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One of the tristate power’s top programs will be ushering in a new era.
Brendan Gorman (pictured below), a former standout at Albertus Magnus High School in Rockland County (NY), has taken over as the new varsity head coach at New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep.
The Ironmen are coming off a pair of uncharacteristic sub-par seasons followed an 18-3 2013 season and 18-1 2012 campaign.
The 41-year-old Gorman moves back to the area from Chicago, where he founded the Chicago Outlaws box lacrosse club as well as the Cary Grove Youth Lacrosse program and where he has served as varsity head coach at Cary Grove High School since 2006. In 2010, he was was named league coach of the year. He also spent two years away from Cary Grove, as varsity head coach at Neuqua Valley.
Gorman is also the active captain for the Irish National box team. He led the squad at the 2011 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, and the European championships in Lille, France.
Gorman finished his playing career at Albertus Magnus HS as the school’s all-time leader in points and holding seven other records.
For a look at the 2016 Ironmen, we turn to Russell Masci (pictured at the top of the page).
A prototypical two-way midfielder, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Masci, a righty especially effective on alley dodges, is a senior bound for the University of Maryland.
Now, here are Russell’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
We have been getting in the weight room trying to get stronger for the season and had a bunch of captains practices in the fall and playing some box lacrosse in the winter.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
As always we seem to have a pretty good schedule with some tough teams, i am looking forward to going down to Florida to play IMG and also Bergen Catholic at home. we start off scrimmaging Suffern and Rumson-Fair Haven.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think the players to look out for this year are senior attack Dom Branda, freshman lsm Joe Destro and midfielders Justin and Andrew Kim.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think that our team will have a strong and disciplined defense by bringing back all the starters, as well as a fast paced offense that will keep other teams guessing.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think that we have a good shot at the league title and other contending teams will be Bergen Catholic, Mountain lakes and Ridgewood.
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