It’s been close to two years since Fox Lane’s spring teams played a real game. Since then, rosters have turned over dramatically, and coaches are faced with putting out lineups littered with players making varsity debuts.
So, forgive the coaches if they don’t have a great feel for exactly what they have as they head into this condensed, sprint of a campaign.
Head coach Matt Hillis’ goals remain the same as always — win the section.
Hillis plans on rolling out a lineup that will feature Aidan Hicks in centerfield, flanked by a combination drawn from quartet that includes Logan Matson, Morgan Davis, Thomas Barbera and Luke Torre.
Around the infield, Nick Cutaia will be at first with Jack Williamson at second and Mike Lombardi at short. Bruno Spadafora is penciled in at third.
Behind the plate is Panos Sinis with Chris Giamo expected to be the DH.
“Mike Lombardi will be the ace of the staff,” Hillis said. “He is a junior and a Tulane commit. He will also hit third. Nick Cutaia will anchor the middle of the lineup,” he added, noting the senior will play at Ithaca College next year.
The coach continued, “Aidan Hicks and Jack Williamson bring speed and explosiveness to the top of the lineup,” pointing out that Hicks will play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Williamson at Bard College, “and Bruno Spadafora will hit in the middle of the lineup and also pitch for us. He will play at Gettysburg next year.” Behind Lombardi in the rotation are Davis, Spadafora and Mike Byrns. Out of the bullpen, Hillis will call on Alex Casarella to close out games. “Alex Casarella should bring the fire out of the bullpen this year as our closer,” Hillis said. “We will need big time production from the top of our lineup and strikes from our starting pitching. We are also very aggressive on the bases.”
Head coach Anthony Rodrigues knows the sting of being away from action all too well. As head coach of the Foxes’ hugely successful wrestling program, he also lost the chance to make runs at sectional and state crowns with his grapplers this past winter.
Now he is piecing together a softball team two years removed from action.
Rodrigues’ line-up should see Jordynn Killion in the circle and throwing to catcher Samantha Sanchez.
At the corners, Sydney Hurwitz will be at first, while Lyla Loria will handle third base. Adriana Piccolino is slotted to be the shortstop with Quoya Schnell at second.
The outfield will see Stephanie DiFiore in center with Katie Cristiano in right and Hannah Getman in left.
Vying for playing time are Grace Cleveland (1B/RF), Amanda Kelly (1B), Angela Tarallo (3B), Marcella Cambareri (3B) and Abigail Lyons (2B).
Behind Killion on the depth chart in the circle are Getman and Kurvitz.
“Our top three hitters (Killion, Piccolino and Sanchez) will be crucial in our ability to generate runs,” Rodrigues said. “The team is more athletic this year, so manufacturing runs will be possible. Our defense could be strength of team. We are strong up the middle.”
He continued, “It always starts and ends with pitching and defense. Jordynn has ability to be difference maker.”
Rodrigues added, “Considering we are two years from playing, our goals are that we show daily improvement and the development of culture needed to win games.”
Head coach Bill Broggy has been a busy man as he just came off of football season and now is diving right into the lax season.
Replacing Maeve Luparello in goal is the biggest question facing Broggy and his staff. As the season started, Sophie Kathari and Olivia Tino were competing for the spot.
The defense will begin with Alex Griffin, Grace Giannettino, Maddie Broghammer and Kate Loughney, along with Cameron Harney, Haley Giannettino, Kennedy New, Elizabeth Riley, Abby Ramage and Alexx Hoffman.
Five-year starter Alix Riley will headline the midfield, which will include Nicole Castaldo and Eugenia Kaltsas, as well as Sarah Maiorano, Ella Bahari and Sophia Bueti.
Up front at attack, Jada Singleton leads a group that also includes Quinn Alami and Emma Greene (11), as well as newcomers Zoe Stonecipher, Katie Abt, Juliana Giattino and Emma Eckert.
The team heads into this season as a mystery, even to head coach Craig Henley.
Again, two years have passed since the Foxes played a meaningful game, leaving a roster dotted with players making varsity debuts this spring.
One thing Henley can lean on is the potential of goalie Mike Hopkins, who, as a commit to Manhattanville College, is the lone player signed on to play on the college level as the season commenced.
In front of Hopkins, the Foxes’ defense will include Nick Andreades, Jack Brooks, Jake Fields, Will Krasnow, Kyle Vogel and Ryan Nathan, a freshman. Nathan has made a quick impression on the coaching staff and will see ample minutes this season.
At midfield, four-year starter Everett Banks leads a cast that includes Christian Horvath, Dan Leader, Matt Magidson, Will Marlow, Thomas Olsen, Bob Paletta and Marko Vuksanaj.
On attack, the coaching staff will piece together a trio from Ben Begley, Jack Cicchelli, Will Sheperd and Jake Wollman.
Head coach Dan Mulvey’s team appears to be upper-classmen heavy as the season begins, but don’t be surprised if some newcomers force their way into the lineup as the year progresses.
Those newcomers include Ryan Delfico, Ian Delannes-Molka, Devin Arias, Jack Rowley, Chris O’Callaghan and Harry Schechter.
Meanwhile, as the schedule kicks off, returners Dylan Cousens, Frankie Feola, Jake Hoffman, Joe Long, James O’Dwyer and Brett Waldman hold an edge,
“To be honest, it is very difficult, if not impossible to comment on strengths,” Mulvey said. “One day on course and a canceled season last year have prevented me from being able to truly assess what any of them can do.”
He added, “Our goal is to have fun and get as many golfers on course as much as possible. These kids didn’t get to play last year, and I just want them to enjoy it.”
Head coach Scott Shannon has 14 athletes on his roster, but only one senior — Mackenzie Sleeman. At the same time, six freshmen have made the team.
Juniors Kyle Stricof and Tyler Stricof are joined by classmates Jack Travis, James Schroeter and Sam Green, while sophomores Ryan Ades and Dylan Landau make up the sophomores on the roster.
The freshmen class includes Cole Simon, Greg Ronel, Michael Mazurek, Matthew Green, Miko Drouot and Max Chen.