Another year, another opportunity for a town of Colonie boys lacrosse team to make a run at the Section II title.
Shaker has been to the last two Class A championship games, losing to Niskayuna in 2008 and Guilderland in 2009.
We have high expectations because of the last two years, said Shaker coach Shawn Hennessey. "But we'll have to outwork teams this year. If we don't work hard, we won't be successful."
Christian Brothers Academy came extremely close to being the first Big 10 team to reach a Sectional final last year when the Brothers forced the Blue Bison into double overtime in the semifinals before Shaker pulled out an 8-7 victory.
"We haven't been able to make that step to go to the Sectional finals and win the Sectional title. That's our goal this year," said CBA coach Tim Vivian.
As for Colonie, the Garnet Raiders will be searching for some offense following the graduation of Garrett Dollard and John Charton.
"Our attack needs to have a big year," said Colonie coach Mike Joyce. "It depends on how well they play."
Here is a closer look at the three boys lacrosse teams in Colonie:
Key players: Shane Hans (goaltender), Max Kerber (defense), Mark Antoinette (defense), Jack Reilly (defense), Zach Baron (attack), Dan Sipperly (attack), Greg Medici (midfield), Carter Sherman (midfield)
Outlook: Vivian takes over as head coach following Tom Schwan's departure to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and the team Vivian inherits has many pieces back in place.
"We're lucky to return 20 out of 24 guys from last year, so I feel great about our chances," said Vivian. "Tom [Schwan] built a great foundation and now, I think it's time to take the program to the next level."
CBA will be favored to win the Big 10 once again, but Vivian said the league is getting stronger starting with last year's runner-up, LaSalle.