Yorktown holds the record for most consecutive Section 1 boys lacrosse championship game appearances at 32 straight.
But John Jay also has an impressive streak of its own that’s also intact. The Indians have made seven straight sectional title-game appearances.
John Jay enters this season having lost in last year’s Class B sectional final to Yorktown 14-5.
The Class B race promises to be another rugged ride for all those involved. The Indians will also be tested in the preseason and in their non-conference schedule.
Providing it is senior attackman Matt Ferentini, who is busy these days as one of the leading players on John Jay’s varsity boys basketball team.
The 6-foot-3 lefty attackman has committed to Division III power Stevens Tech.
Now, let’s get Matt’s perspectives on the 2012 season:
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
So far this offseason, we’ve been having optional practices outside as many times a week as possible. A bunch of guys are putting in time outside before and after practice to get in some extra shooting and conditioning. I have also been getting ready by playing on the basketball team.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is loaded with great competition. We are all looking forward to the Yorktown game and also looking to avenge our losses from last year against New Cannan, Massapequa and Manhasset. I am also looking forward to our scrimmages against Darien and Delbarton.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a bunch of new players that will be getting major minutes this season. I think Doug Brown, Reid Maxmin and Mike Skluth will impress a lot of people. Getting Tommy Beck back this year is huge and returning sophomores Matt Lanza and Shawn Smith will also impress many.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our strength this year is our offensive chemistry. We’ve all been playing together for a long time and know how to work well with one another. Also our defense is going to be very strong with Tom Branca and Jack Lambert leading the way.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Our league is always tough, Yorktown, Somers, and Rye are all good.
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