The L'il Irish set a goal for 2012 that they would "right the ship" after they felt disappointed in their 2011 season. They improved in many areas in 2012, finishing with an overall record of 14-5.
Aquinas was seeded second in the class C tournament and after wins against Wayne in the out bracket and Gananda in the quarter finals, they lost to Livonia in a close 7-8 game in the semi final round.
Aquinas finished in the top slot in the GRALL going 6-1, with their only league loss to Livonia (6-8) in early April. They went 6-3 in the non-league games with wins against St. Francis, HF-L, Churchville-Chili, Thomas, Pal-Mac and Canisius and losses to Fairport, St. Joseph and Timon/St. Jude. Two of their losses were by a single goal and one more was by a two goal margin.
The L'il Irish improved on their offensive and defensive stats as well, in 2012. They scored 167 goals (10.62 per game) while allowing 97 goals against (6.06 average). Six players recorded more than 20 points. Leading the list was sophomore attackman Alex Bianchi who led the team in goals and points with 49g-27a=76 pts). Senior middie Jake Vogl produced 61 points (32g-29a). Junior middie and faceoff man, Billy Lombardi scored 37g-21a and led the team with 131 ground balls. He was also the chief faceoff man and won 167 (69%). Junior attackman Joe Snook added 32g-6a and senior midfielder Pete DiLaura scored 19g-14a. Sophomore attackman Jonathan Olbrich scored 16g-7a for AQ. Most of the goalie time went to senior goalie Erich Wischmeyer who ended the season with 147 saves (59%).
A number of players have committed to continue to play in college. Lombardi committed early to Penn State. Senior defenseman Marc Pettrone, who led the team in take-aways (21), is planning to attend the USMA (West Point). Vogl is set to play at Harford and Wischmeyer is planning on Fairfield. Others may commit during the fall of 2012.
At the end of the year there were lots of awards for Aquinas. Bianchi, Vogl, Lombardi and Pettrone each made the first team All-League list ("Super 16"). Coach Jason Mordaci was named GRALL Coach of the Year and Grant Catalino was named GRALL Assistant Coach of the year. Snook, DiLaura, junior defenseman James Hedger and Wischmeyer were named to honorable mention list. Bianchi was named to the Class C All Tournament Team. Pettrone was named to the All Section Five Second team and to the Top 16 Democrat and Chronicle's All-Greater Rochester list. Making the AGR Honorable Mention list were Bianchi, Lombardi and Vogl.