Girls lacrosse: 2019 season preview (team-by-team capsules)

 
Boyertown
Head Coach – Pam Wernersbach (15th season), Assts – Erica Erb, Erica Johnson, Karen Kooker
2018 Record: 7-3 PAC Liberty, 14-6 overall
2018 Postseason: Lost to Owen J. Roberts 8-6 in PAC championship game after topping Pope John Paul II 14-13 in Final Four semifinals … After drawing first-round bye in District 1-3A tournament, suffered season-ending 10-4 loss to PAC rival OJR in second round
Key returning players
Seniors: Amanda Diachynsky – A, Sarah Didget – G, Ashley Dierolf – A, Lindsay Flack – M, Kasey Fox – G., Erin Gilbert – A, Kristi Kada – M, Kasey Roberts – D, Elizabeth Tamasitis – A
Juniors: Mattie Gallagher – D; Amber Marburger – D
Sophomores: Lilly Mauger – M
Note: Diachynsky is an Arcadia commit who was first team All-PAC Liberty and All-Area (Mercury) in 2018 as a junior; Dierolf was a second team All-PAC Liberty and second team All-Area (Mercury) selection in 2018. Both earned those distinctions at the position of attack.
Key losses to graduation: Kaleigh Gallagher (D), Sydney Fox (M), Cassandra Kidwell (D), Asia Swenk (D), Kylie Webb, Jen O'Connor, Hayden Corcoran, Hannah Mitchell
Coach’s season outlook: “Our program will be looking to improve every day, at practice, at games, and in school. These girls will work hard to create their own legacy just like previous teams have done. They will need to communicate, care about each other, be disciplined, be committed and be mentally tough day in and day out to be successful.”
 
Methacton
Head coach: Laurie Markle, 13th season
2018 Record: 6-4 PAC Liberty (9-4 PAC overall), 11-9 overall
2018 Postseason: Defeated Upper Dublin 12-6 in opening round of District 1-3A tournament before suffering season-ending 10-6 loss to CB West in second round of districts
Key returning players
    Sydney Tornetta  M (Coastal Carolina commit)
    Rachel O'Toole  G (Dusquene commit)
    Kate Benton D (Field Hockey to St. Joseph)
    Reilly Smith D
    ​Mia Sheldon D
Others to watch: “A lot of new faces.”
Key loss to graduation: Julie Byrne D (UC-Davis)
Coach’s season outlook: “We have some core returners but a lot of young and inexperienced players that need to learn to work together. We have some speed and will be competitive with an experienced goalie in the cage and Sydney Tornetta leading the attack. I believe that we will be a work in progress and as we find our groove, I am hoping that we peak at the right time this year.”
League outlook: “There are some very experienced teams in our league this year so I feel that it will be a competitive season. Owen J. Roberts and Perkiomen Valley will be tough contenders with their experience.”
Methacton players currently playing in college: Julie Byrne: UC Davis, Daria Lucchesi James Madison University; Jackie Cerchio, Temple; Alana Cardaci, Shippensberg
 
Norristown
Head coach: Rachel Shuster
2018 Record: 0-10 PAC Liberty, 0-16 overall
Key returning players
Emily Schools, senior, midfield/attack
Ashley Schools, senior, midfield/attack
Bryanna Adams, senior, defense/midfield
Key loss to graduation - Brihanna McIntyre
Coach’s season outlook: “We are working on building a new team. Many girls have returned, but a very new bunch of girls are coming up. This year we are working on building the discipline within the program. Players are being held to higher standards and leadership qualities. In the past, our team slowly begins to drop off, and we are working on preventing that this year.The girls are full of energy and ready to play for the season!”
 
Owen J. Roberts
Head coach: David Schlesinger, 1st season
2018 Record: 9-1 PAC Liberty (divisional and overall league champions), 17-7 overall
2018 Postseason: Captured fourth straight PAC title with 8-6 win over Boyertown after topping Perkiomen Valley 9-7 in Final Four semifinals … PIAA 3A playoff qualifier, losing to Manheim Township 8-7 in opening round … Reached District 1-3A quarterfinals with wins over PAC rivals Spring-Ford (12-6) and Boyertown (10-4). After losing to Garnet Valley 10-7 in district quarterfinals, locked up state playoff bid with 9-8 victory over CB West. Lost to Downingtown West 9-7 in District 1 fifth-place game
Key players to watch
Eloise Gebert (Sr. Midfield Captain), Sophia Murray (Sr. Midfield Captain), Charlotte Lasak (Sr. Attack Captain), Maddi Koury (Jr. Attack Captain), Hannah Delahaye (Jr. Attack), Rory Cahill (Jr. Defense), Veronica Roach (Jr. Defense), Cayden Jarvis (Jr. GK), Maggie Kilgallon (So. Midfield)
Postseason honors for returning players:
PAC Liberty 1st team: Gebert (M), Delahaye (A)
PAC Liberty 2nd team: Koury (A), Jarvis (G), Murray (M)
Key losses to graduation: Kelsey Kilgallon (attack), Kylie Cahill (defense), Danika Swech (Midfield)
Coach’s team outlook: “(Being) the third coach in 4 years for OJR presents challenges. However, the team loves to work hard and is eager to learn and improve. OJR has experienced, high level offensive talent and a young, but very athletic defense. The GK position is in sound hands with juniors Cayden Jarvis and Gianna Stalletti. OJR should contend for the PAC title and hopefully progress deep into the District 1 and PIAA playoffs.”
 
Perkiomen Valley
Head coach: Lisa Clark, 3rd season
2018 Record: 15-8 overall, 9-4 PAC
2018 Postseason: PIAA 3A state qualifier (lost to Parkland 8-7 in opening round); Advanced to District 1-3A semifinals with wins over North Penn (12-10), Harriton (9-8) and CB West (6-5). Lost to Garnet Valley 10-8 in district semifinals, lost to Unionville 18-1 in district third-place game ... Lost to eventual league champion Owen J. Roberts 9-7 in PAC semifinals
Key returnees:
Lauren Foley (sophomore, GK)
Kat Kelley (senior, midfield)
Paige Tyson (senior, midfield/attack)
Maggie Sell (senior, defense/midfield)
Note: Tyson, Sell and Kelley were all first team All-PAC Frontier Division team selections in 2018
Others to watch:
Anna Dawson (sophomore, midfield)
Kate Hickey (junior, attack)
Riley McGettigan (junior, midfield)
Key loss to graduation: Caitlin Leap (Bloomsburg)
Coach’s outlook for 2018 season: "Last year was a very successful and historic season for our program and we put ourselves on the map. We are hoping to continue to build on that success as we only lost one starter and are adding more depth and skill to our roster. The PAC will be a competitive conference with many teams being highly talented and senior-heavy. Hopefully PV and the rest of the PAC will continue to break into the district and state post-season play."
Players currently playing in college: Caitlin Leap ('18, Bloomsburg), Grace Lindberger ('18, Widener), Abby Bergman ('17, Bloomsburg), Devon Fleischmann ('17, W&M), Anna Koniencki ('17, VCU), Jenna Pupillo ('17, Hartford), Christie Balestra ('16, Lehigh), Harley Barrett ('15, Coastal Carolina), Nathalie Sell ('15, Millersville)
 
Phoenixville
Head coach: Aamina Thornton, 7th season
2018 Record: 7-3 PAC, 11-9 overall
2018 Postseason: Defeated Interboro 17-7 in opening round of District 1-2A playoffs before suffering a season-ending 16-2 setback to Radnor in district quarterfinals
Key losses to graduation: Becca Lewis, Tyler Hall, Megan Gibbons, Jessica  Dauphinais, Carly Michaud, Emma Visnov   
Key returning players
Seniors - Sydney Alling, Ameerah Green, Gabby  Herschell, Ava Morris, Sydney Schramm, Kyra Trafford, Madison, Morgan Wineburg
Juniors - Katie Baker, Ally Bonshock, Emma Brown,  Bev Lewis, Mary Michaud, Lily White, Maddie White
Sophomores: Alana Lathan, Andrea Hook, goalie Caroline Schwartz. “We have other sophomores that are looking to  step up this year,” said coach Thornton. “We also have a freshman goalie who is looking to make an  impact.”
Coach’s season outlook: "Be Brave in Attempt - quote from the 30 for 30 documentary about Eunice Kennedy Shriver! It was a powerful message and I am hoping to give these young stars the tools necessary to become competitors, teammates and take these lessons and apply them to life."
Phoenixville grads playing lacrosse in college: Megan Nemeth, Kim Rutherford, Jacy Sterritt, Becca  Lewis, TJ Jeffries, Angela Hayde, Bridget Gibbons (club) 
 
Pope John Paul II
Head coach: Maureen Burger, 7th season
2018 Record: 14-6 overall; 10-0 PAC (Frontier Division champion), 10-3 PAC overall
2018 Postseason: Lost to Boyertown 14-13 in PAC Final Four semifinals … Lost to Mount St. Joseph Academy 12-11 in opening round of District 1-2A playoffs
Players to watch: Julia McLaughlin, Jr., M/A; Caroline Slattery, Sr., A, M; Julie Cherneskie, Sr., M/D; Maeve Riley, Jr., D
Key losses to graduation: Monica Rapchinski (A), Grace Cobaugh (M), Charlotte Williamson (GK), Julia Latoff (M)
Coach’s season outlook: “Wegraduated some very talented seniors and will be looking to the team to step up.”
 
Pottsgrove
Head coach: Kirsten Urie, 8th season
2018 Record: 1-9 PAC Frnotier (2-11 league overall), 6-12 overall
Key returning players: Emily Williams, Senior, Attack (committed to West Chester University); Alyssa Petrucelli, Senior, Midfield; Allie Reppert, Senior, Midfield; Jordyn Mayes, Senior, Defense; Anna Carroll, Senior, Defense; Summer Walker, Junior, Defense; Sydney Tornetta, Sophomore, Midfield; Riley Simon, Sophomore, Midfield
Players to watch: Katie Bean, Attack, Freshman; Sydney Wasdick, Midfield, Freshman
Key loss to graduation: Brooke Saylor
Coach’s season outlook: “The Pottsgrove Lacrosse team is approaching this season with a whole new look and new attitude. This season, we have a large roster with 33 players, which gives us depth that we have not had in previous seasons. We are returning the entire starting lineup, minus Brooke Saylor (2018 graduate), and have gained multiple newcomers with a lot of talent. These newcomers, combined with the leadership and skill from the upperclassmen, are going to lead us to a successful season. Every day the coaching staff is seeing improvement in all areas on the field and we are looking to be competitive all season long.”
 
Pottstown
Head Coach: Brandy Scherer, 3 years as head coach (13 years with program; Sam Mazzie Assistant Coach
2018 record:  2-8 PAC Frontier, 8-10 overall
Key returnees: Da’zah Regusters, Sr, Midfield (Committed to UDC); Reilly Owens, Sr, Goalie (Committed to Gwynedd Mercy); Abigail Krause, Sr., Attack (Committed to Johnson & Wales); Taylor Sundstrom, Sr. , Attack; Maryam Belgrave, Sr. Midfield/Defense; Christina Butler, Jr, Midfield/Offense
Others to watch: Destri Roye, Soph, Midfield;  Winni Weng, Jr, Defense; Adriana Hayward, Jr, Defense; Marianna Pearson, Jr., Defense
Key Losses to graduation: Ebony Reddick, Emme Wolfel; Jayla Holloway
Coach’s outlook for 2019 season: “While we graduated our leading scorer for the last 4 years (Ebony Reddick), I think there is a lot of opportunity for others to step up and grow. Our defense will be looking to continue the success we had in settled 7v7 last year. While we were used to relying on Ebony to take it to goal, we actually have quite a few other scoring threats that are hopefully ready to step up. For the first time in a few years, we will actually be fielding a JV which will help us to grow and develop over the next couple of seasons. As always, we are looking for small successes each day!”
 
Spring-Ford
Head coach: Kristi Holstein 1st season (former Spring-Ford head coach from 2005-08), succeeds Amy Short
2018 Record: 2-8 PAC, 8-11 overall
Players to watch
Seniors:  Ashley Hudak, Midfield; Cassie Marte, Midfield, Lehigh commit, 2nd team All-PAC Liberty in 2018; Katie Metzler, Attack, Nazareth commit; Jill Quigley, Attack, Florida commit; Liv Yeagle, Midfield, Dickinson commit, 2nd team All PAC-Liberty in 2018; MaryPat McKenna, Defense, Franklin and Marshall commit;, Michaela Haney,  Attack, Penn commit
Juniors: Lauren Constantine, Attack; Natalie Mason, Defense; Hannah Sharkey, Defense
Key loss to graduation: Mikayla Lynch (defense)
Coach’s season outlook: “We are very excited for this season. We have a very hard-working group of ladies who challenge and support one another. We have a solid foundation of returning players and many younger and inexperienced varsity players who have stepped up their level of play. This group of girls has kept an open mind to new ideas and they are quickly learning and executing them which will bring them success.
"As a team we have both long and short term goals.  In the long term we hope to make it to the PAC championship and advance in districts further than Spring-Ford has before. Short term goals include improving each practice and every game, to push each other to be the best players we can be and to capitalize on the small details."
What will be a position of strength for your team this season?: "Our defense is new but is made of a group of girls with great instinct and have quickly connected as a unit. On attack we have a solid base of returning players who are working toward reaching their full potential."
What factors must come together for your team to reach its highest potential? "
Executing new strategies on both offense and defense that are new to the program." 
 
Upper Merion
Head coach: Angie Yanocha, 14th season
2018 Record: 5-5 PAC, 8-10 overall
Key returning players: Riley O'Malley, Senior, Midfield (1st team All-PAC Frontier last season); Molly Weygand, Senior, Midfield, (1st team All PAC-Frontier last season); Zoey Nikolaou, Senior, Defense, Anya Waller, Sophomore, GK, Catherine Merritt, Sophomore, Attack, Sarah Adams, Sophomore, Midfield
Key Losses to graduation: Quinn O'Malley, Karli Friend, Andrea Davis
Coach’s team outlook: “We have a lot of strength in our senior duo midfielders- Molly Weygand and Riley O'Malley. Surrounding them is a mix of young and old, experienced and not as experienced at the Varsity level. We've worked hard in the off-season training with conditioning and an indoor league. We need to rely on our experienced leaders and have a lot of communication on the field. Strengths also include our enthusiasm and team bonding. Hoping to improve with each scrimmage and each game into the season.
League outlook: “We hope to be very competitive within the PAC Frontier Division.”
Players currently playing in college- Quinn O'Malley, West Chester, Andrea Davis, IUP, Karli Friend- Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.) University
 
Upper Perkiomen
Head coach: Catie Sobotor, 1st season, replaces Susan Flack
2018 Record: 5-5 PAC Frontier, 7-12 overall
2018 Postseason: Lost to Villa Maria Academy 16-1 in opening round of District 1-2A playoffs 
Key returnees: Courtney Bauer, Senior, Mid; Kathryn Bieler, Senior, Attack; Morgan Fiorito, Senior, Attack; Mikayla Folk, Senior, Attack;  Grace Lehman, Senior, Attack; Tori Shive, Senior, Defense; Erin Boyle, Senior, Defense; Taylor Wismer, Senior, Defense; Caitlin Bauer, Sophomore, Defense/Mid; Bella Carpenter, Sophomore, Attack.
Others to watch: Makenna Phipps, Sophomore, Goalie
Key losses to graduation: Hope Flack (M), Erika Boyer (A), Elizabeth Fox (A)
Coach’s outlook for 2019 season: “We have a good mixture of senior leadership and experience along with some new players that will be getting an opportunity to play. The potential is there and we are looking forward to working hard and trying to get better with every practice and game.”
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