The 2013 season will be remembered for a long time in Mineola.
The Chaminade Flyers completed a rare 3-0 season series sweep of archrival St. Anthony’s, with the final win, a 7-5 victory, coming in the much-awaited CHSAA (N.Y.) Nassau-Suffolk AAA title game. Chaminade finished 15-2 with the losses coming against Hudson Valley (N.Y.) power Yorktown (12-8 on April 27) and New Jersey power Delbarton (6-5 on May 18),
To be sure, ‘Nade has a tough act to follow in 2014.
One of the players hoping to help the Flyers equal last year’s success is shifty and speedy midfielder Sam Bonafede.
Bonafede awaits a promising collegiate career at Princeton University after one final varsity season at Chaminade.
Now, here are Sam’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
My teammates and I have been smoothening up our stick skills at Hofstra University’s indoor facility two to three times per week. When we aren’t on the field, we are in the weight room and working on our conditioning with Chaminade’s head football coach, Steven Boyd.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Similar to years past, our schedule is packed several perennial powerhouses such as Delbarton, Yorktown, West Islip, Massapequa, Manhasset and St. Anthony’s. As far as scrimmages go, the teams and dates will be finalized as the season comes closer.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Two guys that I think will surprise people this season are junior Jack Tigh and senior Matt Wysota. With a year of experience already under his belt, Jack’s game has only gotten stronger. After graduating our entire defense, look for Matt to make a big impact at close.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
One of our team’s greatest strengths is the ability to create opportunities in transition. We are able to pick the ball quickly off the ground and we posses the midfield speed to race up the field quickly.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The Catholic League looks to be as intriguing as usual. Our team gets to participate in one of the country’s best high school lacrosse rivalries as we square off against St. Anthony’s three times.
Other teams that look to contend are Kellenberg Memorial and Saint John the Baptist.
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