• Coach: Shannon McCracken (first season)
• Last year’s record: 16-7 overall (12-5 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Emilie Ikeda, Shannon Keen, Bobby Dougherty, Juliamae Marger, Carly Pickford, Kelly Colbridge, Laura DeLongis
• Key returnees: Seniors – Michelle Holweger, Alexa Gable, Laura Squicciarini; Juniors – Shannon Talbot, Katrina Marger
• Others to watch: Seniors – Emma Laurens, Sarah Galang, Jill Harrington, Erika Myslinski, Jess Wagner; Juniors – Juliana Hill, Chessa Kownurko; Sophomores – Casey O’Donnell, Amanda Laessig, Frankie Tossona
• Strengths: The Maidens have good speed on the forward line and talent in the midfield. Coach McCracken is impressed with the shape the girls came into camp in, as it shows their good work ethic.
• Question marks: The Maidens are coming off a large graduating class and this year’s team will be young. A lot will depend on how quickly the new players can step into their role and gel on the field.
• Outlook: The Maidens expect to be competitive in coach McCracken’s first season. She says, “The team has worked hard and the underclassmen are stepping into important roles. It will be key for Holweger and Gable to lead the defense and Talbot to lead the midfield.”
• Coach: Nikki Thren (three seasons) • Last year’s record: 7-11 overall (3-11 in the Suburban One Continental Conference) • Notable losses: Sarah Yerk • Key returnees: Senior –Anastasia Matz; Juniors – Addy Marshall, Melissa Herd, Kelly Wolff, Madison Reiss
• Others to watch: Junior – Ben Van Pelt; Sophomore – Kari Moyer
• Strengths: The Rams are encouraged play as hard they have worked in the offseason and they large amount of players that come back after experiencing a season at the varsity level.
• Question marks: The Rams are considering installing a new system and if they decide to go that route it will be concern to how quickly they can pick up the new schemes. The Rams need to connect the dots and if the talent can come together it should be an exciting season.
• Outlook: The Rams have continued to improve as a team throughout the first two seasons under coach Thren and they hope to keep moving the right direction and finish with more wins than the previous season.
• Coach: Lauren Whiteside (first season)
• Last year’s record: 14-5 overall (11-3 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Alayna Brown, Courtney Bradshaw, Rachel Valentine, Taylor Yoder, Morgan Brozena
• Key returnees: Seniors – Alyssa Ziegler, Caroline Erkes, Tabatha Almond, Bekah Hershey; Juniors – Abbey Gabriel, Meghan McDermott, Jen Bergey
• Others to watch: Senior – Kayla Ruth; Sophomore – Jess Ziegler
• Strengths: The Indians have a solid group of girls that work extremely well together on and off the field. Their strength lies within the midfield because of its experience and leadership abilities.
• Question marks: Coach Whiteside is in the process of taking the relationship she made during her years as an assistant coach and improving those as the new head coach. The Indians are slowly, but surely figuring out what she is expecting.
• Outlook: Coach Whiteside said, “As we look to fill positions to graduating seniors, our veteran players will be key in helping to connect the pieces. We worked hard in the offseason and with strong leadership and the team’s enthusiasm to bring out the best in each other. We are looking forward to being a competitive team this year in the league.”
• Coach: Michelle Waldspurger (first season) • Last year’s record: 7-11 overall • Notable losses: Megan Bolton, Ashley Clemens, Brianna Kauffman, Lynell Leinbach, Monica Roth
• Key returnees: Seniors – Taylor Schwoyer, Bailey Balmer, Joanna Benner, Hannah Bergey; Junior – Karalyn Schmidt; Sophomore – Mattasyn Shisler
• Others to watch: Seniors – Paige Souder, Lindsay Greger, Marissa Souder; Juniors – Brielle Alderfer, Janae Kauffman, Jooli Hansen, Mariah Denlinger; Sophomore – Emily Derstine
• Strengths: The Pioneers are deep on offense. The depth should help keep them fresh and potent late into games. They expect to score more goals than they have in recent years.
• Question marks: The Pioneers lost a lot of defensive players to graduation. It will be a process to groom new players to play in the back and to keep the scoring of the other team to a minimum.
• Outlook: Coach Waldspurger said, “I am excited to be back at my high school (the 1995 graduate) and I am excited about the upcoming season. The girls have been working hard since April when I took over the program. My assistant coach Pam Sherry and athletic director Tim Ehst have made this a smooth transition.” The Pioneers are hoping to improve on the seven wins from a season ago.
• Coach: Laura Swezey (second season)
• Last year’s record: 7-8-1 (6-7-1 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Nicole Beck, Cortnee Daley, Caroline Hagan, Julie McKay, Val Sadowl, Maddie Wagenfeld
• Key returnees: Senior – Robyn Barbell; Juniors – Carlee Baldus, Colby Eldridge, Jane Henry, Rachel Rausal; Sophomores – Jenna Cutilli, Casey Swezey
• Others to watch: Sophomore – Emily Braunewell; Freshman – Kelsy Hopkins
• Strengths: While the athleticism bodes well, it is the team chemistry and positive attitude that will separate the Lady Hatters from the other talented teams in the area.
• Question marks: After losing six Division One athletes, the biggest thing is a void in leadership. Some of the girls who were able sit back and watch the seniors of last year be the voice of the team will have to take charge this year.
• Outlook: Losing a talented senior class like the Hatters did is tough to rebound from, but the Hatters are staying positive and looking to improve as the season progresses. They have a lot of good athletes who could grow into great field hockey players quickly.
• Coach: Stephen Alpuche (first season) • Last year’s record: 2-12 overall • Notable losses: Alexis Mitchell, Katie Diplacido, Lauren Ecceloton
• Key returnees: Seniors – Ali Baluarte, Sam Gerhard, Kathleen Diferediando
• Others to watch: Juniors – Jules Hill, Julia Cilibertio; Sophomore – Brianna Suskie
• Strengths: The Crusaders have a great attitude and it stems from great leaders in the senior class. No matter what challenges are ahead, the girls are ready to take it on.
• Question marks: The Crusaders are still in the process of improving their goaltending situation.
• Outlook: The Crusaders had big numbers at tryouts, which bodes well for the future. This year, as they continue to build up the program, they are just hoping to improve their win total from a season ago.