Philadelphia announced on Friday the 2015 Spinners roster, which includes 25 returning players and 13 rookies.
The Philadelphia Spinners were left hungry in 2014, just missing the MLU playoffs with a loss to the eventual champion Washington D.C. Current in the last week of the season.
In 2015, Spinners Head Coach and General Manager Billy Maroon has put together a roster that looks to channel that hunger into a championship.
To lead this 2015 campaign, Maroon is looking to his veteran captains, Nick Hirannet, Jake Rainwater, Patrick Lindsey and Trey Katzenbach.
“We proved last year that we are able to compete with any team in the East,” said Rainwater. “The core of the team remains intact, and we have some dynamic additions to the roster that should help get this team to the playoffs.”
That core includes 2014 Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year Matt Esser, Patrick Diviney and Ben Scharadin, all of whom signed multi-year contracts.
Rounding out the veteran core are returning players Gabe Colton, Dustin Damiano, Leon Chou, Jack Casey, Matt Zumbrum, Matt Glazer, David Baer, Michael Panna, Matt Paparone, Mike Baer, Marshall Ward, Nick Mathison and Ian McClellan.
“Our biggest concern this offseason was maintaining the growth and energy we built last year while replacing several major pieces,” said Maroon. “We are expecting players like Patrick Diviney, Marshall Ward and Nick Mathison to step up this year.”
“I’m more excited for this upcoming season than any before,” said Hirannet. “We had so many talented guys come out to tryouts this year and picked up some big new weapons I can’t wait to see out on the field.”
MLU fans may also recognize a few familiar faces as Himalaya Mehta and Nick Purifico of the 2013 Spinners return, along with Ross Littauer, formerly of the 2013 New York Rumble.
Joining the veterans are rookies Charlie McCutcheon, Ken Wells, Rob Robinson, Billy Sickles, Tommy Ferguson, Tom O’Connor and Matt Tacheron.
Coach Maroon said he’s been impressed by Purifico and Mehta during workouts this spring and expects them, along with rookies McCutcheon and Wells to help reinforce the lines.
“We grew a lot as a team last year throughout the season, and I’m excited to continue building on our end-of-season success,” said Patrick Lindsey. “I think that from top to bottom this is our strongest roster yet, and I anticipate improvement on both sides of the disc.”
With the roster set, the Spinners are looking forward to building on an improved 2014 and bringing a championship to Philadelphia.
2015 Philadelphia Spinners:
#1 Charlie McCutcheon (Univ. of Delaware/Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)*
#2 Ken Wells (Millersville/West Chester, Pa.)*
#3 Gabe Colton (Brandeis Univ./Milwaukee, Wis.)
#4 Dustin Damiano (Messiah College/New Castle, Del.)
#5 Himalaya Mehta (Univ. of Penn./Export, Pa.)
#6 Leon Chou (Univ. of Penn./Philadelphia, Pa.)
#7 Nick Hirannet (Univ. of Delaware/Havertown, Pa.)
#8 Nick Purifico (Univ. of Delaware/Marlton, N.J.)
#9 Patrick Diviney (Bucknell Univ./Philadelphia, Pa.)
#10 Jack Casey (The College of New Jersey/Norristown, Pa.)
#11 Matt Esser (Millersville Univ./Kutztown, Pa.)
#12 Matt Zumbrum (Univ. of Delaware/Hanover, Pa.)
#14 Matt Glazer (Ithaca College/Philadelphia, Pa.)
#16 Rob Robinson (West Chester University/Ridley Park, Pa.)*
#18 Billy Sickles (St. Joseph’s Univ./Westfield, N.J.)*
#19 Tommy Ferguson (Duke Univ./Berwyn, Pa.)*
#20 David Baer (Shippensburg Univ./Lansdale, Pa.)
#21 Michael Panna (Neumann Univ./Cherry Hill, N.J.)
#22 Matt Paparone (Univ. of Delaware/Haddonfield, N.J.)
#23 Ben Scharadin (Franklin and Marshall College/Hamburg, Pa.)
#25 Trey Katzenbach (Univ. of Penn./Gladwyne, Pa.)
#27 Jake Rainwater (Dickinson College/Highland Park, N.J.)
#28 Mike Baer (Drexel Univ./Lansdale, Pa.)
#31 Patrick Lindsey (Swarthmore College/Indianapolis, Ind.)
#33 Marshall Ward (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Pinehurst, N.C.)
#42 Nick Mathison (Lehigh Univ./Wayne, Pa.)
#44 Tom O’Connor (East Stroudsberg Univ./Wallkill, N.Y.)*
#69 Matt Tacheron (Navy/Middletown, N.J.)*
#71 Ian McClellan (Penn State Univ./State College, Pa.)
#89 Ross Littauer (Swarthmore College/Lexington, Mass.)
Matt Michelson (Philadelphia Univ./Fairfield, Conn.)*
David Hampson (Del-Tech/Middletown, Del.)*
Ethan Peck (Messiah College/Trumansburg, N.Y.)*
Alex Grintsvayg (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ New York, N.Y.)*
Justin Carter (Lehigh Univ./Lansdale, Pa.)
Nick Patel (Drexel Univ./Philadelphia, Pa.)*
Dan Furfari (Univ. of Notre Dame/Colorado Spring, Colo.)
Steve Rosso (Franklin & Marshall College/Malvern, Pa.)*
* MLU Rookie