Victor: 2009 Preview


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- Victor ended their league season fourth in Finger Lakes Division I with a 0-6 record (7-11 overall). victorSeeded third in the Class B tournament, the Blue Devils lost to sixth seeded Eastridge in the first round. Victor moves this season from Finger Lakes to Monroe County, and joins Division II. With the new divisional orientation, the Blue Devils will be right in the mix of hard competition between, Irondequoit, Webster Thomas and Churchville-Chili.

Victor, in addition to switching leagues, also has a new Head Coach this season. Nick Ballou (Irondequoit '98/Geneseo /02) joins the program after coaching at at the college level for the last six season. Coach Ballou coached both at Geneseo as well as Dominican College before coming back to the Rochester region. Coach Ballou says, "our strength this season will be our youth; we only have four seniors this year."

The Blue Devils lost their leading scorer and leading assister to graduation last season. Frank Valenti and Ethan Payne will both be missed in the attack. Tom Rogemoser, an attackman, also graduated last season; Valenti, Payne and Rogemoser were all named to FL-1 2nd team All County last season.

Offensively, Victor will look to third leading scorer last season, Vince Pettrone (18g-14a), as well as fifth leading scorer Trevor O'Shea (12g-7a). Both Pettrone and O'Shea were named to FL-1 HM last season. Coach Ballou says of Pettrone and O'Shea, "[Pettrone] has great finishing ability, vision and field sense. [O'Shea] is quick, shifty and a creative scorer."

Defensively, the Blue Devils will look to senior Luke Wieser for leadership. Between the pipes, Victor is returning senior Kevin Donnelly from last season. Donnelly returns with 199 saves (53%), however, Coach Ballou writes, "[Donnelly] has shown potential to be the starter, but is being challenged by sophomore Steve Basile."

With the league change, Coach Ballou notes it is "almost a whole new schedule" Out of league games with Brighton, Spencerport and Livonia as well as a second game against Hilton have been scheduled this season for Victor.


Top Returning Players:

Vince Pettrone - Att - 11 - FL-1 HM
Trevor O'Shea - Mid - 10 - FL-1 HM
Kevin Donnelly - Goal - 12 - FL-1 2nd
Luke Wieser - Def - 12


Top New Players:

Matt Koval - Mid - 10
Scot Masingil - Def - 10
Alex Davis - Def - 9