Head coach: Mike Joyce
Key veterans: D.J. O'Connell (midfielder), Brian Sleasman (midfielder), Justin Davis (midfielder), Packy Dollard (attack)
Key newcomers: Cory Brestle (defenseman), Chris Logan (defenseman)
Outlook: Joyce is feeling confident about his team this season, even with a brand new backfield. "This is the best team I've had in my four years and the best defense I've had," he said. "Barring injuries, I think we have a decent shot of doing some good work in Sectionals."
Columbia Blue Devils
Head coach: Kyle Randall
Key veterans: Casey Balder (attack), Miles Kerbein (attack), Rob Law (midfielder), Brett Sarubbi (midfielder), Chris Gavitt (defenseman), Andrew Carroll (defenseman), Matt Tompkin (defenseman), Jesse Hutchins (goaltender)
Outlook: The Blue Devils graduated 13 players from last year's Gold Division championship squad, but Randall is optimistic his team can compete for the title again. "We're returning three good defensemen, and we have four good offensive players back," he said. "So hopefully, we'll have a good season."
Head coach: Sean McConaghy
Key veterans: Nick Koss (goaltender), Kip Stillman (defenseman), Paul Malamood (defenseman), Rory Nunamacher (midfielder), Aaron Cahill (midfielder), Brian Linehan (midfielder), Quinn Connell (attack)
Key newcomers: Paul Jones (attack), Travis Moore (attack), Kevin Kost (midfielder), Collin Burg (midfielder)
Outlook: The Dutchmen are looking to finally clear the last hurdle to a Sectional championship " a win in the class A finals. "We can't be satisfied just getting there (again)," said McConaghy.
Guilderland will have plenty of bodies to help it pursue the class A crown. "We're carrying 30 guys, which we haven't done in the past," said McConaghy. "And as long as they're competing every day (in practice), they can only get better."
Niskayuna Silver Warriors
Head coach: Mike Vorgang
Key veterans: Steve D'Amario (attack), Mark Panneton (attack), Dan McKinney (midfielder), Seth Berggren (midfielder), Zach Frohne (defensive midfielder), Paul Sapia (defenseman), Alex Billen-Calhoun (defenseman), James Manchester (goaltender)