There are few in the area who can cut to the chase and break down Section 1 lax in New York better than our friend “Syracuse.”
As we often do during the course of the week, we exchange e-mails, and recently, that elicited a response from him that I think gives a real insightful overview of what me be in store for this spring.
Enjoy and be sure to comment with your thoughts. (And for those of you tuning in from outside southern New York, “Town” is Yorktown.) Here are his thoughts:
“Like you have written countless times, you have to throw out the records for the Murphy Cup game. As for Rye, they are the only team in Section 1 that seems to know how to play Yorktown straight up year after year. They do the same thing Nisky does. They hold the ball and play great D. Unless you are West Islip or Melville or Darien or the CHSAA teams when they are loaded, you aren’t going to beat Yorktown mano e mano, but if you are deliberate and know your responsibilities on the defensive end you can frustrate them into forcing the issue.
“If Rye or Nisky ever tried to run with Town, they’d get buried. By contrast, this year’s Town team will be every bit as good defensively as any team on its schedule, so opponents may try to force the issue more than usual. And even though Town may not have the firepower they had last year, they will still be a deadly transition team.
“I have no faith in anyone else in Section 1. I think Mahopac will be fun to watch, but question their D and goaltending. L/P has (Jack) Doherty, obviously, but he can’t do it alone and I don’t think L/P has the horses to match up with Town all over the field.
The Somers game last year, if nothing else, proved that (Joe) Marasco is the best player in Section 1 and maybe the state on any given day because he singlehandedly made that game a hell of a lot closer than it should have been. Somers, in my opinion is the biggest wild card in Section 1 in 2009. If they get over the new coach adjustment and get some support for Marasco, they should win Class B.
“I wouldn’t put any stock in Hen Hud or Greeley.
“Jay’s strength will be its midfield, but they lack serious finishers and have holes on defense and, despite the crazies on your site who rave about this new goalie, I won’t be sold until I see results on the field. Jay will lose a lot of games. I have said a 10-6 or 9-7 regular season is possible and I stand by that. Of course, I have no idea what the stud teams on their sked are bringing back, but I do know they are all traditionally very powerful for the respective regions, so that leads me to believe they will all be better than Jay, at least on paper.
“Lastly, on Yorktown, if they win games 10-5 or 8-4 instead of 15-5 or 17-3 it’s not going to matter in the grand scheme of things because they’ll be conditioned to play defense as if their lives depend on it. We both know offense is a work in progress for every team throughout a season. There’s just too much to master and the better teams, like a Town or Jay or whomever, tend to start slower when the personnel changes even a little bit. I think Yorktown’s development offensively will be fueled by playing against that killer D every day in practice.”
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