Northport took a six-game winning streak into the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Division 1 semifinals last season. There, the Tigers’ season ended with a 12-6 setback to Smithtown West. Both teams are prominent in LaxLessons.com’s Preseason Tristate Top 25 rankings. The Tigers finished 15-3 last season – the most wins for Northport in coach George Searing’s tenure. But they’re not the only teams from Section 11 Class A in the rankings as it remains one of the nation’s most competitive leagues. For more on Northport, we check in with Brian Cannon. The lefty attackman, who committed to the University of North Carolina as a sophomore, is now a senior. A feeder finisher, Cannon was also among LaxLessons’ preseason Top 100 tristate players as well as our list of 10 tristate players who will make immediate impacts in college. Now, here are Brian’s perspectives on the upcoming season. What have you been doing to get ready for the season? As a team we have been committed to weekly lifts and agility training. Personally, I challenged myself with some Acceleration training and crossfit and park workouts. How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against? As usual, we have a tough schedule against all of the top teams in Division 1. I‘m looking forward to playing Ward Melville because they were state champs last year and I’d like to see how we match up against them this year. We have scrimmages against Babylon, Syosset and Eastport-South Manor. We also have a few tournaments scheduled throughout the season. What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season? Losing our first line of midfielders will be difficult to replace, but we have some talented players ready to step up such as Mike Trainor, Tristen Mauro, Travis Flanagan and Nick Roros. At attack, Rocco Sutherland will be a key player. What do you think the strength of your team will be this year? Like every year, our strength will be our level of preparedness. Our coaches challenge us every year to improve, especially offensively. We work to prepare for all defensive schemes to maximize our individual strengths. How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be? Our league is always stacked with tough competition and I expect this year to not be any different. But I think Smithtown West is going to be the team to beat this year.
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