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It’s the start of a new era for one of the top programs on Long Island.
Huntington legend Paul McDermott, who built the Blue Devils into a national power and a consensus No. 1-ranked team from sea to shining sea, has stepped aside. For more on that, be sure to check this story from last month on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The new sheriff in town for the Blue Devils is Kevin Travis, a former Huntington assistant who was a three-year starting attackman at Towson.
For more on 2015 Huntington and Travis’ arrival as head coach, we checked in with Christian Fiordelisi.
He is coming off a 26-goal, 14-assist season that was one of the big reasons Huntington made the Suffolk County Class B semifinals.
Now, here are Christian’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I personally have been staying in the gym year-round and concentrating on my strength and conditioning. Some players have been in the gym training and we have been practicing twice a week as a team indoors.
Coach Kevin Travis, our new coach, spends a lot of time with fundamentals, stick work and conditioning.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is more competitive this year. Every team we face this season has a strong program.
We always look forward to playing our cross town rival Cold Spring Harbor. This year it will be under the lights at Cold Spring.
I also look forward to playing Miller Place and Rocky Point. Both games are always physical and scrappy.
We normally scrimmage larger schools such as West Islip, Whitman and Northport, so it’s always challenging for us.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We lost a lot of seniors to graduation last year and we have a bunch of up and coming underclassmen who look very promising.
The team as a whole has a lot of chemistry and our senior class has been playing together for a couple years.
Look out for sophomores Garrett Moya and Austin Reda.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I was impressed with the unselfish play and fast tempo of our offense and the team in general. We are able to move the ball very well.
Our defense remains strong and aggressive with seniors Tim Mattiace and Keegan Reilly.
Huntington has always been a well-balanced team on the field.
* How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
There are a bunch of teams that do well every season. A couple of teams that have been on a roll and will most likely go far this year are Miller Place, Rocky Point, Sayville and Islip. There is no shortage of talent in Suffolk County.
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