Our most recent “Preaseason player’s perspective,” featured a senior standout from New York’s Hudson Valley bound for Johns Hopkins University, Yorktown defenseman Trevor Koelsch.
Today, we present another one.
Matt Ledwin is one of the premier faceoff specialists in the Northeast.
The standout from Hendrick Hudson High School, located just 10 miles west of Yorktown High School, just returned from his official visit to JHU. He verbally committed to the Blue Jays his junior year — in December, 2011. (Under NCAA rules, paid official visits may only be made during a student-athlete’s senior year in high school.)
Ledwin helped Hen Hud advance to the Section 1 Class C title game last year, where the Sailors fell to two-time state semifinalist Bronxville.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Our team practices in our indoor facility called The Dome twice a week — on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some guys have also been hitting the weight room.
As for me, when I am not playing hockey, I have been keeping up on my lax skills and doing some performance training at the House of Sports in Ardsley a couple times a week.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule starts out relatively easy but then gets real hard, real fast with a three-game stretch against John Jay, Somers and Yorktown (April 4-11).
Hopefully that stretch will toughen us up for our league games which come at the end of our schedule. (Hen Hud plays Class A powers Mahopac and Lakeland/Panas back-to-back May 2 and May 7.)
I look forward to every game, no matter who we play.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I’m not yet sure who will be a surprise, but I know we will need a few, especially at goalie.
The loss of (University of North Carolina-bound junior goaltender) Eddie Gilman to Governor’s Academy will be a tough hole to fill. We also lost a couple of key seniors. Then again, it’s a great opportunity for some of our sophomores and maybe even a few freshmen to step up and perform.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
We have several very skilled field players. Kevin McDermott will lead the attack and Joe Fraietta will anchor the defense and help out as an LSM. Brett Dalton will also help out as a solid SSDM and clearing machine. And I hope to do my part as well at the faceoff X.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
While only time will tell who will end up at the top of our league, I think by season’s end, the Sailors will be right there with Putnam Valley and Arlington. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Brewster had a good year too.
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