Season Preview: MD2 Preseason Top 10 Outlooks
|Junior attackman Brian Scheetz
will lead Mercyhurst's repeat hopes.
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2011 Record: 14-2 (8-2 ECC)
Key Player: After a spectacular sophomore campaign, junior attackman Brian Scheetz (21 goals, 33 assists) will be the catalyst for the Lakers' repeat hopes.
X-Factor: Zach Nash played every minute last year in goal. Mercyhurst will have to find someone quickly to fill that large void.
2011 Record: 16-3 (9-1 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Whether he's running in the midfield or on attack, senior Joe Vitale (40g, 30a) is a match-up nightmare.
X-Factor: Gordon Purdie has rebuilt the Panthers, but he couldn't have done it without assistant coach Joe Catalanotti, who was named the IMLCA outstanding assistant.
2011 Record: 15-2 (5-0 Conference
Key Player: Senior attackman Shayne Jackson (32g, 50a) was named LM's Division II Preseason Player of the Year, but fellow attackman Riley Loewen (54g, 20a) is just as good.
X-Factor: The Saints' offense gets the pub, but senior goalie Steve Gartelman (6.57 goals against average) will determine how far this team advances.
4. C.W. Post
2011 Record: 16-2 (9-1 ECC)
Key Player: If senior attackman Eddie Plompen (54g, 18a) receives the ball in space, it's over. He's a premium finisher.
X-Factor: The Pioneers' recent success has been helped by dominant faceoff men. They still need to find one for 2012.
5. Le Moyne
2011 Record: 12-2 (10-0 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Grad student Tyler Sennett (16g) is one of the few proven offensive players returning.
X-Factor: Dan Sheehan and the Dolphins won't talk much about last year's NCAA tournament snub, but they'll be a motivated bunch.
2011 Record: 11-3 (7-3 ECC)
Key Player: Entering his final season, senior Vito DeMola (46g) is one of the premier attackmen in the ECC, as well as the country.
X-Factor: The Golden Lions need to be better away from home. All three of their losses came on the road in 2012, including a stunner at Chestnut Hill.
2011 Record: 10-4 (7-3 ECC)
Key Player: As senior goalie William McGee (9.21 GAA, .568 save percentage) goes, so go the Bears. When he's on, NYIT wins.
X-Factor: Don't let the 18-man freshman class fool you. This team is immensely talented and ready for a run at the ECC crown.
2011 Record: 11-3 (7-3 ECC)
Key Player: Having junior T.J. DiCarlo (7.58 GAA, .636 sv pct), the top goalkeeper in Division II, will keep the Mavericks in every game.
X-Factor: If sophomore John Lionetti can match his faceoff numbers (63.7 percent) from 2012, Mercy could ride its strength up the middle to the NCAA tournament.
2011 Record: 11-6 (6-4 Northeast-10)
Key Player: Middie Corey Lunney seems like he has been around forever, and he's still just a junior. He'll be the straw that stirs the drink again.
X-Factor: All five of the regular season losses came by two goals or less, so finishing will be the key in 2012.
2011 Record: 10-6 (2-2 Conference
Key Player: Senior Justin Rose (26g) gives Pfeiffer a rugged scoring threat out of the midfield.
X-Factor: The Falcons were one of the few South region teams to make Limestone work (twice). Can they get over the hump?