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Long Island has no shortage of intra-district lacrosse powers.
Suffolk County on Long Island, in fact, has several.
There’s Smithtown East and Smithtown West and Sachem East and Sachem North.
Let’s head to the Hills for a look at another big one.
Both Half Hollow Hills East and Hills West have talented squads this coming spring. Hills East went 12-6 in 2014 while West was 11-6. West beat East 11-6 in the teams’ regular-season showdown.
For a look at Hills East, we turn to senior goaltender Jordan Eichholz, who earned a starting spot for the Thunderbirds’ varsity squad as a freshman.
Eichholz is one of three senior college commits for Hills East, along with defender Zach Kleinbaum (Hamilton) and midfielder Derek Merckling (Pace).
Hills East also has college commits of note in the other classes.
Now, here are Jordan’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been lifting at Xceleration Sports Training in Deer Park three to four times a week. I have also spent a significant amount of time taking shots and wall ball.
As a team, we met twice a week in the gym to play box, as well as played in an outdoor winter league at Bay Shore High School against some of the top teams in Suffolk County.
Many of our guys are also working hard on their own during the offseason.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
I feel very confident that our schedule will bring us success. The games I am most looking forward to are Smithtown East, Whitman, West Islip and Smithtown West.
I cannot wait to play our crosstown rival Hills West since we lost last year. It is always a physical game that attracts a large crowd.
We scrimmage Sayville, Harborfields, Kings Park, John Glenn and Huntington.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Our biggest surprises will be on the offense: junior midfielder, Joe Wulforst, who has been on varsity since eighth grade. I expect he will definitely step up big for us this year and turn some heads.
Another player that will come up very big will be UPenn-bound sophomore attackman Sean Lulley.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our defense will be our biggest strength this year. We did not graduate any starters on the defensive end.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The league is very competitive. I feel that we will be a contender with other teams like Smithtown West, Hills West and West Islip.
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