Jr. Blues Alumni Report: the 2019-20 NESCAC Season

Springfield, Illinois – After reviewing the NEHC and UCHC in our last stop through the NCAA Division 3 landscape, we transition and focus on our alumni representing us in the NESCAC. Here is today’s Alumni Report!

We begin today at Hamilton College and freshman forward Cade Groton. Groton, a native of Ashburn, VA, appeared in 20 games this season for the Continentals and recorded 1 goal and 3 assists with a +4 rating. The former Jr. Blues captain recorded his first NCAA point and assist on November 17th against Bryn Athyn before registering his first NCAA goal on February 8th against Colby.

Our next stop is at Middlebury College as we look into the season of sophomore forward Zach Shapiro. The native of Ann Arbor, MI played in 25 games for the Panthers with 7 goals, 2 assists, and +5 rating. The 2020 NESCAC All-Academic Team member has now appeared in 50 career NCAA games and has scored 13 goals and 5 assists with an overall +7 rating. 

From Middlebury to Tufts University, we next take a look at a pair of sophomores who contributed on and off the ice this season. Josh Sarlo, a netminder from Lynbrook, NY, posted a 6-8-0 record with a 2.90 GAA and .917 SV% this season for the Jumbos. After 25 appearances for Tufts, Sarlo boasts an 8-12-2 record with a 2.60 GAA and .921 SV%. 

Sarlo was selected to the 2020 NESCAC All-Academic Team alongside teammate and fellow alum Justin Brandt. Brandt, a forward from Ann Arbor, MI, played in 23 games this season and scored 5 goals and 13 assists. He has now played in 42 games for the Jumbos with 8 goals and 18 assists on his resume. 

Our final NESCAC spotlight is on senior forward Joey Lupo at Amherst. The St. Louis, MO native registered 6 goals, 8 assists, and a +6 rating in 25 games for the Mammoths this season, his first as team captain. The three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member wrapped up his NCAA career with 27 goals, 33 assists, and +16 rating in 96 games. 

Congratulations to our alumni in the NESCAC for a tremendous year, and we wish them the best of luck next season and beyond!