Leighley said with Grossi, Murphy, McVeigh, Brennan Gordon, Danny Kelly and Owen Daly, the midfield corps boasts plenty of speed. Daly is one of three sophomores who got a taste of varsity action a year ago. Another is attack Gordon Purdie, who netted 13 goals. “Gordon can be an offensive focal point for the next three years,” Leighley said. “He shoots hard and gives us great energy.” Purdie, senior Drew Torre and junior Austin Fabel will all benefit from LoCicero’s playmaking ability up front.
Defensively, senior Matt Mott sets the tone and brings a strong physical presence to a back line that includes senior Zack Weiss and sophomore Eddie Bouhall. “Matt’s an intense athlete coming off an appearance in the state wrestling tournament,” Leighley said. Weiss is stepping into a starting role for the first time, while Bouhall has a knack for takeaways.
The coach will use non-league games, scrimmages and practices to determine a starting goaltender. Seniors Greg Karaczynski and Perry Deutsch, as well as sophomore Brendan McDougal, are in the mix. “It’s a luxury to have three quality goalies,” Leighley said.