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Boys lacrosse teams ready to face off for 2009 season

Not much has changed within the Suburban Council boys lacrosse ranks.

Niskayuna is still the team to beat, with Guilderland and Shenendehowa poised to be the Silver Warriors' closest pursuers.

There's no question that they're the team to beat, Guilderland coach Sean McConaghy said of Niskayuna.

That won't be the case when the Section II, Class A playoffs begin in May, though. Niskayuna has moved back down to Class B after playing in the last six Class A finals and winning the last four Sectional championships.

"We expect to win Sectionals, whether we're in Class A or in Class B," said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang.

Niskayuna's move is potentially bad news for a Class B program like Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, which reached last year's Sectional final after struggling to a last-place finish in the Suburban Council Gold Division. But, BH-BL coach Paul Federoff said Niskayuna's presence in the B's is not a big deal.

"It just means that we expect to meet Niskayuna in the finals this year," said Federoff.

Niskayuna's move also means that the Class A playoffs are wide open, with Guilderland, Shen, Shaker and Christian Brothers Academy among the early favorites to claim the Sectional championship.

"It's good because we'll have a state representative in Class B and a state representative in Class A," said McConaghy.

Here is a closer look at this year's Suburban Council.

Blue Division

Guilderland Dutchmen

Head coach: Sean McConaghy

Key players: Kip Stillman (defense), Rory Nunamacher (midfield), Travis Moore (midfield), Alex Trolenburg (defense), Paul Jones (attack), Brian Dyer (attack), Dan Lee (midfield), Anthony Powers (midfield), Cody Futia (defense), Christian DePersis (goal), Alex Peebles (goal)

Outlook: The Dutchmen will try to get past the disappointment of last year's Sectional quarterfinal loss to Shaker with a new group of players. "We've got to see what our goalies can do, and we've got to see if we can score goals," said McConaghy. "If we can do both things well, then we should be fine."

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