Last year: 13-12-2 overall; 6-8-2 SUNYAC (6th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: None
Last conference title: None
2014-15 ranking, total offense: 32nd (3.11 g/gm)
2014-15 ranking, total defense: T-41st (3.04 ga/gm)
Change in wins from 2013-14 to 2014-15: UP 3
Preseason ranking: NR
Losses to graduation: 3
Coach: Brian Dickinson; 22nd season overall (161-325-50), 19th at Brockport (147-277-44)
Pressure is on: The senior duo of Chase Nieuwendyk and Chris Luker. In Brockport’s seven league wins last season (including the postseason), it scored an average of 4.14 goals per game. That was a goal and a half above its overall average in league competitions. The offensive leadership of Nieuwendyk (18-12-30) and Luker (4-19-23) will be crucial to driving the ship this season.
Where did he come from? Rookie Ryan Kangas put up just 22 points in two seasons in the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack system before committing to Brockport last season. He then put up 21 points with six goals and 15 assists in his debut campaign for the Golden Eagles. His pedigree definitely has served him well, as he’s the son of Williams head coach Bill Kangas.
Their season will be defined by: The Golden Eagles play against Plattsburgh and Geneseo. Last season, Brockport pulled out at least one point against each team in the SUNYAC during the regular season except the Cardinals and Knights. A few wins and/or ties against these two and the Golden Eagles could be contenders for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Predicted SUNYAC finish: 5th
Capsule: Besides its SUNYAC first round victory at Geneseo, Brockport’s 2014-2015 season was dormant of a defining win.
In their own end, the Golden Eagles were in the bottom half of Division III, even with net-minders Aaron Green and Jared Lockhurst having .918 and .910 save percentages, respectively.. Green went 10-8-0 and allowed just 2.77 goals per game, while Lockhurst was 3-4-2 with a 3.15 goals against average.