With all the wintry weather we’ve seen — and will see — this week in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, let’s take a trip to one of the area’s premier summer hot spots.

East Hampton.

Jake Beyer calls it home.

The 5-foot-10 senior longstick midfielder, who is bound for the up-and-coming Division I program at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., shares his thoughts on the upcoming season.

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What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Ever since the football season ended, I have been in the weight room three days a weeks to get bigger, faster and stronger. My goal is to get my weight up to 160, which for me means gaining 10 pounds of muscle. I have also been playing roller hockey and some indoor lax to keep in shape and to keep my stick skills fresh.

Can you talk about some of the key players you lost from last year’s team at East Hampton and how you think you will be able to replace them?
Our two big losses from last year are our goalie, Mark Simmons, and our takeaway defensemen, Jarred Bowe. It is really tough to replace a goalie like Mark because he was truly outstanding. Our new goalie, Ian Zimmerman, is a brand-new addition to the team, so it is going to be tough for him to adjust to the game. Hopefully, us seniors can just help him out as much as possible to not put him in situations that he can not handle yet. For Jarred, losing him puts a hole in our defensive group, but hopefully I will be able to take the role of the takeaway d-man. However, his leadership skills will be missed as well.

What regular-season games are you most looking forward to?

What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Most of our team that does all the “surprising” aspects of the game are already known. However, two juniors that will have some time to shine that people may not know of are Brendan Damm and Peter Johan. One is a very strong defensemen that has grown as a player and has much more to prove (Johan). He will be in the mix for starting D. Brendan is a tall middie that has a strong shot, and improving stick skills, that will have a large impact on our offense.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our seniors. We have a dominant offense with mostly a senior group running the show. Shaw, Brenneman, Petrie and Henevfeld will be the dominate force, then our juniors fighting for a role. Faceoffs are key, and after a very successful summer, Shaw looks to be unbeatable. I feel those two parts of the team are definitely are strength.

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