John Jay won’t have to wait long to have some big tests this season.
For starters, they will be scrimmaging a couple of tristate powers in Delbarton and Darien. The Indians then open the season on Thursday, March 29 against an Arlington team that won six of its final eight games last season.
Then, two days later, John Jay travels to Charlie Murphy Field in Yorktown for the annual showdown against the Huskers.
To get more on that, we got the perspectives of University at Albany-bound standout Mike Skluth.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been running and lifting every day to help maintain and improve my strength and endurance. I have been doing speed training at 4D Sports Performance Center in Somers. I also do at least 15 minutes of wall ball a day to keep my stick skills strong.
In addition, our team practices a few days a week to keep our skills sharp and will be starting morning workouts so we go into the season in good shape.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule looks very well balanced and competitive this year. There are many games that I am looking forward to which include in- and out-of-section games. The in-section games are, of course, Yorktown and Somers. The out-of-section games are Manhasset, Massapequa and Ridgefield. In the preseason we have scrimmages against Darien and Delbarton, who are both great teams and should be very competitive.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Our team has many players that will all have great season. One in particular is Tommy Beck, who is a junior midfielder. He was hurt last year but is back this year and looking better than ever. Another great player who has a lot of talent, is Anthony Scapperotti, who is a junior midfielder. I think he is going to make a big impact this year on the team and in the section. I think Matt Lanza, a sophomore defenseman, will have a strong season because he has been working very hard and in addition, looking very good.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think that our defense this year is going to be very strong. We have players such as Jack Lambert, Danny Caiola and Matt Lanza who are very athletic and all have very diverse games. I think that our midfield also has a lot of depth and a lot of potential, which is very promising.
How do you view the race in Section 1 Class B and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race in our section this year will be very competitive and exciting. I think Yorktown will be a very good competitor because of their strong season last year and their returning players. Somers always shows up to play so they will be right there. You also have Rye, which is a well-coached team and is always in the mix.
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