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Let the pursuit of the Suburban Council title begin

Key newcomers: James Christensen (midfielder), Pat Johnson (midfielder), Steve Russo (midfielder), Taylor Bastow (defenseman), Max Wagner (defenseman), Ed Reilly (goaltender), Theo Ferguson (goaltender), Eddie Bettinger (midfielder), Alex Laurens (midfielder)

Outlook: Unlike Ballston Spa, Bethlehem won't have the luxury of having a lot of veterans around, especially on offense. "My expectations are that early on in the year, the younger players will have a period of adjustment to the speed and the physical nature of the varsity game," said Rounds. "But this is a talented group of young players, and I expect that as the season goes on, they'll get better."

Rounds plans on using Reilly and Ferguson in goal, which will free Eder up to help Christensen, Johnson and the other young midfielders. "Early on in the season, we'll split time between (Reilly and Ferguson) to see who earns the starting job," said Rounds.

BH-BL Spartans

Head coach: Paul Federoff

Key veterans: Kyle Jones (midfielder/attack), Ian Schwan (midfielder/attack), Justin Waldron (defenseman), Collin Whiteford (goaltender)

Key newcomers: Connor Nash (goaltender), Ryan Kissane (defenseman), Mike Russell (defenseman), Frankie Emmer (midfielder)

Outlook: Federoff is looking for improvement in his team's record as Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake enters its second year of varsity lacrosse. "I think we'll be all right because we lost every game in the first year of the program at the junior varsity level, and we nearly finished .500 the second year at the JV level," he said. "I think the pattern will be the same at the varsity level. We have half our team back, but we're still young."

Despite losing every Suburban Council game last year, the Spartans acclimated themselves well to Sectional lacrosse as they reached the class B semifinals. "We'd like to get back to that level this year, and maybe go farther," said Federoff.

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