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2019-20 Season Preview: JBWA

JBWA Knights

Conference: SCC/SWC

2018-19 Record: 12-8

Tournament Result: As 5-seed lost in the Division III Quarterfinals to 4-seed Sheehan 12-3

Head Coach: Bob Stearns (6th season)

Key Returning Players: Daniel McKiernan (F, Jr.), Evan Baran (D, Sr.), Dan Rooney (D, Sr.), Dylan Leone (F, Sr.), Teddy Blanchard (D, Jr.), Dante Esposito (F, Jr.), Luke Dube (F, Jr.), Ronan Duffy (F, Jr.)

Impact Newcomers: Duncan Craine (D, So.), Stephen Theall (F, So.), Ben Wolff (F, So.), Jake Fones (F, Sr.)

Goalie Situation: Kevin Brennan’s time has passed with his graduation last spring. Last year’s back up Connor Sweeney, now a junior, will look to jump into the role of starter. Sweeney saw very little time last year.

Key Losses: Andrew Powell, Travis Nussbaum, Matteo Naclerio, Kevin Brennan (all to graduation)

Outlook: JBWA was definitely a fun group to follow last season. Their offense was a juggernaut and scored 4+ goals in all but one regular season game last year. Andrew Powell had an excellent senior season and new faces Travis Nussbaum and Daniel McKiernan became household names. Ultimately, JBWA’s inability to consistently keep the puck out of the net was their downfall and the Knights fell 12-3 to Sheehan in the DIII quarters. Powell and Nussbaum are gone but junior Daniel McKiernan (46 goals, 33 assists) is back after putting together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in state history. Junior Luke Dube and senior Dylan Leone are both coming off 20 point seasons a year ago and they will both be looked upon to make up for the loss of 124 combined points that Powell and Nussbaum gave JBWA. On defense, seniors Evan Baran and Dan Rooney as well as junior Teddy Blanchard will attempt to shore up some of those defensive woes that plagued JBWA last year. In net junior Connor Sweeney will take over for the graduated Kevin Brennan. Sweeney saw only 28 minutes of action last year. JBWA should be okay this year. Any team that McKiernan is on is going to be a team that is going to pot some goals, but they’re not going to sneak up on anyone this year. Now with LHK and Hand moving up, JBWA becomes a team that many opponents may circle on the schedule. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle this.

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