Last year’s record: 3-14-1
Head coach: Edgar De Leon (1st season)
Team captains: Chris Rosetti, Sr., CB; Joel Platt, Sr., FW; Danny Buzi, Sr., CM
Other players to watch: Nick Braganca, Soph., M; Carter Shepherd, Sr., D; Ian Visnick, Fr., M/D; Jackson Erwin, Sr., F; Marshall Lee, Jr., F
Outlook: With a new coach and new aspirations, the Panthers will look to get back into the postseason after disappointing results last fall. A pair of strong goalies in Finn Crocker and Brandon Rodriguez will help anchor a solid defense, while a mix of newcomers (including two freshman) and veteran leaders hope to contribute day in and day out.
Last year’s record: 6-9-3
Head coach: Michael Chase (1st season, previously coached Danvers on two other occasions)
Team captains: TBA
Other players to watch: Nico Nadeau, Sr., GK; Dan Rossitto, Sr., M/D; Conor Fitzgerald, Sr., M; Mohammad Elhadidy, Sr., M; Declan Quinn, Sr., M.
Outlook: Michael Chase is back at the helm at Danvers and takes over a young, exciting group looking to get back to the postseason. They have a strong senior class but will rely on plenty of newcomers as well if they plan to compete in the ever-competitive NEC.
Last year’s record: 10-5-4 (Lost to New Mission in Division 4 North first round)
Head coach: Joel Spruance (7th season)
Team captains: Derek Annese, Sr., CM; Sam Jenkins, Sr., F; Eddie Nazzaro, Sr., D Sal Bila, Sr., D.
Other players to watch: Austin Benson, Soph., M; Josh Berube, Soph., F; Jaden Cabrera, Jr., F.
Outlook: The Hawks hope to string together another competitive season within the conference and yield similar results as last year’s postseason squad. They are particularly strong in the midfield and showed a lot of good things in their first scrimmage of the year against Danvers.
Last year’s record: 7-7-3 (Lost to Stoneham in Division 4 North preliminary round)
Head coach: Matt Gauron (18th season)
Team captains: Connor Evers, Sr., CM; Keegan O’Shea, Sr., F.
Other players to watch: Carter Coffey, Jr., CB
Outlook: The 2019 Generals boast a youthful, yet eager lineup. Coach Gauron says there’s plenty of excitement heading into the year and he hopes they can create a strong balance of offense and defense en route to a tournament berth. H-W has struggled to put up goals in recent years and hope to reverse that trend this fall.
Last year’s record: 5-9-4
Head coach: Greg Scruton (6th season)
Team captains: Trevor McCrae, Sr., M; Jake Scruton, Jr., M.
Other players to watch: Alfonzo Lopez, Sr., M; John Werner, Jr., M; Aiden Johanson, Soph., M; Thatch Phypers, Soph.; Evan Needler, Sr., ST; Connor Perley, Sr., D; John Lear, Sr.
Outlook: With strong leadership at the top and some experienced returning starters, the Tigers hope to improve upon last year’s under .500 campaign.
“We have a lot of different pieces and some strong younger players who can play a lot of different positions,” said coach Scruton. “The intensity from the boys has been great early on and they’re eager to get started.”
Last year’s record: 5-11-3
Head coach: Scott Laramie (8th season)
Team captains: Hayden Miller, Sr., D; John Hecht, Sr., M; Alfred Bresnahan, Sr., M; Jackson Hart, Sr., D; Xander Lohan, Sr.
Other players to watch: Colin Hart, Sr., M/F; Padraig Bresnahan, Jr., F.; Aiden Mahoney, Sr.
Outlook: The Magicians’ core has been playing together most of their lives and hope to cap it all off with an encore senior campaign. Coach Laramie and the rest of the group are eager to turn things around and get back into the postseason after a two year absence.
Last year’s record: 18-3-2 (Lost to Arlington in Division 2 North finals)
Head coach: Jared Scarpaci (5th season)
Team captains: Zach Rock, Sr., GK; Dom Gecoya, Sr., D; Will Neuenhaus, Jr., D.
Other players to watch: Jason Stutz, Sr., M; Spencer Butterworth, Jr., M; Sam Brockelman, Soph.; Aidan Gauvain, Soph.
Outlook: The Chieftains graduated a number of talented seniors including leading scorer and perennial all-star Josh Rubin, as well fellow captains Matt Dzwil and Connor Fitzgerald. However, there’s plenty of talent coming up in the woodwork and no reason to believe Masco won’t be right back among the top teams in the CAL once again.
“We hope to continue the success on and off the field,” said coach Scarpaci. “We have many new faces to the program but they are well versed in the expectations of the program.”
Last year’s record: 11-5-3 (Lost to Medford in Division 1 North opening round)
Head coach: Stan McKeen (22nd season)
Team captains: Ben Kemp, Sr., D; Kyle Morfis, Sr., M; Jake Howard, Sr., M.
Other players to watch: Mike Sablone, Jr., D; Cairo Dalifour, Jr., M; Kyle Joyce, Jr.,M/F; Harrison Fisher, Sr.; Edward Santos, Jr.
Outlook: The Tanners graduated 12 seniors, seven of which started for an 11 win team. This year, they rebuild, but have some promising pieces coming up from a JV team that thrived last year. Head coach Stan McKeen says, “We have a good nucleus, we’ll see what happens. Looking to make the tournament and go multiple games into the tournament.”
Last year’s record: 15-3-1 (New England Class C runners-up, EIL champs)
Head coach: Dominic Fitzpatrick (7th season)
Team captains: Adam Albren, Sr., M; Guy Collison, Sr., D; Faris Matraji, Sr., M.
Other players to watch: George Henderson, Sr., M; Malcolm Henderson, Sr., D; Kyle Collins, Jr., M; Nick Livingstone, Jr., F.
Outlook: “We are a young, ambitious team looking to keep a foothold at the top of the EIL and in the New England tournament,” said coach Fitzpatrick. “It will be a challenge having lost some significant talent in last year’s senior class but we have a great core of returners to help re-establish our identity.”
Last year’s record: 9-7-2 (Lost to Concord-Carlisle in Division 2 North first round)
Head coach: Steve Harris (1st season)
Team captains: Luke Mark, Sr., CM
Other players to watch: Endi Doku, Sr., LB; Skyler Clawson, Sr., CB.
Outlook: The Witches lost their leading goal scorer from last year, Edward Santos, to Peabody, and graduated several other starters. It’s a rebuilding year for Salem under first year head coach Steve Harris, who says his group will “look to build and improve fundamental technical abilities and tactical functions/aspects of the game.”
ST. JOHN’S PREP
Last year’s record: 15-3-4 (Lost to Lincoln-Sudbury in Division 1 North finals)
Head coach: David Crowell (19th season)
Team captains: Zach Davis, Sr., F; Gabe Najim, Sr., M; Ryan Hart, Sr., D; Ethan Ambrosh, Sr., F/M.
Other players to watch: Jack Hausler, Sr.; John Godwin, Sr.; Omar Chaghouri, Sr.; Sam Lockhart, Sr.; Quinton Dooley, Sr.; Garrison Jorge, Sr.; Tucker Smith, Sr.; Kuol Majok, Sr.; Andrew Behling, Sr.; Owen Siewert, Jr.; Zach Vlachos, Jr.
Outlook: The Eagles possess depth, speed and quality talent all over the field. Their defense is young and un-battle tested, but head coach David Crowell believes they will adjust to the pace of the varsity game quickly.
“Our expectations for the season are the same as always: win the Catholic Conference championship, earn a high seed in the tournament and advance deep into the tournament,” said Crowell.
Last year’s record: 13-1-5
Head coach: Bryan Lee (47-28-17)
Team captain: Michael Santana, Sr forward
Outlook: Salem Academy had a banner year in 2018, finishing the season unbeaten before falling to Prospect Hill Academy for the second straight year in the Charter School State Championship. They’ll look for players such as Michael Santana, Adam Pinto and Wesoly Hanger to lead the team offensively, while sophomore center back and All-League selection Lenin Anutebeh will look to help secure the back.
Last year’s record: 7-8-3
Head coach: Mike Amaral (3rd season)
Team captains: Kyle Fitzgerald, Sr.; Oscar Hale, Sr.; Malik Khatib, Sr.
Other players to watch: Jason Aucone, Jr. M; Fernando Barranco, Jr. F.
Outlook: With a solid core returning this year the Crusaders hope to compete against all opponents by playing smart. Their group understands that by playing with urgency we can be a very dynamic team this season. “The goal we are setting is to make it to the MIAA tournament, anything can happen from there,” said coach Amaral.