Ridgefield has never won back-to-back Connecticut state championships.
That possible achievement is front and center on the Tigers’ radar as they prepare to start the 2012 season.
Leading the way in pursuit of that goal will be senior Eric Scala.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound lefty attackman/midfielder, accepted a scholarship offer from the University at Albany.
Now here are his thoughts on his final high school season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Lifting has been a big part of my offseason so far. We are continuing to lift and have begun running regularly. I have also been shooting and doing one-on-ones each week to get ready.
How does the schedule look, what games are you looking forward to the most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule does look tough again this year. We play all the top teams like Greenwich, Darien and Wilton. However, a game I’m looking forward to the most will be New Canaan. We haven’t played them in a few years so it should be an exciting game.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
As a lot of people know our returning juniors and seniors are all very good from attack to our middies, defense and our standout goalie Adam Winné. However, I believe Will Bonaparte and Sam Gravitte will stand out this year. Will, being a freshman last year, and Sam, a sophomore, both had very good seasons. I believe this year will be even bigger breakout seasons for them.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I believe the strength of our team this year could be centered around our offense. We have many returning top players who have already committed as well as up-and-coming young players like Bonaparte.
We have all been playing together since we were little and we all are used to each other’s style of play. Also, as we beat (Fairfield) Prep last year in the state championship, we all realize and understand what it takes to make it there and compete at that level which will help us to understand what we must do to get there again.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
This year will be another hard year for our team, there are a lot of top teams in Fairfield Country and in the tristate area. I believe the top teams will be similar to the ones in the past and in the state games I believe Prep will be solid again, who had a younger team last year and should be returning most of their players.
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