TEAMS REVIEWED IN ORDER OF THEIR 2010 FINISH

TIMON-ST. JUDE TIGERS

Monsignor
Martin

Head Coach: Mike BurkeAssistant: Sean Murphy, Bill Snyder, Kevin Overdorf, A. Vogl
2010 Record: 14-6 (10-0 league) #2 in Monsignor Martin, lost to Iona Prep in NYS Catholic playoffs
Top Returning Players:
Incoming Impact Players:
Brian Sullivan - defense (12)Adam Dimillo - attack/mid (9)
David Scarcello - golaie (12)Sam Hillary - defense (9)
Sam Connors - attack (12)Cyle Collins - midfield (11)
Dan Vogl - mid/faceoff (12)Owen Casey - midfield (11)
Lewis Vaccaro - midfield (10)Layne Collins - attack (9)
Tyler Conroy - defense (11)Ryan Byrne - defense (9)
 Brandon Donahue - attack/mid (9)
Jackson Brown - goalie (10)
Key Losses:
Chris KanePat Mahoney
Luke Mann Pat Walsh
Season Outlook:
Alot of new faces in the Timon lineup in 2011. The team will be lead by four special seniors that will provide leadership for a very young but talented team. Five freshman and numerous sophomores will be impact players on this team. The question facing Coach Burke will how long will it take for these new players to gel and work as a team. Timon will be there to answer the bell week in and week out. Look for the Tigers to be fighting it out for a league championship again this season.
Timon loses their top star and Tom Borrelli Trophy winner Chris Kane to graduation (Syracuse). The bulk of Timon's offense went through Kane (64g, 38a) in 2010. This year, senior Sam Connors will lead the attack. He will be joined by West Seneca East transfer Adam Dimillo, a freshman phenom who earned 1st team all-league honors for the Trojans last season. Joining him will be freshman Layne Collins on the Tigers first line.
The Timon midfield will be anchored by senior Dan Vogl, who will take the bulk of the faceoff duties. Juniors Cyle Collins and Owen Casey will most likely run on the Tigers' first midfield grouping. Look for sophomore Lewis Vaccaro and freshman Brandon Donahue to provide further depth.

The defense will be once again anchored by senior Brian Sullivan. Sullivan earned All-American honors in 2010 and will be attending the University of North Carolina in the Fall. Recently, Sullivan was ranked as the #1 senior defenseman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. Joining him will be junior Tyler Conroy and most likely freshman Sean Hillary. Freshman Ryan Byrne will also provide depth to the Timon close defense.
Senior goalie David Scarcello returns for his fourth year between the pipes. Scarcello has been one of WNYs elite goalie over the past couple years. Valuable in the clearing game, Scarcello will be a key ingredient for the Tigers once again in 2011. Scarcello served as goalie for the Western team in the Empire State Games this past summer, and will attend Marist in the Fall.
Timon once again has a very challenging schedule ahead of them. Beyond the Monsignor Martin competition, the Tigers play several marquee games; home and home vs. Section 5s Aquinas (4/1 & 5/7), McQuaid (5/9), Irondequoit (4/30), Western Reserve, OH (4/19) La Costa Canyon, CA (4/14), Canada's Hill Academy and Section 6 power Orchard Park (5/20). Look for this team to grow up in a hurry and be one of the top teams in WNY once again this season.

Key WNY matchups: home & home vs. St. Joes (4/13 & 5/11), several high profile non conference games

ST. JOES MARAUDERS

Monsignor
Martin

Head Coach: Pete HudeckiAssistant: Mike Finn, Mike Rizzo
2010 Record: 10-7 (5-4 league) finished #2 in Monsignor Martin, lost to Nichols in Msgr Martin semifinals
Top Returning Players:
Incoming Impact Players:
Max Spina - midfield (12)Joe Comer - midfield (11)
AJ Pollechetti - midfield (12)Braden Scales - midfield (11)
Adam Smith - defense (12)Nate O'Brien - defense (11)
Ryan Halt - LSM (11)Tim Balkin - defense (11)
Christian Curatolo - attack (11)Nigel Davis - attack/midfield (9)
Micheal Hubert - attack (10)Andrew Pawenski - midfield (10)
James Deakin -defense (10)
Key Losses:
Mark Pinski Chad Kelly
Season Outlook:
Coach Pete Hudecki's Marauders really made a jump last season. Winners of just 3 games in 2009, St. Joes won 10 last year, and look for continued success in 2011. After a disappointing overtime loss in the Monsignor Martin semifinals to Nichols, the Marauders will look for a measure of revenge, and possibly a shot at the title.
The attack will be lead by junior Christian Curatolo who had a breakout year in 2010, earning 1st team all-league honors. Joining Curatolo on the Marauder first line attack will be sophomore Michael Hubert and freshman Nigel Davis.
The St. Joes midfield is historically deep and athletic. This year's team will be no exception. Returning will be senior Max Spina who earned 2nd team all-league honors last season. AJ Pollechetti (15g, 8a) will also see time on the first middie line. Up and coming talent in juniors Joe Comer and Braden Scales will challenge for the third spot. Sophomore Andrew Pawenski will provide added depth at the position. Unfortunately for the Marauders, junior midfielder Chad Kelly will not be returning this season, as to better focus upon potential football scholarship opportunities.
Defensively, St. Joes returns senior Adam Smith (49 gbs, 18 takeaways). Smith was a 2nd team all-league selection and will be attending Oswego in the Fall. Filling in the remaining close defensive spots will be junior Nate O'Brien and sophomore James Deakin, who saw significant time in 2010 as a freshman. Junior Tim Balkin will provide further depth to the defensive corps.
Junior goalkeeper Paul Englert returns between the pipes. Englert will be an important factor in the success of St. Joes this year.
The Marauders once again take their out of state trip in April, taking on; Bethel Park, PA (4/18), University, WV (4/19), Morgantown, WV (4/20) and Seneca Valley, PA (4/21). Critical matchups with Timon-St. Jude (4/13, 5/11) will tell Coach Hudecki if his team is ready to take the next step to the Monsignor Martin title. Look for the Marauders to continue to improve. A solid mix of experienced players along with younger talent provides St. Joes great optimism in 2011. They will be in the hunt come June.
Key WNY matchups: home and home vs. Timon-St. Jude (4/13 & 5/11) @ St. Francis (5/9)


NICHOLS BIG GREEN

Monsignor
Martin

Head Coach: Tom FranzAssistant: Chuck Ptak
2010 Record: 10-6 (5-5 league) finished #3 in Monsignor Martin, lost to Timon-St. Jude in finals
Top Returning Players:
Incoming Impact Players:
Chris White - attack (12)
unknown
Matt Benedict - midfield (12) 
Lucas Walsh - attack (11) 
Derek Marks - LSM (12) 
James Randaccio -defense (12)
Key Losses:
 Tony Juliano Jordan Berninger
Season Outlook:
Nichols has steadily improved over the past couple years, and looks to contend for the Monsignor Martin title in 2011. With a core of talented seniors, Coach Franz should be optimistic about his chances this season.
Returning at attack will be shifty senior Chris White (Siena), who received 2nd team all-league honors in 2010. He will be joined by junior Lucas Walsh. Also vying for time on the first attack line will be senior Colin Kennedy and juniors Mike Gates & Louis Jacobs.
The Big Green midfield will be anchored by senior standout Matt Benedict (Middlebury). Benedict had a strong season in 2009, earning 1st team all-league recognition. His leadership should be an important factor in Nichols' on field success this year. Several junior midfielders; Peter Borgesi, Corey Bothwell, Vince Cappola, Ian McQuestion and Will Zacher will compete for the other midfield spots.
Senior James Randaccio returns to anchor down the Nichols' defense. The verastile defender will also see action at long stick middie. Seniors Joe Avino, Brian Franz, Conor Leary will challnege to fill the other spots. Juniors John Loree, Nick Osinski, Mitch Riter and sophomore Liam Ryan should provide solid depth at close defense. Senior Cameron Collins returns between the pipes. Sophomore Troy Ludtka should also see time in goal throughout the season.
The Big Green have an experienced group of senior talent. Most of them have seen their share of action over the past couple years. Hopefully, this will spell success in 2011. The month of May will prove big if Nichols gets on a roll against key opponents. After falling just short in 2010, look for Nichols to contend for the Monsignor Martin title this season.
Key WNY matchups: home and home vs. St. Joes (4/27, 5/14), home and home vs. Timon (5/2, 5/18)

ST. FRANCIS RED RAIDERS

Monsignor
Martin

Head Coach: Jason StantonAssistant: Tim Harlock, Andy Gugliuzza
2010 Record: 8-10 (1-7 league) finished #4in Monsignor Martin, lost to Canisius play-in
Top Returning Players:
Incoming Impact Players:
Jake Giarrano - attack (12)
Jeff Basty - defense (11)
Bobby Hornberger - LSM (12)Alex Misterman - midfield (10)
Cooper Stefaniak - midfield (11)Anthony Tojek - goalie (11)
Joe Ledwin - midfield (11)
Key Losses:
 Jermey Albert Grant Garvin
Zack Giermek
Alex Sikora
Season Outlook:
Jason Stanton begins his second year at the helm at St. Francis. Finishing 8-10 last season was an improvement over 2009, and he looks as though he is guiding the Red Raiders back into contention in 2011. With the help of a talent from a 10-5 JV team, look for Frannies to build on last year and become a factor in the Monsignor Martin.
The Red Raiders return first team all-league Jake Giarrano (27g, 32 a) at attack. The crafty senior captain should provide a great deal of offense once again this season. Look for Giarrano to also see time in the Raider midfield as well. Competing for time on the first attack line will be seniors Kyle MacDonald and Brendan McCabe. Juniors Collin Krawsowski, Chris Ponichtera and Mike Gallagher will also challenge for time and provide solid depth.
St. Francis has a stable of young midfielders that will look to take it to the next level. Returning junior captain Cooper Stefaniak (17g, 12a) will lead the unit. Sophomore speedster Alex Misterman should help provide a spark to the Raider offense. Senior Rob Moll and juniors Zach Michaud, Nate Bracci Kurtz, Chris Jerge and Joe Ledwin will also be in the mix. Up and coming freshman star Brendon Misterman will also see valuable time as well.
Defensively, senior captain and long stick middie Robert Hornberger (117 gbs) should be the glue that holds the back end down. Upcoming junior Jeff Basty will anchor the Raider close defense unit. Possibly joining him will be seniors Paul Herrmann and Nick Luciano. However, a group of juniors; Nick Kryszak, David Nowak and Connor Meyer will challenge for starting spots as well. Junior Anthony Tojek will get the start in goal for St. Francis this season. Sophomore Brad Whitford will also vie for time between the pipes throughout the year.
St. Francis should be a team in development throughout the season. Coach Stanton will need his young talent to mature quickly to prepare for the bulk of the league schedule which starts at St. Joes (4/11). Fortunately, the Red Raiders have seven non league games to get their legs under them before that time. Look for St. Francis to surprise a couple of the top Monsignor Martin teams this Spring.
Key WNY matchups: home & home vs Canisius (4/13& 5/11) home vs Nichols (5/6) & St. Joes (5/9)

CANISIUS CRUSADERS

Monsignor
Martin

Head Coach: Joe SmithAssistant: Tim Dickinson, Jordan Jayson
2010 Record: 4-14 (2-7 league) #5 in Monsignor Martin, lost toTimon-St. Jude in league semis
Top Returning Players:
Incoming Impact Players:
Richard Walsh - attack (12)
Conor Cleary - defense (10)
Conor Dougherty - goalie (12) 
 
Key Losses:
 Dylan Caldiero Will Koessler
Season Outlook:
Joe Smith takes over at the helm for the Crusaders in 2011. A year ago, Canisius went through an extremely disappointing season, winning just 4 games only one year removed from a Monsignor Martin title in 2009. A strong group of underclassmen off a successful JV team should breathe some new life in the Crusaders this season.
Last season's offense managed just 96 goals throughout the season, an average of just 5.3 goals per game. Canisius will have to step it up in the offensive zone to compete in 2011. Senior attackman Richard Walsh returns and should be the main go-to guy. Walsh had a solid season in 2010, earning 2nd team all-league honors.Joining Walsh at the other attack spots will be senior Matt Spychala and juniors Jack Fleming and Phil Kane.
In the Crusaders have a wealth of midfielders (15 listed on roster). Seniors Nick Comaratta, Micah McDonald, Jeff Ahrens and Ryan Neureuter will challenge for spots on the first line.
Defensively, the Crusaders return junior Richard Galbo and seniors Adam Dubel, Josh Perez, Kyril Threats and Sam Moore. Sophomore speedster Conor Cleary should see plenty of time at close defense or long stick middie. Starting in goal will most likely be senior Conor Dougherty. Challenging him for time will be junior Brendan Stone.
Coach Smith will be sorting out his new crew with a couple early season non league matchups against Class A Lancaster (3/29) and Clarence (3/31). They will have to be ready right away, as they go on the road to Timon (4/5) for their first league contest. Overall, a new coach and several unknown quantities coming together. Coach Smith should get the Crusaders back to where they belong in 2011.
Key WNY matchups: home and home vs. St. Francis (4/13 & 5/11) and Nichols (4/11 & 5/9)

ST MARYS-LANCASTER
LANCERS

Msgr Martin

Head Coach: Brian Hinton & Zach Weiss
2010 Record: first year in federation league play - 11-3 in Independent league
Top Returning Players:
Incoming Impact Players:
Greg Summers - attack (11)
Nick Kacala - attack (11)
Chad Griffin - attack/mid (12)Tommy Dijon - attack (11)
Matt Cronmiller - midfield (12)Nick Colern - defense (11)
Key Losses:
 undetermined
Season Outlook:
Coaches Brian Hinton and Zach Weiss guide the Lancers into their first season of federation play. Winners of the last 3 Independent league championships, St. Marys looks to take it to the next level. History has shown that not all top independent programs have had an easy transition. However, the St. Marys program has been consistently solid, coming off an 11-3 season, and is bolstered by a 9-0 JV team from 2010.
The Lancer attack will be lead by junior Greg Summers (28g, 15a) who had a breakout season a year ago. Joining Summers on the first line will most likely be senior Chad Griffin (12g, 14a) and junior Tommy Dijon. Junior Nick Kacala will also challenge for time on the St. Marys' attack.
The midfield will anchored by senior Matt Cronmiller. The remaining spots will be filled by up and coming younger players in the program. Griffin will provide versatility by joining the midfield from time to time.
Defensively, junior Nick Colern will be the top close defenseman. Again, the Lancers may have to look to some inexperienced players to fill the remaining spots.
St. Marys looks to begin building a strong program that can compete with some of the top dogs in the Monsignor Martin league. It may be tough going in 2011, as the the Lancers are in rebuilding mode after graduating several of their top players from 2010. However, they do have some young talent that should develop throughout the season. Home and home contests between Monsignor Martin opponents will difficult. Non league game versus Gow will help. Full schedule incomplete at this time.
Key WNY matchups: home and home versus St. Francis (5/2 & 5/18)