We’ve been asking in our “You make the call” feature and our rotating poll questions who you think will win some of the major 2013 tristate conference races.
Our first poll centered on the always competitive Nassau County (Section 8, N.Y.) Class A race.
Your choice to win?
The Braves, of course, are the defending champions. They beat Massapequa 14-13 in last year’s county championship game before falling to West Islip in the LIC title game.
For a look at the 2013 Braves, we check in once again with Johns Hopkins-bound senior goaltender Ryan Feit.
Feit, who has been an impact player on the varsity squad since his freshman year, of course, achieved distinction by becoming the first sophomore in the nation to make a verbal commitment, which started a national trend.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
The Syosset team not only has been doing speed training a few times a week as a team, but we also have been playing in a new indoor facility in Syosset, where we practice three times a week after school there. Besides those two things, the players all individually lift and work on conditioning.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule again this year looks tough as always. We are looking forward to playing Massapequa again this year, as a rematch of last year’s Nassau County Championship game.
We are scrimmaging a bunch of teams, but one in particular (defending Class A state champion) West Islip, we are looking forward to scrimmaging since it’s a rematch of the Long Island Championship game.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think our returning middies are going to have a huge impact on the team this year. Andrew Keith, Alex Hatzopolous, Nick Hatzipetrakos and John Diaz will all be doing the majority of our scoring this year, as well as Anthony Carchietta and Alex Concannon at the attack positions. The defense will be huge again this year led by returning starters Liam Blohm, Kyle Haber and Harrison Schoenhaut.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think the strengths of our team will definitely be the midfield, as well as the attack. The middies are led by three college-bound players. The defense is led by two returning starters from last year.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I believe it will again be a tight race in the A conference again this year. I believe teams are strong again this year consisting of us, Massqpequa and Port Washington.
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