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St. Anthony’s wants to start another title run.
The Friars won four straight CHSAA (NY) titles from 2009 to 2012.
But St. Anthony’s archrival has swung the title pendulum in its favor, having beaten St. A’s in the Nassau/Suffolk AAA title game each of the last two years.
For a look at St. Anthony’s hopes of reclaiming a championship in 2015, we turn to team captain Michael Laviano.
A transfer from Holy Trinity (NY), Laviano is an effective feeder/finisher who quarterbacks the Friars’ offense.
Now, here are Mikey’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Personally, I work out five times a week at Xceleration Sports Training in Deer Park to build strength.
As a team, we put together an “open-gym”-style optional practice every Saturday in our indoor turf facility. We are also preparing to do team speed and agility training with a trainer at school.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Always having a tough national schedule, we start off scrimmaging Garden City and have big games against Delbarton, Darien, New Canaan, Niskayuna, and the team from Mineola (archrival Chaminade).
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think junior midfielders Jared Nugent and Sam Nadjari will surprise some people this season. They are both quick fundamentally sound two-way middies, which is rare.
Also, our first-year starting goalie Joe McGuigan.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think the strength of our team this year will be our electric offense.
Led by senior returning starters Joe Licciardi, Eamon Campbell, Brendan Homire and myself.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
In the end it is always us and the team from Mineola (Chaminade) battling for the championship.
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