Hewlett hopes to stay in the hunt in one of the nation’s most competitive conferences.
The Bulldogs played in Section 8 Class B, also known as Nassau County on Long Island, home of the two-time New York state champion Garden City Trojans.
GC ended Hewlett’s 2013 season with a 12-3 win over the Bulldogs in the Class B quarterfinals. The Bulldogs finished 2013 at 9-8.
Leading the way for Hewlett will be one of the state’s best midfielders, Kevin Fuchs.
The senior, an athletic dodger, is bound for Binghamton University.
Now, here are Kevin’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
To get ready for the season, we’ve joined a winter league in which we have a game every Sunday. We play a lot of the teams in our conference and that’s been a lot of fun.
We also all suit up a couple times a week and have optional captain practices. Besides that, everyone has been playing wall ball throughout the offseason.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We start off the season with a couple scrimmages against Long Beach and a bunch of other teams who participate in the MacArthur Jamboree. We then have a couple tough non-league games against Oceanside, Farmingdale and Carey.
I think all of us are mostly looking forward to the Lynbrook game under the lights at their place on May 2. That’s always a fun game and we all want the Seawane Cup back in Hewlett real bad. (Lynbrook won last season’s meeting 8-6.)
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Giovanni Pugliese and Matt Miller are definitely two guys that will surprise the county this year.
Gio is a four-year varsity player who gained a lot of experience last year and Matt is a long, athletic kid who had an impressive football season, so we’re hoping that carries over to the spring.
Other guys like Gianluca Vardaro, Jimmy Anderson and Malcolm Kahn are guys that we’re going to rely on this year to keep doing their thing. All three got awards last year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our team will be particularly solid on defense. We have a lot of tough, hard nosed D-mids and a bunch of solid poles. Our D will be led by returning starter and captain, Malcolm Kahn.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Manhasset is always a tough team in our league. Besides them, our next toughest opponent will probably be Lynbrook. As long as we play our game, we think we can compete with the best in the county.
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