The Red/Gray Preseason Classic, hosted by Somers High School in New York’s Hudson Valley, has emerged as one of the premier multi-team scrimmages in the tristate region.

This year marks the event’s sixth season. Action is set to get under way on Saturday morning, March 22.

That day marks the first test of 2014 for Somers, which is annually one of the top contenders in Section 1 Class B, which last won a sectional title in 2009, the first year the Red/Gray Tournament began.

For more on the Tuskers, we check in with Tim Cousin.

The attackman will be following the path of his brother, Kevin, by playing his college  lacrosse at Siena.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Tim Cousin is an opportunistic scorer who is strong with either hand who is also a relentless rider.

playerperspectiveNow, here are Tim’s perspectives on the upcoming season.

What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I have been doing a lot of lifting in the off season and trying to improve my strength. When the weather holds up, I have also been getting out to the turf and shooting a lot along with many of the other guys.

How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is really good this year. We play some great teams that will really challenge our ability and test us overall as a team.

The games we are looking forward to most is when we play John Jay and Yorktown. We play Yorktown a lot earlier in the season than previous years, so we are very excited about that.

The scrimmages we will have before the season starts will be at the Red and Gray Classic. That’s a great opportunity to go against people other than our own team and to see how we are.

What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think we have a lot of great athletes on our team that no one really knows about.

Tyler DeVito is going to be an impact player for us this year at the attack. He has the ability to run by guys, so he will be a matchup problem.

Also at attack, AJ Cartelli and Mike Cegielski will be two people who will give us great production.

I think our midfield will be the best part of our team. Manny Mendoza is going to be huge for us. He unfortunately tore his ACL last football season and has made a strong recovery and is going to do very well this year.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our midfield is going to be our strength. We have many guys that are very good athletes and will have the ability to run by many people. Justin Corpolongo at the faceoff X will be another strength for us during the year.

How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race in our league is always good and there are many talented teams. The contending teams will be John Jay, Yorktown, and we are pretty confident that we will be in the mix as well.

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