SOMERS, N.Y. – The Section 1 spring sports season is usually nearing its midway point right now, but in 2020 there still is plenty of doubt that the athletes will even get to take the field.
With the COVID-19 pandemic in full effect, the spring sports season is delayed and “New York on Pause” has been extended to May 15 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
It’s been a confusing and difficult period for local teams who don’t know if they will get the chance to suit up for a game this season.
“When I first heard the news about the season, I was honestly shocked because I felt like it came out of nowhere and it took everything away from us that we have been working so hard for in the offseason,” said Somers boys lacrosse player Nick Rossi, the team’s leading goal-scorer. “As a senior, this situation is beyond devastating. I think I speak for every senior on the team when I say that I would do anything to be back on the field and compete with them.”
The Tuskers’ boys lacrosse team is trying to remain positive behind senior co-captains Rossi and Charlie Balancia.
“I have been staying in contact with the team through our lacrosse group chat,” Balancia said. “We have also had Zoom calls occasionally as well. To keep my teammates positive, I try not to talk about the bad possible outcomes, but instead I keep the focus on the good outcomes in which we can have some sort of a season. We’re all in this as a team and I’m sure everyone is staying hopeful for the best possible scenario for our season during this pandemic.”
Rossi said the Zoom calls “are a great opportunity for us as a team to connect during these times when we are not on the field together.”
“With everything going on, I think it’s vital that we as captains make sure that everyone on the team has a positive mindset,” he added. “We try and stress to them that we have to have optimism that there will be somewhat of a season and that our time together is not over.”
Somers’ boys lacrosse coach Vin DeGregorio, along with his assistants, have been in close correspondence with the team and have been sending them different lacrosse workouts to do at home so they can stay sharp.
“I have been doing a lot of body weight exercises and trying to keep my stamina up by running or biking,” Balancia said of his daily routine. “I also have a lacrosse goal so I shoot when I can. I like to change up what I’m doing every day so I can get multiple aspects of my game better.”
Rossi detailed what he has been doing to stay prepared for a potential season.
“I have been working out everyday in my basement,” said Rossi, who is committed to Lafayette College. “This workout usually includes 30 minutes of cardio/agility along with incorporating different weightlifting exercises. From a lacrosse aspect, I normally hit the wall every day and shoot on my net in my backyard.”
The Tuskers are coming off a 7-10 season where they fell in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class B playoffs to Fox Lane, 12-10.
“I didn’t think anything like this would happen in a million years and for it to happen at the start of a sports season after our team put in so much work during the offseason is a horrible feeling,” Balancia said. “As a senior I’m really upset because there is no way to get this time back and it’s devastating to end my lacrosse career in this fashion.”
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