Sports

This year, coach Mark Miller brings a seasoned roster into a year when playoff aspirations are on the rise. With conference expansion providing two additional post-season spots into the bracket, the Mustangs will be fighting tough competition in a battle for "the second season." In addition, the boys will be looking to mark a milestone as they seek to gain coach Miller's 100th victory in his 15 years at his alma mater. The ability to play five of six games at Hampton Stadium in the middle of the conference schedule could prove to be a huge advantage to a hungry team.

The seniors, led by All-County scorer Connor McCann, will be the catalysts to success. McCann and his twin brother Kevin, along with Paul Krumholz and Rocco Redmond, will serve critical roles on both ends of the field. Kevin will lead the defensive charge. Redmond enters his third varsity season and is the face-off specialist.Connor McCann is among Nassau County's elite offensive players and will be the Mustangs ace in the hole. Bryan Vesely's contribution in the midfield is a model of consistency.

The juniors show tremendous promise. Billy Gerstner is a "groundball hawk," according to Miller, as he roams all areas of the field. Bobby Port is the heir apparent to McCann's offensive prowess and has a strong right hand presence as the second option on most offensive attempts. Nick Grimaldi will also benefit from Krumholz's teamwork. Arnold Gomez and Tommy Bayne are defensive stalwarts.

Goaltending will be split among senior Troy Kerney and junior Mike Escobar. They provide the Mustangs with depth, diversity and dominance in the circle. Juniors Jack Gorry, Tyler Cashin and Bryan Lopes will spell the midfield while Balraj Singh, Joe Hill and Phil Ferreira will be important players who provide valuable minutes when starters need a rest.

The schedule includes matches against skilled teams in Manhasset and Cold Spring Harbor. Each league game is important in a new conference, which adds Clarke and Island Trees. A rare non-league game against Queens Catholic School Association's St. Francis Prep brings a different feel to Hampton Stadium. Upcoming contests with neighboring Friends Academy and Locust Valley avoid long road trips.

Miller is proud to have his assistant Mike Perro and junior varsity coach Chris Grimm while he continues to send current student-athletes to the next level. The McCann twins have been recruited by Molloy College while Krumholz will continue his career at Nassau Community. If all goes well, the Mustangs will be playing into late-May and surprise a lot of people.


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