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Games Start this Week

After a couple of postponed games last week, games are expected to start up this week. There are 28 games on the schedule and a good number will have the opportunity to make strong statements.

On Tuesday there are ten games on the schedule. Among the notables are Hilton at Fairport, Thomas at Irondequoit, Schroeder at Brighton, and R-H at Penfield. Hilton has seven returning award winners after posting a 9-9 season last year while The Red Raiders are looking at a large group of excited players, many in their first game in varsity uniforms. Key DatesWebster Thomas has seven returning award winners and looks to see dividends from last year`s building year while Irondequoit will look to their six returning award winners to continue their yearly improvements. Maryland bound faceoff specialist Jonah Carrier should give the Eagles many opportunities this season.

Anthony DeRosa leads a group of five returning award winners for Schroeder. Brighton, under new Head Coach Josh Laskowski, has nine returning award winners, including First teamers Thomas D`Angelo (goalie), Kieran Hughes (LSM), and Aksel Stanat (A). Ted Winslow moves from assistant to Head Coach at Rush-Henrietta and will have three returning award winners as he adjusts to the loss of five key players including Mike Valent. Penfield looks to make a move from their 12-6 record last year with six returning award winners including defenseman Ryan Bowerman.

Aquinas is at Livonia-Avon on Wednesday. Aquinas has a whole lot of returning players from a team that saw many underclassmen making strong statements last year. Tano Auriuso posted 84 points last year as a freshman, Noah Olbrich has 60 points, Gio Valerie has 60 points and Carter Wegman added 45 points last year. Mark Rumfola moved into the Head Coach job at Livonia-Avon where Max McEnerney will lead four returning award winners for the Lakers.

On Thursday, eleven games are scheduled including Geneva at Pal-Mac and McQuaid Jesuit at Pittsford. The Panthers has nine award winners returning including first teamers Jeremy Askin (FO) and DeSean Bruce (SS-DM). Pal-Mac has eight award winners returning including Midfielder of the year Keagan Hoesterey, and first teamers Luke Herendeen (D) and Peyton Lich (G). McQuaid Jesuit has a first year Head Coach as Alex Gray will lead the Knights with help from senior goalie Will Gordon and senior attackman Vincenzo Giangreco. Pittsford lost a number of quality players to graduation including Ben Steingass (Amherst). The two teams played for the Section V championship last year with the Panthers advancing.

With the spring break starting after school, there are only three games on Friday and three more on Saturday. On Friday Schroeder is at Fairport, Spencerport is at Wayne and Thomas is at Hamburg. Spencerport, who made it to the Section V finals, has eight returning award winners including first teamers Sean Baird (D), Ashton McNair (D/LSM), Jayden Rodriguez (M) and Zach Tortora (M). Wayne had a 14-5 season last year after John Hanss took over the reins mid-season. The Eagle have five returning award winners Including Alex Garrow and PJ Ostrowski in the midfield.

Penn Yan will open their 2024 campaign at Westhill (Section III) on Saturday. As usual the Mustangs will have many underclassmen in key roles. Returning award winners include Teagan Fingar who was an All-Section V pick as a sophomore, and all-tournament players Bryant VanHousen (M), Will Thompson (G) and Braden Fingar (M). Canandaigua opens their season at Geneva. Although they lost an All-American goalie (Jack Faiola Hobart), the Gray Wolves have ten returning award winners from their 12-5 season last year. First teamers include Dom Gullace (D) and Alex Rheude (M). McQuaid will play Aquinas at noon.

Check out the times and the whole list on the games page.