Is Ardsley lacrosse on the rise?
The Panthers were one of the surprise teams in the section in 2007, finishing 17-4.
But after back-to-back nine-win seasons, Ardsley struggled last season.
How do the Panthers look this season?
In a moment, we’ll get the thoughts of senior attackman/midfielder Andrew Montag.
Now, here are Andrew’s perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been in the weight room alot, and have been doing a lot of conditioning. As a team, we participated in a winter league, along with holding regular, yet informal, practices during the winter. We’ve been stressing ball movement and clearing early on, and we feel if we can control the ball, we can compete with anyone.
How does your schedule look, including scrimmages, and what games are you looking forward to?
Our schedule certainly looks much more manageable compared to last year. With the realignment of the leagues (as noted here in the fall, Ardsley is in League II-B with Irvington, Hastings, New Rochelle, Saunders, Edgemont and the first-year Dobbs Ferry program), we have a schedule that gives us the opportunity to have a very respectable record. Personally, I’m looking forward to our first game of the season, April 2 at night, under the lights, at Mamaroneck. For us, it’s a statement game, and it is truly going to speak volumes as to where we stack up in the section this year.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Hopefully, Chuck Weinstein, a junior attackman can turn some heads. It’s his first year on varsity, but we expect a lot out of him down low. Also, our goalie, John Fountain, has been improving each and every year, and if he plays to his potential, he is going to be a key asset to us contending for a league title.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of the team this year will most definitely be the midfield. We have a solid core of midfielders, and many whom can take faceoffs. We have stressed the importance of ball control and have really worked hard on face offs. Individually, I have put in alot of time at my faces over the summer and I hope it pays off this season. Also, our poles have made alot of progress throughout the offseason and hopefully they can contribute alot in the clearing game.
How do you view the race in Section 1 Class C and who do you think the contending teams will be?
After last season, other teams have little expectations for us within the section, and we’d like to prove everyone wrong. With teams like Bronxville and Putnam Valley, we have a daunting task if we’d like to make a run for a section title, but for now it’s taking it one goal at a time, our first being the league championship.
Ardsley 2011 schedule
4/8 – Fri. 4:30 H Roosevelt*
4/11 – Mon. 4:30 H Hastings*
4/13 – Wed. 4:30 A New Rochelle*
4/15 – Fri. 4:30 A Dobbs Ferry* opening round of Hastings Tournament
4/16 – Sat. 10am/12pm Consolation/Championship of Hastings Tournament(@ Hastings)
4/20 – Wed. Stepinac
4/27 – Wed. 4:30 A Irvington*
4/29 – Fri. 4:30 H Edgemont*
5/2 – Mon. 4:30 A Roosevelt*
5/4 – Wed. 4:30 A Hastings
5/6 – Fri. 4:30 H New Rochelle*
5/7 – Sat. 3pm H Irvington*
5/9 – Mon. 4:30 H Dobbs Ferry*
5/11 – Wed. 4:30 A Edgemont*
5/14 – Sat. 2pm H Westlake (Ardsley Tourney)
5/15 – Sun. TBD H Nyack/Tappan Zee (Ardsley Tourney)
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