Kieran Donohue has been surrounded by lacrosse almost since birth.
Donohue’s father, Jim, who played at Fox Lane, served as both head coach and assistant coach with Somers.
And now Donohue starts his senior season with the Tuskers after already making a big impact on the varsity level and as a member of the Hudson Valley team at the Empire State Games last summer.
The Siena College-bound Donohue is a talented attackman with good size and a nose for the net.
He hopes to help the Tuskers make their third straight Class B sectional final appearance.
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Now, here are Kieran’s perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been in the weight room in my school ever since football season was over, gaining strength and getting faster for the competition this year. Also, when it has snowed, some of my teammates and I have gotten together and played ice hockey to work on our hand/eye cordination and our footwork. On Mondays, we go over our new offense and get used to each other, and on Wednesdays, we are also in the winter league in Brewster to work on our stick stills.
How does your schedule look, including scrimmages, and what games are you looking forward to?
The Red Gray Classic at Somers (a preseason tournament on March 26), which has 10 of the top teams in the area, so I’m definitely looking forward to what other teams have to bring to the table on. In the regular season, I’m looking forward toward Ridgefield since I’ve played with all those guys in SuperStar, as well as Yorktown; Greeley, since they (Greeley) beat us in the playoffs in football; and John Jay, which beat us three times last year , including in the sectional championship game.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think we have a lot of players that will surprise people in the section, including Anthony Carpenter, who will be playing attack. He has a good lacrosse IQ and sees the field very well. I think Robby Cegielski and Chris Rios will have breakout seasons this year as well. But Anthony Lombardo, an all-state football player, will be the biggest surprise this year because of his hard work and dedication to get to another sectional championship. Also, the defense will be a surprise this season with Eddie Schurr and his brother Kevin. They will have outstanding seasons since they have gotten bigger and faster.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
With out a doubt, the strength of the team this year is our defense. Eddie Schurr, who has been on varsity since eighth grade, will be directing the D along with Matt Dalton at long-stick middie. Both are shutdown defensemen and are very good with handling the ball in their stick. Matthew Cirieco and Kevin Schurr will be on close defense with Eddie, and both have had varsity experience. Also our defensive midfielders, who are Jack Ahearn and Rob Mendoza, are both blue-collar, hard-working defensemen that really represent how hard our team works.
How do you view the race in Section 1 Class B?
I think it will come down to who wants to be crowned the sectional champion the most. There are many teams that I think will be contending for it, like Yorktown, Rye and John Jay, but whoever will want it more will be victorious in White Plains.
Somers 2011 updated schedule
March 23, Wed. – @ Bronxville, Four teams, 4 p.m.
March 26, Sat. – Red/Grey Classic @ Somers, Nine teams, 8 a.m.
March 28, Mon. – White Plains @ Somers, 4:30 p.m.
March 29, Tues. – Greenwich @ Somers, 4:30 p.m.
April 1, Fri. – Iona Prep, Away, 5 p.m.
April 6, Wed. – Ridgefield, Home 6 p.m.
April 9, Sat. – New Canaan, Home 6 p.m.
April 12, Tue. – Rye, Away, 5:30 p.m.
April 14, Thu. – Mahopac, Away, 6 p.m.
April 16, Sat. – Niskayuna, Away, 3 p.m.
April 21, Thu. – Carthage @ West Point, 11 a.m.
April 23, Sat. – Cold Spring Harbor @ West Point, 10 a.m.
April 26, Tue. – Brewster, Home, 4:30 p.m.
April 28, Thu. – Put Valley, Away, 4:30 p.m.
May 3, Tue. – Yorktown, Away, 7:30 p.m.
May 5, Thu. – Hen Hud, Away, 4:30 p.m.
May 7, Sat. – Greeley, Away, 1 p.m.
May, 10, Mon. – Arlington, Site TBD
May 12, Thu. – John Jay, Home, 6 p.m.
May 14, Sat. – Lake/Panas, Away, 7:30 p.m.
* 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.