Jericho is on the rise in Long Island lacrosse.
The Jayhawks are coming off a breakout 12-4 season — quite an accomplishment for a program that has shown steady improvement since going 5-10 in 2010.
Can Jericho continue its upward climb in 2014?
For a look at the Jayhawks, we check in with Tyler Amodio.
The speedy, athletic and agile longstick midfielder will be playing at the next level at Connecticut College. But now, he’s focused on his senior varsity season.
Now, here are Tyler’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
This year, we have all been working on our strength and conditioning. A lot of the players have been doing individual work on their stick skills. We also are running captains practices twice a week.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
I believe we are going to have a tough schedule ahead of us. I am looking forward to the scrimmage against Cold Spring Harbor. We have been doing this scrimmage for the past couple years and it always gives us good competition. I am also looking forward to play the defending state champions, Garden City.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I believe that we have a lot of players that will surprise people. We have returning senior captain Michael Blumberg, who has been one of our top goal scorers, along with Drew Shuman.
Some of our younger players like Michael Calisto and Chris Rodgers will aid greatly to our offense.
We also are going to depend heavily on senior goalie Ryan Corcoran.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Many of us have been on the team since our freshmen and sophomore year, so I feel that we have a lot of good chemistry coming into the season.
After coming off a 12-4 season last year and being placed at the ninth seed this year (in the Nassau County coaches’ preseason rankings), we were shocked to see we did not rank higher, but that gives us the motivation this year to work harder. I think well come out with a chip on our shoulders and surprise a lot of people.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race in our league is extremely tough. We are playing rival teams, South Side and (two-time) NYS champions Garden City. It is always a battle for us, but I believe we hold our own fate. All the seniors understand what is at stake and we are all ready to fight to be the first group to make it to Hofstra (site of the Nassau County semifinals).
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