During the next two weekends, the team will be tested as it plays four straight away games which include one game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania, two games against the University of Rhode Island, and one game against Northeastern University’s Club Team at Matthews Arena in Boston, MA. However, all indications point to continued success for this year’s talented team made up of players from 19 different states and one player from Okinawa, Japan.
The 2011-2012 Navy Hockey Team showcases one of the youngest teams Navy has ever fielded, but the character, passion, and intensity of these young men will provide Navy fans with a season full of exciting, fun to watch hockey. Deep at every position, Navy looks to remain a top contender in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) and the team expects to emerge as a top ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). “We are no longer building for next season, or to gain momentum for the future,” says Head Coach Mike Fox who will return for his 5th season behind the bench, “these boys expect to win now and be a force this year.” The team’s dedication, determination, motivation, and cohesiveness have the coaching staff excited about leading the team through the 2011-2012 Season.
Offensively, Navy fields one of its deepest teams in recent memory with a lineup stacked with scoring threats from top to bottom. Leading the charge on offense is last year’s team leader in points and this year’s Co-Captain, senior Jim Tumolo from Washington Township, NJ. A three year letter winner, Tumolo looks to lead by example both on and off the ice with his hard nose, grinding style of play. Joining Tumolo in leading the charge up front are fellow three year letter winners and Assistant Captains Tom Fick and Mitch Pulver. Fick, a product of Marine, MN, brings a strong brand of physical hockey and high-end offensive skill to the Navy attack after spending last year out of position on defense. Pulver, who developed his talents playing in Chippewa Falls, WI, is a very opportunistic forward who specializes in forcing turnovers and finishing in close to the net. Rounding out the senior class at forward are Team President Kevin Frederick from Minneapolis, MN and Darren Pastrana, from Edgewater, MD. Frederick brings a high level of offensive ability and high-end puck handling skill to the Navy attack. Pastrana, a former Team Maryland player, joined the team as a practice player after playing varsity lacrosse for three seasons and is a phenomenal role model for the underclass players.
The junior class of forwards is lead by Doug Dietrich of Pittsburgh, PA who built off a strong plebe campaign with an even better sophomore season. Dietrich’s highly physical two-way brand of hockey and in-close scoring ability make him both exciting to watch and essential to Navy’s offense success. Joining Dietrich up front are classmates Matt Lutch (Milton, MA) and Liam Kearney (Wilbraham, MA) both of whom are looking to build upon strong sophomore seasons. Lutch is a strong two way player who is very responsible in his own end and excellent at winning puck battles. Kearney is an immensely strong forward who brings excellent hustle and a physical presence whenever he is on the ice. Classmates Scott Wood (Okinawa, Japan) and Nathan Arnold (Granger, IN) worked hard over the summer and add speed and depth to the offense.
The sophomore class is lead by returning forwards Tom Krysil, Tommy Reed, Cam Harrigan, and Travis Franklin, who all look to build upon successful plebe seasons. Krysil, a product of Leominster, MA looks to build off of a plebe campaign which saw him reach the 40 point plateau. He brings speed and creativity to a potent Navy attack, and is a threat to score any time he touches the puck. Krysil is joined up front by returning line-mate Tommy Reed who was raised in St. James, NY but played his high school hockey for Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts. Reed brings size and finishing ability to the deep Navy offense. Cam Harrigan, from Portsmouth, RI, worked hard work over the summer and his efforts are quickly paying off. Harrigan is a phenomenal face-off man with uncanny puck control abilities, and his size and skill make him an offensive threat at all times. Travis Franklin (Guntersville, AL) is a gritty two way player who is always happy to bring a physical edge to the ice. Franklin will be counted upon to set the tone physically for Navy and to create scoring chances with his in-your-face brand of hockey. Classmate Dylan Kelly (West Islip, NY) rounds out the sophomore forward class. Kelly worked hard over the summer and adds depth at forward to this year’s exceptional team.
The plebe class is lead up front by forwards Dan O’Hear (Walpole, MA), a product of Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, MA and Dustin Oberlander of Lewiston, ME and the Syracuse Stars junior hockey program. Along with Thomas Buckley of Cohasset, MA and Roxbury Latin School, these young forwards are quickly taking their place among the talented players on the Navy squad. Each of them is expected to make a solid contribution to the scoring attack. The strong freshman class of forwards also includes Eamonn Crumblish (Dallas, TX), Tyler Derederian (Colchester, VT), Ryan Kolden (Aliso Viejo, CA), Charlie Steveken (Mendota Heights, MN) and Alex Vogel (Union Grove, WI).
Curtis Bolinger (Lancaster, PA), Alan Hansen (Orlando, FL), and Patrick Maguire (Rockville, MD) bolster Navy’s defensive corps with their size and physical, on-ice presence. These three juniors lead the way for a young but very experienced core of underclass defensemen. Sophomore Aaron Fleming of Merritt Island, FL and the Binghamton Jr. Senators joins classmate Conor Kearney of Wilbraham, MA on the Navy blue line. Both Fleming and Kearney bring strong two way ability and a wealth of experience to the team after seeing a great deal of playing time last year. Plebes Steven Knopf (Severna Park, MD), Doug Swezey (Cohoes, NY), Kyle Poolman (Baudette, MN), and Lucas Stanley (Mechanicsville, VA) join the Navy defensive corps. All of these talented players hail from top-notch high school, prep school and junior hockey programs. They are expected adjust quickly to college pace and elevate Navy’s strong defensive posture.
Navy is lead both as a team and in net by Senior Co-Captain Jameson Marshall of Barrington, RI. Marshall has been a standout in net for Navy throughout his career. As a three time letter winner, the team not only looks up to him for his puck-stopping abilities but also for his tremendous work ethic and inspirational leadership. He is joined by sophomore Andrew Mills (Williamsburg, MI) who expects to build upon a strong plebe campaign in which he emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the ACHA. With one of the strongest goaltending tandems in the country in Marshall and Mills, Navy is well poised for one of its most successful seasons ever. Returners Ryan Dendler (Jr., Tinley Park, IL) and Ed Klausner (So., Lambertville, MI) will look to push the starting goaltenders to new heights throughout the season. Rounding out the goaltending squad is freshman Paul Roche (Duxbury, MA). Roche, a talented prep school goalie at Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Georges School, will compete for playing time and is a very promising addition to Navy’s deep goaltending corps.