(Notre Dame, IN) Holy Cross College men's hockey coach Bill Schmatz is pleased to announce the signing of four players for the 2012-13 season. Daniel Vaughan, Dominick Tirotta, Philip Abate, and Bradley (B.J.) Kolcz will continue their academic and hockey careers with the Saints program beginning this upcoming season.
A native of Littleton, Colorado, Daniel Vaughan has spent the last several years at the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana where he was a four year letterman for the varsity hockey program. At six feet tall, Vaughan has the versatility to play both forward and defense for the Saints. "Daniel is a product of one of the top high school and prep hockey programs in the country," said head coach BIll Schmatz. "He has won several coaches awards throughout his career and his team has won back to back state championships. Daniel will be a strong addition the Saints hockey program."
Dominick Tirotta joins the Saints program from nearby Mishawaka, Indiana where he attended Marian High School. A 5'7 forward, Dominick has had a knack for putting the puck in the net. "Dominick was a leading scorer in the Michiana High School Hockey League," coach Schmatz stated. "He has good speed and knows how to put the puck in the net. Dominick plays an aggressive style of hockey and will add another weapon to our offense." Throughout his prep career, Dominick was a member of the 2A State Championship team and won such awards as the rookie of the year, and the best offensive player.
Philip Abate joins the Saints program from Westmont, Illinois where he attended Hindsdale High School. Standing just under six feet tall, Abate brings great size to the Saints defensemen. "Phil ‘the thrill' will bring a solid can do attitude to our defensive core," stated coach Schmatz. "As a strong, physical player with good hands and good ice awareness, Phil will bring added depth and talent to our defensive unit. Academically and athletically, Phil will be an ideal fit for Holy Cross College." Phil plans to study business while at Holy Cross.
Bradley (B.J.) Kolcz joins the hockey program from Marysville, Michigan. Throughout his prep career, Bradley has demonstrated great successes in both athletics and academics including being a member of the National Honors Society. Kolcz has played at the AAA Elite level including three years with Detroit Compuware and three years with Detroit Honeybaked; both considered high level programs. "B.J. and his family have been lifelong fans of the Notre Dame, Holy Cross, and Saint Mary's communities," said coach Schmatz. "It was an ideal opportunity for him to further his education and continue to play the game of hockey which has been his passion since an early age. B.J. is a very solid skater and a prolific scorer who we feel will really help us this upcoming season."
The Saints hockey program opens up the 2012-13 season against the University of Louisville on Friday, September 14th at the Iceland Sports Complex in Louisville, Kentucky. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 PM est.