Yorktown has won three straight Section 1 titles, beating John Jay in the final each game.

The teams will renew their rivalry on Saturday, March 29.

That meeting will come two days after Yorktown opens its season against Putnam Valley as the Huskers look to make the sectional final for the 35th straight year.

Last season, Yorktown dealt previously unbeaten Chaminade, then the consensus No. 1-ranked team nationally, its first loss, defeating the Flyers 12-8 on April 27. The Huskers’ season ended with a 13-11 loss to Niskayuna in the state quarterfinals.

We continue our preseason look at the Huskers by getting the thoughts of Eric Meyreles, a senior defensive midfielder, who is one of the team’s captains along with midfielder Luke Palmadesso, defenseman Austin Fusco and attackman Connor Vercruysse.

This is Meyreles’ final season of lacrosse competition. He will be playing football at Division III power Wesleyan. He was a two-year starter at running back and defensive back who was team captain the last two years for Yorktown’s football team, earning all-section honors twice. He was named MVP of the senior bowl game.

playerperspectiveNow, here are Eric’s perspectives on the season.

What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
A lot of running, lifting and hitting the wall.

What are some of the games you’re most looking forward to?
Every year, we try to play the toughest schedule we can with the best competition. I’m really excited for the Murphy Cup and playing McDonogh down in Maryland along with all of our Long Island games.

What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a lot of question marks right now after graduating guys like Nick Mariano and Brian Prestreau and others but guys like Mike Dedvukaj, Kris Alvarado and Ryan Baker are looking to step up and are all poised for big years.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our offense is loaded with weapons with the best face off guy in the section Luke Palmadesso and two returning attack men Nicky Bonitatibus and Connor Vercruysse.

How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Like every year the section is up for grabs and we’re going to do whatever it takes to come home with the hardware. But John Jay and Somers are both good teams looking to accomplish the same goal.

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