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Winning sectional title has become habit forming for Chris Conley.
The senior at Mamaroneck High School just helped the Tigers’ ice hockey team win its first Section 1 (NY) title since 2009 with a 5-1 win over Suffern this past Sunday.
This comes after Conley turned in a 50-goal, 21-assist 2015 spring season in which the attackman was one of the catalysts of the Tigers’ run to the sectional championship.
While Conley is now focused on the state playoffs in hockey, he’s also looking ahead to his final varsity lacrosse campaign as the Tigers take aim at a fourth sectional title in the last five years.
Now, here are Chris’ perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
We played in the Chelsea Piers indoor league in Connecticut against some very strong teams. We also have been working on our stick skills and conditioning a couple days a week; and hitting the weight room to get bigger, faster and stronger.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We have a tough schedule again this year. We start the season with Sachem North, Bronxville, Pleasantville and Wantagh in an eight-day stretch which will be great tests and prepare us for the rest of our schedule.
We always look forward to playing our local rivalry games against White Plains, Scarsdale, Pelham and Rye.
We’re also excited to scrimmage Iona Prep and Fox Lane in the preseason..
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think some of our returning seniors will be taking on bigger roles and will surprise some people.
Also, look out for junior Daniel O’Rourke who is shaping up to be a shutdown defenseman, junior Emmet Fay who can score from the midfield, and JM Knoetgen who has been training all off season to become a dominant faceoff specialist.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
We have a lot of returning starters on both sides of the field so I think our experience is really going to help us this year.
Everyone knows our systems and is ready to start right where we left off last year.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think Class A is going to be very competitive this year. Fox Lane, Mahopac, White Plains, North Rockland all return some great players so the playoffs will be a battle.
What were the main factors in your commitment to Hamilton and what other colleges were you considering?
I chose Hamilton because it offered the right balance between excellent academics and competitive lacrosse. The coaches are great guys whose offensive philosophies fit me as a player.
I look forward to competing in the NESCAC which is arguably the strongest conference in all of D-III and is full of great rivalries.
I also spoke with many Hamilton students and alums, and feel that it is a place where I can thrive both on and off the field.
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