|Season Preview||August, 2002|
The Cardinals enter the 2002 season confident after winning 10 games two out of the last three seasons. The team believes it is ready not only for the rigors of the CAC, but also for some increased competition from its out-of-conference opponents.
Graduating from last year's squad is the leadership tandem of Gregg McGuirl and Pat Hanley, both two-year captains. Also leaving is outstanding defender John Jezyk and midfield presence Pat Koster. While their accomplishments will be missed on the field, Coach Racek is confident that the returning and incoming players can make up for their loss.
In the defensive end, the team returns much of its defense. Captain Mike Corrigan, Adam Kuemmel and captain Keith Cappo (above) are each ready to add to already stellar seasons. Helping them this season in the defensive end will be several incoming stars, including Stephen Raab from Long Island and Matt Brideau from nearby Alexandria, Va. Sophomore John Schwarz is ready to be a great addition to the defense.
In the goal, the return of two-time All-South region selection Todd Magin is very comforting to the coaching staff. He is a very exciting player to watch and is a two-time player of the year for the team. He will be a tri-captain this fall.
In the midfield, the spotlight will be on seniors David Pires, Colin Burke, junior Pat Hennessy and sophomores Dan Finn and Dan Kane. All five of these players will be receiving significant playing time and they will be the primary decision-makers in the offensive third of the field. They will be joined by a talented group of incoming freshmen who will be counted on to score for the Cardinals.
The burden of scoring this season will fall on the shoulders of younger players. These players include senior Bryan Bennett and sophomores John Holton and Jack Reilly. There also will be help sought from freshman Miguel Moreland, a talented local product who hopes to bring his scoring touch to the Cardinals.
The 2002 schedule is a traditionally challenging one, pitting the Cardinals against such conference foes as St. Mary's, Salisbury and Mary Washington. In addition, the schedule will have the men playing against such traditional opponents as Washington College and Washington and Lee.