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2006-07 Worcester State Preview

Worcester State coach John Guiney sees his team coming along. “We’re getting a little more mature as far as experience, and we’ve brought in new players.” Fourteen new players, to be precise, and they will join fourteen returning players. “We would get behind a lot last year by a goal or two, and that just gets old. The new kids, though, know nothing about that, they’re just here to play, and they’ll get every opportunity.”

Guiney feels goaltending is one of his team’s strong points, with sophomore Jason Richardson returning, but he’s concerned about depth on defense, which is one reason that senior captain Josh McLellan, normally a forward may go back to defense this season. Junior Dan McLaughlin returns, and he provides a touch of offense to his game.

Up front, the Lancers should roll out three solid lines each night, led by newcomer Mark Rintal. “He’s a big, tough, strong kid; and he probably will be our best player day in and day out,” according to Guiney. He’ll get plenty of help up from Tom Ford and Dan Drinkwater. Don Morgan and Matt Allwater will be counted on as well to provide offense.


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