Just like the boys, it’s extremely tough just to pick out the top 10 girls lacrosse players in the state with so many elite players statewide. But here are some of my choices for players to keep an eye on this season.
Caroline Benitez, Darien, Sr., Midfield: A key player in the Blue Wave’s transition game. She will play at Florida.
Alexa Carbone, Cheshire, Sr., Goalie: The three-year starter enters the 2015 season as one of the most experienced goalies in the state.
Lauren Cole, Hand, Sr., Attack: A two-time Register All-Area selection and named the area MVP last season. Set the school’s single-season record for goals scored with 105 and also had 25 assists, 70 ground balls and 51 draw controls. She has committed to Fairfield.
Sara Dickinson, Wilton, Sr., Attack: Helped lead Wilton to the CIAC Class M title last season and ended up with 33 goals and 25 assists. Has committed to play at Ohio State.
Amelia Heisler, Staples, Sr., Defender: An honorable mention All-American last season, Heisler consistently causes multiple turnovers every game and disrupts an opponent’s attack. She will play at Lafayette.
Erin Mammele, Hand, Sr., Midfielder: A Register All-Area selection last season, she had 59 goals, 21 assists, 82 ground balls and won 60 percent of her draws in 2014. Hand coach Kevin Siedlecki said she has developed into one of the best draw control girls to have ever played for the Tigers. She will play lacrosse at Fairfield.
Mariah Matheis, Darien, Sr., Attack: One of the top scoring threats for the 2014 CIAC Class L champions finished with 45 goals and 16 assists. She will play lacrosse at Georgetown.
Makenna Pearsall, Wilton, Sr., Midfield: One of the most all-around players in the state, she had 38 goals and 26 assists last season and nearly 120 draw controls. She will play at Notre Dame.
Isabel Taben, New Canaan, Sr., Midfield: Helped lead the Rams to the Class M state championship game the last three seasons (won 2012 and 2013, runner-up 2014) and is one of the top scorers for the Rams. She will play lacrosse at Dartmouth.
Taylor Walker, Glastonbury, Sr., Midfield: A 2014 All-American, she is one of the top offensive threats on a very talented Tomahawks’ team. Led Glastonbury to last season’s Class L final. She will play lacrosse at Boston College.