Could this be the year that the Niskayuna boys lacrosse team is knocked off its perch as the Section II, Class A champions? There are several Suburban Council teams looking to do just that.
With the Silver Warriors graduating 17 seniors from last year's team, other more veteran-laden squads are looking to take advantage of that including Guilderland, Saratoga Springs, Shaker, Colonie, Columbia and Ballston Spa.
It's been great to get (to the finals) the past couple of years, but we want to do more than that, said Guilderland coach Sean McConaghy, whose Dutchmen have lost to Niskayuna in the title game the past two years.
Though Ballston Spa failed to make the playoffs last year, Scotties coach Kevin Dayton said his team has the parts in place to go after the Gold Division title and possibly a deep Sectional run.
"This is the year we build tradition in the Suburban Council," said Dayton.
Here is a closer look at the Suburban Council.
Ballston Spa Scotties
Head coach: Kevin Dayton
Key veterans: Cory Nowak (midfielder/attack), Jeff Seager (midfielder), Adam Janis (midfielder/attack), Jason Ohnsman (defenseman), Eric Marciano (defenseman), Cameron Staulters (goaltender), Greg Dunlavey (attack), Derek Croote (midfielder)
Key newcomers: Kyle Warmt (attack), Matt Clark (defensive midfielder)
Outlook: A veteran-laden Scotties squad is hoping to jump back into the Gold Division championship picture after a sub-.500 finish last year. "We have 12 seniors and six juniors so we've got a lot of talent and a lot of leadership," said Dayton.
This will also be the first Ballston Spa squad to feature players that grew up with the sport. "These kids have played lacrosse together since they were in third and fourth grade," said Dayton. "They're pure lacrosse players."
Head coach: Dave Rounds
Key veterans: Matt DiFrancisco (attack), Dylan Eder (midfielder), Chris Riccio (defenseman)