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Mamaroneck has emerged as one of the premier powers in the Hudson Valley in this decade.
The Tigers have advanced to the Section 1 final three straight years, taking titles in 2012 and ’13.
One of the catalysts for that run has been attackman/midfielder Reed Malas. Malas, who committed to Bucknell as a sophomore, has one more season of varsity competition — and, as you’ll read — wants it to end with another title.
Now, here are Reed’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
This offseason I have been working harder than ever in order to prepare myself for the spring. I have been both in the weight room, and on the field as much as possible in order to improve my game. I have also been working on my speed and agility with my trainer Mike Diaz.
As a team, we have been having practices outdoors twice a week. Also, every Sunday we have been playing in the Chelsea Piers Connecticut Winter League. This has been a great opportunity for us to improve our level of play, as the teams in this league are some of the best in the tristate.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We have increased the difficulty of our schedule this year compared to past years, and we are really excited about this as a team. Within the section, I am very excited to play against State Champion Bronxville, North Rockland, as well as Lakeland/Panas.
Outside of the section, we play Sachem North, Wantagh and Staples. All should be great games.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this year?
We were a very young team last year. As a result, we have almost our entire starting lineup returning.
On offense, I expect seniors Charlie Harris, and Liam Monaghan to have a big seasons. I also believe that juniors Eric Greenberg, Chris Conley and Alex Ewald will all play big roles.
On defense I expect Bret Young, Ryan LeBlanc, Matt Brodie and Jason Bienstock to be a very difficult unit to beat.
Lastly, Junior Ben Shapiro should have another big season facing off.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think that experience will be our greatest strength this year. A large part of our team from last year that contributed to our trip to the section finals is back. Unfortunately we lost that game, but we have a talented group of kids that know what it takes to get to that level of the playoffs and win.
We also have two of the best coaches in the area in (head coach) Jeff Barnard and (assistant coach) Aaron Taback. Both know the game so well, and prepare us as much as possible for each game.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
A few of the teams in our league this year have changed, but nonetheless it will still be a very difficult task for us to win the league. However, our ultimate goal as a team is to get back to being section champions.
In order for us to do this, we are going to have to get by very talented teams such as Lakeland Panas, North Rockland, Mahopac and Fox Lane.
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