BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Almost the entire roster is back for Bishop Eustace, including senior defender Jim Gruccio, an all-conference first-team selection. Senior attackman Bryan Hartman (27 goals, 97 ground balls) and junior midfielder Lorenzo Carletti (16 goals, 12 assists, 82 ground balls) both made the all-conference second team, and other key pieces of the midfield are senior Matt Heiser (14 goals, eight assists) and junior Cole Farrell (eight goals, eight assists). Seniors John Stone and Tom Ciampi and sophomore Aidan Higgins are important returners on defense along with long stick middie Matt DiRenzo, a senior. Senior JC Marion is back in goal after recording 153 saves in his first season as the starter. Seniors Peter Buck and William Forrest and junior Skip Hill are other returning veterans, while sophomore Michael Davis and Nate Acito showed promise as rookies.
OUTLOOK: After posting an 8-10 record with a young squad in 2019, the Crusaders should be much improved this spring.
CAMDEN CATHOLIC FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Three all-conference second-team selections are back to lead Camden Catholic: seniors Zach Toles and Miles Dean and sophomore Dan Dever. Toles, an attackman, led the Irish with 37 goals and will once again be an offen- sive force, while Dean and Dever are key returners on defense. Junior Patrick Miller had 26 goals and 15 assists in a breakout sophomore season, and other contributors to the attack are seniors Michael Volpe (10 goals, 10 assists), Alex Reyes (five goals, 46 ground balls) and Mitchell Zalecky (four goals, five assists). Senior Sean Folcher will look to take over as the starting goalie and other returners in the midfield and on defense are seniors Seamus Murphy, Lennon DeSimone and Eddie Davis.
OUTLOOK: The Irish have a solid nucleus returning and will look to build on last year’s 8-11 record.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherokee will need new leaders to emerge after graduating four all-conference players and its four top scorers from a year ago. The good news is the defense brings back all-conference second-teamer Logan Rhoads, a senior who recorded 36 ground balls. He is committed to Hood College. Senior Zach Litty (10 goals, eight assists, 27 ground balls) is a key player in the midfield, the leading returning scorer and a Chestnut Hill recruit. Junior Tommy Kelly and sophomore Billy Westerby will also be counted on offensively and junior Joe Gasperone is a veteran presence in the midfield. Junior Ryan Doyle saw time in goal as a sophomore and hopes to earn the starting job. Junior Milo Barkow is an experienced defender and returners expected to play bigger roles are seniors Tom Rispo, Sean Young and Aaron Brockman, juniors Aidan Cosgrove and Michael Scarpulla and sophomores Anthony Moffa and Cameron Hoelzel.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs’ 2019 season featured a one-goal loss to rival Lenape in the sectional semifinals and an 11-8 final record. They expect to remain competitive despite having several new faces in the starting lineup.
CHERRY HILL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherry Hill East brings back a strong defense led by senior Colin Cunningham, an all-conference first-teamer. Senior Sean Coen and junior Dan Yasenchak are also returning starters on D, and that veteran presence will be valuable as senior Kevin Thunberg looks to take over as the starting goalie. Senior attackman Sam Stoffman (15 goals, 14 assists, 35 ground balls) made the all- conference second team and will be a big part of the offense, along with junior attackman Rei O’Brien (12 goals) and senior attackman Robert Rojas (six goals). Sophomores Gavin Poulshock (nine goals, nine assists) and Gavin O’Connor (four goals) flashed potential as rookies and will be counted on as well. Top players in the midfield are seniors Jacob Holland (14 goals, 41 ground balls) and Christopher Lembo, juniors Dom Angelastro and Noah Sell, sophomore Jakob Mutschler and incoming freshman Sean Murphy. Junior Hank Feudtner and sophomore Sean Morrow should handle the bulk of the faceoffs.
OUTLOOK: With a promising core in place, the Cougars are poised to improve on last year’s 510 record.
CHERRY HILL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior midfielder John Howe is a top returner for Cherry Hill West after recording 16 goals and 75 ground balls as a junior to make the all-conference first team. He is also the Lions’ faceoff specialist. Senior Calvin Aliferov (15 goals, 45 ground balls) is another talented midfielder who made the all-conference second team. Seniors Jack Begley and Kenny Dango will be counted on at attack and sophomore Brandon Drea also has potential as a goal scorer. Seniors Danny Kinsella and Patrick Green and sophomores Ethan Steinbiss and Joey Papa are key returners in the midfield. Most of the starting defense graduated, but sophomore long stick middie Nick Aristone is expected to be a difference-maker on D along with defensive midfielder Robert McCullough, a junior. Sophomore Wyatt Marble will look to emerge as the starting goalie. Freshmen Lucas Flynn and Cooper Legato are expected to have an immediate impact at attack, while midfielder Peter Graffeo and defender Lucas Becker should also contribute as rookies.
OUTLOOK: The Lions posted their first winning season in years, as they went 8-7 in 2019 and qualified for the playoffs. They’ll look to make it two in a row behind Howe and Aliferov.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior attackman/midfielder Tyson Burbank is coming off a breakout junior season in which he tied for the team lead with 33 goals to go with 13 assists and 44 ground balls. He made the all-conference first team and is primed for a big senior season. Senior Sean McAllister is another force on offense who had 19 goals, eight assists and 68 ground balls. Senior Brendan McSorley, who led Clearview with 100 ground balls, is a defensive stalwart who made the all-conference first team. He will continue his career at Stockton. Sophomore Aidan McCullough, an all-conference second-teamer, made an immediate impact as a rookie and joins McSorley on defense. Senior Jackson Heilig is a top player in the midfielder and the Pioneers’ faceoff specialist, and scoring threats include seniors Justin Kill and James Conway, junior Evan Niewoehner and sophomore Connor Reagan. Senior Ian Wilkinson and sophomore Mario Leone are other returning midfielders and experienced defenders are senior Zach Gonserkevis and junior Joey Iaccio. Senior Gerry Gramaglia is a candidate to become the starting goalie.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers bounced back from a rare losing season in 2018 to go 9-9 and reach the sectional semifinals last spring. They have the pieces in place to make another playoff run.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Eastern graduated a deep senior class but is excited about the return of two talented attackmen. Senior Mason Morano had 21 goals, 15 assists and 14 ground balls to make the all-conference second team, while Luke Riley shined as a fresh- man with a team-high 30 goals to go with 13 assists and 26 ground balls. Senior Brandon Scholnick is another playmaker who had nine goals and six assists. Junior Ernie Merriweather is a veteran defender and sophomore Jared Goldstein returns as the starting goalie. Max Brzozowski is another sophomore who saw time as a rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings have some promising talent returning from last year’s rebuilding season and will look to make progress under new head coach Shane Flannery.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Gloucester Catholic said goodbye to a special crop of seniors— including all-time leading scorer Sean Beers and team MVP Drew Venit— but still has a strong base to build around. Leading the way is junior attackman Kellen Hurst, who scored a team-high 48 goals to go with 40 assists and 49 ground balls. He made the all-conference first team and is poised for another big year. Senior Brandon Madalion also made the all-conference first team and paces the defense. Other key pieces of the defense are junior goalie Antonio Rodriguez, an all-conference first-teamer, senior defender Patrick O’Neill, a second-teamer, and junior Joe Martinelli. Junior Ayden Okrem is returning from an injury and is expected to be a difference-maker in the midfield, and seniors Luke Van Auken (12 goals) and Bobby Kulinski (24 ground balls) are other important players in the midfield. Junior defender/long stick middie Ryan Collins and sophomore Ryan Talorico will also look to contribute, and newcomers to keep an eye on are freshmen Alex McMahon and Cole Raudenbush.
OUTLOOK: The Rams went 11-4 to reach double digits in wins for the third time in four seasons. They expect to be contenders in the Olympic Conference National Division.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Haddonfield graduated one of South Jersey’s best players in Aiden Blake, but there is still talent remaining on the roster. Sophomore midfielder Finn Morgan, who can also contribute at attack, had a strong rookie campaign in which he recorded 36 goals, 10 assists and 21 ground balls to make the all-conference second team. Senior attackman Reece Purnell (23 goals) and junior midfielder Tommy Batson (15 goals, 20 assists) are other top playmakers and junior midfielder Glenn Foley is back as the faceoff specialist. Senior Jack DeVita and junior John McDonnell are other veterans in the midfield. Senior Will Gramigna, a Scranton commit, is a three-year starter in goal who made 151 saves and made the all-conference second team for the second straight year. He will be supported by senior defenders Kyle Garstkiewicz and Aidan Bell.
OUTLOOK: The Haddons were competitive in their first season in the Olympic Conference American Division, as they compiled a 6-4 mark on their way to a 12-8 final record. They also reached the sectional semifinals and should be in store for another successful season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Joe Marino emerged as Kingsway’s starting goalie last year and made 230 saves on his way to all-conference first-team accolades. He leads a defense that is also bolstered by the return of senior Nick Saporito and junior Riley Harker. The Dragons graduated their four top scorers and will be counting on senior Nick Brennan (12 goals, eight assists) to pace the attack. Junior Braden O’Rourke and sophomore Matt Marino will also contribute offensively and senior Ryan Barr is an experienced defensive midfielder. A strong freshman class is expected to have an impact right away.
OUTLOOK: The Dragons played well down the stretch last spring and finished with a 6-9 record after a close loss in the first round of the playoffs. They will need to develop their attack to vie for a winning record this spring.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Much of last year’s roster returns, starting with senior attack- man Mason Bregman, an all-South Jersey and all-conference first-team selection. The UMass commit led Lenape in points, as he registered 47 goals and 36 assists. Plenty of other playmakers join Bregman, including all-conference second-teamers Luke Cole and Sean Kennedy, both juniors. Cole, a Monmouth commit, had 31 goals and 21 assists, while Kennedy added 21 goals and 30 assists. Senior Hunter Lippincott (28 goals, 13 assists) and sophomore Sean Shelko (14 goals) will also be factors at attack. Junior Tristan Neilson is poised to take over as the primary faceoff specialist and other returners in the midfield are juniors Riley Spitznas and Zack Lippincott and sophomore Ethan Paludniak. The defense is led by junior Brady Long, a starter since his freshman year and an all-conference first-teamer last season, along with senior Caleb Oswari, an all-conference second-teamer. Long is being recruited by several Division I programs and Oswari has committed to RPI. Seniors Kevin Yang and Nick Allen, junior DJ Lawrence and sophomore Sean Pappas are other important returners at the defensive end. Senior Will Blum, an Eastern University commit, will look to earn the starting goalie job. Senior Clyde Washington, who will play college football at Purdue, is also back on the lacrosse field and expected to contribute at midfield.
OUTLOOK: Even with a young squad in 2019, the Indians extended their streak of sectional championship appearances to six in a row, shared the Olympic Conference American Division title and finished with a 16-4 record. They expect to be division, sectional and possibly state contenders once again this spring.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All-South Jersey first-team midfielders Shane Knobloch and Connor McDonough, both seniors, are back to lead Moorestown before continuing their careers at the Division I level. Knobloch, a Rutgers commit, tied for the team lead with 37 goals last year and added 16 assists. McDonough, who is headed to Towson, chipped in 27 goals and nine assists. Junior attackman Nick Cataline (28 goals) is another proven finisher along with senior midfielder Jack Stewart (20 goals, 10 assists), who is committed to the Air Force Academy. Seniors Patrick Coleman, Sam Winkler and Matthew Buckley will also contribute at attack and senior midfielder Chris Furze is a difference-maker at the faceoff X. Senior Jon Miller, a Bryant recruit, is another key returner in the midfield. All-South Jersey selection Nick Gubitosi and his brother Dominic lead the defense in front of fellow senior Jack Avis, who saw time as the backup goalie and will look to become the starter. Senior Jack Comegno also saw time on defense and will look to play a bigger role. Other returners expected to have an impact are senior midfielder Charles Schneider and junior attackman Ben Polich.
OUTLOOK: After facing a demanding schedule in the regular season last year, the Quakers reaped the benefits in the playoffs as they captured their fourth straight sectional title and second state championship in three years on their way to an 11-10 final record. They will set the bar high again in 2020 with a new head coach, as Baron Wallenhurst stepped down after an outstanding tenure that started in 2006. Brian Cary will look to keep the program along the elite.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Moorestown Friends only graduated two seniors from last year’s team and has a promising roster that should benefit from the experience it acquired. Leading the way is junior midfielder Adi Fox, who has reached double figures in goals in each of his high school seasons. He recorded 13 goals, five assists and 48 ground balls last year and was also the Foxes’ faceoff specialist. Senior Cory Dennis and juniors Chase Eni (eight goals) and Carrington Mizelle (six goals, 19 ground balls) are other key players in the midfield, while senior Jack Bader (six goals, 44 ground balls) and junior Aidan Connolly (five goals, eight assists) will contribute at attack. Senior Williams Kinzler is back as the starting goalie and juniors Sean Wiseman and Aidan McManus are two of the top defenders in front of him. Senior Kory Koste and sophomore Samuel Reyes are other returners looking to make an impact.
OUTLOOK: Last year was a rebuilding one for the Foxes, but with so many important players back in the fold it would not be surprising to see them make significant strides.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A strong core is back from last year’s memorable season, including senior attackman Jack Freeland, who has led Paul VI in scoring the last two years. He had 41 goals, 34 assists and 46 ground balls to make the all-conference first team in 2019. Four all-conference second-teamers also return: senior long stick middie Will Fagan, who recorded a team-high 79 ground balls; senior attackman Christian Klinger, who had eight goals, 18 ground balls and also contributed on faceoffs; and sophomore midfielders Brad Maslowski (29 goals, eight assists, 61 ground balls) and Ryan Stiefel (27 goals, 22 assists, 52 ground balls). Senior Rob Kane (nine goals, seven assists) is a key player at attack and junior Nate Warren returns as the Eagles’ primary faceoff man. Senior Paul Dunn and junior Sean Olcese are experienced defenders and junior Brandon Pascale is a candidate to become the starting goalie. Other contributors are senior Nick Arena, juniors Patrick Woodside and Nick Gallo and sophomores Dominic Basile and Alex Cudeyro.
OUTLOOK: Last year was a special one for the Eagles, who went undefeated during the regular season, claimed the Olympic Conference National Division title and finished with a 15-1 record. They have high hopes for 2020 as well.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A solid defense is back for Seneca, led by senior goalie Julius Sorino and senior defender Austin Endebrook, who both made the all-conference first team. Sorino made 239 saves in 2019 and both are three-year starters. Junior Jordan Charyk is another experienced defender. The attack is led by senior Luke Walker, an all-conference second-teamer who finished with 21 goals and five assists. Junior Jeff Weightman added 12 goals, and other offensive contributors include seniors Shane Scanlan, Andrew Rodenschin and Jake Handy and junior Ben Peters. Junior Zach Hoffman is a key player in the midfield.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles’ 6-11 record included an upset win over Robbinsville in the playoffs. They hope to carry the momentum over to this regular season and move up in the Olympic Conference Patriot Division standings.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chris Lyons has been a difference-maker since his freshman year at Shawnee and is primed for a big final season before continuing his career at Yale. The attackman/midfielder scored 67 goals as a junior—giving him 151 for his career—and added 34 assists and 34 ground balls to make the all-conference first team. Lyons will be aided at attack by senior Kyle Korchak, who netted 25 goals and assisted on 16 others last year. Senior Jake Barnett returns as the primary faceoff specialist and is a key player in the midfield along with junior Tom Rebstock and sophomore Matt Welsey. Senior Andrew Goldstein made 123 saves in his first year as the starting goalie to earn all-conference second-team accolades. Senior Dom Carbone and sophomore Freddie McAneney are experienced defenders in front of him. Other returners looking to contribute are seniors Sean Danks, Tucker Fetterolf, Sean Owens, Matt Papa, Tom Papa, Adam Potoczak and Tyler Richards; juniors Ron Kelly, Tyler Korchak and Evan Welsey; and sophomore Liam Sherb.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades had another successful season in 2019, as they went 15-4, shared the Olympic Conference American Division title and reached their third straight sectional final. With one of the area’s premier players in Lyons leading the way, this spring has potential for more of the same.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMEN
PLAYERS TO WATCH: GianLuca Lockhart is set to wrap up his standout career at Washington Township with another stellar season before moving on to Cabrini. The senior midfielder led the Minutemen with 43 goals and 24 assists last year to go with 85 ground balls and was rewarded with all-conference second-team recognition. Senior midfielder Zach Grassi joined him on the all-conference second team and is another top returner. The Neumann University commit handles almost all of the faceoffs and led the team with 183 ground balls last year to go with 19 goals and 12 assists. Other playmakers are senior attackman Nick Flamma (22 goals, 12 assists)—who will continue his career at Gwynedd Mercy—and junior midfielder Richie Hughes (18 goals, 10 assists). Sophomore Alex Kunicki showed promise as a rookie as well. Seniors Charlie Wisely and Joey Bacich return in the midfield and junior Kane Giloley (110 ground balls) is an important piece of the defense along with senior Gene Petruzzi, a Neumann recruit. Junior Will Dennery will look to take over as the starting goalie.
OUTLOOK: Washington Township’s 9-10 season included its first Gloucester County Cup since 2011 and a berth in the sectional quarterfinals. With many of the top players back in the fold, the Minutemen will shoot for a winning record this spring.
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BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Bishop Eustace suffered a big loss when senior midfielder Julia Gatelein, an all-conference first-team selection last year, tore her ACL. She will miss the entire season. On the bright side, sophomore Alexa Ronning, an all-conference second-teamer, is an important returner in the midfield, and senior midfielder Sophia Cross is excited to return after being sidelined last year with a collapsed lung. The Crusaders are also deep at attack, with seniors Kaitlyn Klitchko and Abby Romani and junior Karoline Griffis all capable of putting the ball in the net. Junior goalie Megan Carter enters her third season as the starter after recording 100 saves and making the all-conference second team. Seniors Danielle Venuto and Kat Hartman, junior Mia Trottie and sophomore Alex Senior are experienced defenders in front of her. Bishop Eustace is looking forward to an infusion of solid under- classmen joining the program as well.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders reached the sectional semifinals before dropping a close game to Haddon Township to finish with a 10-9 record last spring. They have several spots to fill but hope to contend for division and sectional titles.
CAMDEN CATHOLIC FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Four all-conference first-team players are back for Camden Catholic, starting with senior attacker Kate Walsh, a Fairleigh Dickinson commit. She erupted for 90 goals to lead the Irish and was second on the team with 76 draw controls, to go with 23 assists and 27 ground balls. Junior midfielder Devin Rybacki, a Coastal Carolina commit, is another standout who had 69 goals, 17 assists and a team-high 93 draw controls, and she will be key at both ends of the field. Junior attacker Olivia Eilbacher (25 goals), a Kutztown commit, and senior defender Julie Rosica (19 grounds balls) also made the all-conference first team. Senior Natalie Berry (15 goals), a TCNJ commit, and junior Neve Murphy (eight goals) are other playmakers at attack. Junior Brynn Levins joins Rosica as an experienced defender, although a new starting goalie will have to emerge.
OUTLOOK: Camden Catholic’s 21-2 record in 2019 included a perfect 12-0 mark in the Olympic Conference National Division for their third consecutive division title, and they also reached the sectional final for the third year in a row. They have a chance to extend both streaks this spring.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior midfielder Alex Kulinski is coming off a breakout sophomore season in which she led Cherokee with 103 draw controls and was second on the team with 52 goals to go with 12 assists and 38 ground balls. The Jacksonville commit was rewarded with all-conference second-team recognition. Another key returner is senior midfielder Nicole Dilullo, a Rutgers commit who had 34 goals, 11 assists and 17 ground balls. Sophomore Aly Mascolo is another talented midfielder who found the net 16 times as a rookie, and Sam Esher (13 goals) is a proven finisher at attack. Sophomore Chelsea Evans and junior Katie Montenero are important pieces of the defense in front of junior goalie Natalie Roesch. Junior Grace Gilmore is also an experienced defender.
OUTLOOK: Despite fielding a vastly different starting lineup last year, the Chiefs still compiled a 10-9 record—reaching double digits in wins for the third consecutive season—and reached the sectional semifinals. More of the same can be expected this spring with Kulinski and Dilullo leading the way.
CHERRY HILL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Four all-conference players are back for Cherry Hill East, starting with senior midfielder Julia Cutler, a first-teamer who led the Cougars with 42 goals. Senior midfielder Nicole Austin also made the first team and is a key player at both ends of the field. Junior attacker Paige Miller (33 goals, 12 assists) and senior midfielder Sydney Cicha (32 goals, 12 assists) are other standouts who made the all-conference second team. Cutler and Cicha should handle the majority of the draws this season. Juniors Lauren Ballay and Remy Abrams are other offensive playmakers, while senior Bella Cepero and juniors Maddie Graham and Cecilia Cavallo will contribute at attack as well. Junior Sami Bell is an experienced goalie, and returners on defense are senior Vivian Do and sophomores Haley Krassan and Lily Lazarus.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars went 9-11 in 2019, improving by five wins from the year before. The progress should continue as they look to post a winning record this spring.
CHERRY HILL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hopes are high this season at Cherry Hill West, which returns a stellar core and also welcomes in a talented junior transfer. Junior attacker Sophia Graffeo led the Lions with 84 goals to go with 22 assists, 23 ground balls and 55 draw controls on her way to all-conference first-team accolades. She will continue her career at East Stroudsburg. Two other offensive stars joined Graffeo on the all-conference first team: junior midfielder Maddy Orefice and junior attacker Maria Spiotto. Orefice, a Jacksonville commit, led the team with 89 draw controls and recorded 56 goals, 32 assists and 40 ground balls. Spiotto chipped in 45 goals and 27 assists. Yet another explosive scorer joins that group this spring—Jenna Casole, who is committed to Hofstra, had 45 goals and 53 assists last year at Eastern. Senior Kerrigan Donnelly (17 goals) and sophomore Emily Hazel (70 draw controls), an all-conference second-teamer, are key returners in the midfield. The defense is also impressive, as senior defender Katrina Vzyaniaris and senior goalie Gina Bellon both made the all-conference first team and sophomore defender Naomi Aristone made the second team. Other veterans hoping to make an impact are senior Gillian Sweeney and junior Abbie D’Ambra, and freshman Carolyn Kirk has the potential to contribute right away.
OUTLOOK: Last year was a memorable one for the Lions, who went 17-4 overall, a perfect 10-0 in the Olympic Conference Patriot Division and advanced to the sectional semifinals. They will set lofty goals again in 2020.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior attacker Hailey Russo is on her way to becoming one of the all-time greats for a program that has been blessed with many, and it will be exciting to see what she can accomplish in her final two seasons at Clearview before moving on to Maryland. Last year she led the Pioneers with 105 draw controls and 64 goals—giving her 149 for her career—and was rewarded with all-conference first-team honors. The attack is also bolstered by the return of senior Kendall Hendricks, a University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit who scored 24 goals and made the all-conference second team, and junior Molly Green, who tallied 16 goals. Sophomores Ashley Noto, Mary Moraca and Samantha Johnson all had an impact as rookies and will contribute to the attack as well. Speaking of young difference- makers, Avery Gawronski’s freshman season in goal featured 170 saves and all-conference firstteam recognition. Experienced defenders in front of her are senior Ava Graham and junior Nevaeh Deichert. Junior Meghan Decker and senior Miranda Gardina return in the midfield and sophomore Kaitlyn Pirrotta will also have an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers finished with a rare losing record of 8-9 with a young and inexperienced roster last year. With almost the entire team returning and one of South Jersey’s best players in Russo, it would not be surprising to see them bounce back in a big way.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Eastern graduated several top players from last year’s sectional championship team but returns a solid nucleus. That includes sophomore midfielder Ryleigh Heck, who compiled 47 goals, 20 assists, 51 ground balls and 63 draw controls as a rookie, earning all-conference second-team honors. Her continued growth will be crucial since her older sister Kara, a senior midfielder, will miss the season with a torn ACL. Kara Heck had 51 goals, 37 assists and 66 draw controls last year before suffering her injury, so her absence will be felt. Sophomore Jane Trauger netted 19 goals in her rookie season and will be another key piece of the offense, while junior Anne Traczyk is also expected to contribute at attack. Junior Kaitlin Henry is a key defender in front of senior goalie Kelli McGroarty; both made the all-conference second team. McGroarty, a three-sport star who will focus on soccer at La Salle, is looking to end her lacrosse career on a high note. Senior Anacapri Slack, junior Caitlin Cowdin and sophomore Kelsey Barratt are other veteran defenders and sophomore Mia Robbins also hopes to have an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings have been on quite a tear lately, as they claimed their second sectional championship in three years last spring, reached the Group IV state final and finished with an 18-4 record. This has the look of another successful season.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior attacker Emileigh Cloak broke out last season with 18 goals, tops on the team, and should once again be a key player for Gloucester Catholic. Junior midfielders Ella Van Dine (12 goals) and Sophia Testa (six goals) are other important returners. Several sophomores flashed potential as rookies, including Natalia Barrera, who scored 11 goals and took many of the draws, and fellow midfielder Fara Holland (eight goals). Juniors Kamryn McDonald and Bridget Smith are experienced defenders in front of sophomore goalie Karley Emery, who made 81 saves as a freshman. Other returners hoping to contribute are juniors Kara Bernetich, Savanna Snyder, Lauren Wethman, Gianna Gollotto and Olivia Versace and sophomore Riley Cannon. Newcomers to watch are sophomore Angelina Barrera and freshmen Samantha Salvatore and Teagan O’Neill.
OUTLOOK: Many of the Rams’ young players gained valuable varsity experience during a rebuilding season in 2019, and they are poised to reap the benefits this spring.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Haddonfield graduated an outstanding senior class but is hoping to get back junior midfielder McKenzie Blake, who suffered a torn ACL in the middle of last season. In just 10 games before getting hurt, Blake compiled 44 goals, 13 assists, 34 ground balls and 80 draw controls. She has proven herself to be one of South Jersey’s best players and will continue her career at Princeton. Junior attacker Emily Smart is another playmaker who had 20 goals and 20 assists. Sophomore Juliet Walls and junior Marykate Murschell also return at attack and sophomore Sadie Carpenter will contribute in the midfield. Senior Riley Smith and juniors Mia Rothstein and Jenna Wells are experienced defenders in front of junior goalie Maya Feinstein, who turned away 95 shots as a sophomore.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldawgs repeated as sectional and state champions in a special 2019 campaign that ended with a 20-4 overall record. They certainly have some spots to fill but count on them staying competitive.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior attacker Haley Phalines has made the all-conference first team in each of her first two seasons and is primed for a big year. She had 40 goals, 16 assists, 27 ground balls and 95 draw controls as a sophomore. Junior Meghan Bennett is a top player in the midfield who recorded 35 goals, 17 assists and 33 ground balls on her way to all-conference second-team accolades. Senior Nat Ivans (22 goals) is a proven finisher at attack, while junior Morgan Klaiss also hopes to con tribute. Senior Sara Metheny, who scored 13 goals as a sophomore but missed last season with an injury, is set to return in the midfield. Other experienced midfielders are senior Emily Keene (46 ground balls, 56 draw controls), junior Payton Ruwet (nine goals) and sophomore Julia Campagna (nine goals). Sophomore Kaitlin Price (138 saves) is back in goal and the veteran defense includes seniors Elizabeth Bennett, Olivia DeFusco and Sofia Gular.
OUTLOOK: The Dragons’ 6-13 record last spring featured a playoff win. They hope to show improvement on their way back to the postseason in 2020.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Gianna Monaco burst onto the scene in a big way last year as a rookie. The attacker erupted for 86 goals to set a school record and also led Lenape with 147 ground balls and 107 draw controls to make the all-South Jersey and all-conference first teams. It will be exciting to see what she does for an encore. Senior midfielder Lauren Dickson, a Utica commit, is another key returner who had 34 goals and seven assists on her way to all-conference second-team honors. Junior Allison Halfpenny (13 goals, 18 assists) and sophomores Lauren Conroy (17 goals, 11 assists), Lina Neilson (13 goals, 10 assists) and Kylie McNamara (nine goals) are other offensive contributors, and Kareena Gohel is another sophomore who earned varsity minutes as a freshman. Senior Gillian Cortese, a Gettysburg commit, made 141 saves and is back for her third season as the starting goalie. Experienced defenders include senior Caitlin Harvey, a Susquehanna commit, and sophomore Audrey Cashin. Promising newcomers include freshmen Emma and Lily Bunting, who are expected to make contributions on varsity this season as well.
OUTLOOK: The Indians went 13-8 in 2019—an eight-win improvement from the year before— and reached the sectional final for the fifth time in six years. With a talented nucleus returning, they look like contenders once again.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Moorestown graduated a terrific senior class but is excited to welcome back a solid core that includes Avery Jaffe. A senior attacker, she had 40 goals and five assists last year and will continue her career at Maryland. Seniors Sophia McHugh (19 goals, 18 assists) and Julia Sullivan (16 goals) and junior Dylan Silar (20 goals) are all committed to Columbia and will contribute offensively along with sophomore midfielder Katie Buck (14 goals). McHugh and Sullivan were both named US Lacrosse Academic All-Americans. Junior Margaret Lawler, an Ohio State commit, will need to anchor the defensive unit.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers went through a lot of changes last year—most notably new coach Colleen Hancox taking over the program—but the end result was the same as they posted a 195 record and claimed their 24th state championship. They will shoot for another Group III crown this spring.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Bella Runyan has enjoyed a remarkable athletic career at Moorestown Friends and this will be her final season before moving on to Villanova and focusing on basketball. A midfielder in lacrosse, she netted 86 goals and led the Foxes with 28 assists, 72 ground balls and 81 draw controls last year. Two other talented midfielders return: senior Jasmine Phillips, a defensive middie who scored 11 goals and was an all-Friends Schools League honorable mention choice, and junior Madison Bouggess, who had 43 goals and 12 assists. Attackers to keep an eye on are seniors Jackie Barr and Elizabeth Geyer and sophomore Kendall Borbi. Junior Bella McCollister is an experienced defender and senior Elizabeth Carter is back as the starting goalie after making 209 saves as a junior. Other returners hoping to contribute are senior Alex Kinsey, juniors Rebecca Benjamin and Priya Shah and sophomore Ava Carlson.
OUTLOOK: The 2019 season was one of the Foxes’ best in years, as they went 12-8 and reached the sectional championship game. With top players like Runyan, Phillips and Bouggess back in the fold, this is shaping up as another successful spring.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hannah Exley was a bright spot for Paul VI last year and will look to build on her promising rookie season this spring. The sophomore attacker had 12 goals and six assists and is the Eagles’ leading returning scorer. Senior Lindsey Shannon is another proven finisher who will spearhead the attack, along with sophomore Nicole Sheppard. Other offensive contributors include Andrea Petito and Essa Ziccardi. Senior Meg Deming leads a defensive unit that also brings back seniors Sarah Moriak and sophomore Ashley Millilo. Junior Hailey DeCastro made 88 saves as the starting goalie. The new freshman class has a lot of talent that could be a great surprise for the season.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles gained valuable experience during the 2019 season and should make strides as a program this spring.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Seneca was hit hard by graduation, losing Cassidy Spilis, who scored more than 300 career goals, among others. Leading the returners is senior attacker Emily Ingram, who had 33 goals and 19 assists to earn all-conference first-team accolades. Junior Devon Webb is a top playmaker in the midfield who compiled 31 goals, 39 assists and 41 ground balls, and she was joined on the all-conference second team by junior Regan Bednar, a defensive midfielder. Junior attacker Kayla Brooks had 19 goals and 17 assists and junior Jorja Cooper will also contribute offensively. Senior Jess Fullerton returns as the starting goalie after making 97 saves, and junior Grace Rollins is an experienced defender. Other returners hoping to have an impact are seniors Daniele Bisconte, Madison Catalano, Madeline Daecher and Bridget Patterson and juniors Lexi Dooley, Hannah Mehigan, Maya Butcher and Isabella Fedeli.
OUTLOOK: After going 14-4 in 2019 and reaching the sectional semifinals for the second year in a row, the Golden Eagles will look to remain competitive with a new-look lineup.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior attacker Julie Cassidy broke out in a big way last spring, as she scored 66 goals to lead Shawnee and make the all-conference first team. It will be interesting to see what she can do as an upperclassman. Cassidy forms a potent one-two punch at attack with senior Sami McDonald, a High Point commit who had 33 goals and a team-high 24 assists on her way to all-conference second-team recognition. Junior Jamie Carvin (19 goals), a Shippensburg recruit, will also contribute offensively along with senior Lauren Jones (seven goals, six assists) and junior Abby Rennie (nine goals, eight assists). Senior Emma Sears, who will continue her career at Bryant, powers the defense along with junior Maeci Moore, who has committed to East Carolina. Their veteran presence in the back will be crucial as Shawnee must replace South Jersey Goalie of the Year Ashley Vernon. Junior Catherine McGlynn and seniors Logan Anderson and Ava Stielau are other key returners.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades put it all together at the end of the 2019 season, as they went on an eight-game winning streak that included victories over Eastern and Moorestown. They went on to reach the sectional semifinals before dropping a close game to Lenape. With a strong nucleus returning, hopes are high in Medford.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMAIDS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Washington Township has a talented crop of seniors who are excited to see what they can accomplish in their final season together. The group includes midfielders Ally Tobler, Hannah Schrader and Jennie Boyle, who have been playing together since youth lacrosse. Tobler, a TCNJ recruit, led the Minutemaids with 46 goals to make the all-conference first team; Schrader, who will continue her career at Temple, added 36 goals and made the all-conference second team; and Boyle, a Manhattan commit, chipped in 29 goals and 12 assists while handling the draws. Other top seniors are defenders Sophia Schiavo, a Rowan commit and all-conference second-teamer, and Madison Wernik, a TCNJ commit; goalie Jenna Gervasi, who made 101 saves; and attacker Gab Raspanti (eight goals, four assists), who is headed to Shenandoah. Junior attacker Rachel Lee netted 24 goals, junior attacker Mairin Conway added seven goals and junior Ellie Koerner is a key player in the mid- field. Sophomore Marissa Lucca flashed potential as a rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemaids’ 9-10 season was highlighted by their first Gloucester County Cup since 2010 and a berth in the sectional quarterfinals. The senior class will look to lead them to a winning record and long playoff run this spring.
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