Playing in a program for four years is perfectly fine with Domenic Settimo. The 2000-born East Meadow, N.Y., native is coming off four years with the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders organization. Now he’s ready for his next four years of hockey in one location - the State University of New York at Cortland. Settimon committed during the winter and is hard at work getting ready for his new life as an NCAA college hockey player.
“I began talking to SUNY-Cortland towards the end of the season when Coach Joe [Cardarelli] had reached out to me and said that they had a player graduating early and he loved the way I played, so he wanted me to take his spot. After visiting a few schools, I felt Cortland was the best fit for me,” said Settimo. “Coach Joe and Coach Steve [Castriota] are very personable and it makes being there a lot more enjoyable when coaches can be close to their players. The facilities at Cortland were very nice which also really helped with my decision.”
Settimo first joined the Jr. Islanders with the USPHL Premier team in 2017-18. He picked up 11 goals and 19 points there, immediately establishing himself as a player with a strong shot. He was also a big scorer (and an All-Star) at the 18U level in 2018-19, posting 17 goals and 33 points in 29 regular season games, and earning his first NCDC appearance that year.
The past two seasons under NCDC head coach Mike Marcou, Settimo has been the top faceoff specialist for the Jr. Islanders, leading the team this past season at 61 percent, with 378 wins on 617 total draws. This included a very impressive 57 percent in the defensive zone, where Settimo would typically see the opponents’ best centers.
He was also third on the team in passing accuracy, connecting 88 percent of his 486 total passes. Offensively, he also contributed with 16 goals and 47 points in 91 career NCDC games.
“My time in the USPHL playing for the PAL Jr. Islanders from 18u to NCDC was nothing but great competition with some amazing teammates,” said Settimo. “The Jr. Islanders have led me to NCAA hockey and it has been worth it every step of the way. The Jr. Islanders definitely developed my game in the defensive zone, which is something that I personally needed to improve upon to play at the next level, especially playing center. My faceoff ability has gotten much better which helps create more offensive possession, which all forwards love.”
The numbers all support Settimo’s ability to help an NCAA team in many different ways, and numbers are certainly a fascination for the 21-year-old.
“Going into Cortland, my major will be Business Economics. Learning about all aspects of business for my future after Cortland is what I have in my sights for my academic life at school,” said Settimo. “From academics to hockey, I am excited for what my time at SUNY-Cortland has in store for me.”
The USPHL congratulates Dom Settimo, his family, the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and SUNY-Cortland for his commitment.