Two of the four student athletes chosen to lead the University of Vermont men’s ice hockey team this year are Loomis Chaffee alumni.
Sophomore defenseman Andrew Lucas ’18 is a captain of the team, and senior forward Alex Esposito ’16 is an alternate captain. Andrew is just the fourth sophomore captain in program history.
Last year as a freshman Andrew played in every game for the Catamounts and led the team in points as a defenseman with 15 while also blocking 26 shots and leading the team in power play goals.
Loomis head boys ice hockey coach J.R. Zavisza was pleased but not surprised by Andrew’s selection for a leadership role. “Andrew is a student of the game, and even as a teenager at Loomis, he approached the game with a pro-like mentality,” J.R. commented. “We had Andrew for four years at Loomis, and we got to see him mature as a player, a student, and a young man. It only makes sense that he was chosen as the captain at such a young age.”
Andrew was a guest on a recent University of Vermont men’s ice hockey podcast to talk about being named captain.
Alex also had a strong freshman season. He had 13 points in 30 games and finished the season with an impressive 50.6 percent success rate at the faceoff circle. Alex was part of the 2014 New England Large School Championship team at Loomis, recording 29 points in only 28 games, and he led the Pelicans to their first-ever Elite Eight Tournament appearance in 2015, when he also helped the team win the Founders and Housatonic League while posting 37 points in 25 games.
“Alex is one of the toughest competitors we’ve ever had in my time at Loomis,” J.R. said. “He is for sure a guy that you want on your team as he’s going to make it hard on the opposition every game. He does it all: scores, blocks shots, plays PP and PK, and is overall a great teammate.”
Andrew and Alex and the rest of the University of Vermont men’s ice hockey program kick off their season on December 26 against Northeastern University. You can watch the game live on the Hockey East streaming channel.