The Thunderhawks return a veteran-laden team that will boast 39 seniors. The Hawks went 4-1 the second half of the 2018 regular season and tied Fairfield for third in the GMC finishing 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the always-tough GMC. East qualified for the playoffs as a No. 7 seed and stunned No. 2 seed Mason 20-17 in a first-round matchup. It was the third playoff appearance by the Thunderhawks, all with Haynes as head coach following postseason teams in 2012 and ’14. The Hawks will open the season with two consecutive homes games vs. Turpin (8/30) and Fairmont (9/6).