Coach: Francis Brilliant (8th year)
Last year: 4-11
Key returnees: Andy Cella, So.; Danielle Lapiere, Sr.; Tim Jones, Sr.; Tim Wiles, Sr.; Cody Tynon, So.; Pat Vander Vennet, Sr.
A few close matches going the Crusaders' way in 2012 would have put them in the Western Mass. tournament. Based on what they have back, a trip to the postseason this year is within their grasp.
The 2012 squad had the lowest team scoring average in coach Francis Brilliant's seven years at the helm. With five of the top six scorers returning for 2013, that average should go lower. Brilliant said if the team plays to its potential, it has a great chance at making the tournament.
Leading the way is a group of four seniors, Danielle Lapierre, Tim Jones, Tim Wiles and Pat Vander Vennet. Brilliant said these four will be key in the team's success, not only with their play -- they should be starting most matches -- but also with their leadership. The other spot is up for grabs, but sophomores Andy Cella and Cody Tynon each should make a strong push.
Senior Wyatt Porter and junior Kyle Gingras are the other upperclassmen.
One thing St. Joseph has working against it early in the season is a lack of depth outside the top six.
The Crusaders will play their home matches at Pontoosuc Lake Country Club this year. They played at Skyline last fall. The move to a more traditional course may stabilize the scores for St. Joseph, which could fuel an extra win or two.