New coach Joe Christie takes over a veteran squad of Admirals that threatened last season

by Nelson Coffin
COACH: Joe Christie, (First year at Severn, 1-1)
TOP RETURNERS: Charlie Marculewicz (Sr., D, Navy); Cooper Emmons (Sr., G, Furman); Dylan Gergar (Sr., A, Penn); Jake Lilly (Sr., M, Johns Hopkins).
KEY LOSSES: Brett Bedard (Penn), Michael Lamon (Penn), Charlie Olmert (Harvard), and Andrew Volk (Boston College).
TOP NEWCOMER: Henry Rentz, Jr., M; Colin Ervin, Soph., A.
OUTLOOK: Christie, who inherits a team with a veteran defense, will be in his element.
For one thing, his squad will continue its close association with Navy, considering four of Christie’s Admirals have already committed to play in Annapolis for coach Ricky Sowell, who has three former Severn players on the current Mids’ roster.
Moreover, Christie, a standout defender at Drexel and a member of the Philadelphia university’s 1990s All-Decade Team, will have a strong backline boasting close defensemen Charlie Marculewicz and Owen Cauley (Jr., Penn) patrolling the turf in front of Emmons .
Gergar leads the offense along with midfielders Lilly and Rentz (Navy) and senior Joel Mandish (Navy).
Face-off specialist Jacob Jarosz (Navy) returns to take the lion’s share of draws at the ‘X’ this year as well.
With excellent size, athleticism and experience on defense, Severn should have a viable answer for the numerous high-powered offenses they will see in the MIAA A Conference this season.
“The key to success will be the gelling of the new faces on offense and staying healthy throughout the season,” Christie said.
Pictured above: Pennsylvania University bound senior Dylan Gergar returns to lead the Admirals’ attack