Defending Section 1 champion Somers.

John Jay and Rye, who have each won four sectional titles the last five years.

Horace Greeley, a 2009 Class B semifinalist.

Those are the four teams that join Byram Hills to form Conference III League A.

The Bobcats bring strong credentials to the league as well, having made a sectional final appearance in 2008 and sectional semifinal appearance last year.

Senior defenseman Brett Dresner says the Bobcats have the potential to achieve similar success this year.

* Section 1 league rundown

Among the standouts from those teams are several players who have taken their skills to the collegiate level, including Stefan Carpentieri (Syracuse), Andrew Lohrfink (Georgetown), Ben Shafer (Stevens Tech), Matt DiPietro (Roger Williams) and Danny Kaufman (Hamilton). Both Carpentieri and Lohrfink earned spots their respective college programs as walk-ons.

The Bobcats, who are guided by second-year coach James Baranishyn, have been working hard in preparation for the season, which is Dresner’s third on the varsity.

What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
This offseason, we’ve really been focusing on getting back to the strength of our team as it was at the end of last season. We want to come into this season as strong as we were for sectionals last year. We’ve got new guys coming onto the squad and they’re all getting acclimated into the team environment. We’re making tweaks here and there and really making sure that our game is sound.

Can you talk about some of the key players you lost from last year and how you think you will be able to replace them?
Every year losing graduating seniors is difficult and this year has proven to be no different. Every senior played an important part in our team’s success in one way or another. Some brought offense, some brought defense, some just brought energy. In the end though, every senior brought talent. But, just like in previous years, we’ve got guy’s stepping up to fill the voids left by the graduating seniors. When people leave, things change. They often become more challenging. On our team, there is no one shying away from the challenge. Everyone is excited for the season and very eager to start playing.

How does your schedule look and which games are you looking forward to most?
Our schedule looks good. It’s filled with a bunch of talented and powerful programs that will give us the best competition. In that regard, there really isn’t one game that we have circled on our schedule. On our schedule every game is circled. We know the caliber of the teams we’re playing and we’re excited and ready for them. Every team we play has the ability to rack up goals and play stellar defense. So, we’re going to go out there and play our game and have a good time doing it.

How does the team look as a whole?
Regardless of the loss of seniors from last year’s team, we still have a lot of returning starters and players who know what it’s like to play in a varsity game.  Every player has progressed significantly since last year. From freshmen to senior everyone is bringing the energy and the will to win. Therefore, we’ve got 30 guys on our team that have the ability and will surprise people this season.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
This is one of the strongest lacrosse teams I’ve ever seen or been a part of. It’s a team filled with talented athletes. Every team has players. In that sense, it doesn’t take much to be a player. All you need is a jersey. On our team we’ve got competitors. We’ve got guys who love to win; who need to win. They go hard for every second of every minute from the time lacrosse season starts in March.

I think that the strength of a team is based on the amount of competitors that team has. The more competitors a team has, the stronger that team will be. And on our team, all we’ve got are competitors.

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3 Responses to “Player’s perspective: Brett Dresner, Byram Hills senior defenseman”

  1. Beach Lax says:

    Nice job Brett. Hope u guys can step up wit the tough sked u have.

  2. Lax bro says:

    Brett, way to answer the questions specifically and concisely. Good work. Hope you guys do well with all of those games circled on your scheduele

  3. Cat Claws says:

    Good luck Brett and the Bobcats. Get after it boys!

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