Lecky leading by example

CuseNation.com caught up with junior midfielder Hakeem Lecky and discussed his role within the team from a leadership standpoint, his confidence moving forward and more inside.

Hakeem Lecky, a soft-spoken junior midfielder, is letting his play on the field do all the talking.

"I try to lead by example," Lecky said. "Whatever I do on the field, I make sure I'm doing the right things. I'm working hard and hopefully the younger guys will do the same thing."

Syracuse returns just one captain from last season's squad in senior, Derek Maltz.

"We lost a good handful of leaders last year," Lecky said. "(Jojo) Marasco, (Joe) Fazio (Steve) Ianzito and (Brian) Megill were great captains. Everyone will be looking for a leader (this season). I tell the older guys -- the guys that have been around -- to start taking some leadership, step up and get these young guys going."

The Orange will look to replace a big void in its first midfield unit left by Jojo Marasco and Luke Cometti. Both players were an intricate part to the team's success on offense, combining for 58 goals and 51 assists. Senior Scott Loy (20 goals, four assists) is the only returning starter.

Lecky and fellow teammate, Henry Schoonmaker, could possibly make a push for starter's minutes, however, it will be interesting considering the team's depth and certain players that will make the move from attack to midfield.

As one might recall, Lecky came on strong towards the tail-end of the season, specifically showcasing his quickness and dodging ability against then No. 2 Notre Dame in the Big City Classic.

"I'm going to do my best to put the team in a position to win and try to make sure those (game) sparks continue throughout the season as well as be more consistent. It's all about hard work, putting 110 percent in and hopefully it translates on the field."

This past summer, Lecky played as much as lacrosse as possible, even giving box lacrosse a shot. He noted that not only did his stick get better, but also a better understanding of the game itself.

With all the hard work the junior is putting in, Lecky hopes it will lead the team back to the Promise Land, aka: the National Championship.

"It's not only going to take leadership," he said, "but it's going to take everyone to be on board and putting in the hard work everyday. We started off by telling the young guys, ‘No cutting corners.' If we continue that motto all year, hopefully we will get back there."

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