On Saturday, Marist, along with Division II powerhouses NYIT and Merrimack got together for a tri-scrimmage at Hatboro-Horsham High School in honor of Coombs.
Bears’ coach Bill Dunn already what he has in the scoring trio of Luke Miller, Shawn Murphy and Cory Triola all back. Dunn used the tournament to see what he has in his freshmen. The Bears have a big freshmen class, one that Dunn hopes can produce a goalie that can replace the departed Joe Fallon.
“I was very happy with our faceoff play and with our freshmen midfielders,” Dunn said. “We were missing Danny McDermott, our best defenseman, and he’s playing long pole for us, so we got a chance to see freshman Nick Swanson, and he had a nice scrimmage for us. We know what we have in Miller, Murphy and Triola.”
Dunn’s biggest void is at goalie, where freshman Alex Seltzer stepped in and played very well, possibly strong enough to merit a starting role.
“Seltzer is going to get a real good long look,” Dunn said. “The competition is open and all I ask our goalies is to stop the ball. Peter Izzo, another freshman, also did a nice job at goalie.”
Dunn also cited freshmen Will Kistinger and Mike Luccarelli as potential first- or second-line middies.
Red Foxes coach Keegan Wilkinson made sure everyone played. Marist is going through a slight transition, trying to replace the potent scoring duo of Connor Rice and Jack Doherty.
“We had a lot of new faces out there, we graduated a big senior class; there were a lot of guys getting their first runs,” Wilkinson said. There were a couple of things we certainly would like to clean up, but we’re definitely excited about what we have going on.”
What Wilkinson liked was the play of freshman J.D. Recor, junior Drew Nesmith, junior long-stick middie Patrick Eaker and faceoff man Dominic Montemurro. Wilkinson said they will be “guys we’re going to be leaning on this year.” Junior defender Karl Kreshpane is one player Wilkinson feels made leaps towards improving, and he also liked what he saw from freshmen Connor O'Neill and Nick Nye.