2020-21 Season Preview: East Catholic Eagles
2019-20 Record: 9-10-1
Head Coach: Joey Trenholm (5th season)
Key Returning Players: Kevin Hartnett (F, Sr.), Nathan Segar (D, Sr.), Mick O’Connor (D, Sr.), Cole Usseglio (F, Jr.), AJ Bushnell (F, Jr.), Nathanael DiSalvatore (F, Sr.), Colin Turer (D, So.), Ethan Utermarck (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: Senior Ethan Utermarck (.924 SV%, 2.43 GAA) enters his final year wearing an Eagles sweater. In years where help in front lacked and offense output was limited, Utermarck was always a constant for the Eagles. Look for him to have an excellent senior campaign. Junior Mason Cormier will back up Utermarck but would likely be starting on many other clubs. He will push Utermarck for playing time.
Key Losses: Rowan Masse (Westminster)
Outlook: I think there are two storylines for this year’s East Catholic Eagles. One resides in net in senior goalie Ethan Utermarck. The other is no longer a part of the East Catholic Eagles program. Let’s start with that one: Rowan Masse, after an electric sophomore season that saw him score 20 goals and lead the Eagles in scoring, left early for Westminster. Where will his production come from this year? Senior Kevin Hartnett (14 G, 9 A, 23 Pts) has been as consistent as they’ve come for the Eagles in recent memory. He’ll be a horse that will be relied upon. Look for senior Nathanael DiSalvatore and juniors Cole Usseglio and AJ Bushnell to elevate their play as well. But will that be enough on the offensive end? Circling back to the first storyline, I think Utermarck will be one of the best goalies in the state, as he has been for a bit. But I think the help around him on the back end is what will make East Catholic a tough out. Seniors Nathan Segar (4 G, 9 A, 13 Pts) and Mick O’Connor (3 G, 7 A, 10 Pts) will be lockdown and add some on the offensive end. Look for sophomore Colin Turer to build on a great freshman year on the blue line as well. The bottom line is someone needs to step up and take charge of the offense. If you look back through tweets or game recaps from the last two seasons, you’d be hard-pressed to not find Masse’s name somewhere on there. If the Eagles can find a body or a combination or a couple to elevate their play to that level, I think they have more than enough stalwartness on the back end to make it a solid season out of Cromwell.