When it comes to New York’s CHSAA, much of the discussion here of late has focused between the always intriguing Division AAA race between nationally ranked powers Chaminade and St. Anthony’s.
But, as we’ve told you, things will be very interesting in Division AA as well.
Iona Prep won the title game 10-9, rallying from a late deficit to pull out the win.
That game followed a regular-season game in which Fordham Prep came back from being five goals behind to beat the Gaels 11-10 in overtime. Iona Prep then won the second regular-season meeting 10-4.
We’ve heard from players from both teams already as we head into the 2013 season.
Now, let’s get the thoughts of Joe Delasho.
A junior headed to Fairfield University, Delasho excels in the faceoff X, where he will once again be paired against Iona Prep’s Loyola University-bound standout Mike Orefice.
But as you will soon see, the Rams will have plenty of other big tests besides their games against Iona Prep.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
We all played summerball, and once that ended most of us played fall ball.
In the winter, we have morning practices before school three times a week. And we try and make it to the weight room everyday.
How does your schedule look?
This year, our schedule has no surprises.
Some of our hardest fought games are out on Long Island. We look froward to playing Holy Trinity, Kellenberg and St. John the Baptist. Last year, we took some tough one-goal losses to these teams and hopefully we can turn those into a one-goal win this year.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
This year, our team lost most of our starters. But we are bringing back our top defenseman, Logan Williamson (a senior who is also bound for Fairfield University), and our second leading point scorer, Connor Smith.
We have a new starting goalie this year (Jordan Shapiro), who we are excited to see play.
Also we just got back a junior who transferred to Taft last year but is back now (Jack Lee). He has been tearing it up in winter league and we are excited to see him play as well.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our athleticism. We have been working hard for a long time and we are excited to see it pay off.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
In our league we feel that we are great contenders for the championship. We look forward to playing these teams and hopefully the outcome is in our favor.
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