Head coach: Ryan Sevean, 19th season (176-208-39 career record)
Last year: Newton-Lenape Valley finished 8-11-5 with a 5-1-2 record in the Charette Division. It fell, 3-1 to High Point-Wallkill Valley-Kittatinny in the Charette Cup semifinals, before suffering a 6-0 defeat to Mount Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown in the Public C play-in round.
Key losses: Ryan Flannery-Garlick, F (4 g., 7 a.); Kyler Kane, F (3 g., 5 a.); Lukas Krauklis, D (2 g., 3 a.); Ryan Lynch, F/D (21 g., 5 a.); Matt Murphy, F (2 g., 7 a.); Eric Nemeth, D (4 g., 8 a.); David Zappe, G (.880 sv%).
Top returners: Anthony Piccirillo, F, Sr. (5 g., 1 a.); Aidan Urbano, D, Sr. (1 g., 7 a.); Justin Zappe, F, Jr. (2 g., 3 a.); Ryan Salerno, G, Jr. (.850 sv%); Martin Murphy, F, Jr. (3 g.); Braydon Dabrowski, F, Jr. (3 g., 8 a.); David Pineda, D, Jr. (2 g., 4 a.); Matt Walter, D, Jr.; Jack McKenna, D, Jr.; Tanner Gaboda, F, So.; Ty Dellicker, F, So. (3 g,. 1 a.); Kayla Latham, F, So. ; Matt Finn, F, Jr.
Potential incoming impact players: Frankie Boffa, F, Jr.; Lucas Garofano, F, So.; Kellan Faessinger, F, So.; Patrick Boden, G, Fr.; Joey Gallucci, D, Fr.; Kevin Giusti, D, Fr.
Burning question: Can Newton-Lenape Valley continue to build off of recent success?
This program, very quietly, put together a solid season last year. Its below .500 record is a bit deceiving, as it was right at the .500 mark at the state tournament cutoff before losing in the Charette Cup semifinals and Public C state tournament, a year after reaching the Charette Cup final. It will have a lot to replace, led by versatile forward/defenseman Ryan Lynch and goalie David Zappe, so it will be interesting to see how this team replaces the outgoing players this winter.
Outlook: The Charette Division is as up for grabs as ever this winter.
Newton-Lenape Valley has proven to be a factor over the last couple of years since the Charette Cup began, reaching the final in 2021 before losing in the semifinals last season. This year’s team features its largest participation in program history, with 30 players between the varsity and junior varsity levels.
It will rely on leadership from players such as Piccirillo, Urbano, and Zappe as it looks to make another run in the Charette Cup playoffs.
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