There has been no shortage of talent at Smithtown West the last few years.
Brett Madarasz, Jordan Stevens, Kyle Keenan and James Pannell are just some of the names that come to mind.
Alex Dodge knows them all very well.
The dodging midfielder was able to hold his own, which helped him gain confidence and develop into a Division I recruit.
But before heading to Fairfield, Conn., he hopes to help the Bulls match or even improve upon last year’s 15-4 season, which ended with a 12-11 overtime loss to West Islip in the Suffolk County Class A title game.
Now, here are Alex’s perspectives on the 2012 season:
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been going to my speed/strength trainer at Revolution Athletics in Bohemia and have been shooting at West against one of our goalies, returning sophomore Matt Smidt.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We’ve got a pretty tough schedule this year. I’m looking forward to playing Ward Melville and West Islip at home. Whenever we play them, it’s always a great game. Just to name a few of our scrimmages this year, we play Shoreham-Wading River and Bayport-Blue Point.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Our long pole, Frankie Brier, will surprise some people. He recently switched from a shorty to a long-pole and is a very fast and athletic player. In addition we have a good amount of juniors and sophomores that will contribute to the team. Juniors Eric Joseph, Pat O’Brien, George Schultz and Brian Masi as well as sophomores Ryan Keenan and Matt Smidt should surprise a few people.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of our team this year should be the time of possession. Our FOGO, Craig Madarasz, is one of the best in the country. Another strength of ours should be our offense. We are returning both Matt Schultz and James Pannell.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Suffolk A is one of the most competitive high school divisions around so you can’t look past any team, but the toughest teams should be be Ward Melville and West Islip. Sachem North returns some good players and should be tough too.
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* 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.