They were one of the premier feel-good stories of the 2012 season in the tristate region.
The Mamaroneck High School Tigers edged defending champion Mahopac 9-8 to win the New York Section 1 Class A championship. It was not only the Tigers’ first sectional boys lax title in history, but one of the most unlikely in the history of the tournament.
Mamaroneck, after all, had lost eight straight games during the regular season.
Do the Tigers have a chance to repeat?
Our first look at senior-laden Mamaroneck comes from one of the heroes of last year’s unlikely playoff run, senior goaltender Thomas Brill, who is headed to the University of Tampa.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
We’ve been having practices a couple times a week after school, and will soon start weight room and box lacrosse training in the gym.
Mamaroneck has also set up a team at Chelsea Piers Connecticut (in Stamford, Conn.) for a very competitive winter league. We’ve been playing teams like Wilton, Fairfield Prep, Brunswick and Greenwich.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We have a very tough schedule. Our philosophy is the only way to get better is to play extremely good competition. Every year we scrimmage Greenwich and other teams that we think will prep us for the upcoming season.
We look forward to whoever our next opponent is. Although we have high expectations for this season, the next game we play is the most important.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think midfielder Dylan Pailes-Friedman will turn some heads. He is also much improved in the faceoff dot.
As a whole, everyone has improved since last year. Alex Lanni (LSM) and Alex Roth (defense) should also be a force on the defensive end.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
This season, our strength will be our experience and age. We are a team of almost all seniors, and all starters will be returning from last year.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Section 1 is always loaded with great teams. Mahopac, Lakeland/Panas, Bronxville and others are always going to be tough teams
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