The level of respect teams had for BH-BL was already on the rise since last year, when the Spartans went on a four-game Suburban Council winning streak and reached the Sectional final for the second time in the program's short history.
"With some of the things we did last year I definitely think we earned some respect," said Schwan. "And unlike last year, I think teams are looking at us as being a program with a lot of upside and deserving of more respect."
It helps that this year's BH-BL team is loaded with veteran talent. Lewek " who had five goals and four assists against Queensbury " is part of a talented midfield group with fellow seniors Evan Nusbaum and Nucci Lauria. Junior Trevor Hiss and sophomores Tom Kenneally and Billy Chapman make up the primary attack line, while junior Chase Godfrey and seniors Alex Stewart and Marc Cerrone anchor the defense.
The Spartans face Ballston Spa Thursday in a Suburban Council game and meet Scotia-Glenville Saturday.
"We're definitely going to have an idea of where we're at by the end of the week," said Schwan.""