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February 27, 2013

Daemen begins quest for National title today in Pennsylvania

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Tonawanda News — Miranto said that both Davis and Lalka are progressing since arriving on campus.

“Aaron has really established himself in his role off the bench. He brings the energy factor. He gives us a boost when he comes in,” Miranto said. “Jesse has come a long way. It was a struggle for him the first couple months, getting over that injury was more of a mental thing than it was physical. But the last couple of weeks I think he has really made some strides. To the point where he’s very competitive in drills.”

Silveri has been aggressive on the local recruiting trail. He believed that each player he’s brought in could help Daemen continue to have success, and he was right. Davis and Lalka are two of six local players that Silveri and Miranto have recruited the past few years. 

The cornerstone of the program is perhaps junior Mark Coppola (Williamsville South), who Silveri said makes the team go. 

The 5-foot-7 point guard is second all time in Section VI history in assists (683), and is on his way to becoming Daemen’s all-time leader in the same category. Silveri said Coppola is one of the pieces that make the Wildcats such a dynamic group.

“We have a little bit of everything on this team,” Silveri said. “The guy that gets the least amount of credit is probably Mark Coppola. He’s our leader. When I decided to recruit him everyone said he was too small, but try telling him that. He’s not too small, he’s a terrific leader and player.”

Senior Jim Regan (Nichols/Williamsville) has blossomed into a versatile, well-rounded player, Silveri said. He is leading the team with 29.1 minutes per game, and his 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game are both career-highs. 

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