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FIELD HOCKEY PREVIEW: Team-by-Team Preview


1:00 AM, Sep. 09, 2013 EDT

AMERICAN DIVISION

High Point

Coach: Beverly Keur, 23rd season

Last year: 18-4-1, American Division champions, H/W/S finalist, North 1 Group II finalist.

Key losses: G Ashley Morrow, D Danielle Stetzel, F Darby Smith, G Erin Williams, F Maureen Gill, D Michaela Macken.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Annelise Malgieri, Sr. F Brittany DeLima, Sr. D Caitlyn Slate, Sr. F Carly Satter, Sr. M Michaela O'Hern, Jr. F Alexis Ambrosino, Jr. G Autumn Smith, Jr. D Danielle Price, Jr. M Kristen English, Jr. D Lexa Sabo, Jr. F Tierney Clark, Jr. F Rachel Orr, Jr. F Victoria Hennion, So. F Madalyn Smith.

Newcomers: Sr. F Anne Zukowski, Sr. F Ashley Papa, Sr. F Brittany Leuthe, Sr. D Devon Richards, Sr. F Gabrielle Doyle, Sr. D Kaitlyn Mauriello, Jr. D Samantha Havens.

Outlook: The Wildcats must replace six seniors, including the school's all-time leading scorer in Smith. But High Point should be good yet again as Ambrosino, DeLima, Orr and Satter provide quickness along the frontline. The midfield of Clark, English, O'Hern, Malgieri, and Smith should be solid and the defense will be led by Slate and Sabe in front of the scrappy Autumn Smith.

Montville

Coach: Jennifer Mulvaney, 14th season

Last year: 13-2-6, MCT quarterfinalist, North 1 Group III quarterfinalist.

Key losses: M Aimee Vizzuso, D Ashley Bello, G Lindsay Karback.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Alyssa Gettel, Sr. M Kayla Lewis, Sr. M Olivia Dickert, Sr. D Sydney Carus, Sr. F Valerie Speer, Jr. F Allie Pierson, Jr. D Julia Marks, So. M Gina Dello Stritto, So. M/F Jennifer Jasterbzski, So. F Kayla Armondo, So. F Kellie Vizzuso, So. D Rachel Yu.

Newcomers: Sr. F Francesca Prudente, Sr. D Katrina Taltavall, Sr. D Molly Newton, Jr. D Jennifer Tella, So. G Sarah Karback, Fr. D Kelsey Perretta.

Outlook: The Mustangs return most of their offense from last season, led by Gettel, a second team All Daily Record performer and her 12 goals. Kellie Vizzuso also returns following a freshman season in which she scored seven goals and posted five assists. Montville must fill some gaps left on the defense by graduation to complete their goal of advancing farther in the state and county tournament.

Morris Hills

Coach: Laura Gray, second season

Last year: 4-13

Key losses: M/F Brianna Cohen, G Christine Aschoff, M/D Colleen West, F Katie Keegan.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. Christina Yanas, Sr. M/D Jackie Palacio, Sr. M/D Nicole Carmichael, Sr. M Taylor Baldwin, Jr. Devan Marshall, Jr. Jessica Swirson, Jr. F Lauryn Sonnenberg, So. F Andrea Nestman, So. Emily Greuter, So. D Jenna Gallagher.

Newcomers: Sr. Kiandra Josephs, So. Brianna Gosden, So. Casey Theriault, So. Chloe Wikkiser, So. Courtney Isgett, Fr. Jenna Catalano, Fr. Julia Catalano.

Outlook: The Scarlet Knights will have to find ways to score goals as no returning player on the roster has more than two in their career. Experience should help that as 10 players who saw time on varsity last season return including most of a defense that should be solid.

Morris Knolls

Coach: Kristen Haberthur, second season

Last year: 11-9, North 1 Group IV semifinalist.

Key losses: Amy Fox, M Beth Barrett, Casey Schaeffer, M Carlie Albanese, Christina Murphy, F/M Chloe Lyden, Haley Parente, M Nicole Mercuro.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Erin Dolan, Sr. G Emily Wisneski, Sr. D Kristen McCauley, Sr. D Molly Reichard, Sr. M Sammy Caby, Sr. M Sarah Parente, Sr. F Stephanie Hughes.

Newcomers: Sr. D Erin Logush, Sr. D Faith DiTrolio, Jr. D Caroline Dunn, Jr. F Hannah Rozanski, Jr. F Sandy Vuong, So. F Christina Punzo.

Outlook: The strength of the Golden Eagles will be the defense, led by three-year starting goalie Emily Wisneski. Offensively, underclassmen will have to step up to replace the playmakers lost due to graduation. With a team young in a few spots, Haberthur will look to her returning starters to step up to the plate as the youngsters get accustomed to the varsity level.

Mount Olive

Coach: Sue Steinhardt, second season

Last year: 1-17-3

Key losses: G Kellie Vertetis, F Brit Ryan.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Catherine Maher, Sr. M/D Julia Dunham, Jr. F Amanda Turzi, Jr. M Autumn Pedersen, So. Keely Kovats.

Newcomers: Jr. G Arianna Krajewski, Jr. F. Katie Sherman, So. M Frankie Pignataro, So. F Maggie Keegan.

Outlook: The Marauders will be very young this season with four sophomores in the starting line-up. They will have to replace Vertetis, who finished towards the top of the county in saves last year in goal and leading scorer Ryan in the field. Maher will be relied upon at center midfield to help keep things in order as Mount Olive will look to adopt a new approach in the field to try and generate goals. Turzi started as a sophomore but missed games last season with a back injury so her return should help things as well. Steinhardt has faith in Krajewski, who she described as an incredibly dynamic player, to produce in goal.

Pope John

Coach: Gina DiMaio, second season

Last year: 11-6-2

Key losses: F Beth Dauer, D Elizabeth Frye, F Lydia Hoff, F Rachel Spetz.

Returning letterwinners: Jr. D Baylee Vozza, Jr. F Molly Romania, Jr. G Sam Scalabrini, Jr. M Sarah Bramley, Jr. D Sarah Gonzalez, Jr. M Taylor Bailey.

Newcomers: So. D Izzy Hilling, Fr. M Danielle Grello, Fr. F Taylor Ross.

Outlook: The Lions will have to find replacements for Spetz's 12 and Hoff's seven goals as both players graduated. Bramley is the likely option after scoring six goals last year. The defense should be solid with the return of Scalabrini in goal and Vozza in front of her.

Sparta

Coach: Kristen Savasta, second season

Last year: 5-11

Key losses: M Lauren Fabiano, F Lauren Hunt, M Maya Drummond, M Sam Mornhineway.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Aly Matchett, Sr. G Julia Keenan, Sr. D Kelly Faria, Sr. D Liz Anderson, Sr. D Taylor Connor, Jr. F Julia Silvestri, So. F Gretchen Bowie, So. F Rhett Curran.

Newcomers: Sr. F. Emily McGuckin, Jr. F. Abby Tracey, Jr. F Kelly Nam, Jr. M Shannon Monahan, So. F Alex Curran.

Outlook: The Spartans are headed in the right direction after a year of growth in a new system full of changes. They will look to build upon last season behind a group of experienced players bolstered by an infusion of new talent. Keenan returns in goal where she posted 171 saves last season and will have fellow seniors Anderson, Faria and Connor returning in front of her. On offense, Bowie looks to build upon a freshman campaign in which she finished as one of the team leaders with five goals.

Vernon

Coach: Hollyce Schoepp, fourth season

Last year: 4-12

Key losses: Rachel Colvin.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Demi Matthews, Sr. M Julie Cacace, Sr. F Julie Hammerton, Sr. M Miranda Logan, Jr. D Regina Incarnato, So. F Lindsay Verrico.

Newcomers: Jr. D Marrisa Malloy, So. F Emily Garofalo, Fr. D McKenzie Alter.

Outlook: It will be a rebuilding year for Vernon as the team returns only six players with varsity experience. Schoepp will look to captains Cacace, Hammerton and Matthews to continue being role models for her younger players as they have throughout the preseason. While the Vikings won't be experienced, Schoepp expects their passion and heart to make up for it.

NATIONAL DIVISION

Chatham

Coach: Jeremy Heinze, 10th season

Last year: 15-5, National Division co-champs, North 2 Group III semifinalists.

Key losses: Emily Cook, M Kit Whiteman, G Kim Pyhel, Meghan Murray.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Danielle Melchionna, Jr. M Kristen Maiorano, Jr. M Morgan Sullivan, So. F Jess Barry.

Newcomers: Sr. G Abby Brady, Sr. M Amanda Helfrich, Sr. F Ashley Flanigan, Sr. F Brynn Gilligan, Sr. M/D Colleen O'Neil, Sr. F Charlotte Goldbach, Sr. D Danielle Boyland, Sr. M Grace Whitman, Sr. M/D Keri Cronin, Jr. M Isabel Chin, Jr. M Isabella Saluti, Jr. D Kelly Horan, Jr. F Mary Farricker, So. G Emily Buckman, So. F Emily Wingate, So. G Gislina Saul.

Outlook: The Cougars will be very inexperienced at the varsity level after losing seven starters from last season. But they will be fast and athletic and have the potential to be very competitive in the tough National Division and Morris County if they are able to improve their skills to match with that speed and athleticism.

Mendham

Coach: Robin Meyh, 25th season

Last year: 9-11

Key losses: Gabby Smith, Taylor Smith.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. Brooke Tolley, Sr. Erin Morris, Sr. Justine Garfinkel, Sr. Kaitlin Beggan, Sr. Katie Stagman, Sr. Lauren Murphy, Sr. Morgan O'Donnell, Sr. Samantha Smith, Sr. Sydney Smith, Jr. Elizabeth Tolley, Jr. Olivia Spathakis.

Newcomers: Sr. Aimee Freeman, Sr. Amanda Robshaw, Sr. Caitlin James, Sr. Kelly Keating, Sr. Kristina Filippini, Sr. Olivia Hays, Jr. Carrie Molnar, Jr. Colleen Mallon, So. Ally Chapis, So. Grace Tino, So. Sam DiMaio, So. Tara Litjens.

Outlook: Mendham has a solid mix of returners and newcomers that should give them enough depth to improve upon last season. Brooke Tolley returns after scoring six goals a season ago but the Minutemen must also replace much of last season's solid defense.

Morristown

Coach: Diane De Salvo, 28th season

Last year: 15-7, MCT semifinalists, North 1 Group III semifinalists.

Key losses: D Hennie Cabuhay, F Joanna Lee, D Katrina Colquhoun, F Sammy Yarnis.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. G Katie Beilin, Sr. Maddie Ballestero, Sr. M Marissa Miyshairo, Sr. D Mary Reilly, Jr. F Abby Fallon, Jr. M Brooke Hellstrom, Jr. M Casey Hasabein, Jr. D Emily Marks.

Newcomers: Sr. D Jacqueline Reingold, Sr. D Kathryn Flanagan, Sr. D. Maddie Gold, Jr. Katie Moran, Jr. D Kassina Dwyer, So. F Ally Tobler, So. F Quinn Colquhoun.

Outlook: The Colonials will look to make another deep run in the Morris County Tournament and in states as they return many important pieces from last season's successful team. Morristown will have to replace the production of last season's leading scorer Yarnis but De Salvo's philosophy of playing a lot of players for significant minutes has allowed for plenty of experience returning and should soften the blow.

Parsippany Hills

Coach: Alex Polizzo, first season

Last year: 0-18

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Alexis Serra, Sr. D Annette Cipollini, Sr. G Jessica Paszko, Jr. D Grace Lee, Jr. M Pooja Banjer.

Newcomers: Fr. F Delaney Bishoff.

Outlook: Polizzo has changed the attitude at Parsippany Hills, bringing in more demanding preseason workouts in an effort to create a stronger team. So far the Vikings have bought in and Polizzo thinks the hard work and dedication that they have shown will allow her team to surprise some opponents this season.

Randolph

Coach: Linda Cross, 16th season

Last year: 17-4-1, National Division co-champions, North 1 Group IV finalist.

Key losses: F/M Amanda Magadan, D Christina Pilkington, F Gillian Colaneri, F Katja Engenhart, M Kayla Johnson, G Megan O'Shaughessy, D Olivia Hanlon, F Risa Brodwin.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Caitlyn Rodgers, Sr. M Cali Janulis, Sr. M Katie Doherty, Sr. F Kealyn Engenhart, Sr. F Lindsay Klein, Sr. M Marley Bracklemanns-Puig, Sr. M Ryan Jones, Jr. M/D Chiara Colatruglio, Jr. F Kelly O'Neill, Jr. D Monica Tkacs.

Newcomers: Sr. G Courtney Calantone, So. D Caroline Damore, So. M Emery Varga, So. F Jenna Patel, So. Lexi Gihorski, Fr. Taralyn Naslonski.

Outlook: Despite graduating nine senior starters from last season, including Morris County's leading scorer in Magadan, the Rams have plenty of returning talent. The team will look to come together and improve from game to game and compete with a mix of returning seniors that will lead a group of promising youngsters.

Roxbury

Coach: Diane Naugle-Douglas, 10th season

Last year: 6-10-1

Key losses: 14 seniors.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. Amanda Beal, Sr. Christina Harrigan, Sr. Erika Hofgesang, Sr. Kayla Lucia, Sr. Katie Cikovsky, Sr. Samantha Darling.

Newcomers: Jr. Haylee Intiso, Jr. Jen Kobza, Jr. Kate Cullen, Jr. Michelle Hayek, So. Brenna Norris, So. Cassie Rhein, So. Gina Formisano, So. Jessica Wyse, So. Jordan Segrave, So. Samatha Brodhecker.

Outlook: The Gaels are very young after graduating 14 seniors from last season's team, but Nagule-Douglas sees tons of potential in her team. The older experienced players on the roster will be looked at to lead the youngsters forward and help them get the most out of their talents.

West Morris

Coach: Courtney Bertos, fourth season

Last year: 13-7-1, North 1 Group III champions

Key losses: M Ashley Folkes, F Caroline Boyland, G Christina Eichelosdoerfer, D Ellysa Lamperti.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Alyssa Perkalis, Sr. M Andy Janiszewski, Sr. F Emily Rosenbaum, Sr. F Emily Rubright, Sr. D Hannah Roller, Sr. F Kayla Pena, Sr. F Lindsay Roller, Jr. F Allison Heal, Jr. M/D Caroline Caldarola, Jr. G Danielle Rivers, Jr. D Kayla Mosser, Jr. F Mikayla Young.

Newcomers: Jr. M Catherine Worth, Jr. D Clair Webster, Jr. F Holly Stenger, Fr. D Clair Caldarola, Fr. G Emily Egan, Fr. D Erin Rubright, Fr. M Jackie Drzewinski, Fr. M/F Skylar Migliacco.

Outlook: West Morris brings back plenty of experience from the team that captured the North 1 Group III championship, including their top two scorers in Lindsay Roller (16 goals) and Mikayla Young (eight goals). The Wolfpack has some big shoes to fill in goal and at sweeper where Eichelosdoerfer and Lamperti were both very good last year, but the experience throughout the team should make another deep run possible.

FREEDOM DIVISION

Hackettstown

Coach: Stephen Speirs, fourth season

Last year: 9-8-1

Key losses: D Julia Derco, F Kate Lyng, D Stefania Swider.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Kalie Thies, Sr. M Illin Bangug, Sr. M Machelle Carlson, Sr. M Nicole Andes, Sr. M Nicole Felicetti, Sr. F Sierramarie Fitzgerald, Jr. D Allana Fitzgerald, Jr. M Kaitlyn Keiser, Jr. F Kelly Healy, Jr. M Marissa Siconolfi, So. Michaela Sass, So. Sami Strathern.

Newcomers: Sr. D Christine Ash, Jr. F Erica Salus, So. G Rose Bishop.

Outlook: The Lady Tigers expect success this season as they return a very experience group of starters and compliment them with a group of strong experienced back-ups. Sierramarie Fitzgerald is the returning leading scorer with five goals and four assists but both Carlson and Healy have multiple goals and assists as well.

Jefferson

Coach: Danielle Ryan, ninth season

Last year: 11-7, North 1 Group II quarterfinalists.

Key losses: Brooke Lehman, Katelyn Cannarozzi, Lauren Monaco.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Alexis Bishop, Sr. F Danielle Pini, Sr. G Erin Schreiks, Sr. F Lindsay Brown, Sr. D Marisa Malespina, Sr. D Michele Poquette, So. M Kylie Mastricola.

Newcomers: Sr. F Erin Woo, Jr. M Avery Nicolosi, So. M Alex Gutwill, So. D Kate Vialet, So. M Kendra Nolan, So. F Olivia Lisa, Fr. F Jordan Cowan.

Outlook: Jefferson will enter the season with a solid mix of experience and newcomers. The Falcons will have to fill some key holes left by graduation but the group has been extremely positive and hardworking during the preseason and will look to translate that into the regular season and beyond.

Kittatinny

Coach: Emilyann Murray, first season

Last year: 3-11-2

Key losses: D Carmelina Stolzenburg, F Lyle Freeman, F Megan Calascibetta, F/M Sam Hennet, M Priscilla Moynihan.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Carly Kandell, Sr. M Heidi Jackman, Sr. M/D Maddie Lacken, Jr. M/D Dana Yanvary, Jr. F Sunshine Karns, Jr. M Lindsay McKim, Jr. M Melissa Toye.

Newcomers: Amanda Dempsy, Brianna McNeel, Carly Palmer, Holly Reznik, Jenn Makarevich, Jenn Smalley, Julia Pevarnik, Lindsay Gorob, Maureen Douglas.

Outlook: The Cougars hope to be competitive in their first year under Murray. The team's goals will be to improve upon last year's record while also having fun and enjoying their time together as a team.

Lenape Valley

Coach: Kate Rothman, third season

Last year: 3-15-2

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Lex Tambasco, Sr. M/F Courtney Scherr, Jr. F. Alyssa Falleni, Jr. M/F Isabelle Becker, Jr. D Julia Leyden, Jr. F Kassidy Forik, Jr. M/F Sally Olson.

Newcomers: So. M Gianna Puco, So. F Hollis Smith, So. D Julia Tomlinson, Fr. G Kaylee Gentilucia, Fr. D Kristen Rafferty.

Outlook: After a season of growth and adjustment the Patriots' youngsters are now mature as they return eight starters from a season ago. Olson, a first team all-conference player last season as a sophomore, will be looked towards to help her team get the ball down the field and into scoring opportunities.

Newton

Coach: Lisa Bechtel, 24th season

Last year: 10-8

Key Losses: G Audrey Kelly, D Emily Ventura, F Melanie Rudio, M/F Stephanie Mocerino.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Christine Miserindino, Sr. F Katherine Kellenberger, Sr. F Melissa Bencivenga, Sr. HB Paige Zawislak, So. M Hannah Every.

Newcomers: Jr. G Jenna Zawislak, Jr. F Sara Parks, Jr. HB/M Sara Smith, So. M Jordan Coiro, Fr. Brianna Schumann, Fr. M Natalie Rivas.

Outlook: The Braves expect to be competitive in the Freedom Division while improving upon last season's state and county tournament appearances. Kellenberger will lead the charge offensively after posting six goals and 10 assists last season. Bencivenga should help make life easier for Kellenberger and the other forwards as she posted six assists last season.

North Warren

Coach: Laura Kasa, fourth season

Last year: 3-16

Key losses: F Kayla Devaney.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Kathleen Wadiak, Sr. M Laura Gessler, Sr. G/F Rebecca Hendershot, Jr. F Jessica Towey, Jr. M Laine Ivey, Jr. F Megan Stevens.

Newcomers: Sr. M Lauren Miano, So. G Ariana Kampfe, So. M Gianna Lorusso, So. M Kelsey Conlon.

Outlook: Towey will lead the offense after scoring six goals last season and Wadiak will be the leader on defense as the Patriots continue the rebuild they started a few years ago.

Parsippany

Coach: Rebecca Lilienthal, 16th season

Last year: 19-2, Freedom Division champion, MCT runner-up, North 1 Group II semifinalists.

Key losses: F Emma Graham, D Kaitlyn Kalwa, F Krystal Mayers, M Rida Kazmi.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Amanda Maxwell, Sr. G Jasmine Chen, Sr. F Krysten Mayers, Sr. F Megan Maxwell, Jr. M Emily Davis, Jr. D Faye Cabaccang, Jr. M Katie Lipps, Jr. F Victoria Rossi.

Newcomers: Sr. Bernadette Corpuz, Sr. D Nargess Sharafi, Jr. D Skylar Gohn, So. F Catherine Lanigan, So. F Juliana Delntinis.

Outlook: The Red Hawks look to be set up for another year as one of the top teams in Morris County. The return of Mayers, whose 30 goals and 26 assists helped her be named All Daily Record Player of the Year last season, is one of the best players in the state and should provide Parsippany with plenty of offense. Lipps and Davis are both returning all-conference players in the midfield and Chen brings 93 saves and 10 shutouts back into her position in goal. In addition to the returning talent the Red Hawks have great chemistry, which has Lilienthal very excited for the season.

Wallkill Valley

Coach: Irene Chernati, 28th season

Last year: 13-6-2, North 1 Group II quarterfinalists.

Key losses: F Andreanna Nordland, G Emily Stukenborg, F Kylee Kulsar, D Olivia Ganz, D Rachel Fielder.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Barbara Hannan, Sr. F Casey Pustelnaik, Sr. D Courtney Berado, Sr. M Emma Chick, Sr. M Katelynn Higgins, So. M Erica McNaulty.

Newcomers: Sr. F Olivia Shea, Jr. D Casey Murphy, Jr. G Carly DeOliviera, Jr. F Katherine Readmond, Jr. F Laura David, Jr. M Meg Good, Jr. G Merinda Gruszeski, So. F Celena Persuad, So. F Leah Struble, Fr. F Danielle Seabeck, Fr. D Lindsay Scriffiano.

Outlook: The Rangers' offense, which struggled at times last year, should be better this season thanks to experience and it may need to be as they look to replace Stukenborg, who posted 12 shutouts last season. Pustelnaik and Hannan will be looked towards to provide offense as they are the two leading scorers from a season ago with three goals each.

INDEPENDENCE DIVISION

Boonton

Coach: Jessica Cullari, first season

Last year: 16-4-2, North 1 Group I finalists.

Key losses: n/a

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Brianna Frias, Sr. G Briannah Larsen, Sr. G Emily Sorochynskyj, Sr. M Meghan Mollahan, Sr. F Natalie Vande Vliet, Jr. F Maddy Leva, Jr. F Sara Evans.

Newcomers: Sr. F Alexandra Matchet, Sr. D Elysia Writenour, Sr. M Kelly Writenour, Sr. F Maggie Coleman, Sr. M Mary Zarzecki, So. D Chelsea Davis, So. M Kasey Thomas.

Outlook: The Bombers will be a veteran club that with more than 10 seniors on the roster. Cullari expects that experience to help Boonton achieve the lofty goals that they have set. On the field, the Bombers will be skilled, scrappy and aggressive players bolstered by a sense of family and determination. Larsen, a second team All Daily Record last season may be the area's best returning goalie and should help Boonton immensely in any close games they find themselves in.

Butler

Coach: Kate Allison, seventh season

Last year: 6-13-1

Key losses: F Colleen Cook, F Emily Klingman, D Jessie Plummer, F Kylie Rooney, D Melissa Cascini, Rania Mohamed.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Ashley Votor, Sr. F Rachel Dino, Sr. D/M Rachel Zabelka , Sr. G Reba Smith, Jr. F Amber Haslett, So. M Kristen Toedtmann, So. F Aly Barker.

Newcomers: Jr. M/D Brielle Rozmus, So. G Briana Brady, So. F Hannacy Gurbisz, Fr. M Casey Soules, Fr. F Cassidy Connolly, Fr. M Jade VanderWende.

Outlook: It will be a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs who have seven freshmen and sophomores on the 13-player roster. Allison will look to her upperclassmen to provide leadership and has the talent and experience in some important spots to hopefully provide it. Haslett was one of the best goal scorers in all of Morris County last season with 27 goals and Smith will be entering into her fourth year as the starting goalie. Zabelka who had 10 goal line saves last season and Votor, who missed last year because of a concussion, will also help lead the defense while Dino will team with Haslett to provide leadership on the attack.

Madison

Coach: Ann Marie Davies, 29th season

Last year: 20-1, MCT champs, North 2 Group II finalists.

Key losses: M/D Tori Ellis.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. M Brynn Taylor, Sr. F Crosby Kapp, Sr. D Elizabeth Turnbull, Sr. F Katie Battaglia, Sr. M Michelle Montagna, Sr. F/M Skyler Oates, Sr. F Sophie Smith, Jr. F/M Carleen O'Connell, Jr. D Gabby Fuchs, Jr. D KerriAnne Murphy, Jr. M/D Kyra Mobley, Jr. M/D Maeve Byrne, So. F/M Caroline Turnbull.

Newcomers: Sr. G Caroline Fassett, So. D Amanda DaSilva, So. D Emma Yost, So. M Kaitlyn DaSilva, So. F Stephanie Dellavia.

Outlook: Madison returns seven starters and six other players who saw significant playing time from last year's 20-1 team and looks like the favorites in Morris County yet again. Montagna and Elizabeth Turnbull are the Dodgers' leading returning scorers with 10 and eight goals respectively but plenty of other team members will be able to find the back of the cage as Madison returns 50 goals from last year's team.

Morristown-Beard

Coach: Kate Alderman, second season

Last year: 8-12-2

Key losses: D Laura Loeser, Eliza Mell (transfer), G Jessica Compton (transfer).

Returning letterwinners: Sr. D Bridget Finnegan, Sr. M Carolyn Chambers, Sr. M Delaney Flinn, Sr. M Jessica Wright, Sr. D Katie Sidlowski, Jr. F Chelsea Kramer, Jr. F Gabby Hyman, So. M Bella Cuomo, So. F Sam Chanzit.

Newcomers: D Emma Polaski.

Outlook: After losing just one senior to graduation the Crimson will be stocked with plenty of experience and leadership. Flinn and Kramer should provide plenty of offense as both scored seven goals each a year ago. Defensively, things start with Chambers in the midfield making things tough for opponents to get the ball into dangerous areas. Most importantly Morristown-Beard now has depth in the program which should help now and in the future.

Mountain Lakes

Coach: Coleen Buckley, fifth season

Last year: 10-9-1

Key losses: F/M Lizzie Lee, F/M Megan Ryan.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Abby Morgis, Sr. F Ali Marhefka, Sr. F/M Ashley Moreno, Sr. F Hollin Passarella, Sr. F Jill Catlett, Sr. M Marcella DiMarco, Sr. F/M Nicolette Henning, Sr. D Olivia Sorbo, Jr. M Gracie Tavakkol, Jr. F/D Kate Todero, So. M Charlotte Wessels, So. M Isabel Wessels.

Newcomers: Sr. D Erica McLaughlin, Sr. F Jenna Lang, Sr. G Lauren Oey, Sr. M Nicole Kalamaras, Sr. D Sarah Pickett, Jr. G Paige Ash.

Outlook: With 12 returning players and five new seniors the Lakers will be flush with experience as they try and build upon last season's winning record. Morgis and Isabel Wessels are the returning leading scorers for the Lakers with eight and seven goals respectively, but the chemistry and unselfishness of the team should provide for plenty of contributors this season.

Pequannock

Coach: April-Crystal Holmes, first season

Last year: 7-10-2, North 1 Group I semifinalists.

Key losses: F Elena Borovskis.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. G Ally McMahon, Sr. Christina Brizek, Sr. Jen Berardinelli, Sr. Karley Cassini, Sr. Maggie Morgan, Sr. Sarah Troast, Jr. Emily Borovskis, Jr. Gi Sanguinetti, Jr. Tash Seifried, So. G Kaitlyn Natoli, So. Lauren Burklow.

Newcomers: Jr. M Maddie Ference, So. M Julia Taormina, So. M Kate Weidman, So. M Nat Trautwein, Fr. M Julia Amore, Fr. F Lexi Toback.

Outlook: With a new coaching staff in place the Golden Panthers are looking to start rebuilding the program after a disappointing year. The coaching staff is working to promote a positive, competitive and instructive environment as Pequannock uses the season to continue their fresh start.

Whippany Park

Coach: Nicole Allocco, third season

Last year: 8-9-1, North 1 Group I quarterfinals

Key losses: M Brianna D'Elia, M Kelsey Potkay, G Melanie Lawrie, M/F Sam Mellea.

Returning letterwinners: Sr. F Alle Brueno, Sr. M Alison Gleichmann, Sr. F Caity MacArthur, Sr. D Courtney Messina, Sr. D Gig Mazzarella, Sr. D Jade Bauer,Sr. D Julie Peterson, Sr. F Marissa Kowalskie, Sr. M Rachel Campbell, Jr. F Jamie Rehus, So. G Lisa Foran.

Newcomers: So. Arianna Marino, So. Grace Campbell, So. Jillian Hamtil, Fr. Jess Klein.

Outlook: The Wilcats return a lot of experience as they look to build off last season. Foran was thrust into the fire as a freshman after an injury to Lawrie and performed well with 38 saves in five games, including tough ones against Madison, Boonton and Randolph. That experience should help her this season. Kowalskie, who scored seven goals last season, will lead the offense.

 

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