by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Nate Leaman
2006-07 Record: 14-19-3 (7-12-1 ECAC)
Key Returnees: Justin Mrazek G SR., Michael Beynon D SR., Josh Coyle F SR., Torren Delforte F SR., Sam Bowles F SR. Matt Cook F JR., Chris Potts F JR., Lane Caffaro D JR., Mike Harr D JR., Brendan Milnamow D JR., Mike Schreiber D SO., Jason Walters F SO., Mario Valery-Trabucco F SO
Key Losses: Sean Streich, Olivier Bouchard
There was frustration in conference play for Union as the Dutchmen gathered only seven wins in the ECAC, finishing last. On the flip side, however, Union did well out of conference, matching their wins in the conference.
"I was disappointed in the league results, but not in our play," said head coach Nate Leaman about last season. "We were 7-3-2 non-conference and had some really good wins, such as a sweep of Ferris State."
Do not forget last year the team was not filled with upperclassmen. There were only eight juniors and seniors.
"We only had two seniors," Leaman pointed out. "I was not disappointed in the effort."
After a 5-3-2 start through November, the team slipped, going 9-16-1 the rest of the way. However, in January, Union was able to snatch off a couple of upsets against a couple of strong teams in Dartmouth and Clarkson (both home games). After the Clarkson victory, Union went 3-8-1 the rest of the way (two of the victories against Yale).
This year the team will be led by junior forward Matt Cook, who Leaman says "is a leader all across the campus." Lane Caffaro, a junior defenseman, will be an assistant as well as seniors Same Bowles and Michael Beynon.
"We have good players coming in to help out what we have for talent," Leaman said. "We got two top-10 scorers from the BCHL last year — Luke Cain (40 g, 45 a, 85 p) and Adam Presizniuk (44, 48, 92) — which I am excited about. I have to give credit to the assistant coaches as well. They have done a good job recruiting since I came here."
This year, with improved teams such as Ferris State and Northeastern on the schedule, Union will have its hands full.
But in the conference, Leaman had some thoughts about how the league might fare out this year.
"Last year, we were two points out of eight," Leaman pointed out. "The league is a grind. As a team, we need to get off to a good start and mature guys quickly. This year is no different. The ECAC will be extremely competitive. Everyone returns a lot, such as Clarkson, Quinnipiac and Colgate. This league has a good representation nationally."