“We will be challenged to replace the senior leadership and experience we lost from a season ago," said head coach Peter Haley. "I am optimistic that the current players we have will put us in a position to once again be competitive in the NEWMAC this season.”
Leading the Pride attack will be the duo of Brett Drake and Tip Nolan. Drake emerged as a goal-scoring threat late in the season and looks to continue that on the field this year. Nolan, a new face to the program, looks to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball for the Pride.
Pacing the way for the Pride in the midfield will be Jeremy Scheer, who led the team in assists a year ago. Matt Montgomery and John Plourd will make an impact as the Pride look to have a solid midfield corps in 2008. Plourd, a All-NEWMAC Second Team selection last season, returns to the wing where he his speed was a constant threat throughout the year. The junior closed out the year with two goals and two assists.
Anchoring the backline will once again be the trio of Dan Cotter, Scott Swanekamp, and Myles Tilton, who were very solid last season for the Pride, as it owned a 1.65 goals against average. Joining in the defense mix will be Dave Kotulski, who made an impact in the second half of the season last year.
In goal, the Pride will have a new face as Kevin Leahy looks to direct the Pride’s defense in his first season between the pipes.
With an influx of new faces on the squad, there are several players who appear to make an impact in their first season at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex. Eric Stalsburg looks to create scoring chances as a forward for the Pride, while Josh Severns is poised to challenge for time in the Pride's midfield.