Preseason snapshot: Xaverian Hawks

WESTWOOD, Mass. -- With a defense that figures to be among the state's best units, No. 1 Xaverian will bring its hard-hat mentality to this season as the Hawks look to finish on a high note this year at Gillette Stadium.

We caught up with captains Jake Farrell, Joe Gaziano, Kenny Kern, Ernest Simon and Noah Sorrento for this shot earlier this week, as part of our preseason gallery, which will debut next week. As the school is in the midst of a major rebuilding campaign with its athletic facilities, we grabbed this picture in front of the hard hat area outside of the Hawk Bowl: