By Sean Capezzone and Rick Emery
Hey Guys! Cakes and Rick here!
Pre-season week was been the best we have ever been a part of. All of the players showed up in shape and ready to train. Everyone passed the fitness tests with flying colors and everyone's skills are on point.
The week started off with perfect conditions for three-a-days (misty and high 60's) and gradually increased to the summer weather we grew accustomed to (reaching the low 90's).
We return multiple all-conference selections (Aaron Smiles, Carl Appel and Brad Fletcher) and show a lot of promising young talent with the incoming freshman. With having a young team we are fortunate to return most of our defensive line to solidify the back of the team. The main concern of this season is scoring goals, but with Rick "Nino" Emery up top anything is possible. All jokes aside, we are at a loss up top with the departure of Maxim Fantl and Nick Boretti in the offensive third, but the recruitment of Romaro Johnson, Mitch Power and Tommy Vear give us a major threats offensively. Not to mention, our returning forwards Matt Furman and Corey Tobler, who had a goal and assist versus Mitchell College on Sunday,have really proven themselves over the past few weeks.
We've had the good fortune of playing two exhibition matches to sharpen our skills before the actual season kicks off this weekend at the Babson Classic where we will look to defend our title against MIT and Babson. After the pre-season, it seems our strength seems to lie within our midfield where Sean Collins and Jon DeCasanova (who had a brilliant volley against Mitchell College this past Sunday), have been pingin' passes and shredding defenses. Also, the addition of Luke Capezzone, Nate Mozian, and Kyle Surprenant (among others) give us plenty of speed and skill throughout the midfield.
We plan on spending this upcoming week sharpening our play and tactics in order to be able to have a strong start to our season up at Babson this weekend.
We will be sure to keep you all updated on recent results and give you a behind the scenes look at the team as we look to repeat our Little East title this season.
Thank you for the support!
-Cakes & Rick (Nino)