Gone are the days when you can call them young or inexperienced. The Catamounts are now the favorites.
Coach John Becker says there's "a little bit more expectation, a little more pressure, but it's exactly where we want to be."
It seemed Vermont made more news this offseason for the players that left the program than the ones that joined on. The losses of Matt Glass, Four McGlynn and Brendan Bald didn't have any impact on the preseason coach's poll, but how about an impact on the offensive end as Coach Becker looks to replace 30 points a game.
Becker says, "Some shot makers will have to emerge as the year goes on. Luke is our returning leading scorer and has looked good so far and expect big things from him."
"We probably won't have a guy averaging above 15. It's probably going to be 12, 11, 10, 9 kind of like it was last year, " says Apfeld. "That's where you're most effective, cause nobody can stop a whole team. You can stop one player, but not a team."
Health, as always, will be a factor. Center Ben Crenca has yet to play a full season. The senior didn't participate in the Catamount Tip off over the weekend, but there's no cause for concern.
"It's just a nagging injury right now and we're trying to keep it safe right now during the preseason," says Crenca. "It's a special program to be around and it takes a special person to have success here and I think everyone we have here now can have success and really keep this thing rolling."
"We're ready now. We're ready. There's no excuses," says Apfeld. "You can't use youth anymore everybody kind of has their established roll on the team and now it's our job to help the new comers along, help them find their roles and just our experience is going to help us a lot."
The regular season begins Friday Night November 9th at Sienna. There are 6 players on this year's team that were on the roster 2 years ago when the Cats snapped the saints 38 game home win streak.
PO Box 4508