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Hicksville (NY) has started a new era and Brian Lang is excited to be a part of it.
Lang joined the Comets prior to the start of his junior year — last season — after transferring from Holy Trinity.
He now has one more varsity season before heading off to Ohio State. He’ll spend it under a brand-new coach.
Mike Skudin, a standout defenseman at Hofstra who graduated in 2011 before being selected by the LI Lizards with the 100th pick in the MLL supplemental draft, is the new coach at Hicksville.
The 6-foot-2 Skudin, a Long Beach native, earned USIL All-America honors after being named CAA defensive player of the year as well as being voted to the All-CAA first-team in 2011 for Hofstra.
The Comets, who last won a county title in 2009, are coming off a 9-8 season that ended with a loss to Syosset in the Section 8 Class A semis.
Now, here are Brian’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Some of the kids on our team have been conditioning/lifting three times a week, and the other two days of the week we get our sticks in our hand and work on our shooting and stick skills.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
I think overall our schedule is good and will challenge us.
I look forward to playing out-of-conference teams such as Locust Valley, Harbor Fields, Holy Trinity and Long Beach.
I’m looking forward to our first league game against Massapequa for the Walker Cup. Also, a night game against Syosset.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think that there will be a lot of breakout players for us this year.
Thomas Orlando is a senior and a great two-way midfielder for us. He can run all over the field, with great feet and the ability to score
Another senior midfielder who can play both ways is Matt Arnone. He’s headed to NYIT next year and can create a lot of offense for us. He’s a great dodger who can also shoot from the outside.
We also have two other seniors that can make an impact: A/M Mike Osmundsen (Adelphi) and defenseman Robert Schmidt. Mike is a crafty offensive player, while Robert is a physical one-on-one defenseman.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think the strength of the team this year will be the offense despite losing Pat McCormick to UNC. We have a lot of players with the ability to distribute and create offense.
Also, we have a new head coach this year (Mike Skudin) who played defense at Hofstra and professionally for the Lizards. He has great knowledge of the game and will prepare the defense.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Class A is a great, competitive conference. I think that we are as good as anybody. Massapequa and Syosset will be very good teams.
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