Where Are They Now?
Scores of players have enjoyed the Jr Warriors experience and have gone on to successful playing careers at the collegiate level. Here is an update on how just a few of the VJW alumni have done this past season. RYAN LEARY – Bowdoin College
In his freshman season with Bowdoin College, former Warrior forward Ryan Leary (Marblehead, MA)
was a true force to be reckoned with as he was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year. It was a clear choice as Leary led the league and finished seventh in Division III with 22 goals. Averaging a goal per game, Leary become the first 20-goal scorer for the Polar Bears since Dave Cataruzolo in 1996-97.
It didn’t take long for Leary to make himself known in NESCAC circles as he was named the NESCAC Player of the Year back in January after setting a single-game scoring record in his team’s victory over Skidmore. In that contest, Leary scored six goals, including a natural hat trick in a 3:38 span in the opening period. Leary was twice named the NESCAC's Player of the Week. Bowdoin finished their 2007-08 campaign with a record of 17-7-0, finishing third in the final NESCAC standings. JOE HILL – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
A freshman forward, Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA)
posted a strong first-year campaign for the Corsairs as he was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast All-Rookie team. Heading into the championships, Hill was on a tear as he had scored 13 points, including four goals, in the last seven games. He finished third among ECAC Northeast freshmen in points. During the team’s championship run, Hill delivered offensively as he scored two goals in the championship game and posted five points in the team’s three tournament contests. As a result of his performance, Hill was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast All-Tournament team. JEFF GREEN– University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
The junior goaltender from Medway was recognized for his outstanding play by being named an ECAC Northeast New England Hockey Writers All-Star. Green finished first in the conference with a 2.47 goals-against average, and was fourth in winning percentage at .648. He had two shutouts, and his career totals stand at eight shutouts and a career .794 winning percentage. Green was also named to the ECAC Northeast All-Tournament team – along with teammate Joe Hill – for the 2007-08 season. JEFF ROSE – Suffolk University
Jeff Rose (Collinsville, CT)
shined during his first year at Suffolk University as he earned a spot on the 2007-08 ECAC Northeast All-Conference team. The freshman netminder was tabbed for Second Team honors and was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team. Rose collected all 13 wins between the pipes for the Rams and finished with a 3.12 goals against average and a .914 saves percentage. His 10-6 mark in ECAC Northeast action with a 2.70 goals against average and a .921 saves percentage was tops among all league rookie goalies. Rose, who led the conference in both overall minutes played (1,579) and saves (869), made 40 or more saves on seven occasions, including 40 stops on March 2 in Suffolk’s 3-2 overtime victory over Wentworth in the ECAC Northeast quarterfinals and a career-high 47 saves in a 4-2 setback at Nichols in the ECAC Northeast semi-finals. A two-time pick as the ECAC Northeast Rookie and Goalie of the Week this season, Rose helped the Rams post their highest single-season win total in 15 years and notch their first-ever post-season victory with the triumph at Wentworth. JASON STAHL – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Jason Stahl (Londonderry, NH)
forward posted a solid first season for the Corsairs as he finished with 7 goals and 16 assists. Two of his goals were game winners! Stahl’s UMass Dartmouth team finished the season with an 18-9-1 record, won their third consecutive ECAC Northeast championship and became the first ECAC Northeast team to host a game in the NCAA Division III Championships. OTHER ALUMNI UPDATES
As one of three captains on the UMass Lowell team, Mark Roehothan (St. John's, Nfld.)
was once again an offensive force as he posted 14 goals and nine assists to finish third on the UMass Lowell team in scoring… Freshman defenseman Todd Bartleson (Pepperell, MA)
also saw quality playing time as he played in 23 games this season. His first career goal was a memorable one as he scored in his team’s 4-3 victory over Hockey East foe Boston University on December 7… Sophomore Chris Sabo (Wellesley, MA)
was instrumental in helping his Babson College team advance to the quarterfinals of the ECAC East Tournament. Sabo finished the season with two goals and four assists… Freshman Matt Miller (Bayonne, NJ)
was a mainstay on the University of Connecticut blueline as he saw action in 32 of his teams’ 37 games. Miller had one goal and eight assists and was second on the team in blocked shots. The Huskies fell to Sacred Heart in the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinal series…As a freshman forward, Marc Concannon (Melrose, MA)
played in 15 games for the University of Massachusetts Amherst team. He registered one goal and was named the team’s Most Improved Player… Also seeing action on the collegiate level this past hockey season were freshman defenseman Ross James (Orono, ME)
for Connecticut College… Doug Wilson (Saratoga, CA)
was the second in scoring among defensemen for the Tufts Jumbos with five goals and two assists… Teammate Justin Mitchell (Darien, CT)
, who is also a talented musician, played in 13 games for the Tufts team and registered two assists… Freshman Mike Sand (Port Huron, MI)
, who scored 20 goals and 22 assists for the Warriors during the 2006-07 season, made an appearance in 11 games for the Niagara Purple Eagles… As a freshman on the University of Massachusetts Boston team, John Galivan (Oak Park, IL)
played in all 27 games and posted 2 goals and four assists for the Beacons… A transfer from Northeastern University and after sitting out a season at Merrimack College, Joe Cucci (Melrose Park, IL)
had a strong freshman campaign this past season. He played in 16 games for Mark Dennehy’s Warriors and posted three goals and seven assists… Justin Marriott (St. Clair Shores, MI),
a sophomore netminder, served as the starting goalie for Wentworth this past season, playing in 21 games. He compiled a 9-10-1 record and a 3.33 GAA and .908 save percentage.