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2018 Fall Sports Preseason Preview
Posted 09/07/2018 01:18PM

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CREW
2017 Team Notables:
Qualified for the NE Championship Regatta
State Championships:
0
Captains:
Jack Bodette ’19, Patrick Martino ’19, Jordan Callahan ’19
Season Opener:
September 22 at BC High (Charles River)
Greatest Strengths:
Teamwork
Biggest Challenge:
Teamwork
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count:
65+ / 15 
Head Coach Tim Broderick ‘05 Comment on Season Outlook:
“Everyone is looking forward to a great season.”

CROSS COUNTRY
2017 Team Notables: 10th at All-State Meet; Five Catholic Conference All-Stars
State Championships: 4
Captains: Derek Walsh ’19, Kevin Carney ’19
Season Opener: September 8 at the Newburyport Clipper XC Relays
Greatest Strengths: “We return four guys who competed in the All-State Meet last fall, and we have a core of well-motivated runners who did their critical work over the summer to prepare for the season.”
Biggest Challenge: “We will have to get used to not having our first man be the race winner (2017-18 Massachusetts Gatorade Runner of the Year, Tristan Shelgren, now at UNC). We can’t simply replace the best distance runner in school history. We will have to race as a close-knit pack to accomplish our goals. Our mantra for our top five guys is: No gaps!”
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count: 20 / 4
Head Coach John Boyle Comment: “With only two seniors among our top seven runners at this point in the season, we’re a bit young, but most of these guys have big meet experience. They are very competitive. We are hoping to avenge last year’s dual-meet loss to BC High and repeat as conference champions. Eastern Mass Division 1 is the most competitive division in the Commonwealth, and we are hoping to show that we are contenders in the division.”
Also Worth Mentioning: Last year’s freshman squad was undefeated in dual meets and won a pair of invitationals. At least two of the rising sophomores from that unit will make an impact on the varsity this fall.

FOOTBALL
2017 Team Notables: 5-6 record; 5 Catholic Conference All-Star honorees
State Championships: 6
Captains: Wes Rockett ’19, Kevin Dewing ’19 (returning Catholic Conference All-Star), James Taylor ’19 (returning CC All-Star), Coltan Tangney ’19 (returning CC All-Star), Aise Pream ’19 (returning CC All-Star) 
Season Opener: September 7 vs. Haverhill High (home)
Greatest Strengths: Attitude and effort
Biggest Challenge: Schedule strength
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count: 82 / 25
Head Coach Brian St. Pierre ’98 Comment: “We expect to be very competitive. Our schedule is, as always, the toughest in Massachusetts, but our kids have put in a lot of work and have a quiet confidence about themselves. Their unselfishness and team-first attitude are unquestionably our strengths. It’s a tightly knit group, players and coaches, alike, and we’re working hard together to try to become a good team.”
Also Worth Mentioning: Homecoming Game is Saturday, October 13 vs. BC High at 1:30pm.

GOLF
2017 Team Notables: 14-2 match record (11 straight wins down stretch); Division 1 North sectional champions; 6th at state tournament
State Championships: 0
Captains: Returning Div. 1 North individual champion and All-Scholastic honoree Drew Semons ’19, Brendan Ziegler ’19
Home Opener: September 13 at Kernwood Country Club vs. Saint Mary’s High
Greatest Strengths: Depth
Biggest Challenge: Balancing playing time across roster
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count: 12 / 5
Head Coach Joe Rocha ’88 Comment: “We have an excellent team with six returnees on the varsity as well as six new players. I think once we blend together as a team and the newcomers understand what’s required to be successful at the varsity level, we'll be able to look back on the season with a sense of accomplishment.”
Also Worth Mentioning: Won the prestigious Cape Cod High School Invitational for the second consecutive year in 2017.

MOUNTAIN BIKING
2017 Team Notables: Repeated as New England champions
Regional Championships: 2
Captains: TBA
Season Opener: September 19 at the Proctor School
Greatest Strengths: Co-op alliance with the Academy at Penguin Hall
Biggest Challenge: Graduation of New England High School Cycling Association individual varsity champion Alex Soper ’18, now racing at the University of Utah
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count: 15-20 / 0
Head Coach Parker Heath Comment on Season Outlook: “Mountain Biking is one of the fastest-growing high school sports in the country and SJP is well positioned to remain competitive for many years to come. “

SOCCER
2017 Team Notables: 19-1-3; reached Division 1 state semifinals; D1 North sectional champions; Catholic Conference Champions
State Championships: 2
Captains: Sam Smith ’19, Will Andrews ’19, Jake Surette ’19
Season Opener: 2-1 win at Masconomet High (home opener September 8 vs. Xavier High of Connecticut)
Greatest Strengths: Overall team speed, goalkeeping, depth and attitude
Biggest Challenge: Lack of experience at the varsity level; a lack of size; graduated three players who accounted for more than 50 goals
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count: 25 /10
Head Coach Dave Crowell Comment on Season Outlook: “Our goals are to show steady improvement over the course of the season, win the Catholic Conference Championship and advance deep into the state tournament..”

WATER POLO
2017 Team Notables: 25th anniversary of 1992 state title (no longer an MIAA-sanctioned sport)
State Championships: 6
Captains: Cole Maher ’19, Mitchell Lockwood ’19
Season Opener: September 22 vs. Suffield Academy (home)
Greatest Strengths: Depth; roster numbers
Biggest Challenge: Experience
Total Roster Number & Total Senior Count: 40 / 12
Head Coach Anthony Padvaiskas Comment: “Water polo is a great team sport that calls on perseverance, discipline and positive thinking. Although we are not an experienced water polo program, we will call on these traits to help us enjoy the season.”

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