Niskayuna reloads for another title run

The Silver Warriors also have a tough non-league schedule that includes Massachusetts state champion Duxbury and Somers High School.

"We're playing a quality schedule this year," said Vorgang.

Tartans set sights on Foothills title

While Niskayuna is gearing up for another Sectional title run, Scotia-Glenville is focusing on a Foothills Council championship.

"When Niskayuna is in your group, you're not necessarily thinking about a Sectional title first," said Scotia-Glenville coach Darren Van Heusen. "And with Queensbury returning a lot [of players[, the Foothills might be tough. I think we will be competitive, as usual."

The Tartans have a veteran backline with the return of goaltender Jared Reed and defensemen Will Clune, Brodie France and Matt Glass. However, they'll have to rely on a group of sophomores for their offense.

"If we can score in the 8- to 10-goal range every game, then we can win in the Foothills Council, at least," said Van Heusen.

Scotia-Glenville begins the season next Tuesday when it hosts Cambridge in a non-league game. The Tartans' first Foothills Council contest isn't until April 17 when they visit Glens Falls.

Schwan joins Spartans

Up Route 50 in Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, veteran Section II coach Tom Schwan takes over as coach of the 4-year-old varsity program.

"There is definitely a ton of teaching going on," said Schwan, who previously coached at Guilderland and Christian Brothers Academy. "What's exciting is that you can already see that there is a significant difference in their lacrosse IQ."

Schwan has spent the majority of the team's practices improving the players' skills, both physical and mental.

"Our primary focus has been on " and will continue to be on " our mentality. We have to be competitive with each other in practice in order to be competitive with other teams. The only way you're going to get better is that you have to believe that someone else wants your spot," said Schwan. "The other thing is our fundamentals. We're working a lot on stick skills and ground balls."

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