Being number one is nothing new for the Syosset Braves varsity lacrosse team. Fresh off of a 2012 season that ended with a Nassau Class A county title, Syosset was announced as the preseason number one, according to the Nassau Class A coaches poll.
Since they are ranked preseason No. 1, they hope that history can repeat itself this year. The Braves feel confident that they have a team that can win back-to-back county championships for the first time since they were able to do so back in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
For star goalie, Ryan Feit, being named the number one team in the preseason is definitely an accomplishment.
“It feels good to know we are at the top our conference,” he said. “We are the defending champions until someone takes that away from us. So I believe it is well deserved.”
Though Feit is proud to be the preseason number one, he knows that Syosset will have to keep working hard in the offseason in order to have continued success on the field.
“Being the number one seed puts a target on our backs,” Feit said. “It will only push our team to play even harder every time we go out there.”
Senior mid fielder Alex Hatzopoulos says Syosset is going to play with a chip on their shoulders all season, despite being named number one.
“Even though we already proved ourselves last season, we still hear people saying that our team doesn’t deserve the number one seed,” Hatzopoulos said. “We’re ready to take all of our competitors on and win another county championship.”
Braves Head Coach John Calabria feels confident that if his team can work together, then they can have another spectacular season.
“We have highly experienced returning players who have excellent knowledge of the game,” Calabria said. “If we gel as a team and work together, I am expecting to have a great season in 2013.”
When asked how the team plans to replace some of the seniors, who largely contributed in winning the county championship last year, Calabria said he expected his younger guys to step it up.
“I think many of the younger guys who were on our team last year know what to expect,” Calabria said. “The two attackmen and two defensemen that we lost are big shoes to fill. However, I am confident that our young guns are prepared.”
One of the young guns, Junior attackmen, Anthony Carchietta, says that his team is ready for the high expectations they will face, coming off of a county championship in the 2012 season.
“We are the preseason number one for a reason,” he said. “We need to exceed those expectations in order come out on top.”