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Cole Kra­tovil (So.), and Sean Mooney (Sr.) on at­tack; Bran­don Gal­loway (Sr.), Ricky Tub­man (Jr.), and Weston Ran­dolph (So.) at mid­die; Grayson Green­wood (Sr.) at long-stick mid­die; Casey Dare (Sr.), Jef­frey Kuebel (Sr.), and Ethan Moll­man (So.) on de­fense, and Stu­art Sykes (Sr.) in goal. Bryan Heim (So.) will han­dle face-offs.

Queen Anne’s The Li­ons will be led by se­nior cap­tains Jake As­cione, Ja­cob Muster­man, and Jack Swee­tak.

“We have a solid foun­da­tion and are ex­cited about the sea­son,” head coach Brad Niesz said. “Our boys love to play the game and love to com­pete. Our veteran core is joined by some tal­ented younger play­ers and we ex­pect to be a team that ev­ery team cir­cles on their sched­ules. By sea­son’s end, we will have run a gaunt­let of highly com­pet­i­tive teams and be ready for a strong play­off push.”

As­cione and Wil­liam Col­burn (Jr.) lead the at­tack. Mid­field­ers in­clude Muster­man, Gavin Jens (So.), Gar­rett Mur­ray (Sr.), Mar­shall Roe (Sr.), Colby Helm (Jr.), Tyler Sei­del (So.), and Ed­die Barrett (Sr.). Swee­tak, Ethan Mac­Gre­gor (Jr.), and Nick Fenex (Jr.) lead the de­fense in front of goalie Matt Galvin (So.).

Cam­bridge-SD Af­ter grad­u­at­ing 12 key play­ers, Vik­ings head coach Steve Hur­ley says his team “will depend on many sopho­mores to emerge as a new wave.”

The de­fense re­turns ju­nior Ethan Carmine and se­nior Josh Matthews. Hunter Kane, a se­nior, is also ex­pected to play a large roll on D as well as Alex Clay­ton and Kaleb Scott, both ju­niors.

Se­niors Shain Green and Thomas Levy an­chor the mid­field with a host of sopho­mores that in­clude Josh Blades, Sam Slacum, and Da­jawan Jack­son. On at­tack are se­niors Nate Blair and Zach Lewis and fresh­man Brice Bromwell. Sopho­more Devon Doll stands be­tween the pipes.

Eas­ton Dennis Keenan, who led the War­riors to a state cham­pi­onship in 2015, re­turns as head coach of the War­riors.

Eas­ton is sched­uled to play its sea­son-opener on Friday ver­sus Sale­sianum, an all-boys Catholic school in Wilm­ing­ton, Del. The game is slated for Wes­ley Col­lege be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

“We have a young tal­ented team this year. We are work­ing hard and hav­ing fun and ex­pect to have a suc­cess­ful sea­son,” Keenan said.

Prob­a­ble starters are Dy­lan Keenan (Sr.), Jack Gearhart (Fr.), and Kyle McFad­den (So.) on at­tack. Mid­field­ers are Finn Gibbs (So.), Chris Kamin­skas (So.), and Corey Mor­gan (Fr.). Han­dling face­offs will be sopho­more Colin Webb.

Se­nior long-stick mid­die Bren­dan An­drew will de­fend along with sopho­mores Thatcher Knox, Mac Stofa, and Harry Cal­la­han. Will Cook, an­other sopho­more, will tend the net.

Kent County The Tro­jans should be im­proved with eight starters re­turn­ing from last sea­son and some added depth.

“Re­turn­ing play­ers are a year older, and more ex­pe­ri­enced,” Tro­jans head coach Bren­don Ire­ton said. “Many of our play­ers played dur­ing the sum­mer in leagues and have im­proved their skills and con­fi­dence. Hav­ing a big­ger group of older guys this sea­son will help our team grow through­out the year. Last year we only had four se­niors and played a lot of younger and in­ex­pe­ri­enced kids against a very tough Bay­side Con­fer­ence. We be­lieve that ex­pe­ri­ence last year will ben­e­fit our team for this sea­son.”

On at­tack will be Drew Baker (Sr.), Joey Cerino (So.), Kolby Wal­ters (So.), and Drue Wal­ters (Jr.). Mid­field­ers are Si­las Phillips (Sr.), BK Saun­ders (Sr.), Zach Argo (Sr.), Nytre Green (So.), Benga Taiwo (Sr.), Ty Wil­son (Fr.), and Thad Ja­cob (So.). Jack­son Brocker (Sr.) will play long-stick mid­die. Xav­ior Jones (So.), Kenny Jones (Jr.), Tyler John­son (Sr.), and Ryan Argo (So.) will play de­fense. Jeremy Gra­ham (Jr.) will tend the net.

North Caro­line Over­all, the Bull­dogs are young but re­turn some tal­ented lead­ers.

“We are a sopho­more-dom­i­nated team that is very young, but with a high lacrosse IQ,” head coach Ben Brad­ner said. “We will get tested early in our sched­ule and hope to use those games to get even stronger as the sea­son goes along.”

Key re­turn­ers are se­nior mid­die Cody Pep­per (20 goals, 9 as­sists), se­nior at­tacker Ben Beaven (23 goals), se­nior de­fender Jack Webb (21 ground balls, 10 take­aways), se­nior long-stick mid­die Mitch Jones, and ju­nior de­fender Seth Crea­son.

New ar­rivals ex­pected to con­trib­ute are Brendin Gestole (Jr. at­tack/goalie), JoJo Ward (So., goalie), Dy­lan Bunce (So., at­tack), Wy­att LeClair (So., mid­die), Michael Stumpf (So., mid­die), Rhian Sil­s­ley (So., mid­die), Tren­ton Hil­lard (So., mid­die), Ma­son Wood (So., at­tack), and Alex Wal­strum (Fr., mid­die). Gun­ston “We play the tough­est sched­ule in my time at Gun­ston (eight years), so it should be a chal­leng­ing, fun, and ex­cit­ing sea­son,” Herons head coach Chris Dol­lar said.

The Herons lost their two top scor­ers to grad­u­a­tion as well as their top face-off player and long-stick mid­die.

“It’ll be very in­ter­est­ing to see who among our re­turn­ing guys, es­pe­cially the ju­niors, can fill those voids,” Dol­lar said. “We have a mix of up­per- and lower-class­men, just three se­niors, a lot of new faces, which means a fairly young squad once we get past six starters.”

The Herons went 8-5 last sea­son and fin­ished run­nerup for the ES­IAC cham­pi­onship. They opened this sea­son with a 13-4 vic­tory over Key School.

Fresh­man Ri­ley Evans and sopho­more Jack­son Tal­bot are ex­pected to share time tend­ing the cage. Se­nior cap­tain Henry Pankhurst re­turns to lead the mid­field. Dol­lar de­scribed him as a “two-way player, kind of a throw­back; smart, tough, ex­cel­lent leader, ground-ball ma­chine. We ex­pect him to have a great year.”

Dol­lar is also ex­pect­ing solid play from re­turn­ing play­ers Luke Stehle (Jr., at­tack/ mid­field), Cole Evans (Jr., mid­field/at­tack), and Michael Nick­er­son (So., de­fense).

Sts. Peter & Paul “It was a tough off-sea­son with the loss of long­time coach Bud Lewis, but the play­ers are mo­ti­vated to work hard and make him proud,” Sabres new head coach Will Sch­midt said. “We have re­turn­ing starters at key po­si­tions and a solid group of fresh­men that will be ex­pected to con­trib­ute. A strong se­nior class should pro­vide us with a lot of lead­er­ship and ex­pe­ri­ence. How well they lead and how quickly our younger play­ers de­velop will be key fac­tors in the suc­cess of our sea­son.”

The Sabres’ start­ing at­tack and mid­field are all se­niors — Nat Schafer, Clay Sch­midt, and Char­lie Talucci on of­fense and Cole La­caze, Con­nor LeMire, and Owen Schroder as mid­dies.

Two se­niors are start­ing on de­fense — Quinn Cham­bers and David Con­nelly — with ju­nior Max McKin­non round­ing out the trio. They’ll play in front of ju­nior goalie Nathan Bid­dle. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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