Coach: Kyle Pollard, second season
Last season: 9-8
Key returners: Dam Ferrara, Sr., Mid; Xavier Rodriguez, Sr., Attk; Jason Kuehner, Sr., Mid; Nick O’Melia, Sr., Def; Zack Jastrzebski, Sr., Attk; Ryan O’Melia, Sr. Attk
Key losses: Garrett Gibbs, Tim Ervey
Promising newcomers: Ryan Holt, Fr., Mid; Jaiden Liferiedge, Fr., Def; Liam Murphy, Fr., Attk
Outlook: After advancing to the sectional quarterfinals last year, Hackettstown returns an incredibly experienced team. Ferrara (52 goals, 38 assists, 99 ground balls) is one of the state’s best players and plenty of firepower surrounds him.
HIGH POINT-WALLKILL VALLEY
Coach: Marc Russell, 11th season
Last season: 7-8
Key returners: Ryan Nugent, Sr., LSM; Mitchell Bove, Sr.; Def; Rowan Barbalich, Mid; Noah Francois, GK; Troy Van Orden, Jr.; Def; Ryan Bergman, Mid/Attk; Mike Kaufman, Mid
Key losses: Mike Anitco, Jacob Carter, Danton Hall, Harry Leslie, Ryan Mathews, Zachary Mazza, Jon Morris, Tyler Shorr, Sean Mathews
Promising newcomers: Jack France, Frank Cunha, Connor Lake; Matt LaBar, Will Kelleher, Pat Kelleher
Outlook: High Point-Wallkill Valley nearly got to .500 last year in its first year as a co-op. High Point had previously won just one game the year before.
“This year we are rebuilding after graduating a large senior group last year,” Russell said. “We have some young prospects that did very well last year and will continue to grow and mature with the game.”
Coach: Scott Reid, 11th season
Last season: 15-6
Key returners: Matt Cappello, Sr.; Attk; Jefferson Felter, Sr.; Def; Collin Miller, Sr., GK; Nate Thomson, Sr., Mid; Matt Bruno, Sr., Def; Lino Rocha, Sr., Attk; Aiden Conrad, Sr., Def; Max Bilyk, Sr., Def; A.J. Grant, Jr., Mid
Key losses: Hunter Good, Christian Machuga, Braden Shafer, Hunter Cronk
Promising newcomers: Ryan Grider, Jr., Attk; Payton Reid, Jr., Def; Anthony Cheff, So., Mid; Kyle Obaytek, Fr., Attk
Outlook: Reid anticipated this being one of Jefferson’s best teams ever playing one of its toughest schedules. Cappello and Felter return as All-Herald First Team performers.
Coach: John Lade, second season
Last season: 8-8
Key returners: Austin Seames, Sr., Mid; Noah Waldron, Sr., Attk; Matt Voss, Sr., Def; James Sanford, Jr., Attk; Tyler Sweatt, Jr., Mid; Cody Cooper, Jr., Mid; Dylan Festa, Jr., Def; Christian Shortwell Jr., Def; Brendon Voss, Jr., Attk; Ed Nieuzytek, Jr., Mid
Key losses: Kevin Murphy, Blake Dippel, Tim Knutelsky, Mike Lacken
Promising newcomers: Caedon Jones, Fr., Mid; Luke Festa, Fr., Mid; Andrew Knutelsky, Fr., GK; Mike Cerbo, Fr., Def
Outlook: Kittatinny hopes to get over the .500 mark and take the next step in Lade’s second year. The Cougars are excited to return a lot of pieces on offense.
“Our goal for the season is to improve on the solid foundation that was established by the team last year,” Lade said. “We only have three seniors on the team, so a majority of the players are young. The coaches and players will continue to look and build the program. We are hoping to go far in the county and state playoffs.”
Coach: Justin Meeth, fifth season
Last season: 11-7
Key returners: Drew Togno, Jr., Attk; Jack Nemeth, Jr., Attk; Gavin Coles, Jr., Mid; Michael Englehardt, Sr., Mid; Trey Stasse, Jr., Def; Jack LaVere, So., Attk; Joey Thomas, Sr., Def; Anthony Madonna, Sr., Def; Zach Miller, Sr., De/Mid; Sean Cooper, Jr., Def; Justin Palumbo, Jr., Def
Key losses: Dominick Falleni, Drew Pickett, J.C. Spada, Liam Cherry, Joe Amato
Promising newcomers: Jude Ashley, So., Mid; Troy Brennan, Fr., Def; Braden Coles, Fr., Def/LSM; Trey Kaplan, Jr., Def/LSM
Outlook: Lenape Valley projects again to be among the area’s top teams even after graduating a lot of talent. Drew Togno is back after scoring 55 goals as a sophomore.
“This team was poised to put last season behind us and have our sights set on another Pooley title,” Meeth said. “Between the veteran leadership on offense and defense, this team has the right recipe to put together a special and successful season.”
Coach: Patrick Regan, first season
Last season: 2-14
Key returners: Grant Parker, Sr., Attk: Ryan Lynch, So., Attk; Robert Giordano, So., Attk; Max Weiss, Sr., Mid; Anthony McCann, Sr., Mid; Brendon Read, Sr., Def; Tommy Carson, Sr., Def; Mason Lee, Sr., Def; Donato Bevacqua, So., Mid; Mike McGovern, Jr., GK
Key losses: Matt Krawchuk, Kevin Lupo, Chris Polyak, Josh Collins, Giovanni Bavacqua
Promising newcomers: Ryan Ivaldi, Donovan Thomas, Heath Lestz, Robert McCullogh, Pasquale Festa, Nick Castellaneta, Brandon Castellaneta
Outlook: After a tough year in 2019, Newton is excited about its sophomore class and expects a much better season in Regan’s first year.
Coach: Rob Steingall, eighth season
Last season: 3-11
Key returners: Nick Ammerman, Jr.; Brandon Casey Sr.; Dylan Lobycz, So.; Dan Platek, Sr.; Jack Swistak, Sr.; Tanner Thatcher, Jr.
Key losses: Connor Moore
Outlook: After a tough year last season, the Patriots lost stud scorer Connor Moore graduation. North Warren will continue to look to rebuild.
Coach: Chris Hoffman, eighth season
Last season: 11-9
Key returners: Dane Armstrong, Sr., Mid/FO; Sean Brennan, Jr., Def/LSM; Gabe Cummins, Jr., GK; Michael Zavaglia, Sr., Attk; David Jagiello, Jr., Mid
Key losses: Sean Carothers, Jacob Huhn
Promising newcomers: Jack Clifford, Jr., Mid
Outlook: Pope John was one of the top and most improved teams in the area last year. The Lions return most of that talent, including reigning Herald Player of the Year Dane Armstrong. They are set up to continue to improve with this core.
Coach: Pat Shea, second season
Last season: 14-6
Key returners: Greg Putsch, Sr., Mid; Colby Plotts, Jr., LSM; Brandon Cina, Jr., Attk; James Maloney, Jr., Def; Aiden Maxwell, Sr., Attk; Luke Wilson, Sr., Attk; Eric Anderson, Sr., GK; Lukas Hein, Jr., Mid; Chris Johnson, Jr., Mid; Paul Genat, So., Def; J.J. Valentin, Sr., Def; Dom Candelaro, Sr., Def; Billy Quinn, So., GK; Jordan Ouinette, Sr., Attk
Key losses: Beck Gozdenovich, Evan Johnson, Reed McCall, J.D. Mahomes
Promising newcomers: Jake Christiano, Jr., Mid; R.J. Duthaler, Jr., Attk
Outlook: Sparta won the Rizk Division title in Shea’s first season as head coach last year and will be hoping to do the same thing again. The Spartans have a large junior class they are looking to step up after losing four all-conference players.
Coach: Adam Coleman, second season
Last season: 4-13
Key returners: Jon Alvarez, Sr., Mid; Jon Parisi, Sr., GK; Collin Andriola, Sr., Def; Tyler Struble, Sr., Def; Wisdom Hevi, So., Def; Max Morosoff, So., Attk; Dylan Mann, Jr., LSM; Aden Moskovitz, Jr., Mid; Joe Hagedoorn, Jr., Mid.
Key losses: J.T. Doyle, James Hagedoorn
Promising newcomers: Pat Mitchell, Sr., Attk; Ryan Houghtaling, Jr., Attk; Ty DeRosario, Jr., Attk; Jonah Revelant, Jr., Mid; Christopher Schnabel, Jr., Def; Jeremiah Carfello, So., Mid./Def; Matt Tavares, So., Def; Jacob Mann, So., Def
Outlook: Vernon had a rebuilding year last season and will be looking to improve in Coleman’s second season.
“We were really excited for this season,” Coleman said. “We had many players play year-round and their skills have greatly improved. We have had a great offseason and positive work ethic. Our team’s biggest strength this year will be experience and leadership.”