Can Mahopac pull an encore?
The Indians enjoyed plenty of memorable moments during their run to the Section 1 Class A championship last year.
Among the biggest was a 12-11 double-overtime win over Yorktown.
The hero of that game was Anthony Berardis, who scored the game-winning goal (which you can watch here).
Berardis, a dodging midfielder, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Stony Brook University, selecting the Seawolves over Albany, Penn State, Ohio State, Hofstra and Siena.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound lefty, known for his speed, skills and athleticism, is first focused on his final spring at Mahopac.
Now, here’s Anthony’s perspective on the season:
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
As a team, we have weight workouts every Monday, Wednesday and. Friday.
On Tuesday and Thursday, we have morning sessions before school, working mainly on our stick skills.
We also play in a winter league against other teams every Wednesday.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule hasn’t been finished yet, but I always look forward to playing Lakeland/Panas, Yorktown, John Jay, Somers and Suffern.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Patrick Donahoe, Tyler Weisberg and Ross Thompson at attack. All have good sticks and have the potential to have an impact.
At midfield, Charlie Evans and Nick Oliver. Charlie is excellent at the faceoff X and Nick has very quick feet.
On defense, Matt Fetzer, John Astrologo and Brendan Hynes. All know the defense very well. All of them could impact our team and open up some peoples eyes.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I would like to end my last season in Mahopac with another section title. Lakeland/Panas, Yorktown, John Jay, Somers and Suffern will all be tough teams to face.
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