2012-13 MISL Season Preview
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Coach: Jim Hesch
2011-12 Regular Season: 11-13
2012 Playoffs: Baltimore, L 0-2
The Lowdown: The Lancers were the lone expansion side to reach the playoffs in 2012, with Mauricio Salles leading the way. The Brazilian earned All-League honors after finishing second in the league with 81 points, including one of the goals of the season against Missouri. The Lancers’ overall prolificacy from three-point range, finishing with a league-high 23 goals from long range, helped boost the offense.
Key Departures: The Lancers have lost a pair of important attacking pieces of the side, with Andrew Hoxie departing for the Wichita Wings. Hoxie contributed more than 40 points last season, and will need to be replaced. So will Carlos Farias, who chipped in 25 points in 11 games after his arrival, but is now working out with the Chicago Soul.
Key Returnees: The Lancers do return their main attacking duo of Salles and Miller, and should be set in goal with Patrick Hannigan back between the sticks. After joining the team after the start of the season, Hannigan put in a number of solid performances to finish with an even 10-10 record and 13.12 points-against average. He’ll look to better that this winter.
Key Additions: The Lancers have dipped into the ranks of USL PRO to fortify their squad, with the Harrisburg City Islanders’ Stephen Basso and Garret Pettis and the Wilmington Hammerheads’ Troy Cole all joining the side. Pettis will be one to watch after scoring three goals in his rookie outdoor season, while Basso and Cole are both experienced defenders.
Coach’s View: “The ultimate goal is winning a championship, and you’ve got to go in stages. You’ve got to start off by making sure you’ve got the right group, and then teaching that group what they need to learn to win a championship, and then at the end of the day hopefully executing and winning enough games to get into the playoffs, and then in the playoffs anything can happen.” – Jim Hesch