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After an up-and-down regular season, Manhasset regrouped and made a run to the Nassau County (NY) Class B title game for the second straight year, beating archrival Garden City in the semifinals to advance to the title game against Lynbrook.
The Indians, who had fallen to GC during the regular-season Woodstick Classic, lost five of six games during an early season stretch before ending the year with eight wins in their final 11 games.
How do things look this spring?
For more, we check in with Matt Gavin.
Gavin, a junior attackman, ranked high in LaxLessons.com’s Top 100 preseason player rankings.
He committed to Duke in October 2013, a decision first reported here on LaxLessons.com.
Now, here are Matt’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been working out with the team and on my own. I’m also playing basketball to stay in shape.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
(Manhasset Head) Coach (Bill) Cherry does a great job each year of scheduling competitive out of conference games to prepare us for the playoffs. This year we’re looking forward to our second game of the season against the country’s top team in 2014, Boy’s Latin. This game will be a real test for us.
We look forward each year to playing our arch rival Garden City and after last year’s loss in the county final to Lynbrook, we expect them to be tough again this year.
Some of the other teams we look forward to playing include: Chaminade, Cold Spring Harbor, Darien, John Jay, South Side, Bethpage and Friends Academy.
We have two scrimmages this year against Port Washington and Farmingdale.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
After suffering eight losses last year, our hope is the entire team will surprise this season. We will need everyone to raise their game and play as a team if we are going to be successful.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of our team will be on offense and faceoffs where we have the most experience.
Many of our players on offense have been together for at least one varsity season. This experience should make us a better offensive unit this year.
We lost a lot to graduation last year including our starting defense.
We have a strong group of defensemen and goalies ready to step up and fill in this year.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
There are about a half dozen very good teams in our league.
The contenders will be the same teams that contended last year plus Friends Academy that has moved up to Class B. Lynbrook is the defending champ and most of the championship team remains intact. Garden City, South Side and Bethpage are always tough.
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