The Notre Dame-Fairfield boys ice hockey team has a reputation to up hold every year.

However, the Lancers will be slightly younger when they try to keep that up in 2010-11.

ND will return five seniors from a unit that was 16-7 in 2009-10. The Lancers were bounced in the Division I state playoffs by eventual champion, Hamden.

However, ND head coach Marty Roos doesn't have the state's most wins for nothing. Despite losing five graduated seniors and a transfer, ND will still push to be an upper echelon opponent for the rest of its opponents in Division I.

Returning in net for ND will be senior Eric Sugrue. The senior is a three-year player, whose best year was his sophomore year where he put up a .945 save percentage and a 1.52 goals against average.

Charlie Zuccarini will return for his sophomore senior, the left wing on his line, Ben Viccari. Viccari and Zuccarini combined for 51 points in 2009-10, and will be centered by Brian Sanca, who tallied six goals and seven assists.

The experience for the Lancers on defense will come from senior Ian Smith, who likes to join the rush. However, the rest of ND's defense will have to transition from junior varsity in junior Nick Dupuis and senior Anthony Bouchard. Fellow sophomore Sean Smith and freshman Greg Ferris, will be asked to aid the Lancers on the blue line.

A theme for Notre Dame will be contributions from freshmen. ND will look to Ferris on defense, along with Billy Vizzo, Christian La Croix and Frank Sullivan on offense, to give the Lancers help from the ninth grade.