2019-20 Season Preview: Hamden
Hamden Green Dragons
2018-19 Record: 12-8
Tournament Result: As 4-seed lost in Division I First Round to 13-seed Notre Dame-Fairfield 1-0
Head Coach: Todd Hall (5th season)
Key Returning Players: Joseph D’Adamo (F, Sr.), Jack Shane (F, Sr.), Alan Cozzolino (F, Sr.), Jack Dolan (F, Sr.) Craig Cesare (F, Jr.), Bryce Riccitelli (F, Jr.), Jesse Fracasso (F, So.), Alex Ponzio (D, Sr.), Robert Celentano (D, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Zach Moroz (D, Fr.), Anthony Malonis (F, So.Hamden Hall), Ben Bielen (G, So.)
Goalie Situation: After seeing very little time in previous years, Donald Moorcroft really turned it on for the Dragons last year. Now, senior Max Ricci moves into a similar role as Moorcroft last year. Ricci saw limited time last season (82 minutes) but was solid. Sophomore Ben Bielen figures to get a look as well, but it seems, at least to start the year, it’s Ricci’s spot to lose.
Key Losses: Michael Gethings, Eddy Fracasso, AJ Luedee (all to graduation), Conor Gethings (Worcester Academy)
Outlook: With their top three leading scorers graduating, their top defenseman heading to prep school, a new goalie and returning only 29% of their point production from a year ago, the Dragons have an uphill climb facing them this season. Returning up front, the Dragons will look to seniors Joe D’Adamo (5 goals, 6 assists), Jack Shane (3 goals, 4 assists), Alan Cozzolino (3 goals, 6 assists) and Jack Dolan (2 goals) as well as juniors Craig Cesare (2 goals, 3 assists) and Bryce Riccitelli (5 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore Jesse Fracasso (1 goal, 1 assist). Should the Dragons compete this year, they will need a few of these guys to get hot and take large strides in their offensive games. On D, seniors Alex Ponzio and Robert Celentano lead an inexperienced group which features freshman Zach Moroz. Hamden still plays a full DI slate. Because of the current DI landscape, they’ll be in the tournament. However, the trouble seems to be where the scoring will come from. But Hamden will battle and certainly pull off their fair share of upsets along the way and playing such a rich schedule should prepare the Dragons to compete come tournament time.