PARK REGIONAL (HANOVER PARK/WHIPPANY PARK)
Head coach: Tom Levis, 28th year (296 career victories)
Last year: Park Regional finished 8-11-3 with a 4-4-2 Haas Division record. It fell, 3-0 to Mount Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown in the Haas Cup semifinals, before dropping a 3-0 decision to Tenafly-Cresskill in the Public C play-in round.
Key losses: A.J. Schauder, G (.910 sv%); Eddie Karpinski, D (22 g., 28 a.); Jason Cirillo, F (11 g., 16 a.); William Della Calce, F.
Top returners: Michael Monahan, F, Sr. (20 g., 14 a.); Stanley Gelman, F, Sr. (5 g., 11 a.); Matthew McDermott, F, So.; Matt Lasota, F/D, Sr.; Wyatt Lieto, D, Sr. (3 g., 8 a.); Jason Harty, D, Sr.
Potential incoming impact players: Anthony Perrello, G, So.; Dylan Marion, G, So.; Andrew Steinberg, D, Fr.
Burning question: What will Park Regional get from the goaltending position this season?
Park is a program that almost always has strong goaltending, and that continued last year with A.J. Schauder, who posted an impressive .910 save percentage and kept his team in many games. Now, this season, it will turn to a pair of sophomores in Anthony Perrello and Dylan Marion, neither of which have played at the varsity level. It will be interesting to see how each of them perform despite their lack of varsity experience.
Outlook: This is a program that almost always finds itself in the thick of things in the Haas Division, and this year should be no different.
Sure, it figures to be quite a challenge after graduating Schauder, along with a standout two-way threat in Eddie Karpinski and forward Jason Cirillo. But with that being said, it does have a pair of strong forwards back in Michael Monahan and Stanley Gelman. It will ultimately come down to how its younger players perform while being thrown into big roles right off the bat, and the level of goaltending it receives on a nightly basis.
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