2019-20 Season Preview: Farmington Valley
Farmington Valley Generals
2018-19 Record: 8-10-2
Tournament Result: As 10-seed lost in the Division II Semifinals to 6-seed Glastonbury 3-2 (2OT)
Co-Head Coaches: Mike Barone (27th season), Scott Percival (10th season)
Key Returning Players: Matt Arena (F, Sr.), Scott Groleau (F, Jr.), Brendan Occhino (F, So.), Trevor Stoneman (D, Sr.), Drew Abbott (D, Jr.), Nate Watson (D, Jr.), Jack Calcavecchia (D, Jr.)
Goalie Situation: Three year starter Trevor Paluso has graduated which leaves a still potent offense with limited resources on the back end. Sophomores Jacob Markowitz and Danny Pauling will battle it out for the starter job.
Key Losses: Owen Lacourciere, Eric Schweitzer, Trevor Paluso, Tommy Driggs (all to graduation)
Outlook: Last year was a real roller coaster ride for the Farmington Valley Generals. A year after winning the DII title and returning a large chunk of the talent that brought them there, the Generals were 6-3-1 through the first ten games and looked pretty solid. Then, they dropped seven of their final eight regular season games. As a 10-seed, there weren’t many expecting much out of FVG in the tourney but they turned it on and rode a hot streak all the way to the DII semifinals before losing in heartbreaking fashion in double overtime, 3-2 to Glastonbury. They will be without talented goalie Trevor Paluso and two of their top three leading scorers from a year ago, Owen Lacourciere and Eric Schweitzer. As of right now, two sophomores are battling it out for net supremacy. That position will dictate a lot of FVG’s success this year. They return all-stater, senior Matt Arena (22 goals, 27 assists) and junior Scott Groleau (8 goals, 8 assists) who really came on last year as a secondary option. Also look for sophomore Brendan Occhino (4 goals, 6 assists) to elevate his game this year. While the D was inexperienced last year for the Generals, they return a lot of guys who saw valuable ice time last year in senior Trevor Stoneman and juniors Drew Abbott, Nate Watson and Jack Calcavecchia. We know better than to count against the Generals being a competitive group. Over the last four seasons, FVG has gone a combined 54-23-3, and that’s with them having a losing record last year. They’ll be among a big mix of strong DII groups down the home stretch.