Archbishop Curley dipped to 6-11 last spring after back-to-back appearances in the MIAA B Conference championship game. In 2017, Curley will rely on a young roster, with only five returning starters and just six seniors on the roster.
The Friars need to replace the offense which graduated with All-MIAA performers Rodney Pettit and Anthony Scarpola, but the team has more depth on defense, an area of weakness in the past, on defense heading into 2017.
Senior Cole Butchsky, an All-MIAA B selection, will anchor a group of young defenders, while senior David Degreenia and junior Alex Scholz will battle for the starting nod in goal, after splitting time last year.
Four juniors, midfielders Noah Kellner and Brandon Smith, and attackmen David Bell and Ben Smith will be counted on to generate the goals.
“Competition for playing time will be the theme of the year,” said fourth-year head coach Chris Ogle. “We have few starters returning and only six seniors on the team.”
One point of excitiment for the Friars is the fact that will play their first season on the school’s new artificial turn field.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY FRIARS
Head Coach: Chris Ogle (4th season, 42-25)
Players to Watch:
Cole Butchsky, Sr, D (All-MIAA B)
Noah Kellner, Jr, MF
Brandon Smith, Jr., MF
David Bell, Jr., A
Ben Smith, Jr., A