Daniel Hand Tigers
2018-19 Record: 16-3-1 (Division III)
Tournament Result: As 1-seed lost in the Division III Semifinals to 4-seed Sheehan 8-2
Head Coach: Brian Gonsalves (2nd year)
Key Returning Players: Brendan Ryan (F, Sr.), Tatum Fitzmaurice (F, Jr.), Joey DeAngelis (F, Jr.), Ethan Massey (F, Jr.), Logan Massey (F, Jr.), John Gagliardi (D, Jr.), Kevin Sandor (D, So.), Eric Dillner (G, Jr.)
Goalie Situation: Junior starter Eric Dillner went from a real rough freshman campaign to Division III Goalie of the Year last year. Dillner went 18-4-1 in net while posting a 2.48 GAA. It’s Dillner’s crease. We will see how the junior adapts to Division II play this year. Given his progression last year, I think he should do just fine.
Key Losses: Michael McKeon, Griffin Fitzmaurice, Ian Rice (all to graduation)
Outlook: After four really bad years, Hand and first year coach Brian Gonsalves broke through last year and put together a great regular season earning the top seed at the DIII level. Hand saw that all come crumbling down in the state tournament, however, when they fell 8-2 to 4-seed Sheehan. Evident that they are not done, or depleted or rebuilding, Hand will brave the Division II landscape this year. They return junior goaltender Eric Dillner who is coming off a Goalie of the Year season last year. They also bring back a cavalcade of offensive talent including last year’s leading scorer, junior Tatum Fitzmaurice (15 goals, 30 assists). He’s joined by juniors Joey DeAngelis (14 goals, 18 assists), Ethan Massey (16 goals, 9 assists) and Logan Massey (9 goals, 12 assists) and the reliable senior Brendan Ryan (10 goals, 14 assists). On D, the Tigers bring back junior John Gagliardi (2 goals, 6 assists) and last year’s DIII Defenseman of the Year, sophomore Kevin Sandor (3 goals, 3 assists). This is a Tigers team that will certainly be challenged at the Division II level but is by no means out of place. In fact, on paper they are among the upper echelon of returning talent. We will have to monitor how some of the aforementioned players’ DIII game translates to a DII level, but I have a feeling they’ll be quite alright.