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CBA, Shaker pursue boys lacrosse title

"I think they will be very athletic, and they return two attackmen who are pretty good. They're going to be solid," said Vivian. "They're a team we'd better be prepared for every time we play them."

Besides the Big 10 schedule, CBA will test itself against four Suburban Council opponents this season " Columbia, Bethlehem, Shenendehowa and Colonie.

"I'm excited about our schedule," said Vivian. "I would have liked to play more Suburban Council teams, but the state [public school athletic association] " in its infinite wisdom " decided to reduce our season from 18 to 16 games."

The Brothers began their season Monday with a 20-2 victory over Columbia. Baron scored five goals, and Sipperly contributed a hat trick and four assists.

Colonie Garnet Raiders

Key players: Matt Hamilton (goaltender/midfield), Tom Clark (attack), Cam Signorelli (attack), Mike Metzger (attack)

Outlook: Joyce said he made choose to move Hamilton to midfield to bolster his team's offense, but only if one of his other goaltenders can take over between the pipes.

Colonie will need to generate as much offense as possible, as it will be playing in a realigned Suburban Council. The Garnet Raiders are now in the South Division with Guilderland, Columbia, Bethlehem and their crosstown rivals from Shaker; whereas they were in a division with Columbia, Bethlehem, Ballston Spa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake last year when the league was divided by the strength of the programs.

"It will be a different experience for us," said Joyce. "We're young anyway, so we might as well get used to [tougher competition]."

Colonie opens its season next Tuesday when it visits Schenectady.

Shaker Blue Bison

Key players: Kenny O'Connor (goaltender), Jimmy O'Brien (midfield), Ryan Phillips (attack), Doug Swezey (attack), Jack McCarthy (midfield), Eddie Schupp (defense), John Holland (defense), Michael Parzych (midfield)

Outlook: With a veteran core to build around this season, Hennessey said his team can now perpetuate their success.

"I think we're doing a good job of returning people in this program," said Hennessey. "[The veteran players will] teach the younger guys what it will take to be successful."

Shaker gets tested right out of the gate when it visits Niskayuna next Wednesday in its only meeting with the defending Class B champions.""

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