Garden City can’t wait to get started.

The Trojans, who are coming off a state quarterfinal appearance, are the No. 7 team in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Preseason National Rankings.

Garden City opens the season against Syosset for the second year in a row. The teams play on Wednesday, March 24 at Garden City. The game will come after the Trojans scrimmage St. Anthony’s (March 17), Hicksville (March 18) and Delbarton (March 20).

There’s a lot to look ahead to — and that’s exactly what we did with Connecticut College-bound senior midfielder Kevin Dachille.

* Player’s perspective archive

What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
The team has been preparing with a dynamic schedule of running, exercises and weight training. The workouts and training are difficult but fun when you’re with your teammates and friends. We also play in a winter league.

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, especially on defense and in goal?
We graduated a great attackman, Will Fuller, and middies Vin Chiodo and Mike Lind. We also lost three great defensemen in Dan Niebler, Pierce Bradley and Reed Rosello. Fortunately, we have Brian Fischer and Steve Jahelka returning on defense with Billy Sweeney, Connor Cortese and J. P. Burnside ready to complete the D. Our midfield has a good mix of talent and experience. As for the goal, we have three really good ones in Alex Castronovo, John Bock and sophomore Dan Marino.

What regular-season games are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to Syosset because of our loss to them last year. It was a game we felt we didn’t put it all on the line for, so that should be exciting.

What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think Dan Losardo could have a terrific season with his great shot. A lot of the guys including Jimmy Kenny had a good summer and are ready to contribute.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of our team this year will be speed, attitude and physicality. We work very hard in the off season and when we’re on the field everyone always gives a great effort.

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