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It’s not how you star, but how you finish.
Just ask Manhasset.
The Indians began the 2015 season with back-to-back losses and endured a six-game stretch during the season in which they lost three games.
But Manhasset came up big in the annual Woodstick Classic, beating archrival Garden City 13-10 and then defeated the Trojans again in the Nassau Class B semifinals, pulling out an 8-7 overtime win, a victory that catapulted ‘Set to the county and Long Island finals, where they beat Lynbrook and Mount Sinai, respectively.
After a dramatic 10-9 win over Yorktown in the Class B state semifinal, Manhasset’s impressive postseason run ended with a 17-8 loss to Victor in the state title game.
Manhasset ended the season at 16-6.
For a look at the 2016 Indians, we turn to attackman Matt Gavin.
One of the nation’s leading seniors, the University of North Carolina-bound lefty feeder/finisher has been an impact player on the varsity team since his freshman year in 2013, when he had 40 goals and 26 assists.
Now, here are Matt’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
In preparation for the season, I have been working out with some of my teammates on shooting and stick work, hitting the weight room, and playing games on Sundays with the team in a winter league. I also play basketball to stay in shape.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is always challenging. (Manhasset Head) Coach (Bill) Cherry does a great job making our regular-season schedule as competitive as possible to prepare us for the playoffs.
This year we’re looking forward to playing Lincoln-Sudbury, the Massachusetts state champions.
The Woodstick Classic is always a game we look forward to and this year we play in the same conference as Garden City so the game will have added meaning.
The rest of our schedule is competitive including games against Darien, Chaminade, Cold Spring Harbor, Smithtown West, John Jay and South Side.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Our hope is the entire team will surprise this season. We lost a lot of talent to graduation, but we have a good core group of players with a lot of experience that will step up to fill the void left by last year’s seniors.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our biggest strength is playing as a team. We move the ball exceptionally well and everyone is always looking for the extra pass on offense. We know that’s the only way to get to the state championship, and our goal is to get back and try to win it all this year.
How do you view the race in your league and whom do you think some of the contending teams will be?
We are in a new conference this year so we will be playing different teams. There are several good teams in our conference but as always Garden City will be one of our toughest opponents.
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