Last season, of course, was a historic one for the Lakeland/Panas Rebels, who beat archrival Yorktown twice in the same season for the first time in school history, including a dramatic overtime win in the sectional title game, and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 1997.
One of the main reasons for that success was the performance of attackman Rob Caffrey, who finished with 70 goals and 33 assists.
Caffrey, who went on to star for the Hudson Valley scholastic men’s Empire State Games team, will continue his lax career at Providence College of the newly formed Big East Lacrosse Conference.
But for now, he shares his thoughts on his final varsity season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
As a team, we started lifting in November and doing a bunch of strength and agility drills. When the weather is nice, we go out on the turf and play. Our team also participates in the Brewster Winter indoor league every Wednesday. We are very excited for the upcoming season.
How does your schedule look, including scrimmages, and what games are you looking forward to?
Our schedule is a lot harder than last year. We added Shenendehowa, Greenwich, Conn., and Ridgewood, N.J. We will also play Penn Yan again and scrimmage a few teams from up north. Including all the teams from Class A, we still have the annual Murphy Cup with Yorktown, as well as games with John Jay, Somers, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and Rye.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Some players I think that will surprise people this season are our freshman goalie Mike Zingaro and junior midfielder Tony Laguerre. Mike has quick hands and a great clear and Tony is really going to be a force in the midfield and will score a bunch of goals for us this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our strength will be our offense. We have a solid core of seniors coming back and many young attackmen and midfielders that are capable of scoring a lot of goals. Also, I think as a whole, our team is extremely athletic and in shape and that will be a very important factor when we get deep into the season.
How do you view the race in Section 1 Class A and who do you think the contending teams will be?
There are a lot of great teams in Class A this year. Mahopac is an extremely skilled team with great players as well as Suffern. We have to continue to work hard and get better if we want to be successful and win another section championship this spring.
Lakeland/Panas 2011 schedule
Mar. 23 White Plains (scrimmage) 4:30 PM
Mar. 26 Somers Jamboree TBD
Mar. 28 Byram Hills (scrimmage) 4:30 PM
Mar. 30 Pelham (scrimmage) 4:30 PM
Apr. 8 Hen Hud 4:30 PM
Apr. 9 Suffern 7:30 PM
Apr. 12 Arlington 4:30 PM
Apr. 14 at Putnam Valley 4:30 PM
Apr. 16 at Rye 3:00 PM
Apr. 19 Penn Yan TBD
April 21 Carthage (at West Point) TBD
April 23 Shenendehowa 1:30 PM
April 26 John Jay 4:30 PM
April 28 Greenwich 7:00 PM
April 30 Shaker 2:00 PM
May 3 at Brewster 4:30 PM
May 5 at Mahopac 4:30 PM
May 7 at Yorktown 7:00 PM
May 12 Fox Lane 7:00 PM
May 14 Somers 7:30 PM
* 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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