When Scotch Plains-Fanwood lost in its second game of the new season, to Westfield, Nick Miceli lifted his players off their cloud of gloom by reminding them all that no team’s identity is established in the opening week.

“I could tell they were really bummed about that one. I just told them that no one wins a championship April 2. ‘Learn from this, improve from it,’ ” Miceli said.

Sound, reaffirming words, no doubt, for a deflated group that entered the season with ample veteran talent and high expectations, yet found themselves on the same sad side of the won-loss column they’d always been against Westfield.

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