Iona Prep is hell bent on avenging last season. The Gaels were swept in three games against rival Fordham Prep, including the NYCHSAA Class AA boys lacrosse final.
“We don’t have to motivate these kids this year,” Iona coach Rick Trizano said. “There is a feeling in our locker room, there is a feeling on the field -- really a nasty feeling. Very little the coaches need to do to motivate these kids.”
Despite the graduation of attack John Castellano (Curry College) and midfielder Ben Borselino (Western New England), the Gaels bring back plenty of scholarship players on offense. Shane Fee, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound attack, is headed to Bucknell and fellow attack Luke Wooters is a Nazareth commit. They will be joined by the coach’s son Billy.
Philip Logerfo will try to lead Iona Prep to a CHSAA 'AA' state title tihs season.
“He’s really got all the tools,” the coach said of Fee.
Iona’s one concern will be its depth at midfield led by Scranton-bound senior Phil Logerfo. He will be joined by JV MVP Michael McHugh and Mike Florio, who will be looked to for more offensive production. Sophomore Michael Orefice has a chance to be one of the league’s top faceoff specialists.
“We haven’t had a [true] faceoff guy in three years,” Trizanio said.
The unit with the most stability will be the defense with the entire unit returning. Ross Schnitzer, a Loyola recruit, is joined by senior Tim Hefferon and senior goalie Steve Bonalle. They have the Gaels thinking about reclaiming bragging rights, their league title and state crown.
“Our goal is to win it all,” Trizano said.
Stepinac took its lumps as a ‘AA’ team last year going 0-19 and returned to the ‘A’ under the direction of first-year coach James Goldman, who was an assistant last year.
“There is no one who is going to show us anything we haven’t seen,” Goldman said. “When you play a Chaminade and St. Anthony’s team where seniors are committed D-I, you are not going to see that in the 'A' league. But don’t get me wrong, we are fighting for our spots just like everybody else.”
The Crusaders return 12 players from that team including three-year starter at midfield Nick Shaw, a super athlete who can do a little of everything. Junior midfielder Andrew Murray is expected to be the team’s top goal scoring threat and Vincent O’Toole is Stepinac’s best feeder. Dom Vallario will also see time at attack.
“He’s got a cannon for a shot,” Goldman said of Murray. “We are expecting a lot of goals from him.”
Stepinac is expected to have a versatile defense, including returning goalie Bob DiNapoli. Senior Angelo Narcise is a physical defender and Michael Rooney is the team’s top take-away guy.
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