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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.

The Golden Eagles won just six of 16 conference contests, amounting to just three per semester. Their seven non-conference wins were highlighted by a victory over NESCAC semifinalist Tufts University at the Rutland Herald Invitational in November. The Jumbos claim to fame last season was upsetting eventual national champion Trinity (CT) in the NESCAC quarterfinals as the No. 8 seed in the tournament. Brockport went 0-6 against eventual participants in the NCAA Tournament and, in fact, went 2-6-2 against eventual participants in the SUNYAC Championships. They won two of their final eight league games as they slipped into the playoffs with the sixth, and final, spot.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles saw the continued growth of Nieuwendyk and Luker, along with players such as senior Troy Polino (7-10-17), sophomore Jake Taylor (6-10-16) and junior James Ryan (7-7-14). They finished the year with 11 players scoring nine points or more.
 Nieuwendyk and Luker were especially efficient on the power play, finishing in the top three in the conference in points on the man advantage with 10 apiece. The duo led their team to the second-best power play efficiency in the SUNYAC at nearly 24 percent. 

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.

 As the SUNYAC becomes more and more open by the season, Brockport gains a greater opportunity to surge up the standings but this may not be the year quite yet.