Editor’s note: After the success of our “Growing the Program” series last year, we knew we had to follow up with another league-wide update. So, this Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. We’re asking questions about try-outs, players to watch, team promotion, coaching changes and everything this side of the Mississippi. With that, here come our Fall Ball Reports!
Each report will feature a different MCLA team, touching on the importance of Fall Ball and anticipation of the 2012 season – which is just a few months away!
Today we’re speaking with Coach McDonough of Stonehill College.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach McDonough: About 30.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
Two practices per week, plus team running and lifting sessions.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
3-4 scrimmages, including the annual alumni game.
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Fitness, discipline, physicality.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Connor Green, senior, mid, #12
Michael Phillips, junior, goal, #1
Anthony Powers, junior, att, #3
Sean Golden, junior, mid, #22
Charlie MacDonald, junior, def, #10
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
Ryan Larkin stepped down after 8 years as head coach. Former assistant coach Joe McDonough will now be taking over the position. Returning assistant coaches Hakim Morris and Danny DeMarco. Adding new assistant coaches Paolo Cupo, Nick Pontacoloni, and goalie coach Jason Brooks.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
With the PCLL D2 getting more and more competitive, Stonehill is looking to reclaim the conference championship and earn a bid to the National Tourney.
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach McDonough. Good luck this season!