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Colgate-bound Matt Lupinacci (right) with classmate Hunter Keech, a midfielder headed to Fairfield University, during National Letter of Intent Signing Week this past November.
If it’s not how you start, but how you finish, the 2015 varsity season was a stirring success for Section 1 (NY) power John Jay.
After opening the season with five straight setbacks, a young John Jay squad reeled off six straight winds and wound up winning 12 of its last 15 games to finish 12-8.
The season ended with a hard-fought 11-9 loss to defending 2014 state champ and archrival Yorktown in the Class B sectional final.
With a total of eight college-bound players on its 2016 roster, hopes are high for the upcoming season.
For more, we turn to Matt Lupinacci.
One of the top senior attackmen in the state, Lupinacci has committed to Colgate. His recruiting stock soared in the summer of 2014 after he was selected to the all-star game at the Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight all-star game.
Now, here are Matt’s perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
As a team, we have been playing multiple games each Wednesday night at the Brewster Sports Center. We also have been able to practice at least once a week throughout the offseason.
Personally, I have been working out and running as much as possible and I know that most of the other guys on the team have been doing the same.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule looks to be slightly tougher than it was last year. Adding Wilton, Fordham Prep and Pleasantville helped to strengthen the schedule.
Every year we look forward to our game against Yorktown the most, as they have proven themselves to be the best team in the section for quite some time.
We also love to play against out-of-section teams and are looking forward to our games against Manhasset, Wilton, Fordham Prep and Iona Prep.
A scrimmage we are looking forward to is against Greenwich.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
A group of sophomores will definitely surprise people this year. Although some of them have already made a name for themselves at the varsity level, six sophomores that are primed for breakout seasons include: Shahe Katchadurian (Syracuse), Braden Burke (Duke), Thor Adamec (Colgate), Tommy Beeby, Jack Gorman (Fairfield), and Isaiah Rust.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Most teams coached by Tim Schurr are typically very strong on the defensive end due in part to his expertise, and I think that is where the strength of the team will be. However, I think the offense will also do very well and possess more depth than in recent years.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think the race in our league is going to be a tight one. Obviously Yorktown is considered as the front-runner, and rightfully so, but Fox Lane and Somers will also be tough games for us.
John Jay college committed players
Class of 2016
Hunter Keech, Fairfield, midfield; Jake Loeb, Oneonta, midfield; Matt Lupinacci, Colgate, attack; Jack Marschke, Colby College, longstick midfield
Class of 2018
Thor Adamec, Colgate, longstick midfield/faceoff; Braden Burke, Duke, defense; Jack Gorman, Fairfield, midfield; Shahe Katchadurian, Syracuse, goaltender
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