“We need our new guys to learn on the fly and get into a rhythm early,” DOBBS FERRY head coach Drew Maier summarized. “Our goals are to make playoffs, finish the season with a winning record, and to beat our local rivals. We need our older guys to set the tone and take their scoring chances when they can.”
Freshman Eitan Cohen will get the starting assignment between the pipes. He will play behind a defensive unit with no varsity experience, which is the storyline across the board for the Eagles.
“Similar situation with a lot of new faces [at midfield and attack] that would've played last year but will be making their debut this season,” Maier said. “Our top returning midfielder is senior Harry Dann. Our two returning attackmen are senior Nathan Baker and junior AJ Delvito.”
He continued, “We have a number of guys coming out for the team for the first time this year. One of them is senior midfielder Ryan Ritch who has looked good so far and we expect him to make an immediate impact.”
Maier added, “Other newcomers who will contribute a lot are senior midfielder James McGovern and senior defenseman Brendan Smith. We have a number of sophomores who will likely be put in starting positions, including defensemen Jake Rumbold and David Ducuc.”
The strength of this team is its trio of seasoned veterans — Dann, Baker, and Delvito.
“Harry and Nathan are two tremendous lacrosse players with a lot of playing experience coming from their freshman and sophomore seasons,” Maier said. “Combined with A.J., those three are the only remaining players from our playoff season in 2019 and will help guide the young guys.”
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ARDSLEY head coach Joe Otero expects his Panthers to “show up and compete every day.”
Max Miller is expected to start in goal, while Jacob Nudelman will anchor the close defense. The Panthers’ top returner at midfield is Matthew Halperin, with Noah Grossman leading the way at attack. Mikey Hanney, a newcomer at attack, is expected to make an immediate impact.
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HASTINGS is a senior-heavy team with 16 members of that class on the roster.
Marcus Cortijo will get the call in goal, while Jonny Amaral will lead the defense. Isaac Erez and Jeremy Serbee are cast as the top midfielders. At attack, Chris Capuano and Jack Fromm will carry the load. Of the newcomers, midfielder Andrew Tenthoff is expected to make the biggest impact.
“Overall, we need to focus in practice on lacrosse fundamentals,” head coach Tom Corveddu said. “On game day, we need to be active off ball on offense and patient and communicate consistently on defense.”
He added, “My goal for the team is for everyone to stay healthy and to play competitively in all 15 games on our schedule.”
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IRVINGTON may be the most talented of the local teams, especially on offense.
“We have a few players at both attack and midfield that will create some match-up challenges for opposing defenses,” head coach Michael Schaefer said.
On attack, Liam Pakola and Ethan Pakola have shown in past seasons that they can put the ball in the cage, while midfielders Jacob Stein and Eliav Malone give Irvington four top-flight offensive players.
On defense, Tommy Flanagan and Justin Kim lead a unit that will protect goalie Andi Bushati.
“We need to minimize unforced errors and be judicious with our shot selection offensively,” Schaefer said, adding that the goal this season is “to win a league championship.”