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ce­offs. The Lions won 15 of 23 in their opener.

Kent Is­land Find­ing se­nior lead­er­ship should not be a prob­lem for the Buc­ca­neers.

“We have a se­nior class of 19 play­ers so def­i­nitely a veteran-heavy team, so we’re ex­cited to have a lot of great se­nior lead­er­ship,” Bucs head coach Davey Jones said. “We’ll con­tinue to play a fairly tough out-of­con­fer­ence sched­ule. We’re go­ing down to South Carolina to play one of their bet­ter teams dur­ing spring break. We play West­min­ster. We get to play in a tour­na­ment with Mt. He­bron who was a state fi­nal­ist last year.”

Pro­jected starters are se­niors Bren­dan Smith (A), Jack­son Kra­tovil (M), Stone Sticher (A), Parker Dixon (M), Austin Ryan (D), DJ Gal­loway (LSM), Michael Scott (LSM/D), Paul Jan­niche (D), and Josh Chaney (G). Ju­nior starters are Sean Mooney (A) and Bran­don Gal­loway (M).

North­ern could be the Bucs’ tough­est test in the re­gion again this sea­son.

“We’ve formed a pretty good ri­valry against North­ern, who is the team that beat us in re­gion­als last year,” Jones said. “They have a great coach­ing staff. They’re al­ways su­per pre­pared and en­er­getic when it comes to the game we play against them. They have our at­ten­tion so to speak, and we’re ex­cited to get back at it. I think the Bay­side is go­ing to be a lit­tle more com­pet­i­tive.” Saints Peter and Paul The Sabres, which com­pete in the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion B Con­fer­ence, have sched­uled a va­ri­ety of tough teams to pre­pare for con­fer­ence ac­tion. They opened the sea­son with a 16-1 victory over Plano East from Texas be­fore fall­ing to A Con­fer­ence pow­ers St. Mary’s, 11-3, St. Paul’s, 17-2, and Catholic power Sale­sianum (Del.), 11-9.

“We have a good team this year, just dif­fer­ent pieces,” head coach Bud Lewis said.

Start­ing mid­dies are se­nior Adam Alder­fer and ju­niors Con­nor Lemire and Michael Pel­czar. At at­tack are ju­niors Clay Schmidt — a trans­fer from Eas­ton — Cole La­caze, and Nate Shafer.

Long­stick mid­die is ju­nior Owen Schroeder and de­fend­ers are se­niors Trey Bishop and Char­lie Man­gold and ju­niors Quinn Cham­bers and David Con­nelly.

Se­nior Ryker Chase and sopho­more Nate Bid­dle are spit­ting time in goal.

“Our big­gest prob­lem is num­bers,” Lewis said. “We have a heck of a sched­ule, but we get bet­ter ev­ery game. … The first game that mat­ters for us is April 4, which is Glenelg. I’ll play any­body any­where just to get ready for them; they’re in our con­fer­ence.” Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s County High fresh­man Gavin Jens races up the field pur­sued by Quince Or­chard’s Lo­gan Feuer (17) and Wy­att McCabe dur­ing the Lions’ 14-12 victory Saturday af­ter­noon in Cen­tre­ville.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Quince Or­chard’s Ryan Man­ion con­trols the ball near the side­line un­der pres­sure from Queen Anne’s Jack Rife dur­ing the Lions’ 14-12 victory Saturday af­ter­noon in Cen­tre­ville.

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