Army hockey brings in 11 freshmen

By KEN McMILLAN
Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – The Army hockey team may be receiving a boost in its lineup with the addition of 11 freshmen, including six signings from two of the top junior leagues in North America.
The United States Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League are considered the second- and third-best breeding grounds for collegiate hockey talent, with many players signing with elite NCAA Division I programs. Never before has Army brought in as many as four USHL recruits in a season, coach Brian Riley said.
What should be interesting is how Riley mixes in the newcomers with a roster that lost only one player, captain Brian Schultz, to graduation. Nine Black Knights played as freshmen last season, including the Nos. 1 and 3 leading scorers, C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle, and there were 10 sophomores.
Goaltender Cole Bruns broke the USHL record for consecutive shutout minutes, and his 17 blank sheets led the league. The 5-foot-10 Bruns, from Prairie Grove, Ill., posted a 17-8-4 record and 2.27 goals against average for the Omaha Lancers. His addition may help a goaltender lineup that was lackluster last season.
“The best way I can describe [my style] is I’m aggressive, but I know when to be patient,” Bruns told Yahoo Canada. “I’m not the biggest guy so I try to get out and take away that angle.”
Joe Llaurado, of New Berlin, Wis., was a runner-up for his state’s Mr. Hockey award, registering 127 points in his final two seasons of high school play. Llaurado played for the USHL’s Dubuque Saints.
“I just try to bury every opportunity I’m given,” Llaurado told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel two years ago, fresh off a 48-goal, 26-assist season with Marquette High School.
Tyler Pham was a team captain for the USHL champion Indiana Ice, having played 185 games over three seasons. The Denver product had 22 points in 57 regular-season games and five in the playoffs.
Rugged defenseman Michael Preston also played for the Ice, racking up 129 penalty minutes to go with seven points. Preston’s decision to attend West Point was a surprise considering he did not like his three years of prep time at the Culver Military Academy.
“At Culver I didn’t like the military aspect,” Preston told the Indianapolis Star. “It’s funny when you get older and it kind of changes on you. I think it’s really a unique opportunity that I want to do. I think it’s cool to serve your country.”
“He’s the hardest worker. He is in as good a shape as anyone,” Ice coach and general manager Jeff Brown told the Star. “He leads by example and is a great voice in locker room. He’s a typical leader.”
Blake Box and Cody Boyd played in the BCHL. Box played two seasons with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, holding captain honors last season. Box won a contest for the league’s hardest shot, earning three goals and 16 assists. Boyd, from Johnstown, Pa., was captain of the BCHL champion Coquitlam Express, posting three goals and six assists in the playoff run.
Connor Andrle, Nick DeCenzo and Brendan McGuire hail from the North American Hockey League. Joe Shector arrives from the Central Hockey League. Andy Faust competed in the Eastern Hockey League last season before being traded back into the NAHL.
Andrle, from St. Louis Park, Minn., posted 16 goals and 18 assists for the Brookings Blizzard. A former top player in the Minnesota high school ranks, Andrie had 51 points over two seasons with the Blizzard.
DeCenzo is coming off a career-best season with nine goals and 23 assists for the Blizzard. A boost for special teams, DeCenzo, of Hibbing, Minn., had 83 points over three seasons.
McGuire helped lead the Amarillo Bulls to 40 wins and a South Division title in the NAHL. At 6-foot-6, he brings great size to West Point. McGuire had 22 points in 55 games with the Bulls. Previously, he played two seasons with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canadian Hockey League, tallying 70 points in 130 games.
Shector, a defenseman from Farmington Hills, Mich., posted 68 points in 184 games with the Ottawa Junior Senators over the past three seasons. His special teams skills should prove to be an immediate asset, Riley said.
Faust, from Stillwater, Minn., tallied 30 points in 24 games with the Connecticut Oilers of the EHL before being traded back to the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill, where he had played 60 games (15 goals, 26 assists) in 2012-13.
“We are so excited about these 11 young men that have decided to attend West Point,’’ Riley said. “They will all be outstanding additions not only to the Academy but also to our hockey program. Each one of these players has the ability to make an immediate impact on the ice.’’
The website, CollegeCommitments.com, reports early 2015-16 commits Ryan Swanson of Holy Family Catholic (Minn.), Nash Worden of the Omaha Lancers, Brendan Soucie of Kent Prep School, Bryan Gerstenfeld and Tipper Higgins of Berkshire Prep and Kyle Patava of the NAHL’s Janeville Jets.

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SUNY Ulster volleyball roster, schedule set

The SUNY Ulster women’s volleyball team roster has been announced with 12 players all hailing from Ulster County and the Varsity 845 area.
The outside hitters are Ashley Agor (New Paltz, Soph.), Alicia Kinch (Ellenville, Fr.), Kelsey Valencia (Wawarsing Christian, Soph.), Jessica Muller (Saugerties, Soph.), Alexcis Moses (Kingston, Fr.) and Kayley Mannello (Rondout Valley, Fr.).
The middle hitters are Jordan Smith (Rondout Valley, Fr.) and Melissa Rosado (Ellenville, Soph.).
Danielle Hrelja (Wallkill, Soph.) is an opposite hitter. Samantha Shultis (Saugerties, Soph.) is the libero. The setters are Meghan Hurley (Coleman Catholic, Soph.) and Makenzi Atkinson (Rondout Valley, Fr.).
Glenn Warnock is the head coach for the tenth season and his assistant since the start, George McGrath, is also back.

The Ulster schedule:
September
Thur. 18 – Sullivan, 6 p.m.; Fri. 19 – at Rockland, 6 p.m.; Tues. 23 – Orange, 7 p.m.; Sat. 27 – Rockland, 1 p.m.; Tues. 30 – at Dutchess, 7 p.m.
October
Thur. 2 – at Westchester, 7 p.m.; Sun. 5 – at Suffolk, 12 p.m.; vs. Nassau, at Suffolk, 1:15 p.m.; Tues. 7 – at Sullivan, 6 p.m.; Thur. 9 – at Orange, 7 p.m.; Sun. 12 – Fashion Institute, 12 p.m.; CC of Manhattan, 1:15 p.m.; Wed. 15 – Westchester, 7 p.m.; Thur. 16 – Dutchess, 7 p.m.; Sat. 18 – vs. Kingsborough, at Dutchess, 12 p.m.; vs. Queensborough, at Dutchess, 1:15 p.m.; Sat. 25 – Hostos, 12 p.m.; Bronx, 1:15 p.m.

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Mattson takes over soccer at Ulster

Rich Mattson has taken over the SUNY Ulster men’s soccer program. Mattson was a former all-state and All-American goaltender at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls. He went on to earn all-state collegiate honors at Adelphi and played in the professional A-League with the Long Island Rough Riders.
Mattson has been a long-standing collegiate goaltender coach, at C.W. Post, SUNY Dutchess, Marist, Vassar and, most recently, at Bard College (2011-13).
Former coach Victor Tobar Jr. left the team in July to pursue club coaching, said Ulster athletic director Jim Delmar.

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Achziger to be Marist QB; depth charts for opener

Ed Achziger won the six-candidate competition for starting quarterback at Marist College. The Red Foxes open play on Saturday at Sacred Heart.
Here are the depth charts for the opener:
First-team offense
QB – Ed Achziger, Jr.
RB – Atiq Lucas, Sr.
WR – Armani Martin, Sr.
WR – Joe Tralli, Sr.
WR – Matt Tralli, Sr.
TE – Derek Gardner, Jr.
LT – Dan Rice, Jr.
LG – Jack Meussner, Sr.
C – Mike Mangino, Sr.
RG – Sean Foley, Sr.
RT – Kyle Bakker, Jr.

First-team defense
DE – Demetrius Williams, Sr.
NT – Nicholas Foster, Sr.
DE – John Brennan, Jr.
LB – Hugh Kirwan, Sr.
LB – Paul Sakowski, Sr.
LB – Mike Kagafas, Sr.
S – Matt Semelsberger, Jr.
FS – Zach Adler, Sr.
S – Connor Mathias, Jr.
CB – Zach Quarles, Jr.
CB – Craig Thompson, Sr.

First-team special teams
Kicker – Mike Maccarone, Soph.
Punter – Mike Maccarone, Soph.
KOS – Mike Maccarone, Soph.
Punt return – Matt Tralli, Sr.
Kick return – Lawrence Dickens, Fr.
Holder – Ed Achziger, Jr.
Long snap punt – Nick Mecca, Fr.
Long snap kicks – Chris Apicella, Fr.

Second-team offense
QB – Anthony Francis, Soph.
RB – Marcellus Calhoun, Soph.
WR – Josh Royce, Sr.
WR – Joe Jordan, Soph.
WR – Dylan Clay, Jr.
TE – Louis Cotrone, Sr.
LT – Jon Higgins, Jr.
LG – Seamus Ryan, Soph.
C – Jack Meussner, Sr.
RG – Steven Carr, Sr.
RT – Joe Fraccaroli, Fr.

Second-team defense
DE – Taylor Lake, Sr.
NT – Rich Van Cleft, Jr.
DE – Landon More, Jr.
LB – Miguel Sandoval, Sr.
LB – Joe Nilan, Jr.
LB – Michael Paen, Sr.
S – Alex Spiess, Sr.
FS – James Holodnak, Sr.
S – Terahn Watson, Sr.
CB – Cameron Gibson, Soph.
CB – Vinny Fuschetto, Sr.

Second-team special teams
Kicker – Joe Giglio, Fr.
Punter – Ryan Spaulding, Fr.
KOS – Joe Giglio, Fr.
Punt return – Marcellus Calhoun, Soph.
Kick return – Demarcus Hall, Soph.
Holder – Dylan Clay, Jr.
Long snap punts – Chris Apicella, Fr.
Long snap kicks – Nick Mecca, Fr.

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Former Marist soccer player joins Duquesne staff

Former Marist soccer player Josh Faga was named an assistant coach at Duquesne University.
Faga was an all-star player in the Metro Atlantic for Marist, earning second-team honors in 2011 and 2012. He started his collegiate career at St. John’s, playing 19 games for the 2009 Big East champions.
“We’re very excited to have Josh join us,” said Duquesne coach Chase Brooks. “He brings a wealth of experience from his playing days at St. John’s, Marist and the professional level. I’m looking forward to him passing on what he has learned and helping us win a championship.”
Said Faga: “I am honored to join the Duquesne men’s soccer program and work with coach Brooks and (assistant) coach (Bryce) Cooper. I am extremely excited to share my collegiate and professional playing experience with the players and help Duquesne, in all aspects, contend for postseason play.”
Faga played for the Rochester Rhinos and Rochester Lancers pro teams in 2013 and 2014. Faga hails from Rochester.
Duquesne, which competes in the Atlantic 10, opens training on Wednesday.

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Army gymnast Avelino to receive award

Army gymnast Andrew Avelino will be presented with the Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award at the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Pittsburgh on Aug. 22.
Avelino, who is expected to graduate from West Point in December, was injured in a Nov. 2010 gymnastics training accident and that led to the amputation of his right foot and part of his leg. He returned to the Army team a year later to compete on high bar.
Read Ken McMillan’s story on Avelino from the Jan. 2012 West Point Open.

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Sullivan men’s hoop signs six

The SUNY Sullivan men’s basketball team has six signees for next season.
Three players from Buffalo are Kevin Briggs and Bri’an Brown of Middle Early College High School and Jonathan Lewis from East.
The other signees are Givvion Jones of Mount Vernon (Nelson Mandela); Jerrell Reid of Troy (Troy); and, Marquis Roberts of Brooklyn (Benjamin Bennecker).

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Sullivan women’s hoop signs eight

The SUNY Sullivan women’s basketball team has eight signings for the upcoming season.
Kingston’s Shantyce Brodhead, Newburgh’s Kenisha Lawrence and Rondout Valley’s Alyza Countryman are the local products.
Also signed were Alleyne MaKayla of South Ozone Park (Lab Museum H.S.); Brooklyn’s TIffany Fields (South) and Nia Miller (Victory Collegiate); Bronx’s Sade Sullivan (School of the Future); and, College Point’s Mariah Rosario (Robert F. Kennedy).

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Army women’s hoop opens Nov. 15

Patriot League champion Army will open its women’s basketball season on Nov. 15 at Quinnipiac, and make its home debut on Nov. 18 against Stony Brook.
The 10-game non-conference slate also includes a Nov. 25 home date with Air Force and road games at California-Santa Barbara (Nov. 28) and Pepperdine (Nov. 30).
The Patriot League schedule opens on New Year’s Eve with Army visiting Lafayette. Army and Navy meet Jan. 10 at West Point and Feb. 7 in Annapolis. Patriot League runner-up Holy Cross plays the Black Knights on Jan. 14 at West Point and Feb. 11 in Worcester.

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McKelvie returns to West Point hockey as coach

Army hockey all-star Zach McKelvie has joined the Black Knights’ coaching staff.
Head coach Brian Riley and McKelvie both Tweeted this week about his return to West Point.
McKelvie was an all-star defenseman with the Black Knights. He played four seasons with Army (2005-09), posting 14 goals and 42 assists in 136 games.
McKelvie served time in the U.S. Army and resumed his playing career in the minors. He played 39 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League in 2011-12. He was picked up by the Abbotsford Heat (a Flames affiliate) for 2012-13 (playing 52 games) and 2013-14 (13 games). He finished up his season with the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League, earning a playoff championship.
Eric Lang enters his third season on the coaching staff, with one year as a voluntary assistant and last season as a full-time staffer.
Trevor Large left West Point last month to join the coaching staff at Canisius College, also a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

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