St. Anthony’s is eager to return to a familiar place in 2014.

The Friars had won four straight New York CHSAA AAA Nassau/Suffolk championships, beating Chaminade in the AAA final each season prior to last year.

That title run came to an end in 2013 as Chaminade defeated the Friars 7-5 in the title game to complete a rare three-game series sweep between the two teams have won every CHSAA AAA title since 1987.

So as St. A’s prepares for 2014, the end of the 2013 season is front and center on their minds.

For more, we check in with one of the top goaltenders on Long Island, senior Jack Concannon who is headed to Hofstra.

Now, here are Jack’s perspectives on the upcoming season.recruiting_update

What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
A number of teammates and I have been doing speed training and skill development sessions two to three three times per week at a local indoor facility.

When we are not practicing as a team, we are individually in the weight room working on our own.

How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is filled with some great competition. The teams that we are most anxious about playing include Delbarton, Darien, Yorktown, New Cannan and Chaminade.

As far as scrimmages go, we have Massapequa, Garden City and West Islip.

What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
This year, I believe many players are going to do great things. A few guys I think will surprise some people and contribute on offense are Greg Galligan, JT Caputo, Tom Laupas and Mike Laviano. On the defensive, side Dan O’Brien and Brian McDonald will play big roles.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
One of our teams greatest strengths is our athleticism. Our team is composed of many great athletes many of which are two-sport athletes. I believe this can help us in many different ways.

How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The Catholic League is always exciting. We get to play our well know rival Chaminade three times. These games are some of the most competitive high school lacrosse games in the country. Some other contenders are St. John the Baptist and Kellenberg Memorial.

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