When it comes to CHSAA lacrosse, there is much discussion of the always intriguing St. Anthony’s-Chaminade rivalry.
While St. A’s has won four straight AAA titles, despite losing twice during the regular season to the Flyers each of the last two years, there has also been a fair amount of drama in Division AA.
After storming back a five-goal deficit to beat Iona Prep 11-10 in overtime, Fordham Prep lost its second meeting of the season to the Gaels 10-4.
That set up a decisive third meeting for the CHSAA-AA crown. This time, it was Iona Prep that rallied from a big deficit, pulling out a 10-9 triumph.
The 2013 season could be every bit as eventful for the Rams.
We begin our look by checking in with Fordham Prep defender/long-stick midfielder Logan Williamson.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Hitting the weight room everyday and pulling in some of the underclassmen along with me. I do agility and speed drills and make sure I get in shooting or stick-work sometime in the day.
We run our team practices at 6:30 a.m. and run drills after school outside during the week. Our work ethic is extremely high this year and hopefully it pays off.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our coaches always do a good job at keeping our schedule tough. We play all the New York Catholic teams, along with the Long Island schools, who always present a challenge.
We are playing a couple of Section 1 teams (Lakeland/Panas and Suffern) this year, which is always good as a change of pace. We also will be heading down to Tampa, Fla., to compete in the Jesuit Lacrosse Classic, which always is good for improvement and boosting team morale.
We are very excited, however, to play Columbine (Colo.). They’re traveling from Colorado and are said to be a tough team to face.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a lot of returning Juniors who got a lot of playing time last year as sophomores. That year of experience is really going to boost the abilities of these payers. Names that immediately pop in my head are Will Randell, our returning middie who is only a sophomore and is in line to have a breakout year.
Also Jack Lee, who is returning from Taft (School) to play middie for us, he will bring a lot of experience to the offense and solidify our first line. Joe Delasho and Connor Smith both turned into beasts over the summer playing up in age and at high levels of competition. Joe should hold down the faceoff X and bring some firepower from the midfield and Connor will run the offense most likely from behind the cage.
Our defensive unit, along with goalie Jordan Shapiro, is looking solid, aggressive, and experienced. I’m looking forward to working a lot with the D unit and Jordan this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our work ethic and aggressive, fast paced style of play. Every player on the team this year is hungry for a state championship and is willing to work for it. We’re combining a lot of size with a whole lot of speed this year so it should keep the pace of the game up-tempo and in our favor.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
We don’t have any intentions of losing much this year. We are confident coming into the season and all aware of what we have to do to be successful.
The Long Island teams such as Kellenburg and Holy Trinity are always tough contenders especially come playoff time.
The lower state championship this year will be a huge, aggressive battle this year no matter who is competing.
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