The Irvington Bulldogs enjoyed a breakout season last year under first-year coach Drew Werney.

But the Bulldogs lost quite a contingent of key players to graduation, especially on offense.

College of Wooster-bound senior midfielder Jake Bernard offers his thoughts on how Irvington will fare this season.

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What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been playing wall ball and working out in the gym. I have also been trying to get the younger kids to keep playing so when the seasons come they will be ready. We will have a young team this year after losing as many starters as we did.

Can you talk about some of those key players you lost from last year and how you think you will be able to replace them?
Last season, Dan Glantz was a great goalie and that will be a big loss for us this year but Max Scholnick will be playing goalie and with some dedication he will be a good goalie. Also another player we lost from last season was James Sears. He was a strong defender, but I think Mike Morley will be able to take his place. Offensively our biggest loss was J.P. Starpoli on attack. I dont know who will be able to play attack like he did but offensively Julian Karel and Peter Crisara will be able to produce.

What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think Mike Morley will hes been working on his game.  also think Max Scholnick will step up this year after we lost Dan Glantz, and offensively I think Julian Karel will step up and surprise people if he works at it.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think the strength of our team this year will be our defense. We have two long poles who I think will give us a solid defense, but offensively we have lost a lot of players from our team.

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