2019-20 Season Preview: Trumbull
2018-19 Record: 10-10
Tournament Result: As 16-seed lost in the Division II Qualifying Round to 17-seed East Haven 2-1
Head Coach: Greg Maxey (23rd season)
Key Returning Players: Jack McLean (F, Sr.), Collin Mallozzi (F, Jr.), Owen Finnegan (F, Jr.), Marco Minopoli (D, Sr.), Alex Tsymbalyuk (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Zachary Jager (So.)
Goalie Situation: Trumbull is billing this is as a goalie battle. Senior Alex Tsymbalyuk, junior Grayson Chopskie and sophomore Adam Guttman are set to face off to earn crease time. At least at the onset, Tsymbalyuk looks to have the upper hand. He’s been very good over the past couple seasons. But look for Chopskie and Guttman to push him. It seems like Head Coach Greg Maxey has a good problem on his hands.
Key Losses: Alex Jackel, John Therriault (both to graduation)
Outlook: Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that when I wrote this preview last year, I may have pumped Trumbull’s tires up a bit too much. But what can I say? I liked who they had coming back. But I’m a glutton for punishment and I think they’ll be decent again. Last year, they sputtered into the postseason, losing to East Haven Co-op in the DII Qualifying Round. During the regular season, Trumbull went 10-10 but if you dive deeper into those ten wins you’ll see that two came out of state, five were against DIII opposition, two were against struggling North Haven and St. Joe’s squads and you could argue the lone quality win of the year was over the powerful Westhill-Stamford offense, 5-4 in overtime. This year they bring back senior forward Jack McLean (6 goals, 12 assists) and junior forwards Owen Finnegan (5 goals, 11 assists) and Collin Mallozzi (6 goals, 6 assists) up front. The Eagles are looking for sophomore newcomer Zachary Jager to be impactful this year as well. On the back end, the hard hitting senior defenseman Marco Minopoli (5 goals, 13 assists, +17) returns in his final year. See above for the goalie mess that Maxey is going to have to root through. Trumbull is playing a challenging non-conference schedule as well as their usual D1/D3 FCIAC foes. If they can find a way in, I think they can do some damage in the tourney. But then again, I said that last year, too.