Crusaders have goals, will travel for hockey season

 

December 1, 2000

Courier-Post Staff

There is little doubt that the Bishop Eustace Prep School ice hockey team will score goals, but with the best in the state dominating the Crusaders' schedule, it may not be enough.

 

Bishop Eustace finished 7-12 last season, barely retaining its place in the National A division -- the top competitive flight in the state -- with the likes of powerhouse programs like Brick Township and reigning state champion Seton Hall Prep twice during the season.

 

"It's a very competitive division with very competitive schools," said Bishop Eustace coach Michael Green, whose team opens its season today with a home game against St. Joseph's-Metuchen at Twin Rinks in Pennsauken. "The travel is going to be tough on us, too."

 

Green is relying on his two returning senior offensive stars, forwards Anthony Nordo and Bobby Beauchamp, to provide the Crusaders' punch. Both were all-state last season, with Nordo a first-team selection.

 

Green is hoping to establish a fast pace, accentuating the skating speed and skill of Nordo and Beauchamp.

"The more Nordo and Beauchamp are out in the open, the better off we'll be," he said.

 

Youth and inexperience make the defensive side of the ice uncertain for Eustace, however.

 

Sophomore Evan Kostka will start in goal for the second season, but junior transfer Gregg Ball also will see considerable ice time, according to Green.