2020-21 Season Preview: Fairfield Prep Jesuits
2019-20 Record: 12-6-2
Head Coach: Matt Sather (22nd season)
Key Returning Players: Mason Whitney (F, Sr.), Aksel Sather (F, Jr.), Tiernan Curley (F, Jr.), Teddy Gravanis (D, Sr.), Kyle Colucci (F, Sr.), Matt Vinoski (D, Sr.), Joseph Bisset (D, Sr.), Luke Giardina (D, Sr.), Aaron Wong (F, Sr.), Henry Keller (F, Jr.), Luke Noonan (D, Jr.), Tommy Martin (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: As we often remark on, Sather does an excellent job getting each year’s backup plenty of experience for the following season. That was no different last year. Tommy Martin (2.14 GAA, .922 SV%) saw action in four games and will take over the starting goalie duties at Prep. He will be backed up by junior Nick Ambrosio.
Key Losses: Cooper Eckert, Roberts Viguls, Jack Esse, Andrew Steitzel, Seamus Carolan, Tommy Quinn, Matt Wenger, Matt Ambrosio, Tyler Woods, Andrew Mitchell (all to graduation)
Outlook: The Jesuits return for the 2021 season with a group of forwards that will certainly be envied by most teams in the state. Seniors Mason Whitney (21 G, 11 A, 32 Pts), Aksel Sather (9 G, 10 A, 19 Pts), and junior Tiernan Curley (8 G, 8 A, 16 Pts) all have solidified themselves as players to circle on a scouting report every night. But Head Coach Matt Sather, now in his 22nd season of a Hall of Fame career, is excited for some of his secondary options in guys like seniors Kyle Colucci and Aaron Wong. On defense, the Jesuits will have to recover from the loss of 2019-20 CTHSHockey Division I Defenseman of the Year, Cooper Eckert. He and the graduated Seamus Carolan were truly exceptional on the back end for Prep last year. That said, junior Luke Noonan, an excellent two-way threat, looks like the next in line of great Prep defensemen. He’s accompanied on the blue line by seniors Matt Vinoski, Joseph Bissett, Luke Giardina, and Teddy Gravanis. Add in senior Tommy Martin, who saw valuable time as a junior in net behind our 2019-20 Division I Goalie of the Year Andrew Steitzel, and the Jesuits will certainly be among the top of the heap when this season ultimately concludes. It’s a different year for Prep considering they will not be playing their traditional out-of-state rivals, something that this program certainly prides itself in being able to do. Ultimately, according to Sather, this team “will go as far as our seniors will take us. In this most unusual season, we are focused every day on making sure our senior class has the best opportunity we can provide for them.” I have a sinking suspicion that even in this odd year, Prep will accomplish plenty to make this a memorable year for their seniors, underclassmen, and fans.