Berkshire County girls lacrosse preview capsules, 2017

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Hoosac Valley

Coach: Molly Meczywor (fifth year)

Last year: 6-8

Key returnees: Alie Mendel, So.; Claudia Bresett, So.; Aubrey Rumbolt, Sr.; Skylar Case, Jr.

Outlook: Coming off a two-win season in 2015, the Hurricanes responded with a 6-8 mark last season, just one game away from qualifying for the postseason.

And there's more good news for Hoosac — it brings back all of its starters in 2017. That includes sophomores Alie Mendel and Claudia Bresett, plus senior Aubrey Rumbolt, all key goalscorers.

Junior Skylar Case is set to anchor the defense while Paige Barrow, Bri Lancia and Chloe Martel will also be key on defense. Junior Abi Disbrow returns in goal for the Hurricanes.

Cairagan Greene and Brooke DiGennaro are a couple of a number of athletes picked up by the team for the upcoming campaign.

Lee

Coach: Dave Galisa (sixth year)

Last year: 7-10

Key returnees: Emma Bartini, Sr.; Meryl Phair, Sr.; Emma Hanley, Sr.

Outlook: The Wildcats will try and get back into the postseason after missing out last year with a 7-10 mark.

Senior captains Emma Bartini (attack), Meryl Phair (attack/wing) and Emma Hanley (defense) will lead the way. The team will have to play at least some of the season without junior captain Mikayla DeSantis, due to injury.

Goalie Taryn Paul returns for her sophomore campaign while seniors Alexa Tallboy and Haleigh Richardson also return. Some key juniors include McKenna Hammerle, Khali Zabian, Ahna Schlaefer, Alessandra Chiavacci and Bridey Nicotra.

Some sophomores are Ann Macchi, Ashley Barnes and Lauren Kinne. Finally, former softball player Kendra Williams, a senior, is playing lacrosse.

Mount Greylock

Coach: Lindsey von Holtz (sixth year)

Last year: 16-4, lost in Central/Western Mass. Division II Quarterfinals

Key returnees: Sarah Stripp, Sr.; Emma Polumbo, Jr.; Caroline Flynn, Jr.

Outlook: The Mounties are coming off an outright Berkshire County League championship in 2016.

Greylock also won its postseason opener (19-10 over Oakmont) before falling in the Central/Western Mass. Division II quarterfinals.

Senior midfielder Sarah Stripp, All-Berkshire co-MVP in 2016, is back and is a key player offensively and defensively. Junior Emma Polumbo is returning and will likely take draws for the team. Junior attack/midfielder Caroline Flynn is also back and will play a big role offensively.

With the graduation of goalie Julia Whitney, it will be Autumn Delivery and Hannah Byrnes both stepping up to play in goal this year. Replacements of graduating defenders will also have to take place in 2017.

Pittsfield

Coach: Jenna Giardina (fourth year)

Last year: 4-12

Key returnees: Emily Kestyn, Sr.; Riley Nichols, Sr.

Outlook: The Generals are coming off a 4-12 campaign in 2016, but the team finished 4-2 over their final six games.

That late run included wins over Chicopee Comp, Chicopee, Monson and Hoosac Valley (in the season finale). Also, a one-goal loss to the Hurricanes was part of that stretch.

But Pittsfield lost a lot of talent from last season, and they'll rely on returning seniors Emily Kestyn and and Riley Nichols to help lead the squad.

Some key newcomers include Paige Hinman, Jill Cote and Sierra Murray, among others.

The Generals will also have a new goalie in 2017, according to coach Jenna Giardina.

Wahconah

Coach: Kathy Budaj (sixth year)

Last year: 17-5, lost in Central/Western Mass. Division II Quarterfinals

Key returnees: Emmy Cote, Sr.; Jordan Budaj, Sr.; Kenna McIlquham, Sr.; Katie Bachli, Sr.

Outlook: After making a run to the Central/Western Mass. Division II quarterfinal round in 2016, the Warriors return a lot of talent this year.

Senior captains Emmy Cote (midfield), Jordan Budaj (midfield), Kenna McIlquham (midfield) and Katie Bachli (goalie) are set to lead the way. Cote was All-Berkshire co-MVP in 2016.

Wahconah will be looking for solid impacts this season from senior Becky Steele (attack), junior Brianna Kasala (defense), junior Suzanne Stefanik (defense) and junior Hannah Ronayne (defense).

Wahconah is coming off a season in which it won a playoff game (12-5 over Lunenburg), and finished only one game back of Mount Greylock for first place in the Berkshire County League.


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