But this year’s Husker team will be minus many of the key players Lieberman played alongside the last two years.
That’s among the topics we discussed with Lieberman, who will attend Division III power Wesleyan, where he will join a pair of former Yorktown teammates: John Froats, the 2009 NESCAC rookie of the year, and incoming freshman Brett Cabriele.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been lifting and running with (former Yorktown football standout) Rob Anderson of Make the Cut Speed and Agility Training. I also have been hitting the wall and playing in the gym with the team a couple nights a week.
Can you talk about some of the key players you lost from last year and how you think you will be able to replace them, especially on defense and in goal?
We obviously lost some key contributors to our team on both the offensive and defensive sides of the field. Losing all-American players like John Ranagan, Ethan Fox and John Fennessy always hurts, as did the loss of a great goalie in Mike Bonitatibus.
On attack players, like Connor Gately and Frankie Fusco will certainly help down low. Players like Justin Mabus, Joey Porcelli, Tyler Schuldt, Eric Mclee and Chris Drakeford should anchor our midfield.
On defense, we have a great goaltender in Derek Koelsch who has been looking excellent in between the pipes. Stephen Burke, Nick Donovan, Joey Bonitatibus, Jules Zidi and Tyler Fahey should all step up this year to fill those defensive player’s shoes.
Burke, who recently committed to C.W. Post, has been looking great and he played very well during our fall tournaments along with Nick Donovan, who recently committed to Western New England College.
What were your thoughts on how the team, with a lot of new contributors, performed in the fall?
I think we performed very well during the fall. We obviously still have a lot of hard work to put in before the season starts but I felt that with our new contributors we played well.
What are your thoughts on playing the John Jay game right off the bat this year?
Obviously it’s a change to be playing John Jay so early in the season, but we are still going to bring the same intensity to the game as always. Playing against John Jay is always fun and we look forward to a good game with them.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think that we’ll be a very balanced team this year just like in the past. We like ball movement, speed and playing selfless. Our offense may be considered to be more experienced than our defense, but I believe that our defense will bring a lot to the table with smart players and a solid goaltender. We are still working hard during our preseason and we hope to have a successful year.
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