Lakeland/Panas will be looking to advance to the Section 1 finals for the fifth straight year in 2012.
To do it, the Rebels will need to win the possession game.
To that end, Chris Monteferante will play a prominent role.
The senior, who is bound for Army, is no stranger to sectional finals or sectional championships outside lax.
He helped Lakeland’s boys soccer squad beat Port Chester this past fall to win the Section 1 crown.
Now, here are Chris’ thoughts on his final varsity lax season:
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
The team has been getting outside on the field as much as we can. If the weather is bad, we will head inside to the weight room. Now that the weather is cold, we will most spend most of our time in the weight room.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is pretty though. Obviously, we have Yorktown, John Jay and Somers. All three are very good teams. This year we are also playing an elite team, Loyola-Blakefield from Maryland, and Greenwich.
Some of the most important games will be versus Arlington, Suffern and Mahopac. These games should give a preview of the playoffs this year.
The game I’m looking forward to this year the most has to be the section final. If we make it to the championship, it will the second time I have led a team there this year (first time was with LHS soccer team) and to end my high school career with two section titles in a row will be amazing.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Andrew Sofroniou is a long-stick midfielder for us, his developing good foot skills and one-on-one defensive skills. He’ll play on the wing and will be important in transition and clearing. He has good stick skills and can clear just as well as most midfielders.
Ryan Bonifatti did not get a lot of time at attack because of Rob Caffrey but should get tons of time this season. A well-rounded attackman, I’ve played with him over the summer and in the fall and he’s gained a lot of confidence in his game and should turn a few heads this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our greatest strength will be athleticism. The whole team is made up of good athletes. Hopefully, after some teaching, we will have a well-rounded team.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Three of the top contenders this year in Class A will be Mahopac, Suffern, and Arlington. Mahopac was the section champs last year. Suffern took us into two very close games and Arlington took us into a close game last year and is also returning many good players.
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