2020-21 Season Preview: Sheehan Titans
2019-20 Record: 16-3-1 (Division III)
Head Coach: Dave Festa (13th season)
Key Returning Players: Luke Festa (F, Sr.), Anthony Romano (F, Sr.), Joe Romano (F, Sr.), Joe Richo (F, Sr.), Dylan Hennessey (D/F, Sr.), James Stratton (D, Jr.), Anthony Defilio (F, Jr.), Billy Totz (F, So.), Brendan Hilinski (D, Jr.), Justin Lyon (G, So.)
Impact Newcomers: Michael Fritz (G, Fr.), Landon Cantele (Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Justin Lyon saw the bulk of the load for Sheehan last year and will start the year as the Titans’ #1. He will be backed up by junior Luca Mange and freshman Michael Fritz.
Key Losses: Devin Napoli, Dayton Allderidge (both to graduation)
Outlook: I mean this in the least possible disrespectful way to any of the six teams playing at the SCC/SWC Division III tier this season… Sheehan moving up to the Division II tier is absolutely the right decision and it would’ve been downright silly to watch them at a tier below. This is a Titans team who returns 5 of their 6 top scorers from a year ago, three 100-point scorers in seniors Luke Festa (18 G, 31 A, 49 Pts), Joe Romano (35 G, 17 A, 52 Pts), and Anthony Romano (25 G, 30 A, 55 Pts), strong defense in the form of senior F/D Dylan Hennessey and juniors James Stratton and Brendan Hilinski, and a couple other guys in senior Joey Richo and junior Anthony Defilio who combined for 47 points of their own. The loss of Devin Napoli will undoubtedly hurt. Napoli was an excellent locker room guy and as selfless of a player as they come. Sophomore Justin Lyon saw most of the action for the Titans last year in net. Often, he was provided a 5-6-7-goal cushion that will likely not be the case playing a DII SCC/SWC slate. His play will need to continue to improve. There are other changes for the Titans that could, potentially, impact the flow of the season. Sheehan will be playing out of a crowded Northford Ice Pavilion, shacking up with teams who overnight became common foes. There was a peace to Remsen Rink at Choate. If the Titans can overcome the non-personnel changes, I think they’ll be just fine and even for a team switching divisions. In fact, I still have them in the top 5 of all DII teams, sniffing the top 3.