It was a whirlwind season for St. Sebastian’s, which captured a share of the Independent School League championship for the second time in program history last spring, parlaying that into a semifinal run at the Geico High School National Tournament and a No. 8 national ranking by USA Today at the end of it all.
A talented, deep group — led by an offense that scored an average or nearly 15 goals per game — helped guide last year’s success, but much of that firepower has since moved on.
Losing the likes of John Piatelli (60 goals, 72 assists last year) and Parker Joyce (72 goals, 11 assists) may be enough to set some teams back a few years, but confident in its numbers, St. Sebastian’s fully intends to get back to where it was a year ago, even beyond.
And it’s easy to see where that optimism starts.