When Rye beat Putnam Valley 10-5 in the 2008 Section 1 (N.Y.) Class C final, it marked the Garnets’ fourth straight sectional title and 19th straight win.
But Rye has been denied another title in the four seasons since then, the last two of which have been in Class B.
How do the Garnets look heading into the 2013 season?
For more, we checked in with junior midfielder Chris Santangelo, who has committed to the admissions process at the University of Pennsylvania.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Santangelo, who is also a football standout, is an effective dodger who excels in the transition game.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been training hard trying to get back into lacrosse shape running, lifting and doing stick-work all winter. I’ve also focusing on getting a lot bigger and stronger for the season.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We will have a pretty tough schedule, as always. I’m looking forward to a tough opening game against Lakeland/Panas, as well as games against John Jay, Byram Hills and Fox Lane.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We are returning almost all of our roster from last year, so there will really be only a couple of spots to fill. But some young guys like Noah Spaeth at middie, Drew Abate at D and Billy Haynes at attack will step up and be big
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
We are going be a very balanced team, returning all of our defensemen from last year as well as two of our starting attackmen and two first-line middies. However, I think our D will have give us an edge year and give us another strong year as a unit.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
It’s going to be a very competitive league, as always. John Jay and Yorktown will be tough, as well as teams like Somers, Brewster and Fox Lane, but I think we have the potential to make some noise during the season and hopefully into the playoffs.
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