STRATFORD—A new coach means a new direction for the Bunnell High boys lacrosse program.
Former Weston assistant coach Alex Wiser has taken over the reins of the Bulldogs program and the squad wasted no time in getting started, holding a special midnight madness-type of practice the day the CIAC allowed teams to practice.
“We’ve got a solid group of seniors who are determined to get back to the state tournament,” Wiser said. “For the past two seasons, these guys have been on the outside looking when it came time for the tournament.”
The last time Bunnell made the postseason was 2016 when the Bulldogs posted a 10-6 record.
“Our guys strongly believe they belong in the tournament this season,” Wiser said. “Last year, they experienced some frustrating moments in games that could have gone either way. Two overtime losses, and three games that were lost by one goal, really sent a message to our guys in understanding how crucial it is to get off of to a strong start this spring and build momentum every single time we suit up.”
Three captains serve as the key core of the team: Midfielder Jacob Kydsych, defender Jerry Lopez and attack Charles Stewart lead the way.
Other key returnees for the Bulldogs are seniors Anthony Trovarelli and Josh Giannoni and juniors James Savko and Brian Carrafiello.
Trovarelli, Savko and Carrafiello are all Bunnell football players while GIannoni is coming off an SWC championship basketball season.
Two key newcomers Wiser is looking at is Will Heiden, a sophomore soccer standout, and freshman Zack Souza.
“Heiden is coming into his own as a gifted lacrosse player and Souza is a talented two-way player who plays beyond his years,” Wiser said.
One thing Wiser is preaching this spring is to practice like the team wants to play.
“Every practice, every drill, we will be going hard,” he said. “We want to play with intensity at all times, and execute with a smart, consistent brand of lacrosse that will enable us to win those close games moving forward.”