HARVARD -- Over the last couple seasons, head coach Joe Gatto's club has been elbow deep in the rebuilding process. Bromfield finished last year with a record of 1-13 in the Mid-Wach B, and 2-17 overall with their only wins coming over Leominster and the Advanced Math and Science Academy.
"I think we are going to continue the rebuilding we started two years ago," said Gatto. "It's a young team, I only have three seniors. We have a lot of ninth- and 10th-graders who have good experience in the youth program. I think we are going to improve our position relative to the last couple years when we only won a couple of games each season."
Ethan Chadwick is the lone loss to graduation weathered by the Trojans coming into the season. Chadwick was second on the team in scoring with 29 goals and two assists. Bromfield looks to be in good shape with the return of senior Rishi Singh on offense. Singh headlined the Trojans scoring with 39 goals and 31 assists as a junior.
Singh will be Bromfield's captain along with senior defensemen Billy McNamara and Ryan West.
"He is going to contribute very well," said Gatto. "He will be one of the top players in our division this year. Both McNamara and West are fourth-year players, and I expect them to contribute very well this season. West takes the team through drills and warm-ups.
"Singh dictates his leadership by what he does on the field, and keeping the team focused on what they do. McNamara is a quiet leader, who works hard every day, trying to make the team and himself better."
Gatto believes that the Trojans' defense will be the strongest part of their game this year. Connor Cummings is expected to have a good year and Matt Lalli, a long-stick midfielder, are both anticipated to be strong contributors defensively. Cummings will bring physicality to the Trojans defense while Lalli will use his solid stickhandling and finesse to create turnovers.
The Trojans offense will run through the sharp-shooting Singh, but Gatto is optimistic that there will be other attackers tickling the twine.
"From an offensive point of view, Rishi is going to lead the team," said Gatto. "I also expect contributions from junior Cory Tower, freshman Matty Bancher and sophomore Ryan Ashe. Ashe improved immensely over the past year, and his stick skills have come a long way. "
Tower tallied 10 goals and nine assists as a sophomore.
Sophomore Matt Olejarz will assume the facilitator role, as Gatto expects him to showcase a lot of hustle and pick up the majority of groundballs.
Bromfield opened their season at Oakmont yesterday (score unavailable at press time). The Trojans will play 11 games at home this season. Bromfield will play four straight games at Lower Depot Feld to start the season with Shepherd Hill at 11 a.m. followed by games with Tyngsboro, Hudson and Nashoba next week."Our objective is to get in the playoffs," said Gatto. "Last year we lost a couple of close games to Hudson and Marlboro. I think this year we can take both of them. We are going to have to take both games with Leominster -- we are going to have to. I think the cusp games are going to be against St. Bernard's (May 2 and 6). If we win those two, we will get in."