first team. Junior forward Rachel Bonnet (six goals) is another talented returner who will contribute offensively. Senior back Sophia Schwab has been an all-conference first-teamer the last two years and lea ds the defense in front of junior goalie Maya Olimpio. Senior Jenny Scott and junior Cat Kelly are other experienced defenders. Senior midfielder Gabi Connor and junior forward Briana Parker will also look to have an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldawgs went 19-3-1 with one-goal losses in both the Coaches Tournament and South Jersey Group II finals last year. Their special senior class will look to go out with another remarkable season.
KI NGSWAY DRAGONS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Although Kingsway graduated a strong senior class that included leading scorer Maddie Bat ra, there is plenty left in the tank to be excited about. Senior midfielder Julia Evernham had 11 goals and four assists on her way to al l-conference first-team honors, and senior forward Samantha Emmi is another talented scorer who had 13 goals and four assists to make th e all-conference second team. Sophomore forward Lexi Murphy (five goals, six assists) and senior midfielders Maddie Collins (six assist s) and Alyssa Palmucci (four assists) are other playmakers. The Dragons must find a new starting goalie, but whoever wins the job will have all-conference first-teamer Chloe Britton, a senior, and junior Chloe Lang returning as key parts of the defense. Other senior leader s are Alyssa Brown, Jackie Repp, Sami Federico and Erin Westervelt, and juniors expected to have an impact are Morgan Garcia and Sara Metheny. Sophomores Rachel Robichaud and Kylee Lewis contributed as freshmen and will take on bigger roles as well.
OUTLOOK: The Dragons’ 2017 season was full of accomplishments, including a 15-3-2 record, their second straight division championship, a berth in the Coaches Tourn ament and a trip to the sectional semifinals. While that is a hard act to follow, more success appears likely.
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Most of the starting lineup is back for Lenape, including senior forward Peyton Warrick, who had seven goal s and two assists to make the all-conference first team. Other key returners are senior midfielders Sude Yalcin, who made the all-conference second team, and Maggie Horn, who found the net four times. Shannon Mulroy is another senior leader who has been the Indians’ starting keeper since her freshman season. Senior forward Katie Quinn will be counted on to score goals, and other contributors up top and in the midfield are senior Lexi Adelman, juniors Maggie Londregan, Sam Coon and Brynn Foley and sophomore Sophia Meyer.
OUTLOOK: The Indians’ 811 season in 2017 marked the end of coach Kevin Meder’s sensational tenure with the school, which included almost 250 wins, five state championships and eight titles each in South Jersey Group IV and the Coaches Tournament. Jen Pfeiffer, a former standout player at Lenape and St. Joseph’s University, hopes to keep the program among the best in the area.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Seven starters are back for Moorestown, includ- ing senior back Julia Dalm ass, who made the all-conference second team and was a key piece of a defense that recorded 10 shutouts. The midfield is strong with seniors Isa Arvelo and Jillian Calhoun, junior Grace Hurren and sophomore Sarah Patton, while senior Rylee Brown leads a talented crop of forwards that also includes her twin sister, senior Maggie Brown, along with junior Ciara Imhotep. Juniors Nicole Quintero and Hannah Weinstein both saw time in goal. Other returners are seniors Ashley Nutt and Nicole Troy, junior Elizabeth McGee and sophomore Jordan Anderson.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers, who went 12-8-1 and reached the sectional quarterfinals in 2017, seem to win at least a dozen games every year. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be a winning team again this fall.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Moorestown Friends said goodbye to a tremendous senior class but still h as several key pieces to build around. It all star ts with junior forward Bella Runyan, who had 10 goals and five assists to make the all-league first team. In addition to becoming the n ew go-to scorer for the Foxes, look for Runyan to emerge as a vocal leader as well. Seniors Micaela Coll and Courtney Tarter will also provide leadersh ip while anchoring the defense. Junior Megan Schweiker and sophomore Madison Bouggess are playmakers at forward and senior Meghan Roberts is a top returner in the midfield. Junior Elizabeth Carter hopes to take over as the starting goalie, and other returners expected to see time are seniors Julianna DeNittis and Mya Corsey, junior Elizabeth Geyer and sophomore Nicole Gheysens.
OUTLOOK: The 2017 campaign was one for the hist ory books, as the Foxes went 13-6-2 and tied Montclair Kimberly in the Non-Public B final for a share of their first-ever state champions hip. It would be unfair to expect them to be at that level again, but another successful season is certainly within reach.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Paul VI has a solid senior class led by forward Alyssa Carfagno, who had eight goals and five assists last year. In addi tion to her offensive skills, Carfagno will also be the Eagles’ captain for the second year in a row. Other senior leaders are Jarah Barquero, Jessica Bizzoco and Olivia Boucot. Sophomore midfielder Natalie Schooley had an immediate impact last year as a rookie, totaling four goals and seven assists to make the all-conference second team. She hopes to take her game a notch higher this year. Abby Lutz showed promise in her freshman campaign with three goals and two assists, and several other sophomores who saw time as rookies are expected to ha ve a big impact. Other offensive contributors are juniors Carly Zaccaria and Sydney Corbett, and junior Kirsten Smith is making a strong push to be the starting keeper after the graduation of four-year starter Rylee Milligan.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles’ 2017 season looked a lo t like the one before, with an 11-9-2 record and a berth in the sectional semifinals. They added a trip to the Coaches Tournament as well , and will look to set the bar high again this fall.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLA Y ER S TO WA TCH: Seneca must regroup after the graduation of five all-conference players, but the Golden Eagles expect to have several key players step up. That includes senior back Cassidy Spilis, who ma de the all-conference second team last year and will solidify the defense in front of seniors Lexie Reidenbaker and Lexi Dooley, who will compete for time at goalie. Fellow seniors Alyssa Fox and Rachel Dorn will be counted on for scoring and senior Kylie Heins is a returner in the midfield along with junior Madeline Daecher. Jaimi Araujo returns for her senior season after spending last season playing academy soccer for Sky Blue FC. She will look to have an immediate impact up front. Seniors Madeline Winch and Lindsay Karmilovich and junior Aubrey Packard are other experienced players looking to make a strong impression on the 2018 season.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles got off to a rough start in 2017 but were much improved down the stretch and finished with a 7-10-2 record. Opposing teams can expect a challenge from Seneca throughout the upcoming season.
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Shawnee has lost several top players to Development Academy programs, including senior Cameron Morgan and sophomore Lea Tarzy, both strong two-way players in the midfield who made the all-confer ence first team last year. But the defense remains strong thanks to a pair of all-conference second-teamers, senior back Haley Benson and senior goalie Sierra San- son. There are a number of scoring threats back in the fold, such as juniors Kiley Endres and Alexa Endres and so phomore Brooke Steel. Senior Morgan Raley and sophomore Tori Yost will be counted on in the midfield and other returners expected to contri bute are seniors Megan Moore and Kayla Lundberg and juniors Alexandra Kornafel, Madison McCready and Lucy Clapperton. Abby Byrne, Aleesha Deshmukh and Sophia Drea are sophomores who played varsity as freshmen.
OUTLOOK: Shawnee fielded a talented but young roster in 2017 and po sted a 10-7-2 record with berths in the Coaches Tournament and South Jersey Group IV playoffs. It would not be surprising to see the Re negades make big strides this fall.
WASHI NGTON TOWNSHI P MINUTEMAIDS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: It did not take Amanda Attanasi long to leave her mark at Washington Township. During her phenomenal freshman campaign she set a single-season school record with 29 goals to go with 12 assist s and was named South Jersey Player of the Year along with all-conference first team. But this is far from a one-person team. Senior go alie Jordynn Stallard also received all-South Jersey and all-conference first-team accolades after making 157 saves and recording 15 shutouts. The defense in front of her is just as impressive, with all-conference first-teamer Milana D’Ambra, a senior, leading a unit that also returns senior Julianna Capano, juniors Molly Kern and Isabelle Pingol and sophomore Alyssa Monti. Attanasi is joined on the attack by proven finishers Natasha Munro and Giovanna Castorina. Munro, a senior forward, had three goals and three assists and made the all-conference second team as a junior despite missing much of the season with an injury. Castorina, a junior midfielder, had nine goals and 12 assists. Other returners up top and in the midfield are seniors Kristen Guthier and Jessica Culin, junior Maddy Wernik and sophomores Dani S tuart and Olivia Ancone. OUTLOOK: The highlight of the Minutemaids’ memorable 2017 season was the first sectional title in program histor y, and they also reached the semifinals of the Coaches Tournament on their way to an 18-4-3 record. Expectations remain high as new head coach Katie Sachs, a former player in the program who coached the JV team last year, takes the reins.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Connor Melko has compiled an impressive career at Bishop Eustace and is focused on a big seniose ason. Last year he ran a 16:14 at sectionals to place second, and he also took fourth at the Olympic Confer- ence meet and 23rd at states. In the spring he capped his outdoor season with a 10th-place showing in the mile at the Meet of Champions. Senior Andrew Massaro is ano ther top returner who placed fifth at sectionals, ninth in the conference and 41st at states. Seniors Manik Dhawan and Brian Hutchison b oth placed in the top 15 at sectionals, and other key seniors include Sean May, Grant Melko and Zachary Mahaney. Other contributors are s eniors Bobby Johnson and John Sullivan and junior John Iannelli.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders continued to shine in 2017 as they claimed a sectio nal title, took second at the conference meet and placed sixth at states. A stellar senior class gives them confidence that this season will be successful as well.
CAMDEN CATHOLIC FIGHTING IRISH
RUNNERS TO WATCH: A talented group of seniors has Camden Catholic excited for fall to get here, and leading the way is Richie Castaneda. He was the sectional champi- on last year after clocking a 16:07, and he went on to place sixth at states and compete at the Meet of Champions. Castaneda also placed fifth at the Oly mpic Conference meet and sev enth in Camden County. Senior Ray Derman also earned a championship in 2017, as he finished first in the county to go with a sixth at sectionals and a 15th at states. Senior Matt Coffey is yet another senior leader who placed fourth in the county, ninth at sectionals and 34th at states, and during spring track he ran the mile at the Meet of Champions. Senior Max Baier ( 10th place), junior Matt Denton (15th) an d senior Denny Kelly (18th) also had strong showings at sectionals last year and will be counted on this season, along with senior Miguel Angel Gisone, junior Marchello Barile and sophomore Warren Derman.
OUTLOOK: The 2017 season was a memorable one for the Fighting Irish, w ho earned their highest finish ever at states by taking fourth. They also took second at sectionals, fourth in the conference and were the Camden County champions. With most of the roster back, they have set their goals high for this season.
RUNNER S TO WATCH: Despite graduating No. 1 runner Justin Kelly—the sectional, conference and county champion—Cherokee has a talented returner who see ms ready to take over leadership of the team. Junior Chris Spisak was second behind Kelly at both the Burlington County and Olympic Confere nce meets and took sixth at sectionals. He was also the Chiefs’ best finisher at states, as he clocked a 16:36 to take 21st and moved on to the Meet of Champions. Juniors Ethan Wechsler and Chase Miller are also key returners who placed 35th and 37th, respectively, at states. Wechsler also had top-10 performances in the county and conference meets and Miller placed 16th at sectionals. Senior David Jackson is another veteran returner, and other runners hoping to make an impact are senior Michael Moraschi, junior Michael Gavio and sophomores Brett Shea, Dylan Odud and Nico Grilli, who was injured last fall but posted very good times on the track during the spring.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs extended their streak of Burlington County team titles to four and also won their third straight Olympic Conference championship before taking second at sectionals and seventh at states. Expect more of the same from this consistent program.
CHERRY HI LL EAST COUGARS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Cherry Hill East returns most of its roster from last year, including junior Oliver Adler, who showed a lot of potential as a sophomore. He ran 16:44 at sectionals to place 25th and also took 13th at the Olympic Conference meet. Sophomore Justin Whitney is coming off an impressive track season in which he ran 4:31 in the 1,600 and 9:51 in the 3,200 and is poised for a strong season as well. Seniors Jack Quarry and Kyle Krell, who both placed in the top 40 at sectionals, are other key returners. The solid senior class also includes Ben Ciechon and Andy Zhong, who placed 13th and 17th, respectively, in the Camden County meet. Senior Sunwoo Kim, junior Paul Bruce and sophomores Mason Bulicki and Gabe Rodriguez are also expected to contribute.
OUTLOOK: Even with a young team in 2017, the Cougars managed to take second in the county, fifth in the conference and eighth at sectionals. They always seem to hold their own at the major meets and this season should be no different.
CHERRY HI LL WEST LIONS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: John Howe emerged as one of the top runners for Cherry Hill West as a sophomore and is eager to show what he can do as an upperclassmen. He was the Lions’ top finisher at the Olympic Conference and sectional meets last year. Sophomore Kevin Sonn flashed potential as a rookie, including a third-place finish in the freshman race at the Camden County meet. Juniors Karl Eberhardt, Eric Dolan, Joseph Donnelly and Sam Beatty are other returners hoping to lower their times. Sophomore Tim Sihn and a host of freshmen will look to build a solid base for the future.
OUTLOOK: The Lions won’t be expected to contend for any team championships this season, but Howe can only get better and the rest of the young core will gain valuable experience.
CLEARVI EW PIONEERS
RUNNER S TO WATCH: Although Clearview graduated top runner Colin Gardina, the Pioneers hope a returning sopho- more can buil d on an impressive rookie season and move to the front of the pack. Anas Bensaoud clocked a 16:19 at sectionals, good enough for 12th place. He also took 12th in the Tri-County Conference and seventh in Gloucester County and seems poised for a breakout sophomore campaign . Junior Thomas Flear, who took 36th at sectionals, is a key veteran along with senior Aidan Coakley. Sophomore George Kniaz competed at the major meets as a freshman and two other sophomores who could move up to varsity are Jack Rhoades and Andrew Shute.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers’ solid 2017 season featured a runner-up finish in the county, and they also took third in the conference and seventh at sectionals. Look for them to leave their mark at the big races again this fall.
RUNNER S TO WATCH: Senior Alex Andrews emerged as Eastern’ s top runner as a junior and is expecting to have a strong final campaign. He was the Vikings’ best finisher at the Camden County, Olympic Conference and sec- tional meets. Juniors Aaron Arnstein and John Brodzik are other key returners who should only get better as upperclass men. Senior Colin Krause and juniors Ben Cohen and Justin Orloff are other veteran runners who add depth to the lineup.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings , who placed fifth in the county and 10th in the conference last year, hope to make progress as the season wears on and hit their peak at the major races.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Ryan DiGiacomo grabbed the No. 1 spot for Gloucester Catholic as a sophomore and will look to hold onto it for the next two years. He consistently clocked times in the 17-minute range and was the Rams’ best finisher at sec- tionals and the Tri-County Conference Showcase. Junior Adam Stetser is another valuable returner who should be near the front of the pack as well. Travis Finley and Mike Walton are seniors expected to have an impact and other contributors are juniors Michael Schmid, Ant hony Polo and Roman Leone.
OUTLOOK: DiGiacomo paces a solid core for the Rams, who should be much improved with most of the roster back in the fold.
HADDONFI ELD BULLDAWGS
RUNNER S TO WATCH: Haddonfield has an outstanding duo to build around in senior Derek Gess and junior Martin R iddell, and the runners behind them are impressive as well. Gess won the Colonial Conference title for the second straight time last fall before being sidelined by an illness. He rebounded with a strong indoor track season and during spring track he took seventh in the 80 0 meters at the Meet of Champions. Gess seems primed for a big final season. Riddell ran 15:49 to claim a sectional championship last year and went on to place third at states and 13th at the Meet of Champions, where he was the first South Jersey runner to cross the fin ish line. Senior Greg Eisenhower is another standout who was the runner-up behind Riddell at sectionals and finished sixth at states. Seniors Sean Campiglia and Ethan Spellmeyer each placed in the top 10 at sectionals and top 20 at states, and other strong veterans are seniors Griffin Weiner and Tommy Neveling and juniors Stephen Kasko, Grayson Fasolo and Andrew Gostovich. Caleb Clevenger is a sophomore looking to make an impact.
OUTLOOK: The accomplishments continued to pile up for the Bulldawgs last year, as they won their 14th straight sectional title and 36th overall, a New Jersey record for boys or girls teams. They also took home the program’s 17th state championship and fi rst since 2014, and their streak of dual meet wins also passed 200. Haddonfield should make more room in the trophy case after this seaso n thanks to a deep and talented core.
KI NGSWAY DRAGONS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Although Kingsway graduated a terrific senior class, there is sti ll a strong core in place. Senior Kieran Burns ran 15:53 at sectionals to take fourth place, and h e went on to take 11th at states and 21s t at the Meet of Champions. Burns also took third at the Tri-County Conference Showcase with a season-low time of 15:39 and is lookin g forward to a big senior season. Junior Stone Caraccio is anoth er top returner who won the Gloucester County title and also took fourth in th e conference and 34th at sectionals. Senior Danny Reynolds placed third in the county and ninth in the conference and should also be a reliable competitor. Senior Stephen Wilkins and junior Ayden Magee both placed in the top 20 in the county and will look to play bigger roles as well.
OUTLOOK: The 2017 season could not have gone much better for the Dragons, who captured state, sectional, county and conference championships and finished second at the Meet of Champions. They may not be at the same level th is year, but they will again be a factor at all of the major meets.
RUNNER S TO WATCH: Lenape lost its No. 1 runner to graduat ion, but there are several worthy candidates ready to assume the role. Senior James Vizzard clocked a 16:42 at sectionals to place 24th, and he had top-15 finishes at both the Burlington County and Olympic Conference meets. Senior Zaven Kazandjian is another solid veteran who finished 31st at sectionals and 18th in the county, and junior Matt Richardson had a top-20 performance in the conference. Seniors Ke rry Benson and Nick Morris are other top returners, while juniors Ryan Bradley and Ethan Gaskill will look to crack the lineup as well.
OUTLOOK: The Indians were in contention at several big races in 2017, as they took second in the county, third in the conference and fifth at sec- tionals. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them step up in the spotlight again this year under new head coach Gerald Richardson.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Moorestown is fortunate to welcome back No. 1 runner Jack Farmer, who is hoping to finish strong in his final season. He took seventh at the Burlington County Open, eighth in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL) meet and 16th at sectionals, and he was also the Quakers’ best finisher at states. Juniors Victor DeMartini and Louis Purul are other returners who will be right behind Farmer at the front of the pack, and Moorestown will be counting on several newcomers to round out the top five.
OUTLOOK: With Farmer leading a team that placed third at sectionals, sixth in the county and second in the division, the Quakers hope to make their presence felt at those meets again with new head coach John Denning taking the reins.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Mark Johnson, a junior, emerged as one of the top runners for Moorestown Friends as a sophomore and is excited to build on the potential he showed. Johnson took 13th at the Friends Schools League (FSL) Championships and was also the Foxes’ best finisher at states. Junior Aidan Chick is another strong competitor who placed 20th in the FSL meet and posted the fastest time of the season with an 18:01. Senior Neal Shah rounds out the top three with a best time of 18:48, and Jakob Hull and Jack Beard are other seniors expected to contribute. Jason Rhone is a so phomore who competed at states and will have an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Foxes’ best finish in the team standings was a fifth at the FSL m eet. With eight seniors returning and the two junior frontrunners, they hope to make strides at the big races.
PAUL VI EAGLES
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Five runners who finished in the top 16 at sectionals are back to lead Paul VI, including senior Tyler Gargano, who posted a time of 16: 53 to claim seventh. Jun- ior Colton Johnson was right behind Gargano in eighth place, followed by seniors Ryan Tenerelli (11th), Matt Slattery (12th) and Ben Jennings (16th). N ate Strobl is part of a promising junior class that also includes Xavier Casillas, Max Millenbach, Matt Bock and Kyle McKeon. Sophomore Evan Marino also hopes to contribute. OUTLOOK: After placing third at sectionals and ninth at states, the Eagles have many talented runners back and should make noise at the big races again.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Seneca fielded a young squad in 2017 and many of those runners are back after gain- ing valuable experience. That includes junior Vincent Malave, who built on a solid freshman season and assumed the role of No. 1 runner for the Golden Eagles. He consistently clocked times in the 17minute range and placed 30th at sectionals. Sophomores Shane Dunn and Kenny Stout stood out as rookies, and junior Nathan Roseboro is a key upperclassman. Other veterans are seniors Billy Hess and Jonah Worrell, while sophomores Jimmy Capiris and Paul Macinelli hope to make progress.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles were solidly in the middle of the pack at the major meets last year and it would not be surprising to see them move up a few spots this fall.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Three seniors lead the way for Shawnee and could be at the front of the pack on any given day. Sean Keevey was the best of the lot in last year’s sectional and Burlington County meets, while Tim Warren had the best showing in the Olympic Conference Championships and Aiden Dowling was consistent in all three races. Alex Friedman and Jacob Delancey are other seniors returning in the top seven. Other runners hoping to leave their mark include senior Kyle Etter, sophomores Dylan Hansen and John Ruona and juniors Greg Papp, William Pellegrino and William Kaminer.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades had solid showings in the championship meets last year, placing fourth in the county, seventh in the conference and 11th at sectionals. They expect to remain competitive in 2018.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMEN
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Washington Township’s top three runners are all back in the fold, including senior E van Chu, who took fifth in Gloucester County and 11th in the Olympic Conference as a junior. Senior Chris Shaw was also in the top 20 at the county meet and clocked a 16:59 at sectionals to set the pace for the Minutemen. Senior Austin Milou rounds out the top three after consistently posting times in the 17-minute range last year. Victor Conte and Erick Dearing are other senior leaders and young runners looking to contribute are junior Vinnie Lamonica and sophomores Cole Kolodziej, Julian Lawson and Brandon Cotter.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemen took third in the county, sixth in the conference and ninth at sectionals last year, and a proven senior class is counting on more success this fall.
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 5 (July 2018).
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