Jake Mitchell, a sophomore transfer from Georgetown, scored the first Fenwick goal. Senior captain Kyle Russell had a strong game with two goals and two assists, and sophomore Chris Napolitano of Peabody picked up an assist. Coleman Hebert did a nice job on faceoffs for the Crusaders.
At halftime the Cougars were in command, 10-4, after Billy Barrett scored with one second left before intermission.
“We made some unforced errors and threw the ball away. We’d get a ground ball, but then not look where we were passing,” said Ruocco. “A lot of that comes from a lack of varsity experience.”
Fenwick started Nick Finan in goal and switched to junior Dylan Maida in the second half. “I switched goalies at halftime because Finan had seen a lot of shots and I don’t want him to get discouraged,” said the coach.
The Crusader defense is new and at times didn’t give their goalie a lot of support.
“We’re starting some freshmen on defense and two others (up the field),” said Ruocco. “They also have to learn my system, so it’s difficult. We have things to work on (and) also need game experience. We have to come together as a team. We’ve got a tough stretch to start our season, but it will all come together.”