Blake Busch

Blake Busch

Head coach: Brian Williams (fourth season). Assistant coaches: Jon Siciliano, Frank Williams, Mike Didone (volunteer), Brandon Flood (volunteer).

Last year: Westerly finished 7-7-5 and qualified for the Division II tournament, losing to East Greenwich in the opening round. It was the Bulldogs’ first playoff appearance since 2015.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors: Davide Allen (D), Blake Busch (M, captain), Aidan Faubert (M-F), Aaron Healy (F), Mike Imbriglio (D), Sal Intrieri (F), Nathaniel Ober (M), Phil Pedersen (D), Sean Rafferty (M, captain), Nico Serluca (F). Juniors: Max Bertsch (M), Sam Elliott (D), Jake Gaccione (D), Luke Gencarella (F), Adam Gilman (D), Joe Guarnieri (D), Jack Healy (G), Cam Jakob (M), Ben Luzzi (M).

New to varsity:

Junior: Jake Carter (M).

Outlook: This may be the most talent the team has possessed in Williams’ tenure as coach.

Jack Healy will start in goal, replacing first-team All-Division selection Spencer Bernat. Williams said Healy has the talent to excel, but just needs experience.

Allen and Pedersen are the center backs, while Gilman and Imbriglio will play on the outside. Bertsch, Busch, Rafferty and Jakob are in the midfield. Busch has good skills and a strong shot, while Rafferty is “smart with the ball,” Williams said.

Aaron Healy and Gencarella will play up front. Gencarella led the team in goals with seven last season as a sophomore, earning second-team Division II honors. Gencarella possesses good speed and has the ability to get behind defenders.

Williams anticipates the Bulldogs’ practices will be competitive, which will pay off when the league season starts.

Coach’s take: “Top five in the division, that’s my goal. This is a good group, very well behaved, very focused on what they have to do and how to get it done. They have big hopes, but they know how hard they have to work.”

— Keith Kimberlin

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