FAIRFIELD — New coach. Same goals.

At Fairfield Prep, Graham Niemi replaces long-time coach Chris Smalkais, who retired this year after 29 seasons. Last spring, Prep put together a solid 13-3 regular season, defeated Hand and Guilford to win the SCC title and reached the Class L semifinals, defeating Cheshire and Greenwich before losing to Simsbury, ending with a 17-4 mark.

And while Niemi comes to the Jesuits after 13 seasons as an assistant at Yale, he brings the same high expectations that Smalkais did.

“We want to be the best we can be every day,” Niemi wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We are very excited to get to work.”

The Jesuits lost five starters but return a solid core in senior defenseman Jack Kornutik, senior attack Mitch Savoca, senior attack Chris Brown, sophomore attacker/midfield Ethan Grandolfo, senior midfielder Ryan Marusi, senior long stick midfield Nat Sanchez and senior midfielder Owen Callahan.

With nine seniors on the roster, Notre Dame-Fairfield is looking to make improvements in last season’s 3-13 finish.

“All the seniors are looking to make contributions,” Lancers coach Frank Skawinski wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We lost only two senior starters from last season. Our major key to winning games will be controlling the transition game both ways.”

Midfielder Andrew Fallon, who scored nine goals and had seven assists last year, will be one of the three captains along with defenseman Tony Addorisio and defenseman Willard Fiore. Also returning are: Tyler Stein (10 goals, 10 assists), Austin Fratello (18 goals, five assists) and goalkeeper Chris Becker.

Brad Mazzone Trevor Sabia and Mike Toth are other players to watch.

“Chris has done a lot of work on his craft this off-season,” Skawinski wrote. “Many of our expected key players have been playing year-round so we’re looking to start fast and not slow down. I’ve asked all my players to challenge themselves every day if they expect improvement. Our guys have been working hard for this spring and really want to prove themselves. We are going to run hard, out-work our opponents and play sound lacrosse.”

Warde is coming off a 9-8 season where the Mustangs lost to Southington 9-8 in the qualifying round of the Class LL tournament. Coach Tom Cunningham is expecting another successful campaign.

“We’re looking forward to another great season,” Cunningham wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We have a tremendous senior class with plenty of varsity experience. Their leadership and guidance will be of the utmost importance to the team’s success.”

Senior attack Gareth Gacetta and senior defenseman Brian Gannon will be the co-captains for the Mustangs this spring. Also returning are: attack Ted Orben, midfielders Jack Murphy and Gabe Reale and defensemen Chris Montenegro and Jack Curtis.

“We have a good blend of veteran leaders with some bright young talent,” Cunningham wrote. “Keys to our success will be getting that young talent acclimated to the speed and intensity of the varsity game.”

Ludlowe finished with a 14-7 record, losing in the FCIAC quarterfinals before beating Xavier 9-8 in the opening round of the Class LL tournament and then falling to Darien 13-2 in the quarterfinals.

Joe Casucci (defense), Jack Tague (defense) and Anthony Beccaria (midfield) will be tri-captains for the Falcons this spring.

“Our program is grateful for the legacy left behind by recent classes that raised expectations around here,” Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “Given our FCIAC bracket and non-conference games, we have one of the hardest schedules in the state. We expect to slug it out, each and every contest.”

Top returning players for Ludlowe include, junior goalie Carter Liebrock and brothers defensemen Tommy Chandler and Max Chandler.

“Keys to our success this season will be working smarter together, not harder. Working is a given,” Parisi wrote. “Success in the FCIAC comes from being adaptable and staying healthy. We need some younger players to step into major roles that were vacated by last year’s seniors.”