2020-21 Season Preview: Watertown-Pomperaug Indians
2019-20 Record: 3-17-0
Head Coach: Vic Vicenzi (17th season)
Key Returning Players: Ryan Magee (F, Sr.), Tom Leonard (D, Sr.), Owen Gallagher (G, Sr.), Matt Christina (F, Jr.), Spencer Ances (D, Jr.), Joey Meglio (D, Jr.), Robert Lubus (F, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Shane Repetto (So.), Jack Mulhall (So.), Zach Burstiner (So.)
Goalie Situation: Senior Owen Gallagher and sophomore Carly Bokina will continue to battle for crease time for the Indians this season. This one should continue to be a goalie battle well into the early season as both have shown they belong.
Key Losses: Sean Dunfee, Jake Oldham, Brandon Mercede, Ryan Furr (all to graduation), Everett Greenwood (Ridgefield)
Outlook: After three straight seasons of 15+ wins, Watertown-Pomperaug missed out on qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2015 last year. It didn’t end up mattering, obviously, but it should be noted that last year’s group struggled mightily. Throw in the graduations of All-State caliber player Sean Dunfee and the gritty Jake Oldham, and the transfer of Everett Greenwood, and a rebuild looks a bit more difficult. But after hearing from 17-year Head Coach Vic Vicenzi and senior Ryan Magee, they both echo the sentiment that, while young and rather inexperienced, this is a close-knit group who will work hard, play with a lot of energy, and do everything in their power to get back to the top of the SCC/SWC DII ladder. Magee looks to lead the offensive charge. Junior Matt Christina and junior Robert Lubus look like the next in line to take a step up in their play. On the blueline, senior Tom Leonard looks to cap a strong WP career while juniors Spencer Ances and Joey Meglio will lead back there as well. In net, WP has a couple of returning netminders who felt the sting last year of a three-win season. Senior Owen Gallagher and sophomore Carly Bokina will face off in a healthy goalie battle to start the year. We’re hearing all the right things out of WP camp and Vicenzi is the right man to guide this ship, but from a bodies/personnel standpoint, I don’t see where the production will come from even if the Indians are strong on the back-end. Looking at their initial schedule, there are some wins to be had but there are also some big-time DII powers on there as well. It could be another tough year for a program, at least in recent memory, not used to those.