COACH: Jenna DeRosa
LAST YEAR: 10-8 (9-3 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Gabby DiGello, Sr., D, captain; Elle Henn, Sr., A, captain; Kendra Osinski, Jr., M; Bella Ferraro, Jr., M; Jena Casman, So., G.
OUTLOOK: DeRosa hopes to build on the progress the Spartans made last year, finishing in the top four teams in the SCC. The girls are focused on being successful in the league and CIAC Class L tournament. DeRosa believes the teams to beat in the SCC are Hand, Cheshire and Guilford.
COACH: Jackie Ceccolini
LAST YEAR: 8-9-1 (3-3-1 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Cara Broughal, Sr., D; Teagan Mockus, Sr., M; Caroline Murphy, Sr., M; Kara Nardella, Sr., M; Claire Benevento, Sr., A.
OUTLOOK: Ceccolini is looking forward to an exciting year in the growing SCC division. Some key upper classmen are returning for the Horbnets with some help from a talented group of freshman.
COACH: Meghan Letko
LAST YEAR: 5-11 (2-4 SWC)
TOP PLAYERS: Rachel Mudre, Sr., M, captain; Lily Mudre, Sr., M-A, captain; Ryane Newall, Jr., M.
OUTLOOK: Letko believes the Bulldogs are poised for a successful season due to their senior leadership led by Lily and Rachel Mudre and a high number of returning players.
COACH: Dan Warburton (192-67-3 career)
LAST YEAR: 15-6 (8-1 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Alexa Carbone, Sr., G; Kya O’Donnell, Sr., D; Taylor Stauffer, Sr., M; Megan Dutchyshyn, Jr., A.
OUTLOOK: Cheshire returns four of its 12 starters from last season. The Rams strength going into its season is the experience of Carbone, a three-year starting goalie. Warburton said other all-league and all-state players graduated making the Rams inexperienced in all areas of the field except goal. Warburton hopes to be competing for the league title by the end of the season, “but we have work to do.”
COACH: Jack Connors
LAST YEAR: First-year varsity program this season
TOP PLAYERS: Kali Borden, M-D, Sr. captain; Alexis Malangone, D, Sr., captain; Julia Astram, A, So.; Hannah Pouliot, M, So.
OUTLOOK: The team played a junior varsity schedule last season. This season’s varsity team is a very young team compreised of 20 freshmen, 14 sophomores and only four upperclassmen. Despite being young, Connors said most of the girls have the experience of playing youth lacrosse. Connors’looks forward to having a competitive team on the field and anticipates an intense rivalry between the Milford schools Law and Lauralton Hall.
COACH: Steve Jewett
LAST YEAR: 6-9-1 (5-1-1 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Edy Moritz, Sr., M; Katrina Niedziela, Sr., D; Nicole Raccuia, Sr., A; Emma Jewett, Jr., M; Brooke DIstante, So., M.
OUTLOOK: A well balanced returning team with strengths on both ends of the field. Jewett hopes to improve on last year’s record, finish strong in another tight SCC battle and qualify for the state tournament.
COACH: Meagan Dobson
LAST YEAR: 7-9-1 (5-4-1 Shoreline)
TOP PLAYERS: Brinley Anderson-Sophomore-Midfield; Julie Hausherr- Junior-Attach/Midfield; Jessica Kasper-Senior-Defense; Teresa Tripodi-Senior-Attack; Katie Hausherr-Junior- Attach/Midfield
OUTLOOK: The HK girl’s lacrosse team is looking forward to an exciting season with returning leaders on the field. It has many players coming back including HK’s top scorer and key offensive players as well as a solid veteran defensive unit.
COACH: Lindsey Leach
LAST YEAR: 8-9 (6-6 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Samantha Cozzolino, Sr., M; Jade Smart, Sr., A; Marie Cox, Sr., D; Lia Ferri, Jr., D-M.
OUTLOOK: The Green Dragons should match or improve last season’s record led by Cozzolino who has committed to play at Southern Connecticut State.
COACH: Kevin Siedlecki (85-40 career record)
LAST YEAR: 14-6 (SCC 8-2)
TOP PLAYERS: Lauren Cole, Sr. A; Erin Mammele, Sr., M; Kelly Nizolek, Sr., D.
OUTLOOK: Hand returns a good core of attackers. But Siedlecki said the team needs some younger girls to step up to help returning all-state midfielder Erin Mammele in the midfield. Hand should at least match last season’s record and is the team to beat in the SCC.
COACH: Eric Mueller
LAST YEAR: 4-9-1 (Western New England Prep School Women’s Lacrosse)
TOP PLAYERS: Hayley Cashman, Sr., D, captain; Bethany Hecht, Sr., D, captain; Avery MacMullen, Jr., A; Emma Banks, Jr., M.
OUTLOOK: Hopkins is a relatively young team with some strong up and coming freshmen and sophomores who will increase the Hilltoppers’ offensive fire power.
COACH: Joanne Trenchard
LAST YEAR: SWC 9-7
TOP PLAYERS: Nicole Zaccaro, So., C; Laura Maiorano, Sr., A; Victoria Stapleton, Sr., D; Kerry Ullman So., A.
OUTLOOK: After losing some key seniors, Lauralton Hall is rebuilding with many talented freshman that have been added . Trenchard expects to have a competitive season for the team’s first year in the SCC.
LAST YEAR– First-year varsity program this season
TOP PLAYERS– Molly Vargo, Jr., M; Jillian Parsons, Fr,, M; Olivia Keator, Fr., A.
OUTLOOK: As a first-year varsity program, Shaw hopes to be competitive with teams that have been a varsity program for years.
COACH: John Benchimol
LAST YEAR: 9-9 (6-6 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Emma Bonnassar, Sr., M, captain; Quinn Millard, Sr., D, captain; Casey Nelson, Sr., A; Danielle Richardson, Sr., M.
OUTLOOK: Mecy lost a few starters including a seasoned goalie from last year but has its core group of middies and attackers. Mercy has a good group of freshmen that may be able to make an impact.
COACH: Lois Frankforter
LAST YEAR: 5-11 (1-9 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Molly Benson, Sr., A; Shayna Deluca, Sr., M; Catherine Babbidge, Jr., A; Deja Spearman, Jr., G; Mandy Brock, Jr., A; Morgan Heyl, Jr., M; Samantha Kwieraga, Jr., M.
OUTLOOK: North Haven has added depth to its bench this season with the continued development of its players, especially the juniors and sophomores. Frankforter is looking forward to a more balanced offense and midfield this season.
COACH: Charissa Zbikowski
LAST YEAR: 7-10 overall (4-7 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Caitlin Jagoda, Jr., M; Abbie Jagoda, Jr., M; Emilee Giancondino, So., M; Natalee Giacondino, So., A.
OUTLOOK: In their second season as a varsity team, the Titans are looking to build on last season and be competitive every game in 2015. Expectations are high as the team looks towards a successful 2015 season with strong senior leadership and younger players who will contribute early.
LAST YEAR: 7-10 (4-4 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Julia Fitzpatrick, Sr., D, captain; Gina Orazietti, Sr., A, captain; Julia Kopchik, Sr., A, captain; Jillian Ortoli, Jr., A.
OUTLOOK: The Gaels should at least match last season’s record.
COACH: Trevor Scofield
LAST YEAR: 8-8
TOP PLAYERS: Genesis Torres, Jr. M; Michelle Buzzanca, Jr., M; Payton Barta, Jr., G; Olivia Mastroluca, Jr., M; Brianna Rotonto, Jr., A; Shelby Mackowski, Jr., D.
OUTLOOK: A young team with talented juniors and freshmen.
COACH: Chrystal Fanelli
LAST YEAR: 10-7 (5-4 SCC)
TOP PLAYERS: Gabi Prisco, So.; Danielle Bertolini, Sr.; Blair Ludoviconi, Sr.; Jill Moran, Sr.; Alex Young, Sr. (no positions listed)
OUTLOOK: Fanelli said after a successful season last year, thye Westies moved up a tier (Tier 3 to 2) in the SCC “so we have a tough schedule ahead of us. We graduated most of our key players last year so we we’re working to rebuild this year.”
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