New Milford Green Wave
2018-19 Record: 9-11
Tournament Result: As 7-seed lost in the Division III Quarterfinals to 2-seed LHK 6-0
Head Coach: Scott Capriglione (6th season)
Key Returning Players: Ian Donahue (F, Sr.), Sean Donahue (D, Sr.), Cam Schopher (D, Sr.), Logan Maciel (F, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Lee Conlu (G, Sr. Apple Core), Steve Sanford (F/D, So. Yale Youth), Quinn Danvers (D, So. Ridgefield Youth), Tim Bensema (F, So.), Megan Almedia (F, So.), Joe LaCava (F, So.), Josh Sam (F, Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Losing both Giampietro and Marano would normally cripple a team. Luckily for Scott Capriglione, he has some new options in net this year. Senior Lee Conlu has come over from the Apple Core program and from in house, he has junior Logan Lucas. These two are expected to battle for the starting position on a squad that’s not unaccustomed to having multiple talented goalies.
Key Losses: Zach Hook, Evan Golembeske, Jack Mayers, Ben Marano, Hayden Giampietro (all to graduation)
Outlook: In their first year at the DIII level, New Milford put together an okay season finishing 9-11 and losing to eventual champ LHK in the quarters. That matchup did them no favors as the Green Wave had a team that I believe could’ve made a deeper run should they have not run into that juggernaut. The problem facing this year’s group is losses to graduation. These losses include both senior goaltenders and their top three leading scorers from a year ago Zach Hook, Evan Golembeske and Jack Mayers. Those three guys accounted for 56% of New Milford’s goal scoring last year. Attempting to fill that void will be senior forward Ian Donahue (7 goals, 6 assists) and senior Logan Maciel (4 goals, 3 assists). They’re a little more stout on D with seniors Sean Donahue and Cam Schopher returning but in order for the Green Wave to be a factor this year, they’ll need their large crop of new faces to amount to something. In net, senior Lee Conlu, formerly of the Apple Core, will battle with junior Logan Lucas. There are others, as well, who will look early on to make an impact and earn more playing time. At the end of the day New Milford prides itself in one thing over anything else, their independence. “We are proud of the fact we are able to maintain our numbers stay a single school program in this era of the co-op. We are able to compete with local kids that want to stay and excel playing for their school,” Capriglione told us. This is admirable and I certainly dig it but it doesn’t change the fact that they lost a ton. That said, great coaching and great commitment to the program could be what keeps New Milford in the picture this year.