Salem State University Vikings 2014 Preview

Salem State University Vikings

The Salem State University Vikings finished the 2013 season with an 8-7 record, but 1-6 in Little East conference play. That lone conference win came in the last game of the 2013 season. The Vikings defeated Southern Maine 18-14 in the final game of last spring. Coach Trevor Eaton enters his 9th season at the helm of the Vikings. Heading into 2014 coach Eaton feels his team can compete in every game. He went on to say, “we have a great returning core, and (we) can play at a much higher level than last season.”

Leading Salem State in 2014 will be Ian Abrahamson. Abrahamson was a 1st team Little East selection at LSM as a sophomore last spring. He had 8 goals and 2 assists, to go along with 85 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers. According to Coach Eaton, “he (Abrahamson) will lead the defense and bring physicality.” Also on the defensive end will be senior captain defenseman Sean Dougherty. Dougherty started 14 games last spring and served as captain in 2013. The offense will run through senior captain attack Frank Lento. Coach Eaton calls Lento, “the quarterback of the offense.”Lento a junior had 13 goals and 25 assists last spring. Most of those assists went to fellow attack Ben Melaugh. As a freshman in 2013 Melaugh had 31 goals and 19 assists. His 50 points were tops for the Vikings in 2013. Salem State also returns some scoring punch from the midfield with junior Andy Rice, junior Matt Whited and junior Max Ganzenberg. In 2013 Rice scored 15 goals and had 3 assists, Whited had 5 goals and 8 assists, while Ganzeberg scored 6 goals and had 7 assists. Coach Eaton will rely on two goalies this spring in junior Dylan Svenson and sophomore Dom Rovetto.

In the Little East Coach Eaton believes that Keene State is the team to beat in 2013. They were the #1 seed in last springs Little East tournament but were defeated by #2 Eastern Connecticut State in the final.

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