Zwicklbauer was impressed with Popolizio's energy in his first PDA game.
"I call him 'pop-pop-pop' because he keeps on going," said Zwicklbauer. "I was really happy with his performance."
Several more Section II alumni played significant minutes for Zwicklbauer in the Highlanders' home opener including Sgueglia, Trey Jasenski (Mohonasen), Adam Costello (Saratoga Springs) and Robert Millock (Shaker).
"Our local players played really well tonight," said Zwicklbauer.
More Section II alumni will likely be seeing playing time as the three-month PDL season plays out. Bethlehem grads Darko Knezevic and Austin Hughes are on the Highlanders' roster, as are Shen's David Burke and Schalmont grad Joshua Gregg.
Popolizio said the opportunity to play soccer this summer was what lured him to the Highlanders.
"I'm happy to get back here and play in front of some people who probably haven't seen me play in a little while," said Popolizio. "Rhode Island [where Brown University is located] isn't all that far from here, but it's nice to play closer to home."
The Highlanders will have plenty of opportunities to play close to home in the next three weeks. After visiting Vermont Friday, they begin a three-game homestand Saturday when Brooklyn visits Frank Bailey Field. Then following Memorial Day weekend, the Highlanders host Vermont June 4 and Ottawa June 6.""