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Somers HS (NY) starts a new era in 2015.
The Tuskers have a new coach for the first time since 2009 as Vin DeGregorio has joined the Tuskers after serving as head coach at nearby Horace Greeley the last six years.
DeGregorio, a History teacher at Putnam Valley High School, was an assistant on Put Valley’s varsity team prior to taking over at Greeley after spending the previous six seasons as the Put Valley JV coach.
A former Yorktown HS standout, DeGregorio, a defenseman, was an All-American at Hartwick College.
How do the Tuskers look in DeGregorio’s first year at the helm?
For more, we checked in with senior midfielder Andrew Gross.
The 6-foot-1 Gross, also a football standout, has committed to play lacrosse at Lynchburg College, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Now, here are Andrew’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
The team is able to get together for some offseason practices as well as indoor games that most of the team participates in. Some kids play a winter sport and try to get into the best condition possible for the season.
What are your thoughts on the new coaching staff and how has the transition been going?
The new coaching staff is great. There is one more member in terms of numbers. They are very organized and know what they realistically want to achieve.
The coaches seem to have faith in us as players and have high hopes for Somers lacrosse in the near future.
What were the main factors in your decision to commit to Lynchburg and what other colleges did you consider?
I really like the coaching staff at Lynchburg and the people there. The campus fits me perfectly and it’s an all around match for me.
In terms of lacrosse, I chose Lynchburg because it has such tradition in its program and to be playing at the level they play at just gets me more excited to play at the collegiate level.
I considered Franklin & Marshall as well as Roanoke, but neither were the right fit for me.
How does Somers’ schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
This year, we play everyone in our league twice, so we will see teams like Yorktown and John Jay twice in the regular season, so I’m looking forward to those games the most as well as our other league games against Brewster and others.
For scrimmages, we hold the Somers Red and Gray scrimmage which includes some good competition.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Players that will surprise people this year include Sean Wagner at defense who is a three-year varsity player as well as Joe Hashmall, a junior who played a huge role for us last year, also Pat Cousin, a middie who will step into a huge role this year.
AJ Cartelli will be a huge threat at attack this year.
I look forward to playing with all of these guys this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our offense and our defense will be strong this year. It’s hard to tell this early on because people step up and make huge impacts that can ultimately change our strengths and weaknesses.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Contending teams in our league, like I said before, include John Jay and Yorktown as well as Brewster and others.
I definitely feel there is tradition in these programs and it will be interesting who ends up on top this year.
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