2019-20 Season Preview: Amity
2018-19 Record: 9-11
Tournament Result: As 15-seed lost in the Division II First Round to 2-seed Guilford 5-1
Head Coach: Michael “Scooter” Richetelli (3rd season)
Key Returning Players: Nick Kiwanis (F, Sr.), Connor Bath (F, Sr.), Justin Miller (F, Jr.), Jay Dittman (D, Jr.), Caleb Marcin (D, Jr.), Ethan Moffet (D, So.)
Impact Newcomers: Aidan Courtney (G, Fr.), Brendan Smith (G, Fr.)
Goalie Situation: A year after the dependable Cole and Holloway duo graduated, Head Coach Scooter Richetelli appeared to have an easy fix with Mal Zurolo. Well, things didn’t go according to plan. Zurolo left the team towards the end of the year thrusting freshman Michael Andreeson into action. As we enter the 2019-20 campaign, two new names have emerged. Senior Sai Neelam, a member of last year’s team, has an opportunity to win the starting job while freshmen Brendan Smith and Aidan Courtney are two gifted netminders joining the Spartans.
Key Losses: Jay Csejka, Kenny Page, Colin Hughes, Nelson Bordeleau (all to graduation), Cody White (Vermont Academy)
Outlook: Amity will certainly look different this year and at least for them in net over the past few years, this is nothing new. With a couple freshman and a senior in Neelam who hasn’t played much, the Spartans will definitely need some help up front to ease the transition on the back end. Seniors Nick Kiwanis and Connor Bath along with junior Justin Miller anchor a depleted offense which saw the loss of Cody White, Jay Csejka, Kenny Page, Colin Hughes and Nelson Bordeleau. On D, the Spartans will rely on a group that saw a decent amount of time last year and could be the Spartans’ strength this year despite their age. Juniors Jay Dittman and Caleb Marcin and sophomore Ethan Moffet will be called upon to lock down the back end. Since appearing in the 2013-14 Division II state championship, Amity has only had one winning season and has only advanced past the first round one time, losing to WP in the 2017-18 DII tourney. The talent was there last year and Amity jumped out to a 7-0 start before going 2-11 the rest of the way. They beat NDWH, the beat NFI. They had talent and still do. Getting everything to click all at once has not been easy for the Spartans and it’s not all entirely their fault. Mal Zurolo deciding to leave school late in the year was out of Richetelli and the Spartans’ control. Ed Martino deciding to leave Amity after three games last year was largely out of Amity’s control. These are the kinds of things that have to be so frustrating if you’re an Amity supporter, but at the end of the day, the show must go on and for this year, it’s up to the current Spartan roster to decide what type of legacy they want to leave.