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One of the more impressive streaks in Hudson Valley (NY) lacrosse came to an end this past varsity season as John Jay’s run of 10 straight appearances in the sectional final game to an end.
The Indians fell to eventual Class B state champ Yorktown in the sectional quarterfinals.
So the first order of business for John Jay in 2015 will be to find a way to get back to the Section 1 final.
For more on that, we turn to Matt Lupinacci.
Now, here are Matt’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
All high school players have been getting together for a practice once a week, and we also shoot on our own together as much as we can.
This past fall, we participated in the Fall Lacrosse Classic at SUNY Farmingdale.
Our team is also participating in a winter league on Sunday nights at Chelsea Piers’ indoor facility (in Stamford, Conn.) against other great high school teams in our area.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Like always, our schedule is a tough one. Rivalry games we look forward to every year include Yorktown, Manhasset and Somers.
Another game the guys on the team are excited for is Fox Lane, because our schools are so close in proximity we know a bunch of the guys on the team and they are putting together a good team this year.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Junior midfielder Hunter Keech has dramatically improved his game and he has the potential to be a force on the offensive side of the ball this year.
Jake Murphy, our returning LSM, will turn some heads with his great athleticism in-between the lines.
I also believe that some freshmen have the chance to surprise people, especially on the defensive end.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Of course, like every team coached by (John Jay Head) Coach (Tim) Schurr, the defense is going to make great strides throughout the season.
However, with the core of our starting defense lost to graduation, our offense will need to be able to put up big numbers, especially with the dynamic presence of guys such as Ryan Lee and Hunter Keech.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Class B in Section 1 is always very tight.
Like recent years, Yorktown and Somers will be two great teams that always make us play to the best of our ability and any game against those two teams should be a great one to watch this spring.
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