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Change is in the air in Suffolk County (NY).
The conference regarded as the best from top to bottom from sea to shining sea — Section 11 Division 1 — has been split in half.
What it means in the short term is that several of the top programs will not meet in the regular season.
One program that will be missing some traditional rivalry games is Northport.
For more on the Tigers, we turn to Rocco Sutherland.
One of the top attackmen on Long Island, Sutherland changed his college choice from Maryland to Michigan this past fall, a decision first reported when it was made here.
Now, here are Rocco’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been working on my stick as well as getting in the gym as much as possible this offseason along with my teammates.
Also, our varsity lacrosse coach, George Searing, runs a strength and conditioning program that the whole lacrosse team attends.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We plan on playing a similar schedule to last year which includes many of the best teams on Long Island.
My team and I look forward to playing defending Suffolk County champion Smithtown East as well as Ward Melville, who both have had much success in recent times.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
This season many different players will have their time to shine, two individuals who will really turn some heads are attackman Jake Carroll and midfielder Mike Trainor.
Our defense, being very young will have to have many young players step up for us if we want to contend with the rest of our competition. Look for Finn Goonan to excel on that side of the ball.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our team’s strength this year will be our fast-paced offense.
We probably have one of the most athletic teams on Long Island and we are going to try to use that to our advantage.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Suffolk County arguably offers the best talent and best competition in the country.
I predict this year many teams will be neck and neck until the end and hopefully Northport comes out on top.
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