In our final wrapup to look ahead -- about 10 months ahead -- to next spring, we examine what the YAIAA boys' lacrosse scene could be when teams return to the field.
1. West York (17-4, 9-1 in 2013): A two-man disadvantage wound up the difference for West York in its YAIAA championship game loss to Central York. The Bulldogs will return their entire attack from that game, including juniors-to-be Devyn Roehm and Hunter Betz, along with senior Seth Clauser. They will need to find a new defender with Steven Wilson graduated, but the Bulldogs' offensive bite should be as tough as anyone's in York County.
2. Kennard-Dale (14-6, 7-3): The Rams beat West York in the first round of districts and became the only YAIAA school to make the second round. They also nearly topped Central in the YAIAA tournament semifinals. With that momentum, co-player of the year Jesse Schonbrunner will be back with Freddy Seitz and others for coach Tom Nelson.
3. Central York (16-4, 10-0): The Panthers will have to look elsewhere if they need an out-of-nowhere goal from long-pole middie Sherief Sutton. He's graduated, but the defending league champs will bring back co-player of the year Max Haldeman and Collin George. They'll also return all-star goalkeeper Shane Walker and attacker Ian Desenberg.
4. Susquehannock (9-7, 7-3): Junior goalie Shane Silk was selected to the Brine Classic, a national competition that runs in Maryland at the end of June and into the beginning of July. Zack Gloeckner also will be back as a senior. The Warriors enjoyed a blend of youth around the now-graduated Thomas Nace last season, which should add to Susquehannock's 2014 aspirations.
5. Eastern York (7-9, 3-6): The Golden Knights' first year as a varsity program went well, considering they were 7-9 overall and will have most of their key players back. It's a lengthy list for coach Bob Rhein, who must replace graduated goalie Alex Smith. His attack, though, will include seniors Jon Witman and Justin Keller. The midfield includes junior Conrad Rhein and sophomore Evyn Witman. The defense also will welcome back senior Jake Wildasin and sophomore Sam Pollock. All of that fresh experience should be put to the test in Year 2 at Eastern.
Other notes for next year: Dallastown (13-7, 8-2) will say hello to a new coach after Chris Andrews stepped down from his post a year after helping Dallastown win the league title. They also lost Jake Mitchell, Kyle Andrews and others to graduation. The new coach should have Tanner Ierley back on the attack. ... Red Lion (6-9, 4-5) is a program with a history of success, and coach Stefan Strickler will have some familiarity with a number of players during his second year. Matt Wanbaugh should be back on defense as a senior, while Joe Dashler will be a junior long-stick middie. Dashler was selected for this summer's Brine Classic in Maryland.