2016 Berkshire County high school girls lacrosse preview
Coach: Molly Meczywor (fourth year)
Last year: 2-10
Key returnees: Alie Mendel, freshman; Aubrey Rumbolt, junior; Skylar Case, sophomore; Monica Vallieres, senior
Outlook: The Hurricanes are coming off a two-win campaign, but they have talent returning in 2016.
Freshman Alie Mendel and junior Aubrey Rumbolt will each play center and attack wing. Monica Vallieres returns as starting goalie while Skylar Case is back on defense.
Paige Barrow, another freshman, will fit into the starting rotation as well.
Hoosac will have to replace Holly Cadran (38 goals last season), the team's center last year, plus Audrey Johnson and Megan Richardson. Those were the teams three senior starters last season, with everyone else returning.
Other key players this season will include Briana Lancia, Chloe Martel, Angelica Tanguay, Faith Hall, Claudia Bresett, Alexis Desroches, Ella Suters and Sara Tomkiewicz, among others.
The team is mostly made up of ninth and 10th graders, with four seniors and two juniors.
Coach: Dave Galisa (fifth year)
Last year: 10-10, Central/Western Mass. Division II second round loss to Bromfield
Key returnees: Mikayla DeSantis, sophomore; Meryl Phair, junior; Emma Bartini, junior; Emma Hanley, junior
Outlook: The Wildcats enter the season with only two seniors and a team made up of mostly underclassmen.
Lee also has 14 players from Monument Mountain as part of the co-op, with some having played before in addition to some new players.
The Wildcats lose Alyssa Kelly (100 points, including 82 goals last season) to graduation, plus the defense took a big hit, including the losses of Casey Collins and goalie Liz Consolati, among others.
Some players tasked with stepping up this season include, among others, Emma Bartini and Brianna Hawley in attack, Mikayla DeSantis at center, Meryl Phair and Haleigh Richardson in the midfield and Bea Blais, Emma Hanley and Khali Zabian on defense.
There are three players currently in line to see time at goalie, with two or even all three ready to split time.
Coach: Lindsey von Holtz (fifth year)
Last year: 19-3, Central/Western Mass. Division II quarterfinal loss to Groton-Dunstable
Key returnees: Sarah Stripp, junior; Haley Reinhard, senior; Maggie Rorke, senior; Hope Willis, senior; Emma Polumbo, sophomore, Julia Whitney, senior
Outlook: The Mounties, undefeated last season in county play, return a bunch of key players in 2016.
Sarah Stripp (midfield/attack) returns for her junior campaign after scoring 82 goals and adding 32 assists last season, earning All-Berkshire MVP honors.
Haley Reinhard and Hope Willis will help anchor the defense while Maggie Rorke (midfield/defense) and Emma Polumbo (attack/midfield) also return.
Moving from attack to goalie is Julia Whitney, a senior.
There will likely be a few new players that will see some playing time, but for this most part this is an experienced squad.
Coach: Jenna Giardina (third year)
Last year: 3-12
Key returnees: Jacie Salvie, senior; Lauren Curry, senior; Emily Kestyn, juniors
Outlook: PHS, which picked up a victory over tournament-bound Lee last season as well as two wins against Hoosac Valley, will have to replace the offensive output of Shea Hassett, a first-team All-Berkshire selection in 2015.
The Generals will attempt to do that with key returnees Jacie Salvie (center) and Lauren Curry (forward/midfield).
Emily Kestyn will anchor the defense, which will include a brand new goalie.
If Pittsfield is going to get off to a good start to the season, it will have to find a way to manufacture goals while the defense and goalkeeping also play well despite inexperience.
Coach: Kathy Budaj (fifth year)
Last year: 14-7, Central/Western Mass. Division II quarterfinal loss to Grafton
Key returnees: Emmy Cote, junior; Perin Genaway, senior; Jordan Budaj, junior; Katie Bachli, junior
Outlook: The Warriors return all four first-team All-Berkshire selections from last season.
Midfielders Emmy Cote (72 goals, 28 assists in 2015), Perin Genaway (48 goals, 14 assists) and Jordan Budaj (41 goals, 19 assists) will lead the way along with goalie Katie Bachli (145 saves).
Other key returnees include Kenna Mcilquham in the midfield and on defense, seniors Sierra Howes (defense) and Lily Howes (attack) and Hannah Rueger (attack).
Those players, along with some other essential contributors, will likely make Wahconah one of the top teams in the county this season.
After getting a bye through round one of the postseason last season, the Warriors beat St. Bernard's 20-18 to advance to the quarterfinal round, where they fell.
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