The list of contending programs in Section 1 has remaining relatively stable.
But there could be a new program on its way to contention.
With a thriving youth program, large high school enrollment and a head coach from the Hudson Valley’s most tradition-rich program (Yorktown grad Donny Connolly), Arlington is clearly a program on the rise.
The Admirals are coming off a 10-7 season that began with an eight-game win streak. (The streak, ironically, was ended Yorktown in a 9-3 Arlington loss.)
What are Arlington’s prospects for 2011?
Let’s get the perspective of one of the team’s top players, senior defenseman Pat Sunday.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sunday will be joining the upstart Division II program at the College of Saint Rose next year.
Now, here are his thoughts on his final high school season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been trying to improve my footwork mostly by using an agility ladder. I have also been on a strength training program coupled with running a few days a week.
As a team we have been playing in the Brewster Indoor League and we also had a very successful fall season competing with some great teams at fall tournaments such as UMass, Yale and Fairfield. I feel that this will help with team chemistry heading into the spring season.
How does your schedule look, including scrimmages, and what games are you looking forward to?
Our schedule this year is great. We get to play every traditional Section 1 powerhouse and I think that this will be beneficial for us as a program. Personally, I am really looking forward the the Yorktown, Mahopac,Lakeland/Panas and John Jay games.
I’m also looking forward to pending games with out-of-section teams from the Capital District like Guilderland .I know Coach Connolly will get us the best games he can. I think he’s trying to line up some scrimmages with some top Connecticut teams as well.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a lot of great young talent on our team. I feel that sophomore midfielder Danny Hanson and junior midfielder Dan Arkett will definitely turn some heads this season the most. Our sophomore, goaltender,J.D. Colarusso, is also looking great in cage as well as returning senior Dan Benson.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I feel that our team is very strong defensively with a lot of depth at longpole and goalkeeping.
I also feel that our midfield play will improve this year as well.
Arlington 2011 schedule
3-31 at Putnam Valley
4-7 at Yorktown
4-12 at Lakeland/Panas
4-14 at Kennedy Catholic
4-16 NEW MILFORD
4-20 at John Jay
4-26 NORTH SALEM
4-28 at Wappingers
4-30 ALBANY ACADEMY
5-10 at Haldane
* For schedules for teams from throughout the region, be sure to check out the “Schedules galore” thread, and scroll down to the comments portion for the most recently released schedules.
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