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Since a surprising run to the Suffolk County (NY) Class B title in 2013, Miller Place has had a firm place in the Section 11 title chase.
Last year, the Panthers fell just short of repeating as county champions, falling to Rocky Point 6-4 in the title game.
For a look at how Miller Place looks heading into the official start of practice of Monday, we turn to Kevin Gersbeck.
The midfielder gave Lehigh University its first Class of 2017 commit back in August, a decision first reported on LaxLessons.com.
Now, here are Kevin’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Weight training and indoor and outdoor practices. We also played in an outdoor Sunday league at Bay Shore against some of the top teams.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We are scrimmaging Ward Melville and Smithtown East.
The games I am most looking forward to are against Rocky Point because we lost to them in the county championship.
We are also playing Shoreham Wading River in the Laxout Cancer on April 11.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have great leaders in our seniors now.
Last year, we lost 12 seniors so there is a lot of room for some of the younger players to take a big role.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Some of our seniors have played on varsity since ninth grade and they know the game and what we need to do to get ready.
This past summer, the team traveled together as Team Miller Place which gave us more of an opportunity to come together as team on and off the field.
Our biggest strength is that we have a team that is not afraid of hard work and is willing to put in the time to be No. 1.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Our league is always so competitive and is filled with some of the best lacrosse talent around.
Some of the contending teams are Sayville, Shoreham and Huntington.
But no team in this league can be taken lightly, they are all competitive.
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