The ‘Pac wants to get back to championship form in 2014.
Mahopac High School (N.Y.), that is.
The Indians won the 2011 Section 1 Class A title, beating the defending sectoinal champion Lakeland/Panas 7-5 in the final.
Then, in 2012, Mahopac’s bid at a second straight title ended with a 9-8 loss to Mamaroneck, which took sectional supremacy for the first time before defending its title in 2013.
The 2014 race for the top spot in Class A looks to be wide open. We got a read on Mamaroneck from Bucknell-bound junior attackman/midfielder Reed Malas and a look at Lakeland/Panas from Siena-bound senior attackman Brian Prunty.
For more on Mahopac, we check in with senior Glenn Janik.
The righty attackman, who is headed for Division II St. Leo University, is a strong dodger, with the combination of good stick skills and speed.
Now, here’s are Glenn’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Currently I haven’t been able to attend off season workouts since I play varsity basketball, but the team has been having weight room and conditioning workouts after school to prepare for the upcoming season. Also they play in a winter league at Brewster Sports Center having games once or twice a week.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule looks very competitive as always. Games we are looking forward to the most are Lakeland Panas, Yorktown, John Jay (Cross River) and Arlington. We scrimmage Harrison, Fox Lane and play at the Somers Red-Gray Jamboree Classic in Somers.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a lot of returning players this year that I believe will all have a major impact. At midfield I expect Kyle Dillon, Eric Giorno, Eric Donahoe and Aidan Hynes to all have a great year.
At defense, I expect Andrew Neilis, Max Littleton, Michael Longo and Vincent Viaggio to have great seasons.
At attack, I expect Brendan Donahoe and D.J Pearl to also have great seasons.
I also believe that our goaltending will be strong with Anthony Scauzillo and Hudson Williams.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think the strength of our team this year will be a combination of many different factors. Our defense has very good footwork and they are strong and communicate very well together. Our midfield has a lot of speed and athleticism and they have a lot of dodging ability. Our attack is also very athletic and quick and we have very good stick skills as well as dodging ability.
Above all, I believe the strength of our team this year will be our chemistry. We have all been playing together year round since we were kids and we all really enjoy playing the game together.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think the race in our league will be very competitive as always. I believe we will compete for the section, along with Lakeland/Panas, Arlington and Mamaroneck.
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