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Thomas O’Connell knows what it takes to win titles.
The three-sport standout has already won titles in football, basketball and lacrosse at CHSAA power Chaminade (NY).
Now, with his final varsity season set to start, he’s looking to help the Flyers win their third straight CHSAA Nassau-Suffolk Class AAA title.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound midfielder became the University of Maryland’s first Class of 2015 commit back in September 2012, a decision first reported by LaxLessons.com.
Now, here are Thomas’ perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been staying in shape playing football in the fall, and playing basketball over the winter so this helps me keep in shape and ready to go for lacrosse.
Also with the all the snow we had this winter, I had to go inside at turf facility to keep a stick in my hand at least twice a week.
This is my last year of playing three sports as I am going to the University of Maryland this fall to play Lacrosse so I need to keep a stick in my hand.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is tough and loaded again this season.
(Chaminade Head) Coach (Jack) Moran always schedules the best teams in the tristate area like Massapequa, West Islip, Delbarton, Greenwich, Fairfield Prep, etc.
We look forwarded to all these games against these top teams.
We would love to add to Coach Moran’s 500th win that he got last season when we won the championship against St. Anthony’s.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think we have a bunch of guys who will surprise and contribute like midfielder Jack Tigh (Yale), defensemen Jack Fowler (Duke), Kevin Kelly (Villanova) and Quinten Germain (Boston U) and attackmen Brendan Quinn (Fairfield), Brendan Kearns (Providence) and Jack Brennan (Colgate).
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our strength again this year like last year will be balance and depth.
There is always someone that can step up. Players on our bench could start for other schools.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
It’s a two-way race every year between us and St. Anthony’s in the AAA Catholic League and in States.
Every time we play St. Anthony’s, whether in the regular season or the playoffs, it’s always a battle and competitive.
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