LAKE GEORGE The 2013 Lake George Boys Soccer team has its work cut out for them this season.
They’re following in the path blazed by the 2012 Warrior squad, which coach Blake White said was likely his “best team ever.”
That’s quite a statement for a coach who’s been leading his soccer team for 32 years while his athletes have won dozens of coveted team titles and individual honors.
Loaded with talent, the team accomplished a 17-0 season record along with the Adirondack League Championship, only to be halted by a fluke goal in a Sectional semifinal defeat.
From that team, seven Senior starters graduated, including Mason Vreugde, an area All-Star and an All-State honoree who’s now playing soccer for Alfred University. The team also featured Jake McMahon and Sasha Goodman in midfield, as well as Ethan Wincowski, Brian Stoya, Trip Heacock, and area Goalie of the Year Greg Rosenthal.
This lineup leaves a lot of substantial roles for the 2013 team to fill. Fortunately, the success of last year’s squad — along with veteran coach Blake White’s practice of giving all players substantial field time — means he’s got a deep lineup of players who know what it takes to achieve a championship. The stellar season also prompted a lot of skilled athletes to turn out for this year’s team.
Likely to be a headline scorer for 2013 is Junior Ian Quillinan, White said.
“We expect that Ian, as center midfielder, will be controlling the pace of the games,” he said.
The new lineup will call for two forwards, likely to be Freshman Luke Vanderminden and Junior Greg Keenan.
Senior Quincy Devlin and Brandon Matthews are likely to be stationed as back midfielders.
Last year’s backup goalie, Jeff Naftaly, is currently the top choice for the 2013 goaltender, White said, noting Naftaly attended soccer camp this summer and learned a lot.
About 20 of the team members participated at Saint Lawrence University’s team soccer camp, he said.
“It was a good week for team bonding,” he said.
Senior Ben Smith, who was chosen for an area All-Star second team in 2012, is likely to be moved to outside midfielder. The defense is likely to be buttressed by Senior Brad Schreiber, Junior Duncan Mularz and Sophomore Noah Prime, White continued.