The Peninsula Panthers finished 6-10 last season and out of the playoffs, the first sub-.500 season in Lane Jaffe’s five seasons as head coach. Jaffe provided some things to know about the Panthers in advance of the 2018 season.
Things to Know: Peninsula Panthers
The panthers feel they have hit the bottom as a program which is actually encouraging as there is only one way to go and that is up. There will be new faces all over the field for Peninsula as they graduated the entire starting defense, goalie and All-American LSM.
Also graduated are two starting attackmen, face-off guy and three of their four of top middies. So while a lot has cycled through, there remains a core group of motivated players who will be forced to step up and do so in a hurry. When a vacuum exists, a force will eventually replace it. That is the hope for the Panthers.
Five players the Panthers will turn to are sophomores AJ Rosato and Troy Simpkins. Both are freakishly athletic and played and started almost every game as freshman. Both love the sport and put in the work necessary, so the results are just a matter of time. Simpkins most likely will be on the varsity basketball team this winter, which says a lot for a sophomore.
In addition to the super sophs, Peninsula will have a lone senior captain in Ethan Burrage. Burrage is quick and shifty and will be relied on to score goals and also play shut-down defensive midfield. The Panthers don’t slide to Burrage, as they have yet to see him beaten one-on-one. Lastly, two juniors look to make an impact this year. Max Cha, a tall smooth attack man who looks the part, will be starting on attack, and defenseman Garrett Moore will anchor a young and inexperienced defense.
Overall, the Panthers will be inexperienced but remain hopeful after a disappointing season last year. The players are hungrier than they have been in the past, and the work ethic has been there. It’s a matter of gaining experience, understanding the game better and integrating what they are learning into real game situations.