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The Brunswick School (CT) accomplished a historic first two seasons ago.
The Bruins won the New England West I Division champions for the first time. Considering the 13-team division includes an array of national powers, it was a momentous milestone for sure.
Brunswick looks to be not only back in the title chase in 2016, but a national power once again as well.
For more on the Bruins, we turn to Jack Stephenson. One of the top senior goaltenders in the nation, Stephenson is bound for Georgetown.
A lefty from Larchmont (NY), Stephenson is an athletic, agile and aggressive player.
Now, here are Jack’s perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been playing a lot of hockey for the Brunswick varsity team. Although that it has nothing to do with lacrosse directly, I think hockey makes me a better lacrosse player and teammate.
Hockey’s team-first culture has taught me many lessons on how to be a better leader, and I know that will directly translate to lacrosse.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Deerfield is always the first game circled on our list. We’ve had epic battles these past few years and amid the mutual hatred, there is also mutual respect between the coaches and players.
In addition, we also have scheduled FCIAC games against New Caanan and Ridgefield which are always a blast to play in.
Finally, we play Haverford (PA) for the third year in a row and we’re always excited to play such a prestigious program.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think Ben Shapiro is a name that everyone should look out for. He’s an awesome faceoff man and I’m really looking forward to seeing him crush it at the X this year.
In addition, I think guys like Jimmy Heidt (Dartmouth) and Harrison Caponiti (uncommitted 2018) are going to be huge factors in our success this year.
Finally, I ‘ think it’ll be much of a surprise, but I have extremely high expectations for my litter brother Wilson Stephenson (Duke).
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our offense will be one of if not the best offense in the country. We have so many threats from top to bottom, I think defenses will be very overwhelmed with all the firepower of Coach Bruce’s offense.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think New England West is going to be the toughest league in the country this year. Teams like Salisbury, Avon, and Deerfield are perennial powerhouses but this year Taft and Trinity Pawling have reloaded.
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