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Suburban Council boys lacrosse preview

Outlook: Disciplined play will be the key for the Blue Streaks as they try once again to move up the Blue Division standings.

"We have the talent," said Coons. "We have to get them to play disciplined so they don't take penalties that hurt the team."

Ims, Legall and Ivory form a potent attack. Ims led Saratoga with 31 goals last year, while Legall and Ivory each recorded 22 goals. Ivory also had 19 assists, and Legall contributed 18 assists and 101 ground balls.

Defensively, the Blue Streaks will need Roberts and Morency to step up right away and help Scully and Boucher.

"Those two coming in look really promising," said Coons.

Saratoga opens its season March 31 with a non-league game against Suffern at Kingston's Dietz Stadium. Its first league game is April 5 against Shaker.

Shaker Blue Bison

Head coach: Shawn Hennessey

Key veterans: Sam Cuddleback (attack), Brian Tourtellott (defenseman), A.J. Battaglia (goaltender), Michael Bette (midfielder), Ryan Gifford (midfielder), Alex Bendon (long-stick midfielder), Nick DeFrancesco (attack)

Key newcomers: Michael Battaglia (attack), Michael Gifford (midfielder), Luke Walsh (midfielder), Brian Zimmer (attack), Stefan Debkowski (midfielder/attack)

Outlook: The Blue Bison suffered the most off-season upheaval in the league after long-time coach Joe Bennett was fired March 2 " three days before the start of practice " while the North Colonie Central School District conducted a disciplinary hearing on an insubordination claim surrounding his role as the district's teachers aide union president.

"With the unfortunate situation that we've had, the kids have really responded well," said Hennessey, who had been Bennett's assistant coach the last several seasons. "They really want to play lacrosse."

Shaker graduated several key players from last year's team, but Hennessey said he is confident that veterans such as Cuddleback, Bette, Gifford and DeFrancesco will help groom the next group of offensive players.

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