Byram Hills was one of the hottest teams in Section 1 entering the class championship games at the Suffern Middle School Complex.
The Bobcats had won five straight entering their meeting against Bronxville. Though they lost 15-6, Byram wound up with a 15-5 mark.
One of the keys behind that success, goaltender Andrew Larrabee, returns for his final varsity season before heading off to the University of Notre Dame. As you can see in Larrabee’s highlight film, he made some pulsating stops, many from point-blank range, in 2011.
“I’m anxious for my senior season, as well as my future at Notre Dame,” Larrabee said. “It should be a great experience and I am looking forward to teaming up with former Section 1 opponents: Don Keough (Rye High School), Jack Near (Bronxville High School) and Matt Landis (Pelham High School).”
Now, here are more perspectives from Andrew on the 2012 season:
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been in the weight room multiple days each week, in addition to our team’s weekly practices in the Armonk Dome and high school gym.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our league includes Rye, Greeley and Fox Lane, who are all usually very fun teams for us to compete against.
We have a few out-of-section scrimmages and games that should be a good test for us early on. They include Kinnelon, New Fairfield, Poly Prep, Brien McMahon and an additional team from Long Island.
What player on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We had a lot of underclassmen make contributions last year and we’re going to count on them to take on even bigger roles this season.
Sophomore defender Connor Morley is one of them. He stepped up last year at the end of the regular season and played exceptionally well through our run to the finals. I believe he definitely has potential to become one of the elite defenders in the section. Look for him to have a big season.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think one of our biggest strengths will be our team chemistry. We have a lot of seniors who have been playing together since elementary school, are in their third or fourth season on varsity and had the experience of a sectional final last year. Hopefully that will translate into a lot of positives on the field.
How do you view the race in your class and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
A lot of teams, including us, lost a lot to graduation, so we will have to wait and see how each team rebounds from it.
Defending champ Bronxville still has a lot of talent and is the favorite in C, but if we work hard and stay healthy, we hope to challenge them for the section.
Putnam Valley, Pleasantville and Pelham should be strong as always. Dobbs Ferry and Hen Hud, who dropped down from Class B, will be in the mix as well.
I thinks it’s a pretty wide open race and I am definitely looking forward to it.
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