Suffern is no stranger to the Section 1 championship.
In addition to having hosted the event (including last season), the Mounties have also played in it quite a bit – a total of nine times. The Mounties last appeared in the final in 2003, losing to Lakeland/Panas 11-7.
If they are to make it back this year for the first time since then, Kevin McNally will be one of the main reasons why.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior attackman/midfielder is one of the leading players in Section 1.
Here are Kevin’s thoughts on his college commitment and his senior season:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Albany?
The atmosphere really influenced my decision. I had visited some schools before Albany and thought they were the schools for me. Then I went upstate to visit UA and loved it.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
My Top 5 schools were Albany, Stony Brook, St. Johns, Penn State and Manhattan.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My one strength is my speed and the way I see the field. I would describe myself as a player who has a heavy Maryland cradle.
What areas of your game do you think you need to improve on?
I tend to dodge in a phone booth. I need to work on my “one dodge and go” ability.
How does this year’s Suffern team look? What are the team’s strengths? What players do you think will surprise some people, and what games are you looking forward to the most?
This year’s team is very similar to last year’s. Our strengths this year will be in our offensive unit.
Standing out last year, Peter Sharp provided power to our offense. In the offseason Pete grew about three inches, lifted and shot all the time.
We will help this year’s Suffern team play well against our toughest opponents. Lakeland/Panas will be a good game, as always. Last year, they beat us both times by one goal. We look forward to playing them again on their turf for a change.
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