One of the main reasons Yorktown has been able to maintain a level of success few programs in the nation can rival is its tradition.
Not just the tradition of postseason championships, but the tradition of a younger brother playing and practicing the game under the mentorship of an older brother.
YHS senior attackman Frankie Fusco’s father, Frank Sr., was a defenseman and captain on the first Yorktown team in school history that advanced to the state championship game.
So Fusco, a 5-foot-10 lefty attackman, was immersed in lacrosse from a young age.
Soon, he’ll be playing it at the next level.
But before joining Drexel’s squad in 2013, Fusco has some big goals for 2012.
Now, here are Frankie’s perspectives on the season:
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been working out to give myself a physical advantage over my competition. I have been working with college kids along with other players on my team to improve on dodging and field vision.
We’ve been working as a team to build our chemistry so that we can pick up where we left off last year. As a team, we’ve been working indoors as well as running many types of drills on the turf.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Of course, we’re looking forward to the first game of the season against John Jay. Another huge game we always look forward to is the Murphy Cup. We will especially be looking forward to the game against Mahopac (which beat Yorktown in overtime last year).
We play some of the top competition in the country every year. It takes our game to a higher level and it helps us when we get into the playoffs. We always start off the season with a scrimmage against Don Bosco. We will also scrimmage Iona Prep.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our entire attack is returning this year. On defense we lost one close defenseman and two defensive midfielders that played a big part on our team. However, those spots are also filled with strong players.
I do believe our midfielders will surprise a lot of people even though we lost two great powers in Justin Mabus and Ty Schuldt.
That is the beauty of this team. We have plenty of guys ready to step up and do their part.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race will be a competitive one. Our team does not take any game lightly. We play strong and we play to win. I think Somers will have a pretty good year. I know teams will be looking to avenge their losses but we’ll be ready.
I’m looking forward to enjoying the season. This will be my last year at Yorktown and playing with these players who I consider all my brothers and I’m especially looking forward to going out on a high note since it will be the last time I am playing with my Syracuse-bound little brother (Austin).
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