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 firstname.lastname@example.org