When Sam Gerdano finished playing hockey for Gonzaga in 2010, he was committed to still being part of the program.
Gerdano overcame the challenges of being a first-year head coach to lead the Eagles to a third consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League championship.
The Eagles are geared up to protect their spot in the MAPHL, even if that means having a target on their back.
“Every game is going to be a battle in our league,” Gerdano said. “You can’t take a night off because everyone is gunning for us, and everyone wants to beat Gonzaga. We realized that and embraced that.”
(Records from last season)
1. Gonzaga (15-8-1) Last ranked: 1
The Purple Eagles will have 15 returners from last year’s championship team. Senior Farrell Dinn, who recorded 16 goals during the 2018-2019 season, is expected to make a big impact.
2. DeMatha (25-8-2) LR: 2
Despite losing All-MAPHL first teamers Christian Halbig and Erick Reiniger, the Stags are still expected to be a formidable team.
3. Churchill (16-7-2) LR: 4
The Bulldogs will be aiming to win their sixth straight Maryland Student Hockey League championship.
4. Washington-Liberty (10-2-1) LR: 5
The Generals, who won the 2019 Capital Scholastic Hockey League championship, have jumped out to a 4-1 start to the season.
5. St. John’s (14-7-2) LR: 9
The Cadets have kicked off the 2019-20 campaign with a 9-0 start.
6. Georgetown Prep (14-4-1) LR: 3
The Hoyas will be without All-Met Player of the Year James Flannery, who graduated and went on to Navy to play lacrosse.
7. Langley (9-3-2) LR: 6
The Saxons won their first Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League last year.
8. T.C. Williams (11-3) LR: 8
The Titans fell to Washington-Liberty in the 2019 CSHL title game.
9. Chantilly (10-2) LR: 7
The Chargers return their top offensive player, forward Owen Morgan.
10. Wootton (15-5-1) LR: 10
The Patriots are looking to bounce back from last season’s loss to Churchill in the MSHL championship.