HYDE PARK – The Highland Huskies came into the season opener feeling a little unprepared. The heavy and lingering snow from the last storm made it hard for the team to practice outside, let alone on the school’s natural grass field. But the sports complex and turf field at F.D. Roosevelt is one of the best in the area, and that’s where the Huskies found themselves. The looming question was ‘how would Highland respond with just three outside practices and no scrimmages before this first game of the season?’
Well, the Huskies answered that question faster than a real husky could run when released from his leash; scoring the first goal of the game in just 30 seconds. Danny Rusk picked up a loose ball, passed to Roger Hegeman who was stationed behind the net. Hegeman came around and popped one in a point blank range for the first goal of the game.
The second goal came just 30 seconds after that, when Hegeman whipped around in front of the net and it was 2-0 in the first minute of play and Highland was on its way to a 12-1 win.
The Highland defense was less of a question mark coming into the game as all of last year’s starters are back for a try at a third straight Sectional Championship.
Giorgio D’Angelo had just two saves, and Joseph Lyons didn’t have to bear down to save any attempts.
Hegeman finished the game with seven goals, Jack Young scored twice while Danny Rusk, Jesse Weaver, and Chris Hammond each scored a goal. Weaver also had three assists on the day. Kevin Wise scored FDR’s only goal coming in the final quarter.
“We lost some offense, but with everyone back on defense I think we’re going to surprise some people”, said head coach Tom Schlappich
Highland’s next game is at Dietz Stadium on Saturday against Kingston, FDR hosts Millbrook on Friday.