With a total of 14 college-bound players, expectations are high at the Trinity-Pawling School in New York’s Hudson Valley, which competes in the highly regarded Founders League.
Sacred Heart University-bound Bryce Jurk is among nine T-P seniors set to take their games to the next level.
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound midfielder, Jurk is especially adept at shooting on the run and coming away with ground balls.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been training in the weight room, playing wall ball, shooting, and I am also playing varsity hockey which keeps my legs going as well as my sense of awareness.
The competitive Founders League is preparing me really well so I can get right after in come spring time.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our Founders League schedule is tough as it is every year; teams get better and better and reload with talent every year so it will be great to get back out there.
I am looking forward to the Salisbury, Deerfield, Avon, Westminster and Hotchkiss games. We had some tough losses to Salisbury, Westy and Hotchkiss last year so we are looking for some redemption.
We are playing Episcopal Academy and Germantown Academy in Philly before we head home for March break.
Then, when we return for our spring trip, we will be going down to Virginia Beach to play Hampton Roads Academy, Norfolk Academy, and Worthington Kilbourne HS. These will be great scrimmages to get our squad ready for the season.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
(Trinity-Pawling Head) Coach (Nic) Bell has brought in great talent for the lacrosse program.
Sophomore Thomas Bianchin from Ontario, Canada, a slick, fast attackman is a great feeder and will get into every scrum and come out with the ball. (Bianchin recently verbally committed to Providence College.) I think he will be on opposing team’s scouts.
LSM Ryan Monahan from Brookfield, Conn., is an awesome defender but also knows how carry the ball up the field in transition. He will play a big role on our team this year and in the future for Trinity-Pawling lacrosse.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
We are strong from between the pipes down to the attack. Our team has depth in the midfield and with the attack as well.
Our major strength will be offense. We have lots of young talent and seniors that can move the ball and make things happen. This offense will be capable of numerous plays and I can’t wait to get it going.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think that this year will be as tight as last year for that first spot in the Founders League. Contending teams will be Avon, Westminster, Hotchkiss and Taft. We were all fighting for the first spot last year and ended in a nail biter.
Coming up just short of winning our league like last year will not be the case this year as we are preparing ourselves and pushing each other to be on top.
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