Strengths: The Hawks’ depth. They return the same team from last year and have a ton of veteran experience up and down the lineup.
Concerns: The schedule. The Commonwealth Athletic Conference is now split into three tiers and the North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie is in the top tier with all tournament caliber teams. The Hawks will have to work hard in order to qualify for the postseason. Their non-league schedule is also tough, opening against Division 3 powerhouse St. Mary’s.
Coach’s Outlook: “Excited everyday for practice or games because our players are working hard and are on the same page. Early signs of leadership within the team is encouraging and we continue to benefit from each player pushing one another to get better and improve every day.”
Last year’s record: 8-11
Head coach: Jeff Comeau (6th year)
Captains: None named yet.
Key Returnees: Garrett Oman, Jr. G; Sean McDonough, Sr. D; R.J. Conroy, Sr. D; Luke Popoloski, Sr. D; Nick Humerian, Sr, D; Ryan Pacheco, Jr. D; Dan McCormick, So. A; Ian LeFavour, Sr. M.
Strengths: Defense. North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie has an established goalie in Garrett Oman and five players returning with significant experience on defense. Scoring on the Bulldogs could be very difficult this spring.
Concerns: Faceoffs and scoring. Comeau felt North Shore’s biggest issue last year faceoffs, which directly led to the difficulty the team had scoring. McCormick was the team’s leading scorer last year and a number of players have worked hard in the offseason to improve at the faceoff.
Coach’s Outlook: “My hopes are that we (stay above) .500 and compete for a league title. We have the ability to do that.”