By Dan Greene
Zurawel will get plenty of help from club vice president and monster defenseman Brendan Lichtenthal ‘12 and smooth skating sophomore Andy Stinchfield. Another major asset to the defense is the booming slap shot of six-foot, five-inch junior Matt Livingston.
In between the pipes, the team brings back three excellent goaltenders and welcomes one freshman. Junior Kyle Anderson has a long history of being a winning goaltender. In 2008, he backstopped Massena High School to a New York State Championship, and last season led all Union goaltenders in wins. Anderson is also the former teammate of Matt Hatch, who is a freshman on the varsity men’s hockey team.
Also returning are seniors Mike Hambley and Jon Mixcus. Hambley is a well-schooled goaltender who brings a lot of intensity to the ice and can make all the saves. Mixcus is always entertaining to watch whether he’s making his signature acrobatic saves or robbing a shooter with his quick glove. He was in between the pipes in the 3-2 win over RPI last season.
The newest goaltender is Eric Robinson, who has traveled from sunny California to play in Schenectady. In just a few weeks of practice, Robinson is already adjusting to the East Coast style of play. He will be the go-to guy in the pipes for the team in future seasons.
“Goaltending is always key to a team’s success,” McGuiggan said. “Luckily we have four goalies that can give us a chance to win.”
Joining Robinson in the Class of 2014 include Jeff Porter, Chris Allen, Dylan Martini, Terry Finnigan, and James Dawson. Each of these players should make an immediate impact, and be able to fill the shoes of departing seniors Alex Kenyon, Anthony Savaglio, and Greg Karamian.
“Even though we will miss guys like Savaglio, I have a good feeling about these new guys,” McGuiggan said. “They all skate hard and have good hockey sense.”
Union will play approximately 20 games this season against the likes of RPI, Siena, Quinnipiac, and St. Thomas Aquinas. So if you can’t wait for varsity hockey to start, you should come out and see the club team play at Messa Rink this weekend!