Minerva\Newcomb hope to "hold their own"

NEWCOMB - The Mountaineers will depend on young talent going into the 2009 season.

The team lost six starting seniors from last year including leading scorer Chris Kellogg (M), who had 24 goals as well as starting goalie and international student to Minerva Central School Thanapat "Dome" Piromkam.

They finished out last season 6-5-1 in their conference and 6-6-1 overall.

Coach Millie Winslow is reconstructing her entire front line and filing in some holes on defense with high hopes of remaining competitive.

"This years team is very young and I will be building a new foundation and focusing on fundamentals," said Winslow.

She brings in seven new players this year with a total roster of 16.

Winslow expects senior Brandon Poulton (N) to lead the new offensive line, while sophomore Dylan Seville (M) will move into the goal.

Rounding out the front line is senior Tim Fabin (M), sophomores Morgan Winslow (N) and Connor O'Brien, and freshman John LeBrecque (M).

Midfield is returning several veterans including seniors Jesse Montanye (N) and Andrew McCall (M) and will introduce sophomore Chris O'Connor (M) to the line.

Carrying the most returning players, Mountaineers defense will consist of senior Brandon Dunbar (M), juniors Ben Fish (M) and Roger Kelly (M), and sophomore Calber Galusha (M).

This year's squad welcomes international students Jonas Urwyler from Switzerland, Tatsuki Miyazato of Japan and Sorravit Bunjongpean from Thailand.

"I expect us to hold our own, but all of the players are going to have to step up," said Winslow.

This is Winslow's 10th season with the Mountaineers.

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