Few players in the area have had as important an offseason as Case Matheis.
The Darien senior attackman’s 2011 season was cut short by a knee injury.
After igniting the Blue Wave’s FCIAC title run, Matheis suffered a torn meniscus in the state quarterfinals.
Since then, the Duke-bound Matheis has been working hard to rehabilitate his knee.
The amount of progress he has made will have huge ramifications on the FCIAC and CIAC races – not to mention the national rankings.
As far as individual rankings go, Matheis is the consensus No. 1 high school player in the nation.
So who better to start our “Player perspective” feature for the 2012 season?
On a sidenote, this is the third year for the perspectives and the third year Case has contributed one. The first freshman to start on varsity in coach Jeff Brameier’s tenure at Darien (which started in 1984), Case enters the season with 120 goals and 94 assists.
Now, here are Case’s thoughts on his injury rehabilitation and his perspective on the 2012 season:
How has your injury recovery been going and what have you been doing to get ready for the season?
My recovery has gone very smoothly and I am expecting to play after the holidays. I am lifting, cutting and beginning to run full speed again. My goal is to have much better endurance and stamina this season.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
The game that I look forward to the most this year is without a doubt Wilton. It will be a very emotional game for me. This year we are scrimmaging John Jay and Salisbury. Also, we will be hosting our (preseason) jamborees.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I’m very excited to see what Corey Eppley does this year. He is a senior LSM that is headed to Lehigh next year. He has been somewhat overshadowed the past four years because of all the excellent defenseman we had in the 2011 class. Corey’s coming off of a big football season where he was a senior captain and we are expecting big things from him.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
This year we will have an extremely dangerous offense. I think that a lot of defenses will game plan to stop me but they will learn that they can’t focus on one player because we have the top two middies in the state in Henry West (Cornell) and Bobby Weaver (Princeton).
Other than those two we also have Jon Magnusson (Richmond), Tim Murphy (Gettysburg), and Sean Foley (Lehigh).
The one question mark right now is our third attack spot. Some of the contenders are Kevin Seiler, John Reed, Jamie Kerr, George Gregory and Peter Lindley.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I am really excited to defend our FCIAC title. All of our games will be battles. The usual teams of New Canaan, Wilton, Greenwich and Ridgefield will be our toughest opponents. Like I said before, I can’t wait to play against Wilton
* For more info on Case, check out his player profile by clicking here.
* For a look at how schedules for teams from throughout the region for the 2012 season are shaping up, be sure to check out the “Schedules galore” thread.