Head coach: Ryan Meade (4th season). Assistant coach: Tim Lyons.
Last year: The Chargers went undefeated (17-0) and won the Division III championship for the second straight season. Their winning streak stands at 35 straight games.
Returning to varsity:
Seniors: Ryane Hart (A), Evan Judkins (A), Paul Marshall (LSM-D), Ryan Robalweski (D), Joe Silvia (D), Nick Silvia (D), Evan Vazquez (A). Juniors: Nathan Allamby (A), Brayden Birrell (MF), Tom O’Horo (A). Sophomores: Nick Corrente (MF), Andrew Giusti (G), Josh Pater (LSM), Rogan Wotherspoon (MF).
New to varsity:
Seniors: Evan Harris (MF), Lucas Santos (MF). Juniors: C.J. Boisclair (MF), Brendan O’Rourke (MF). Sophomore: Ethan Sargent (D). Freshmen: Adam Leander (G), Luke Mead (MF), Jason Nilsson (MF-D).
Outlook: The Chargers graduated four All-Division III first-teamers and two second-teamers, and face the prospect of moving up to D-II.
But Meade said the Chargers are ready for the promotion.
“Even though we lost a lot of our top guys, we still have a team that will be competitive,” said Meade, whose career record is 48-5, all in D-III. “We just have to have a different approach to running our offense.”
Chariho will use the early part of the schedule identify its go-to players on offense, the “top guys who will put us in position to win games,” Meade said.
Allamby, who had 17 goals and 26 assists last season, is likely to be among those players.
Defensively, Chariho has some solid, experienced veterans in the Silvia twins and Marshall, a returning All-Division first-teamer. Also, Giusti played in a handful of games in goal during the early part of last season.
Coach’s take: “Putting ourselves in position to be a playoff team would be a huge accomplishment for us. We want to push ourselves to be a top team in Division II.”
— Ken Sorensen