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Preview: Westerly boys’ lacrosse


Head coach:

Bruce Brawley (3rd season).

Assistant coach:

Adam Kaufman.

Last year:

The Bulldogs made a quantum leap in their second varsity season, improving from a 2-12 mark in 2012 to 6-9 overall and 6-6 in Division III. The Bulldogs lost to No. 2 seed Coventry 17-4 in the quarterfinals.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Ian Hiltz (captain, MF), Pat Johns (captain, MF), Dallas Cottrell (captain, MF).

Juniors:

Ben Murphy (MF), T.J. Dobson (Attack/MF), Brandon Swain (D), Gaelen Frink (Defense), Ryan Bartholomew (MF).

Sophomores:

Isaac Kaufman (Goalie/Defense), Joe Piccolo (MF/Defense), Christian Dean (Attack).

New to varsity:

Sophomores:

Alex Morgan (MF), Jack Duncan (MF), Carter White (MF), Holsten Jimno (Defense), Marcus Lamb (MF/Defense).

Freshmen:

Lucas Hiltz (Attack), Seth Rohdin (Attack).

Outlook:

Brawley looks for an infusion of talent from the Westerly youth lacrosse program to help replace heavy graduation losses, especially in the offensive end. Tim Moran, a Division III first team pick, scored 60 goals as a senior last year. Graduated players Matt Gencarelli and Killian Robbins also helped account for 83 of Westerly’s 96 goals last season.

Brawley is counting on freshmen Lucas Hiltz and Rohdin to provide goal-scoring along with Dobson and Dean up front.

“I’m a little nervous about our scoring potential, but I have a lot of faith in the youth program,” Brawley said. “The kids are showing up now with lacrosse knowledge and stick skills. We’ll need four or five players to put the ball in the net.”

The coach is banking on a solid midfield, anchored by long-stick middie Ian Hiltz, a Division III second team pick last year. Johns, Cottrell, Murphy, Dobson, Bartholomew and Piccolo also return with varsity experience at middie. Morgan looks to add his 6-foot-6 size to the midfield rotation.

Swain, Frink and Jimno bolster the defense in front of keeper Kaufman, who split time in goal last year and also played in the field. He is the leading returning scorer with five goals.

Coach’s take:

“We’re going to be young but talented. Our defense looks good and we’ve bonded really well. It has helped us early on that everyone in the program has come up with a lacrosse background thanks to the town youth league. We don’t have a bunch of kids coming out to play for the first time. We have more lacrosse experience this year than in the first two seasons.”



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