Review & preview: Premature 2010 poll Part 2
Yesterday, I released the first installment of a preseason and premature poll for the 2010 season, publishing the teams ranked from Nos. 15 to 11. Wednesday will feature Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday, Nos. 5 to 1.
Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2009 will not be back next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here are the teams that I think will fall between Nos. 15 and 11.
15. Stony Brook (2009 record: 9-6; Tournament finish: no tournament)
Losses: One starter in defenseman Nick Maturro.
Returners: Nine starters including the team’s top five scorers in sophomore midfielder Kevin Crowley (28 goals and 23 assists, 57 groundballs), sophomore attackman Jordan McBride (42, 8), junior midfielder Tom Compitello (13, 25), freshman midfielder Robbie Campbell (21, 12) and freshman attackman Kyle Belton (18, 4).
Reason for pessimism: Despite losing just one starter on defense, this is a unit that surrendered 11.2 goals per game this past season.
Reason for optimism: A potent offense might get even more opportunities courtesy of the face-off prowess of sophomore Adam Rand, who led the nation with a 63.8 winning percentage.
14. Cornell (13-4; championship final)
Losses: Six starters including the entire midfield of Max Seibald (28, 10), John Glynn (23, 10, 57.5 face-off percentage) and Rocco Romero (17, 11), first-team All-American defenseman Matt Moyer (33 gb’s) and goalkeepers Jake Myers (8.20 goals-against average, .500 save percentage) and Kyle Harer (8.51 gaa, .529 save).
Returners: Four starters in attackmen Rob Pannell (25, 42) and Ryan Hurley (45, 10) and defensemen Max Feely (20 gb’s) and Michael Howe.
Reason for pessimism: Will the Big Red go with sophomore Mat Martinez or incoming Under Armour All American A.J. Fiore in the net?
Reason for optimism: As long as Cornell has Pannell, opposing defenses will have to pay a lot of attention to the soon-to-be sophomore.
13. Harvard (8-5; no tournament)
Losses: Six starters including defensemen Sam Slaughter (27 gb’s) and Max Gottschall (22 gb’s), goalie Joe Pike (6.73 gaa, .567 save) and midfielder Max Motschwiller (11, 5).
Returners: Four starters in freshman attackman Jeff Cohen (34, 7), sophomore attackman Dean Gibbons (21, 6), freshman attackman Kevin Vaughan (5, 7) and junior defenseman Billy Geist (20 gb’s).
Reason for pessimism: Junior Sam Michel and freshman Christian Coates have combined to play just 32 minutes, 56 seconds as backups to Pike.
Reason for optimism: The Crimson returns six of its top sevens scorers from this past season with Cohen, Gibbons, Vaughan, junior attackman Travis Burr (16, 3), junior midfielder Jason Duboe (11, 8) and junior attackman Jesse Fehr (6, 11).
12. Loyola (9-5; no tournament)
Losses: Four starters in defensemen Eddie Graham and Eric Kohl, attackman Shane Koppens (22, 19) and midfielder Jimmy Daly (10, 3) and key reserves in long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci and midfielder Jake Willcox (12, 0).
Returners: Six starters including four of the team’s top five scorers in junior attackmen Cooper MacDonnell (30, 8) and Collin Finnerty (24, 13), sophomore attackman Matt Langan (9, 4) and freshman midfielder Mike Sawyer (9, 4).
Reason for pessimism: The defense will sorely miss the presence of Ricci, who led the country with 51 caused turnovers, collected 91 groundballs, and posted two goals and five assists.
Reason for optimism: The Greyhounds might be able to mask their holes on defense if junior John Schiavone, who ranked fourth in the nation with a 58.9 face-off percentage, continues his ways.
11. Hofstra (11-4; first round)
Losses: Four starters including midfielders Michael Colleluori (14, 22) and Anthony Muscarella (19, 9), attackman Tom Dooley (17, 5) and defenseman Jack Vivonetto.
Returners: Six starters including sophomore attackman Jay Card (35, 9), freshman attackman Kevin Ford (19, 9) and junior midfielder Dan Stein (6, 5).
Reason for pessimism: Colleluori, Muscarella and Dooley were three of the team’s top five scorers.
Reason for optimism: A defense that features junior defensemen Adam Swarsen (35 gb’s) and Christian Scuderi (33 gb’s) and freshman goalie Andrew Gvozden (8.38 gaa, .551 save) welcomes Under Armour All-American defenseman Cody Solaja.