Much of the preseason chatter involving Section 1 Class B has centered on defending champion John Jay, 2009 champion Somers and the two new additions to the class: Yorktown and Rye.
But there are several others teams that certainly bear watching. We’ll be focusing on a couple of them in the days to come.
First up is Fox Lane.
Fox Lane also returns arguable the most established and talented goaltender in the Hudson Valley region: senior Cameron Stephens.
An Empire State Games standout, Stephens, of course, is headed to Ohio State. But before heading out to Columbus, he hopes to have a memorable final season at the varsity level.
Here’s Cameron’s take.
How does your schedule look, including scrimmages, and what games are you looking forward to?
We have a hard schedule this year. We play a lot of the teams we played last year and had close games against like Pleasantville, Greeley, Byram Hills and Suffern. The game I am most looking forward to is Rye. They have a very solid program and I played on the (Hudson Valley) ESG team with more than half of their starting lineup.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Graham Werner. He is a big middie who can shoot very hard on the run. He has also been working very hard and playing a lot of lacrosse in the off season to prepare for the season.
Sam Robinson. He has a very good outside shot and the speed to burn people down the seam. He also plays good defense.
Collin Proctor. He transferred from Deerfield this year and is going to be one of our starting d-men. He has a great stick and the speed to clear the ball quickly to the offense.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our defense. The three starters all have great stick skills and can throw great checks. They also have good size and a lot of experience playing at the varsity level.
How do you view the race in Section 1 Class B and who do you think the contending teams will be?
I feel our team, with over 20 seniors, is experienced enough and skilled enough to definitely be a contender. Rye, Somers and John Jay are great teams and hopefully we can get to see them in the playoffs.
Fox Lane 2011 schedule
4-7 at Harrison
4-9 HORACE GREELEY
4-12 at Byram Hills
4-14 NORTH ROCKLAND
4-20 at Clarkstown South
4-28 at Rye
5-5 at Horace Greeley
5-10 BYRAM HILLS
* 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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