Suburban Council gets tougher

"Preece can positively contribute at any position. He is a terrific player with sound technical skills and unlimited potential," said coach Preece. "Johnson brings a controlled command to the team with his play. He is an intelligent player who creates attacking opportunities for his teammates, and [he] is an excellent defender."

BH-BL Spartans

Head coach: Roy Pfeil

Key veterans: Matt Horan (GK), Tommy Mocito (F), Bryce Kahler (F), Greg Rabideau (M/D)

Key newcomers: Sean Sullivan (D), Jake Baxter (D), Conner Clune (D), Caleb Sloane (M), Blake Jackson (M), Tim Hughes (M)

Outlook: Pfeil has no illusions about what the Spartans can do within the Suburban Council.

"We're approaching the [league] season as we approach everything we do " we want to win," said Pfeil.

"Realistically we probably won't win everything, but we're approaching it as we want to win everything."

The immediate challenge facing BH-BL is getting its defense settled, since everyone but Horan graduated last year.

"I think we're going to be decent in the midfield and forwards and inexperienced in the back," said Pfeil. "How quickly the defense comes along will determine how successful we will be."

Niskayuna Silver Warriors

Head coach: Jeffrey Ormsbee

Key players: Andrew Downey (F), Monil Patel (F), Ryan Tauss (M), Kyle Maiuccoro (M), Tyler Garrity (M), Tanner McIver (D), Joe Repicky (D)

Outlook: The Silver Warriors are looking for their second consecutive year of improvement from their last-place finish in 2008.

"Right now, we're nursing some injuries," said Ormsbee. "Once we get healthy, we should be all right."

Ormsbee said the key to Niskayuna's improvement can be found in the number of players that compete with elite travel teams in the Capital District.

"They all play in different clubs, but they all play," said Ormsbee. "They're coming together well as a Niskayuna bunch now."

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