Jake Marino has enjoyed a memorable varsity career in both football and lacrosse for Harrison High School (N.Y.).
It will be coming to an end this spring. Then, it’s on to UMass, where the athletic midfielder committed to attend almost two full years ago.
Marino is hoping to lead the Huskies to the kind of success they enjoyed his sophomore season, when they beat Ossining in the opening round of the Section 1 Class B playoffs before falling to John Jay in the quarterfinals.
Marino is an aggressive two-way player with an accurate and fast outside shot.
Now, here are Jake’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
During this offseason, I have been working out in the weight room and with a trainer for speed and agility. I also have been hitting the wall and getting on the field with teammates as much as possible to work on stick skills and shooting.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most and who are some of your scrimmages against?
As always, being in Class B in Section 1 is very tough. Our schedule is very difficult. Every team will be a challenge for us. Although I look forward to every game I have to say I am looking most forward to playing Rye, Fox Lane, Greeley and Byram Hills. These games are most difficult and would be a great achievement for our team if we were to get a win.
Coach Jay Rabinowitz has scheduled us a tough group of teams to scrimmage this season, Mamaroneck, Hen Hud, and Mahopac will be strong teams for us to run against. If we can compete with those teams it will give us a good insight to what type of team we can be.
What players on the team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Kyle Davidoff has been working really hard and has gotten much stronger from last year, he should be a major factor on both ends of the field for us.
Also, Charlie Vantongeren and his brother Owen will be a tough duo on attack. Noah Mittman and Steven Forrest are both strong returning starters as well.
What do you think the strength of my team will be this year?
We are a balanced team right now. We have some new younger players stepping on the field who will be taking on starting rolls. I think the strength of the team will be determined as we get closer to our opening game.
How do you view the race in the league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
As I mentioned earlier, Class B in Section 1 is very strong. It will be a very competitive season and a battle between all teams in the league.
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