Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards 2014 Preview

Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards

The Wentworth Leopards finished 2013 with an 11-7 record, 3-5 in Commonwealth Coast Conference play. They lost in the 1st round of the CCC tournament at Roger Williams in overtime 8-9. Despite the loss in the CCC tournament, the Leopards did get an invite to play in the ECAC New England tournament. Wentworth lost in the title game to fellow CCC conference member University of New England 10-12 in the title game. Head Coach Dan Russo is entering his third year at the helm of Wentworth. Heading into 2014 according to coach Russo, “expectations are high coming off a season in 2013 that was the best in our programs history.” He went on to say that “winning is a result of a focus on leading, teaching, and developing”, which will continue to be his staff’s approach this spring. The Leopards lost five games last spring by a combined six goals, including losing in overtime to Roger Williams in the CCC 1st round. Coach Russo finished by saying, “the season is a journey and we intend for our journey to not end so soon.”

The Leopards will be lead on offense in 2014 by junior attack Ryan Coakley, senior attack Steven Glover and sophomore attack Nick Parent. Coakley was a 2nd team All-CCC selection in 2013 while scoring 26 goals and dishing out 47 assists. His fellow attack Glover scored 55 goals and had 14 assists, while Parent had 26 goals and 7 assists in his freshman season last spring. Leading the midfield will be junior Mike Cushera. He was a 2nd team All-CCC selection in 2013, and had 27 goals and 17 assists last spring. Helping Cushera in the midfield will be junior Dylan Lynch, sophmore Alec Paradis and senior Chris Kipp. Defensively look for senior goalie Jared Prouix and sophmore SSDM/Face-off specialist Tim Parlato. Prouix was a 2nd team All-CCC selection in 2013. He also has been a three year starter in goal for the Leopards and he will anchor their defense again in 2014. While Parlato picked up 131 groundballs and won 137 of 309 faceoffs in 2013.

A favorite in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this spring comes down to either Western New England or Endicott according to coach Russo. He went on to say that both are very talented programs that are well coached and disciplined. A dark-horse this spring in the CCC is Curry College. They are entering year two under head coach Tim Murphy.

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