Staples is back in the mix in Connecticut lacrosse.
After three straight losing seasons from 2006-08, the Wreckers have reeled off four straight winning seasons, including an 18-2 record in Paul McNulty’s first year as head coach in 2010.
How does 2013 shape up for Staples?
For some answers to that question, we turn to Quinn Mendelson.
The senior defenseman will be joining the brand-new Division I program at Boston University.
But first, he’s hoping to make his senior season a memorable one.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
To get ready for the season we are working out as a team 4 days a week (lifting, running, wall ball) after school as well as playing indoors at the SoNo Field House. Besides that, kids are regularly outside shooting or the poles are doing long toss.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
As always, we’ve got a great schedule put together by Coach McNulty.
For the preseason, we will be doing a camp with Joel Barlow, as well as scrimmages with Fairfield Ludlowe, New Milford, Norwalk, Fox Lane, and the Darien preseason jamboree. In terms of looking forward to games, we take it one game at a time and approach every team the same way.
We’ll be playing some of the best teams in the FCIAC and some great out of conference games as well as an out-of-state game with Mamaroneck.
We’ll be finishing up the year against Weston in what will be the first home night game for the lacrosse team under the new lights.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We only graduated five seniors last year and we feel the core of the team is returning. We’ve got six college commitments on our team as of right now in Lance Lonergan (Union), Joey Zelkowitz (Middlebury), Colin Bannon (Endicott), James Hines (Clark) and Patrick Lesch (Dartmouth) as well as myself.
We feel confident in the players who have already established themselves, and in younger kids such as Isaac Paparo (LSM) and Tucker Bobrow (attack). Just like last year, faceoffs will be taken by H. Jared Levi and by Eric Zermuehle.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think this year’s team finds its strength in the team chemistry. For the most part, we’ve all been playing together for so long that we all understand what the other player will do and how we can all work best as a team.
Also, I think we will find a lot of success in transition this year because of the amount of athletes we have all over the field.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The FCIAC is one of the premier lacrosse conferences in the country, and we will work hard to earn a top spot in the race for a championship.
As always, we will have to battle with Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Greenwich among others to get to where we want to be.
I think the FCIAC is wide open this year and hard work will breed the best results for us.
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