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The Hackley School pulled off a three-peat in 2014.
The Hornets took their third consecutive NYSAIS championship, beating Rye Country Day 10-9 in the final round of the tournament.
It was the 11th straight win for Hackley, which finished the season 17-2.
For a look at the Hornets’ hopes for a fourth straight title, we turn to Nick Gutfleish.
A junior longstick midfielder, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Gutfleish is a rangy and athletic player with strong skills and athleticism.
Now, here are Nick’s perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Most of the kids on the team, including myself, have been in the weight room on a daily basis making sure we are in the best possible shape for the season.
(Hackley Head) Coach (Chris) Arnold also runs a wall-ball session once a week where we can get our sticks in our hands and make sure they’re dialed in. We are also in a winter box league at Chelsea Piers (in Stamford, Conn.) every Sunday night.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We are really looking forward to playing Stepinac and Rye Country Day. Rye (Country Day) is one of our biggest rivals, and it should be interesting since we beat them in a nailbiter in the NYSAIS state finals last year.
Additionally, we always look forward to playing Poly Prep and Fieldston, both perennially good teams.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think Juniors Jack Waterhouse (midfield) and Robert Hallock (midfield) will have tremendous seasons. They are both great offensive threats and are sure to surprise people and make some noise in the Ivy League this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our offense will be a great strength this year. With seniors James Firpo (Tufts), Sam Welch (Cornell), and Max Delamater (Trinity), we should be able to score a lot of goals. James has also been dominant in our league at the faceoff X over the past couple of years, helping us get extra possessions.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be
Coming off of an Ivy League and NYSAIS state championship season, there is definitely a target on our backs and teams will bring their ‘A’ game against us.
I’m sure the race in our league will be tough this year as per usual, but Coach Arnold and Coach Harrington always have us prepared for our opponents so expectations are certainly high.
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