West Islip will be one of the major forces in high school lacrosse not only in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region this coming season, but in the nation.
That’s not exactly a bold statement.
After all, the Lions beat Ithaca 12-7 in the New York State Class A title game on June 9 in Middletown for their fifth state title in the last seven years.
So, as we launch our “Preseason player’s perspective” feature for the fourth straight year, what better school to start with?
For a breakdown of the Lions, we turn to AJ Ilchert.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Ilchert, who has committed to St. Joseph’s University, is also a football standout for WI.
Now, here are AJ’s perspectives on the 2013 season.
As a team, we have been playing box lacrosse in our gym Monday nights and we’ve been playing in a winter league at Bay Shore High School Sunday mornings.
How does West Islip’s schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is tough as always. Almost all of our games are against notable opponents.
The two games I am most looking forward to are Ward Melville and Smithtown West. But I think what I am looking forward to the most is our scrimmage against (defending Class B state champion) Garden City.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think three players who are going to have big years are Michael Moynihan (midfield/attack), Trevor Bovich (attack) and Kyle Ziegler (midfield). They are all juniors and have a lot of talent.
What do you think the strength of your team will be?
Our versatility. We have a lot of different players who can play multiple positions.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think that in our league the three names you always have to talk about are Ward Melville, Smithtown West, and of course us. Other teams that we should watch out for are Northport, Sachem North, Bay Shore and Smithtown East.
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