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Friends Academy has emerged as a power in Nassau County (NY) Class C.
That will not be the case in 2015. The reason is the Quakers are moving up to Class B.
It’s a big development on Long Island, and for more, we got the insights of Jack Statfeld.
The goaltender is anxiously awaiting his final varsity season before heading off to play lacrosse at Muhlenberg College.
Now, here are Jack’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
A lot of the kids on the team have been lifting this fall and we are preparing to begin our winter league this Sunday. Gavin (Tam) and I have been working with our goalie coach rigorously this year.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Moving up from Class C to Class B we now face many traditional power-houses such as Lynbrook, Port Washington (Class A), and Manhasset. Our scrimmages this year are against Bethpage and North Shore.
I would say the games we look forward to this year would have to be the three I mentioned. All are very tough teams and will test our strengths and weaknesses from the start of the game until the final whistle blows.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
After graduating 12 seniors we have a lot of spaces to fill. I really think that returning sophomore defensemen, Ryan Tam, is really going to step up this year. He really proved his spot on the starting rotation last year after big games against Cold Spring Harbor and Locust Valley. He will captain the defense after we graduated three senior defensemen.
Senior attackman/midfield Pierce Dellafera (Connecticut College) is arguably one of the best athletes in the school. Along with his athleticism he can shoot the ball over 100mph. When he gets hot, you honestly can’t stop him. Look for him to be one of Nassau’s leading scorers this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think that we have a strong offense this year led by Tyler Sehring (Lafayette College), Josh Goldblatt (Binghamton University), Struan Coleman and Pierce Dellafera. All are phenomenal lacrosse players and their contributions will have a huge impact on the team’s success.
How do you view the race in your league and whom do you think some of the contending teams will be?
It will be a very tough race this year as we have to compete against more teams for a playoff spot. Traditional power-houses Garden City, Manhasset, and Lynbrook will definitely be the contenders this year.
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