In the high school division, offensive juggernaut K Vegas Rock and defensive power The Biceps are tied at the top with 5-1 records. Rock is led by the offensive trio of Brian Miller, Thomas Barreca, and Spencer Dollman, the ground ball tenacity of Miller and Robert Russell, the defending of Drew Kwapil, and the “rock”-solid goalkeeping of Griffen Glover, while Biceps are led by aggressive midfielders Reece Parillo and Parker Ford, stalwart defenders Ryan McFetters and Isaac Shore, and goalie Mitch Grunwald. Rock beat Biceps 5-4 in their only matchup, but the two HOTT Lax giants will meet again this Wednesday in the featured game with the top playoff seeding on the line.
Lurking back in the pack in the high school division are FP Mafia, Flying Donkeys, and Mountaineers. FP Mafia is led by defenders Jeffrey Jefferson and Sam Knibb, and the Donkeys rely on lightning-quick midfielder Razuan Dantzler and goalie Matt Miller. The Mountaineers have holes to plug on the defensive end but boast the league’s most efficient offense (37% shooting) behind Will Murphy, Luke Mulvey, and Zach Vaughn and emerging young defender Trevor Woods. The Buggies, the fall champions, have struggled with player absences but are capable of making a run behind the magic of goaltender Josh Wonders (58% saves).
In adult play, the undefeated Hoodats (4-0), Skeeps (3-1), and Landsharks (and 2-1-1) are battling it out for the top spot, and the Adult Hawks (1-3), despite the stellar play of middie Erick Smith, are struggling in their bid to repeat as champions. Waves of shorties –including James Furlow, Henry Farley, Chase Watts, Sam Newland, and Parker Ford — make the Skeeps a real force. For the Hoodats, Derek Watts, Rob Thomas, David Lee, Aaron Hales, and defender Brett Hewitt have kept them within breathing distance of the top seed. The Landsharks’ success has come on the backs of attackman Andrew Allison and middie Randy Brooks on offense and Josh Thompson and recently-acquired Garrett Swaim on defense. The K-Dogs, even at 1-3, are poised to make a run, as they boast of the league’s ground ball leader (Michael Campbell), last summer’s scoring leader (Jake Johnson), and defensive wizard Brian Holden. The K-Dogs recently added savvy middie Zach Frohne to its offensive repertoire. The Old Goats are struggling with their aging legs, but their “old school” culture and new acquisitions are expected to give them at least a fighting chance.
Action resumes tomorrow (Monday) at Cash-Bagley — 5:30 p.m. for high school and 7:00 p.m. for adults.