If you read the preview of this feature posted here yesterday, you shouldn’t be too surprised as to who our first subject is.
Yorktown’s Kevin Interlicchio (pictured above in the file photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com).
In addition to being the first up for the “Outside the Box” feature that I introduced in 2007 that established the template for our LaxLessons.com player spotlights, Kevin was among the first players to have his profile up right here. See for yourself. And when we launched video interviews, Kevin and once (Yorktown) and future (Johns Hopkins) teammate John Ranagan were among the first there, too.
You get my point.
So before we go to our Q&A with Kevin, here’s how “Player’s perspective” will work. At various points in the season, starting now in the tail end of preseason workouts and just over a month before official varsity practices start, we will ask the same basic questions to a core group of players. (Those questions will be tweaked a bit depending on the player and team, of course.) But it will be their way — and your way — of getting their thoughts on what’s happening as it happens.
It should be fun – and interesting. And if you’d like to get in on the act, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So away we go. Here’s installment No. 1 featuring Yorktown’s Kevin Interlicchio.
What have you been doing the last few months?
We’re getting ready for the season by getting in the gym as much as we can during the week. We have a lot of new faces this year so it’s great just to get in there and go over formations and things like that.
Do you have more of a sense of urgency since you’re a senior?
I think it’s the opposite this year as a senior. In three years, I’ve realized that in order to reach the big goal at the end of the season, the whole team has to take it one game at a time. The most important thing is that we get better as the season progresses, and we’re playing our best come June.
How does your scrimmage schedule look and which ones are you looking forward to most?
Our scrimmage schedule usually always starts with Don Bosco Prep, and it’s no different this year. Then we’ll play Ridgewood. I’m looking forward to this game because I know last year things got a little chippy between our teams. Both teams are tough opponents and it’s going to be a good indicator as to where we are at in our progression as a team.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a good core of kids coming up from JV and some others that where on the team last year. With John (Ranagan) not here anymore, Tyler Schuldt and Justin Mabus are going to have to run the midfield, which they can definitely do.
You have John Jay right off the bat on April 3. Would you rather be playing them later and how do you think they will respond to such a big test so early with a new coach?
It doesn’t really matter if we played them later in the season or if we play them right off the bat because the intensity is still going to be there and it should be a great game. (New John Jay) Coach (Tim) Schurr has been around Section 1 for a while now and he knows how to prepare a team for a test early on in the season, so I have no doubt it will be a battle till the end in that game.
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