Posted on Mon, Feb. 2, 2009

Phil Anastasia: Senior sparks Crusaders on ice

By Phil Anastasia

Inquirer Columnist


Senior defenseman Zach Green is a captain of the Bishop Eustace Prep ice hockey team, which is ranked No. 1 in the state by

The Crusaders have allowed just 13 goals in building a 14-1 record.

Question: What makes you guys such a strong team?

Answer: We have talented players but we also have great team chemistry. The seniors have been pointing toward this season since we were freshmen. We're all committed to the team and the younger classes are part of it, too.

Q: Have you always been a defenseman?

A: Always. Ever since I started playing hockey when I was like 5 years old, I always played defense. I always wanted to keep our side of the scoreboard at zero.

Q: Are you happy with your own play this season?

A: I'm never satisfied, but the season is going well for me. I'm always trying to play mistake-free.

Q: Is that possible?

A: Not really. Nobody can play a perfect game. But I try to limit my mistakes to as few as possible. As a defenseman, you try to make good decisions but also be careful not to try to do too much.

Q: What are your plans for next season?

A: I definitely want to keep playing, whether it's for my college team or just club.

Q: Got a favorite subject in school?

A: I have a government course that I really like. I think I'm going to major in business or law in college, so that really interests me.

Q: What's it like to play on the No. 1 team in the state?

A: We're excited but we know it doesn't really mean anything at this time of the season. We have to keep focused and keep improving and hopefully, we'll be playing our best hockey in the state tournament.

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: Entourage.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?

A: Rock and rap.

Q: Got a favorite artist right now?

A: The whole team is into Vanessa Carlton. One of our goalies came in the locker room and started singing "A Thousand Miles" and now the whole team knows all the lyrics. We love that song.

Q: It was playing when you guys came out on the ice after the second period. You know it doesn't sound like a tough-guy hockey song, right?

A: We know, but we can't help it.

Three things about last week

1. Big week for Paulsboro wrestling with victories over Collingswood, West Deptford and Absegami.

2. Deptford's overtime victory Saturday over Woodbury in boys' basketball means there are no undefeated teams left in South Jersey in boys' basketball, girls' basketball or wrestling.

3. Big scoring weekend in basketball as Camden's Aaron Walton-Moss went for 50 on Friday, and Cherry Hill East's Chris Santo went for 48 and Seneca's Rich McNamara went for 46 on Saturday.

Three things about this week

1. No. 1 Eastern hosts No. 2 Washington Township in girls' basketball Thursday at 6 p.m.

2. Undefeated Gloucester Catholic plays Central Red rival Paul VI in ice hockey Friday at Hollydell at 5:45 p.m.

3. Big boys' basketball doubleheader Saturday night in the Battle by the Bay in Atlantic City: Camden Catholic plays Chester and Holy Spirit meets St. Augustine.

Super Seven power rankings

1. Bishop Eustace ice hockey: Sophomore Andrew Tegeler had a hat trick in Friday's 10-0 victory over Don Bosco Prep.

2. Camden Catholic wrestling: Trey Pataky had three wins as the Irish captured the Jack Welch Duals on Saturday.

3. Washington Township girls' basketball: Senior twins Shawna and Dana Wert have been remarkably consistent.

4. Cherry Hill East girls' swimming: Lauren Faykes was first in the 100 backstroke and second in the 100 freestyle as Cougars won the Division A team title at Saturday's South Jersey Invitational.

5. St. Augustine boys' swimming: Sean McCaffrey won the 100 butterfly as the Hermits won the Division A team title at Saturday's South Jersey Invitational.

6. Gloucester Catholic ice hockey: Buddy Robinson has 11 goals and 12 assists for the 13-0 Rams.

7. Paulsboro wrestling: Senior Anthony Knauer has been a bonus-point machine at 103 pounds.

Under consideration: Eastern girls' basketball, St. Augustine boys' basketball, Cherry Hill East boys' swimming, Eastern wrestling, Haddonfield girls' swimming.


Contact staff writer Phil Anastasia at 856-779-3223 or