Coach: Andy Higgins (seventh year)

Conference: WMC Class: B South

Last year’s record: 8-7-1, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning players: Seniors — Cam Usher (M), Sam Farrington (D), Matt Gurney (M), Ollie Grant (F); Junior — Nick McCann (F).

Key losses: Strong senior class including All-State players Bryce Hayman and John Henry Villanueva.

Promising newcomers: Junior — Brannon Gilbert (G); Sophomore — Drew Lacerda (F); Freshmen — Alec Brooks (D), Keegan Brooks (F).

What to expect: The Patriots must replace a senior class that played eventual state champion Yarmouth tough in the playoffs. Hayman and Villanueva especially left big holes to fill. Higgins will look to the senior trio of Farrington, Usher and Gurney to lead this year’s team, which hopes to stay competitive in what Higgins called the “tire-iron tough” Western Maine Conference.

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