So the 2016 season has been over for about two-and-a-half weeks, and we still miss it. So as Eri is taking a look at each individual team (god rest his soul), I'll be taking a smaller look at each team.
On Friday, I took at look at the NEC. Today, it's time for some #MAACtion! Quinnipiac took the conference AQ and won their Play-In Game over Hartford before getting destroyed by Maryland. How did the other teams do though? Let's dive in.
The Good: In BOSS Drew Kelleher's first season, you improved your win total from a single win in 2015 to three! Progress! Plus, your leading scorer, Parker Giarrantana, is a freshman. A baby! Plus, you had a very nice win against Marist late in the season.
The Bad: You're still pretty bad. You had two tough losses to Delaware and Canisius, and your other wins were against second year programs in NJIT and UMass Lowell. Weak!
The Future: You're very young, and will get younger with the addition of some freshmen. Matt DiScola may not start next season, but the Bergen Catholic grad provides the Jaspers with a third goaltender. A trio of West Islip grads in attackmen Justin Pape and Mike Lombardi and midfielder C.J. Scharf make the short trip to stay in the Empire State. Also, Matt Makowski from Long Island power St. Anthony's comes in to provide depth at defense.
The Good: Not a ton of good to talk about. From 8-6 to 2-10 in a year isn't good at all. But, six of those 10 losses came within four goals, so you were competitive throughout. After a good 2015, you got much younger, but there are brighter times ahead. At least you have goalie Jason Weber.
The Bad: Yeah going from 8-6 to 2-10 is pretty bad.
The Future: You're getting a Culver kid in midfielder Matt Turner, and also Brighton middie Dylan Mercier. Watch our for Anthony Kennin, a goalie from Homestead (Wisconsin). He could be the heir apparent to Weber when he graduates.
The Good: Chris Robertson slightly increased his point totals after an impressive freshman year, but that was really the only bright spot.
The Bad: You went from 5-9 in 2015 to 3-10, so that's pretty bad. Close losses to Hobart, Mercer, St. John's, Canisius, and Monmouth could've been different outcomes. Three of those close losses were by a goal. Ouch.
The Future: Hopefully, you can make a run in the MAAC Tournament next season with some new additions. A pair of Penn Yan Mustangs in goalie Gage Ponsetti and attackman Sean Emerson arrive in Albany. With Tommy Cordts graduating, Ponsetti will look to take the starting job right when he gets on campus. Other in-state recruits include attackman Kevin Prunty (Lakeland-Panas) and FOGO Dylan Pantalone (Niskayuna). You'll also get Colton Hart, an LSM from Dallas Jesuit.
CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (4-8)
The Good: From 3-12 to 4-8, it is an improvement, and you made it to the MAAC Tournament with a 3-3 conference record. Not bad. Jeff Edwards picked up where his brother Tim left off and led the team with 40 points.
The Bad: Tight losses to Boston University, Hobart, and Binghamton didn't help Canisius, who began their season in March (good for them tbh!), but going 3-3 in conference play assured them postseason play with a horrendous record.
The Future: You're not getting a ton of guys, but one notable is Skaneateles defenseman Eddy Reece.
The Good: You finished the season at .500 after a 6-8 record in 2015, which marked a big step in the right direction for the program. Entering your fourth year and about to graduate your first class of seniors, you're an up-and-coming threat in the MAAC.
The Bad: Tough losses Lafayette, Quinnipiac, Detroit, and twice to Marist could've made a good season better. You lost to Marist in the final seconds of the MAAC semifinals in heartbreaking fashion.
The Future: You'll add some more depth in 2017, including Eastport-South Manor attackman Zach Clemente and Spring-Ford midfielder Justin Schwenk.
The Good: You weren't 14-4 like 2015, but you still made the MAAC Championship game. Joseph Radin ended his playing career with 51 goals, while J.D. Recor finished his junior season with 53 points. You played all of your games very competitive, and scored an overtime win over Stony Brook. All seven of your losses were within four goals.
The Bad: Imagine if some of those losses were wins. It'd be another fantastic season. Radin graduates as well, which makes a big void on offense.
The Future: To fill the void of Radin and Recor in a couple of seasons, you'll be bringing in some good talent. A pair of Bayport-Blue Point players in attackman Jake Weinman and defenseman Brandon Croteau come over. Also, attackman Jon Constant (Shoreham-Wading River) and goaltender Jake MacGregor (Comsewogue) are other notable recruits.
QUINNIPIAC BOBCATS (12-4) - Won MAAC Championship; Defeated Hartford in Play-In Game, Lost to Maryland in NCAA First Round
The Good: You won the MAAC and even won the Play-In Game against Hartford. Ryan Keenan and Connor Meth were great senior leaders, while freshman attackman Foster Cuomo and junior goaltender Jack Brust provide a great future in Connecticut.
The Bad: Outside of the big loss to Brown and the final game against Maryland, you had six goal losses to Marquette and Fairfield. Need to improve if you want to beat some of these teams in larger conferences.
The Future: You're getting two Hill Academy studs in FOGO Matthew Kim and offensive weapon Tyler Mackay. West Islip middie Trevor Wills also comes in for the program.