Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Coach: Josh Rife
2012-13 Record: 10-16
Key Losses: Defender Evan McNeley brought solid play and some impressive scoring punch after being acquired mid-season from the Milwaukee Wave, while Rey Martinez was effective creating chances that led to 12 assists a season ago. Both their production, and that of third-leading scorer Jeremy Ortiz, will need to be replaced.
Key Returnees: Miller and Salles’ goals will of course be essential, but the Lancers will also look for increases in production from All-Rookie team members Pedrinho and Stephen Basso. Goalkeepers Gavin McInerney and Patrick Hannigan will hope for more protection from their defensive unit after both recorded points-against averages of more than 13 last season.
Key Additions: Forward Andrew Hoxie returns to the Lancers after spending last season with Wichita, and the Lancers will hope he can replicate his 45-point performance two seasons ago. Edgar Bartolomeu also brings experience, having won a pair of MISL Championships with Philadelphia, and the Lancers will also hope the players moving up from their reserve side, such as George Morningstar, can make a positive impact in their rookie seasons.
Outlook: The addition of Rife behind the bench ought to be a positive one, with the Lancers certainly capable of better than the 6.9 goals-against average they posted a season ago. If Rife can get the defense organized, the Lancers will be a good bet to remain entertaining, but also be a playoff contender.