Coach: Kyle Rines (fifth year)

Conference: EWC Class: D

Last year: 16-2, lost in Class D state final

Returning players: Seniors — Jacob Kraske (G), Matt Beaucage (F), Mike Henderson (F), Jake Hackett (D), Simon Burch (D), Hunter Foss (D); Juniors — Zack Grover (D), Ethan Jackson (M), Mason Barker (D), Andrew Warren (D), Tobias Worthley (M), Bryor Gurney (M); Sophomores — Noah Wiley (M), Corey Umsteadt (D), Dylan Harvey (F), Cole Merrill (D).

Key losses: Jonathan Randolph, Sidney Jackson, Hunter Wiley, Bryan Chabe.

Promising newcomers: Senior — Kyle Walters (F); Junior — Nathan Cyr (D); Freshmen — Noah Forget (D), Dan Perry (D), Brandon Donahue (D), Anthony Jackson (F).

Season outlook: Buckfield should should compete well again this year in the EWC, with Richmond again providing the biggest competition. The Bucks lost a lot of scoring punch in Randolph and Sidney Jackson, but bring back an entire starting defense and goalkeeper from a state runner-up team. Ethan Jackson and Beaucage will look to lead the way offensively. Buckfield boosted its schedule a bit with games against Class C schools St. Dom’s and Traip. Defense will be the name of the game for the Bucks, who eye a return trip to the state final.

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