2019-20 Season Preview: Wilton
2018-19 Record: 9-10-1
Tournament Result: As 9-seed lost in the Division III First Round to 8-seed Newtown 7-2
Head Coach: Mark Mangino (1st season)
Key Returning Players: Tommy McHugh (D, Sr.), Lucas Thelan (D, Sr.), Tyler Everitt (F, Sr.), Jackson Kelly (F, Jr.), Ryan Sorbo (F, So.)
Impact Newcomers: Mitch Stenger (G, Fr.), Owen Petit (D, Jr. Darien Midgets)
Goalie Situation: Junior Logan Motyka returns as the Warriors’ go to guy. Early on last season Motyka was excellent. During Wilton’s stretch of DI opponents, goals against totals ballooned, which was expected. Regardless, Motyka will be given every opportunity to shine. Freshman Mitch Stenger will back him up.
Key Losses: Dean DiNanno, Brandon Jonsson (both to graduation), David Overbeeke (Canterbury)
Outlook: While Wilton’s streak of not winning a tournament game reaches seven years, they made some strides last year as a program reaching the nine win mark. Now, John Miserendino has stepped down and former assistant Mark Mangino steps in to take over the helm. Wilton’s season last year started so positively going 6-0-1 out of the gate but finished 2-8 over their final ten games. Now, this year as they look to pick up the pieces they’ll do it without approximately 70 goals that they lost when Dean DiNanno and Brandon Jonsson graduated and David Overbeeke left for the prep ranks. Because of this, first year head coach Mark Mangino says a focus will be on the defensive end and special teams. Manning that blue line is returning senior defensemen Tommy McHugh and Lucas Thelan. Junior Logan Motyka is back in net and when he’s on he’s very good. Up front Wilton is expecting big years out of senior Tyler Everitt, junior Jackson Kelly and sophomore Ryan Sorbo. Mangino also informs us that former All-American at UConn and former CT Whale (NWHL) Head Coach, Ryan Equale has joined the Warriors on the coaching staff. Wilton lost a ton offensively but returns a solid group that should allow Wilton to make a return trip to the state tourney.