Few players in the tristate area are as entertaining to watch as Chandler Kirby.
The senior defender/long-stick midfielder for Jericho High School (N.Y.) goes at it with a level of intensity and energy few can match.
It’s one of the reasons the 5-foot-7 dynamo will be taking his all-out style of play to Cornell.
But before joining the Big Red, Kirby hopes to lead the under-the-radar Jericho Jayhawks to a noteworthy spring in ultra-competitive Nassau County.
Now, here are Chandler’s perspectives on the 2013 season.
I am lifting everyday and trying to get stronger and faster for the upcoming season.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We received a pretty low seed because of the loss of a lot of seniors and we will need a lot of the younger kids to step up.
Our first league game is against Wantagh, which I’m pretty psyched about just to see where we stand.
Another big game is against Bellmore JFK.
We have a scrimmage against Cold Spring Harbor and a tournament up at Somers High School (Red/Gray Tournament on March 23) where we will play some pretty tough teams.
Our goal this year is to make playoffs again and hopefully win one, but it’s going to take a lot of work.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I believe that our attackman Noah Starr will have a breakout season. Along with Noah, Cory Cacciola, Michael Blumberg, Tyler Amodio and Drew Shuman will step up this year. Some of our younger guys are going to need to take on huge roles this year and replace a large part of our scoring.
What do you think the strength of your team will be?
Our offense is going to have to step up a lot. They are going to have to take a huge role this year.
Right now, we have two returning defensemen from last year, including myself, and our goalie is starting for the first time on the varsity team.
Everything is going to have to fit together in the end and if everything works out, it will end up being a successful season.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race in our league is pretty much the same every single year. Garden City, Wantagh, South Side and Carey are usually always top contenders. Bellmore should be pretty good this year. And that is only one conference.
In the other conference is Manhasset, Hewlett and some other solid teams like Bethpage.
The top contenders will most likely be Garden City, Wantagh and Manhasset in the end. But who knows what’s going to happen.
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