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One of the top programs on Long Island starts a new era this year.
Jason Mauro, who built Sachem North into a power in ultra competitive Suffolk Division 1 during a highly successful 11-year tenure, accepted a volunteer assistant coaching position at nearby Stony Brook University.
“It was a great opportunity I could not pass up,” Mauro said. “To be able to coach Division I lacrosse 10 minutes down the road from my house and keep teaching is a great situation. Jim Nagle and the rest of the staff have been awesome and I am looking forward to a great season. It is very exciting.”
There’s also a lot of excitement at Sachem North as Paul Benway takes over for Mauro as head coach. Benway had served as assistant coach and offensive coordinator under Mauro.
For a look at the 2016 Flaming Arrows, we turn to Jacob Giacalone.
The Johns Hopkins-bound Giacalone is one of the tristate region’s top goaltenders.
Now, here are Jacob’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
As a team, we have been in the weight room working out and doing conditioning throughout the week. We have also been practicing indoors three days a week. Our coaches are also running an indoor box league in our schools gymnasium for us to play in and have some fun as a team.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Playing in Suffolk A always gives us a very competitive schedule. We are looking forward to playing against every team and we’re not going to take any team lightly. Our scrimmages consist of Archbishop Spaulding in Maryland, Eastport-South Manor and Shoreham-Wading River.What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Some players that I believe will surprise a lot of people and have a big year for us are senior defenseman and also my brother; Lucas Giacalone, senior midfielders Dan Doolan, Nick Favoroso and Shawn Raum.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I believe the strength of our team will be our close knit relationship. We’ve been training hard throughout the fall and winter together which will definitely make us a stronger team come spring time. We all have a chip on our shoulder and believe we have something to prove.
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 will be very competitive as always. You can never count anyone out. Although, I believe some of the contending teams will be Ward Melville, Smithown East and Connetquot.
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