Head coach: Paul deCastro (12th season). Assistant coaches: Jeff Lewis, Mario Costa (volunteer), Joe Tavares (volunteer), Roland Parrilla (volunteer), Brendan Hinchey (volunteer).
Last year: Stonington put together a 19-3 record, losing to eventual Class M champion Plainville, 2-1, in the state semifinals. Stonington also reached the ECC semis.
Returning to varsity:
Seniors: Will Cannella (D, captain), Sampson Casadei (D), Peter Fernholz (G, captain), Tyler Fidrych (MF, captain), Rhys Hammond (MF, captain), George Limberakis (D). Juniors: Ethan Allen-Fernandez (MF-D), Elias Dahl (MF). Sophomore: Sam Montalto (F).
New to varsity:
Juniors: Jonathan Clark (D), Owen Lindenmayer (MF), Jacob Pereira (MF), Alex Tobiassen (D). Sophomores: Billy deCastro (MF), Cole DeVoe (D), Wynn Hammond (D-MF), Will Sawin (MF-F).
Outlook: Stonington lost two All-New England players, but plans on being among the better teams in Class M and the ECC this season.
“I think we are still trying to figure out where people are going to play and what their roles are,” coach deCastro said. “Last year, we had a much better idea of where people would play. The way we look in Game 4 may be different in Game 14.”
Stonington returns three All-ECC Division I first-team selections in Fidrych, Fernholz and Montalto.
Fidrych had eight goals and 14 assists last season. His foot skills and ability to control the game from the midfield will be key for the Bears. DeCastro expects him to score more this season.
Fernholz was top-notch in goal last season. Montalto had 11 goals and seven assists last season as a freshman.
Cannella and DeVoe will run the defense from their center-back spots.
Coach’s take: “We want to play on the last day of the season. We don’t really talk about it. We just keep talking about getting better each day. It’s just assumed that is our current goal.”
— Keith Kimberlin