Last season, the first under Head Coach Bernard Dell'Aquila, saw Molloy finish its second consecutive 10+ win season. The Lions, who rose to as high as #12 in the USILA/Nike Division II Coaches' Poll, finished the season with a 10-5 record, with three of their losses coming against what would be NCAA Tournament teams in LIU Post, NYIT, and Merrimack.
An even 4-4 record in conference play earned the maroon and white fifth-place in a tough East Coast Conference. A heartbreaking overtime loss against Dowling College in the penultimate game of the regular season kept the Lions out of the conference tournament. The absence of Dowling, who finished third in the ECC, creates an opportunity for a new team to solidify themselves as a threat for postseason action, and in 2017, the Lions will certainly be on the prowl.
The maroon and white graduated eight seniors in 2016, including three of their top five goal scorers in Kevin Teresky, Peter Clark, and Austin Valenti. However, with a new season comes fresh faces, and Molloy welcomes 16 freshmen into the den.
Defending the Den
Last season, the defensive unit for Molloy limited their opponents to a shot percentage of only .275. The maroon and white also combined for over 120 caused turnovers as a team.
The Lions return All-ECC Third Team honoree Jaron Greenidge (pictured below). The junior caused 16 turnovers in his sophomore season, second to only senior Zach Antonette, who totaled 17.
As a team, Molloy also picked up 430 ground balls, led by 52 from senior Frank Sciulla.
Firing on all Cylinders
The Lions scored 181 goals with a shot percentage of over .300. Nearly 60% of the team's shots were on target.
Molloy returns senior Connor Slane, who scored 32 goals (including a team-high three game-winners) and boasted a shot percentage of nearly 40%. Joining Slane will be fellow-senior Jon Camposa, who rounded out the top-five goal scorers last season with 17 goals.
As a team, the maroon and white totaled 100 assists. Back for the 2017 season are juniors Casey Kelly and Tim Steinman. Kelly, Steinman, and Camposa all finished in the top five in helpers in the 2016 season.
The Lions established a .290 power play percentage by the end of 2016. Steinman and Slane each scored a team-leading four man-up goals and return for the 2017 campaign.
Back in the faceoff position this season will be senior Frank Sciulla. In his junior campaign, the midfielder averaged 54% as a faceoff specialist.
Also returning for the Lions, junior Dom Raheb averaged nearly 40% on the faceoff in 2016.
Between the Pipes
Junior goalie Ryan Toomey returns, after starting in all 15 games for the Lions last season and totaling 156 saves, good for third in the ECC. The 2015 Rookie of the Year also averaged a .527 save percentage.
Coming in 2017
Molloy begins the new season with a tough opening stretch. First, the Lions travel to games against Wheeling Jesuit University (Feb. 11) and Walsh University (Feb. 18). The maroon and white open at home on Feb. 25 in a rematch against last year's third-ranked Merrimack College.
The challenge isn't over after the Warriors, however, as the squad heads on the road to face last year's fifth-ranked LIU Post (Mar. 4), Dominican (Mar. 10), and Saint Michael's (Mar. 14). From there, the maroon and white return to Rockville Centre for three straight games, facing newly-added Saint Thomas Aquinas (Mar. 18), last year's fourth-ranked NYIT (Mar. 25), and Georgian Court (Mar. 29).
The regular season concludes with six games in April. First, the Lions travel to Mercy College (Apr.2) before coming home to host Post University (Apr. 5), and District of Columbia (Apr. 8). Against UDC, Molloy will recognize the senior members of the men's lacrosse team in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony. The campaign closes with games at Assumption (Apr. 12) and Roberts Wesleyan (Apr. 22) before the final game, home against Chestnut Hill (Apr. 29).
The loss of Dowling College, the team that reached the ECC Postseason two out of the past three years, creates an opportunity for a new team to enter the mix. The Lions hope to once again be in the mix when the semi-finals begin on May 3.