November 9, 2011

NESCAC preview: New faces in new places

By Mike Zhe

There will be three new faces behind the benches in the NESCAC this winter and, in two of those cases, new is an understatement. 

More like brand new.

Stan Moore (photo: Colby Athletics)

Stan Moore (photo: Colby Athletics)

Colby College named Stan Moore, the former coach at Division 1 Union College, its interim coach last month. Moore replaces Jim Tortorella (Concord, Mass.), who stepped down after 16 years in August to join the staff at Div. 1 New Hampshire.

Moore, whose family lives near the Colby campus in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, has a quarter-century of coaching experience at the Div. 1 level, most recently at Providence. He spent last season as an assistant at Kents Hill School.

“It’s something I’m happy about and looking forward to doing,” Moore said. “There is going to be a lot on my plate before that first practice. I hope to reach out to the recruits that are looking at Colby, but even more important to reach out to the players who are here right now.”

The White Mules went 12-11-2 last season, finishing sixth in the NESCAC, and return seven of their top nine scorers, though they lost both goaltenders to graduation.

One week after Moore’s hiring, Trinity named former assistant Matthew Greason as its new coach. He replaces David Cataruzolo, who joined the Harvard staff as director of hockey operations. Former boss John Dunham had been serving as interim coach before Greason was hired.

“I could not be more excited to be coming back to my alma mater as head men’s ice hockey coach,” Greason said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for me to give something back to a place that has given me so much. Coaches Dunham and Cataruzolo have established a special tradition with a family atmosphere for Trinity men’s ice hockey, and I will do my best to carry that on.”

Greason was an assistant coach at Trinity for Cataruzolo in 2007-08 and 2008-09, helping the Bantams to a 32-20-2 record that included the program’s second NESCAC title and its third appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Trinity went 11-10-4 overall last winter, qualifying for the eight-team NESCAC tournament for the 11th consecutive season.

The third new coach is the NESCAC is Rob Haberbusch, who takes over at defending regular-season champion Hamilton, replacing Norm Bazin, who took the head job at Div. 1 UMass-Lowell.

The challenge for these three new coaches will be trying to keep pace in a deep league whose teams to beat are Bowdoin (19-8-1) and Middlebury (11-8-6). The Polar Bears reached the NCAA quarterfinals a year ago, the only NESCAC team to reach the NCAAs.

Meanwhile, Middlebury’s streak of 11 consecutive appearances in the NESCAC championship game was snapped when it fell to Colby in the quarterfinals.

Three stars

Daniel Weiniger, jr., F, Bowdoin — The only returning player in the league that scored 20 goals last season, Weiniger finished with 20-25-45 totals for the Polar Bears, whose victory over Williams in last season’s league title game was later vacated.

Michael DiMare, soph., F, Hamilton — The Medford, Mass., product was named the league’s top rookie as a freshman, putting up 15-12-27 totals as the Continentals won the regular-season title.

Ryan Purdy, sr., G, Williams — Purdy backstopped the Ephs to the title game, finishing second in Division 3 in minutes played and 11th in save percentage (.923).

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue of New England Hockey Journal. Mike Zhe can be reached at mzhe@hockeyjournal.com.