Rumson-Fair Haven made it all the way to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions Group I finals in 2013, where its 18-4 season ended with an 8-6 loss to Mountain Lakes.
One of the Bulldogs’ top performances in the game came from Chris Hubler, who had two goals.
The Johns Hopkins-bound Hubler is a blue-collar midfielder who does plenty more than score — including getting groundballs, making clears and playing strong defense.
The 2014 season will be Hubler’s final one at the varsity level. Rumson-Fair Haven went 19-1 his sophomore season, with its first loss in its last game, falling to Summit in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions Group 1 semifinal
Now, here are Chris’ perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
As a team we have been working harder than years past to prepare ourselves and get ready for the season. We have had captains’ practice three times a week where we work primarily on stick skills and conditioning.
We want to come into the season in great shape and with our stick skills as good as possible so we can focus on team concepts once practice starts. Also, on off days I have been lifting and rehabbing my shoulder injury.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is definitely improving. Every year, we are getting more out-of-conference games.
This year, the big game on the schedule is Summit. Summit is one of the most historic programs in the state and we are looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to play them. The other two out-of-conference games are against St. Augustine Prep and Caldwell.
These games will prepare us for the level of competition we will face in states. To get us ready for our first game we will have some scrimmages including one big one against Moorestown.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I believe Matt Waters, Cooper Cuje and Dylan Zohn will all play significant roles this year and will surprise people with their performances.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of this team will be our leadership. We have a lot of seniors that know what it takes to be successful and achieve our goals. Many of us know the pain of coming up short last year in the Group 1 finals against Mountain Lakes and do not want the same result this year.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
In the Shore Conference the team we are most concerned about is CBA. They are always good and play us tough. While, in the states the two we are focused on are Bernards and Mountain Lakes.
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