Coach: Kevin Brady, eighth season
Last year’s record: 19-2-2
Top lettermen lost: Natasha Ntone Kouo (F), Julia Wescott (D), Erica Kent (D), Karen Spehalski (D).
Returners: Sydney Rosa (Jr., F), Gabriella DiLiberto (Sr., F), Margaret Lee (Jr., Mid.), Ghilene Joseph (Jr., Mid.), Carla LaRocca (Jr., Mid.), Kaitlyn Roughan (Jr., D), Julia Simoes (Jr., D), Alex Kalafor (Jr., GK).
Newcomers: Katherine McCulley (Jr., D), Katrina Nguyen-Demary (Fr., Mid.), Gabrielle Sachs (Sr., Mid.), Kayla Kennedy (Sr., Mid.), Gillian Blewett (Sr., D), Fiona Withum (So., D), Morgan Crooks (So., Mid.), Melissa Ciaccio (So., Mid.), Sarah Shnayder (So., Mid.), Dominique Brancato (So., GK).
Outlook: Despite graduating the reigning Home News Tribune Player of the Year in Ntone Kouo and two other All-Area selections from last season, the Bears should be highly competitive in the Red Division this year. Rosa returns for her junior season after scoring 15 goals in just 13 games in 2012, which included the game winning strike in the GMCT Final against Piscataway, and DiLiberto should provide a second scoring punch from the attacking position. But the Bears have the depth to come at you in waves, with a very deep junior class, led by Rosa, including goalkeeper Kalafor and midfielders Lee and Joseph. Head coach Kevin Brady expects his defense to be anchored by Roughan and Simoes as the Bears seek to defend their Red Division and GMCT titles.
Coach: Lisa Dato, third season
Last year’s record: 9-12-0
Top lettermen lost: Elizabeth Scoda (Mid.), Aelana Freeman (F), Michelle Chen (Mid.).
Returners: Sana Ajani (Sr., GK), Marissa Cooney (Sr., D), Jennifer El-Fakir (Sr., D), Karen Eng (Sr., Mid.), Hannah Harkay (Jr., D), Alexandra Horgan (Sr., F), Katia Olsen (Sr., D), KiraRose Olsen (Sr., Mid.), Nidhi Patel (Sr., Mid.), Sarah Que (Jr., F), Kiersten Shannon (Jr., Mid.), Erin Shea (Sr., GK), Kristen Shea (Sr., Mid.), Melaney Zranchev (Sr., Mid.).
Newcomers: Nina D’Amiano (Jr., D), Samantha Dzema (So., F), Christina Elko (Sr., Mid.), Jaimie Jasina (Sr., D), Melanie Lim (Jr., Mid.), Kinjal Shah (Fr., Mid.).
Outlook: After making it to the GMCT semifinals last season, the Hawks have their sights set on getting even further into the postseason in 2013. Head coach Lisa Dato brings back a squad that has 12 seniors, including seven starters, so experience shouldn’t be a problem. The three captains are all entering their final season and Eng, Kristen Shea and Zranchev will man the midfield and help swing momentum J.P. Stevens’ way in many contests. But the Hawks are especially deep in goal, with Erin Shea and Ajani both coming back for their senior seasons. The defense should also be a position of strength, as Cooney, El-Fakir and the Olsen sisters are expected to lock down opponents’ best offensive players. In the highly competitive Red Division, the Hawks will need to secure points against their divisional rivals to be in a good position come postseason time.
Coach: Kathy Dillon, fourteenth season
Last year’s record: 6-11-0
Top lettermen lost: Ashley Batista (F), Eva Vastardis (Mid.), Caitlin James (D), Kerri McCabe (D), Samantha Visinski (Mid.), Lauren Hoffman (Mid.), Tammy Ojo (F), Brittany Marchi (F).
Returners: Taylor Evanchik (Sr., Mid.), Demi Rousseau (Sr., F), Stephanie Pasewaldt (Sr., D), Jessica McDonald (Sr., Mid.), Amber Kelly (Sr., Mid.), Lauren Gaskel (Jr., D), Erica Junquet (Jr., GK), Casey Reyes (Jr., Mid.), Leah Persing (Jr., D), Sarah Hager (Jr., F), Katyln Mascali (So., Mid.), Abigayle Cicoria (So., Mid.), Erin Seppi (So., GK).
Newcomers: Abigayle Ludwig (Jr., F), Arianna Reyes (Jr., Mid.), Melissa Barnes (So., D), Kelly Kimbo (So., F), Erin Butler (So., D).
Outlook: In their first season in the Red Division, the Falcons struggled a bit last year, but a talented group of seniors are expected to help lead resurgence. With five senior starters coming back, including three in the midfield (Evanchik, McDonald, Kelly), Monroe should control the ball a lot. Five juniors and four sophomores also return in 2013, infusing a bit of youthful energy into a squad that has worked very hard in past seasons to build up Monroe’s resume state-wide. Junquet is one of the more experienced goalkeepers in the conference and a defensive unit, led by Pasewaldt and Gaskel should help keep scores low. A bounce-back season and a record over .500 is well within reach for the Falcons this season.
Coach: Rob Lozzi, twenty first season
Last year’s record: 16-5-1
Top lettermen lost: Nicole Brennan (F)
Returners: Courtney Durstewitz (Sr., D), Hannah Hallos (Sr., D), Chrisitina Shannon (Sr., Mid.), Lauren Coletti (Sr., F), Ashley Cafarella (Sr., Mid.), Alley Maurer (Sr., GK), Alexis Suarez (Jr., F), Samantha Potts (Jr., Mid.), Stephanie Walz (Sr., D), Megan Malone (Sr., D), Jasmine Grossmann (So., Mid.), Madison Kellermueller (So., D), Tara Durstewitz (So., Mid.), Michelle Colombo (Sr., Mid.), Vera Sela (Sr., Mid.), Lexi Grillo (Sr., Mid.), Jen Texeira (Sr., Mid.).
Newcomers: Giana Taranto (Jr., Mid.), Arielle Flores (Sr., GK), Jessica Tranchina (So., Mid.), Marissa Scognamiglio (So., D), Melanie Santurro (So., D), Alison Lopes (So., D), Angela Pagiazitis (Fr., D), Emily Carrington (Fr., Mid.), Breanna Jacinto (Fr., Mid.).
Outlook: The Knights have been to the GMCT semifinals in each of the last two seasons, losing to Piscataway both times, but this edition should be able to get over the hump and play for a conference title. This is quite possibly the deepest team, on paper, with all but three starters coming back from a squad that made the Central Jersey Group IV Final last postseason and won a school-record 16 games. Coletti, a second-team All-Area selection last year, led the team with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) and Potts also went over 10 points in 2012 (nine goals, four assists). Durstewitz, Shannon and Hallos all were key pieces of last season’s squad and could be even better as seniors. A trio of freshman (Pagiazitis, Carrington, Jacinto) have impressed in the preseason for head coach Rob Lozzi, who enters his 21st season overall.
Coach: Jen Vroman, first season
Last year’s record: 17-4-1
Top lettermen lost: Kristyn Shea (GK), Amber Adams (Mid.), Daija Griffin (F), Melissa Adeva (D), Vedika Bandhi (Mid.), Tamara Greene (Mid.).
Returners: Meaghan Wells (Sr., D), Kelsey Nugent (Jr., Mid.), Maia Williams (Jr., F), Danielle Grant (So., F), Asia Hurley (Jr., D), Visha Paul (Sr., Mid.), Darcy Gallego (Sr., Mid.).
Newcomers: Lela Allen (Fr., Mid.), Ayana Garvin (Fr., Mid.), Janiah Lambert (Fr., D), Erin Buchinski (So., D), Jackie McEvoy (So., D), Kayla Evans (Jr., Mid.).
Outlook: The Chiefs fell just one win short of a GMCT title last season, but this edition is going to look significantly different. Piscataway graduate Jen Vroman takes over as head coach and gone are six seniors that helped lead the squad last year, including their starting midfield, top scorer and starting goalkeeper. An infusion of freshman energy, led by a trio that have played together since they were 8-years old, should help breathe some new life into one of the conference’s perennial powers in 2013. Vroman coached Allen, Garvin and Lambert when they were just kids and that group, along with Williams and a host of juniors will have to learn on the fly how to win at the varsity level. But Vroman was one of the members of the 2002 team that won Piscataway’s first GMCT title, so the coach knows how to win, and she should be able to guide this team deep into the GMCT.
Coach: Beth Barrio, sixth season
Last year’s record: 10-10
Top lettermen lost: Jessica Puchalski (F), Bryce Knoblock (Mid.), Taylor Stephens (D).
Returners: Casey Savoth (Sr., GK), Courtney Eisma (Sr., GK), Katrina Morales (Jr., D), Sarah Shaffer (Jr., D), Taylor Brantley (Sr., D), Jessica Zimmermann (Sr., D), Allison Boni (Sr., D), Rebecca Michael (Jr., D), Cagnie Antczak (Sr., Mid.), Jenna Mastronardi (Sr., Mid.), Kelly Ciabattone (Sr., Mid.), Samantha Stojanovski (Sr., Mid.), Miho Yamada (Sr., F), Brielle Errico (Jr., F).
Newcomers: None to date
Outlook: Any team that brings back nine seniors should be expected to compete in the toughest division in the conference, and that’s exactly what head coach Beth Barrio is looking forward to in 2013. Although the Vikings lose their leading scorer from last year in Jessica Puchalski, they have a good amount of leadership and skill coming back. A pair of fourth-year goalkeepers (Eisma & Savoth) and four upperclassmen defenders highlight the Vikings’ 2013 roster, which is going to try and keep scores low to win. But when the game calls for South Brunswick to score a few goals to pick up the victory, they should be able to. Ciabattone, Errico, Mastronardi, Stojanovski and Yamada all have varsity experience and can find the back of the net at will.
Coach: Brian Figueiredo, eighth season
Last year’s record: 2-19-0
Top lettermen lost: Erin Kenny (Mid.), Courtney Wieworski (D), Zaira McKoy (D).
Returners: Aimee Balint (Jr., D), Tori Lucante (So., D), Deanna Saez (Sr., D), Maura Walsh (Sr., GK), Alexus Fuentes (Sr., Mid.), Casey Nebus (Sr., Mid.), Corinne Kist (Sr., Mid.), Karina Roldan (Jr., F), Justine Stefura (So., Mid.), Katrina Anan (Sr., Mid.), Jadiza Mamman (Jr., F), Jatiza Gilzean (So., F), Samantha Trujillo (So., F).
Newcomers: Nicolette Hedler (Sr., Mid.), Sophia Gomez (Fr., D), Jordan Vasquez (Fr., F).
Outlook: Last season was a difficult one for the Barrons, as a young team limped home with an ugly record. But 13 players, including seven seniors, return for Figueiredo. Those returners are in the midfield and at defense, so Woodbridge should be able to stay competitive in games with a lot of leadership at key positions. But scoring goals is going to be a struggle in 2013, as Figueiredo said that there are players who have the potential to score, but haven’t shown it in games just yet. Playing with a good deal of confidence is going to be key for the Barrons this season, but a good group of senior leaders should help that cause. Look for Walsh to stand out in goal and Fuentes and Nebus to lead the way in the midfield.
Coach: Jim Tavormina, sixth season
Last year’s record: 14-5-0
Top lettermen lost: Tonilynn Taranto (Mid.).
Returners: Brianna Foster (Sr., GK), Alexa Poveliaitis (Sr., F), Alexia Vassiliadis (Sr., D), Vanessa Mantione (Sr., Mid.), Cali Clarke (Jr., D), Rose Demirjian (Jr., Mid.), Dana Disantis (Jr., Mid.), Claire Dundon (Jr., D), Lindsey Scarmozzino (Jr., Mid.), Courtney Culp (So., F), Jillian Vassallo (So., F).
Newcomers: Sarah Harman (Jr., D), Samantha Driscoll (Jr., D), Isabel Vasquez (Jr., Mid.), Cassandra Branigan (Jr., F), Reily Mullin (So., D), Stephanie Spada (So., Mid.), Brittany Dattilo (Sr., F).
Outlook: After winning the Blue Division three seasons in a row, the Trojans moved up to the White Division before last season and picked up right where they left off, going unbeaten against other White teams and winning their new division crown. The scary thing for the rest of the conference is that the 2013 edition could be even better. Bishop Ahr lost just one senior to graduation and brings back nine starters, including Foster, who has already committed to play collegiately at Duquesne next season. In front of Foster, the Trojans have a solid group of defenders, led by Vassiliadis and Clarke, and in the midfield, with Disantis, Mantione and Demirjian. Four rising juniors and a pair of sophomores should also help keep things fresh for a squad that has a GMCT title on their mind this season.
Coach: Jeff Holmes, sixth season
Last year’s record: 6-10-0
Top lettermen lost: Not available
Returners: Jazlyn Moya-Santos (Jr., Mid.), Beth Kraus (So., D), Juli Wright (So., GK), Giana Gigantino (Jr., F), Hannah Freidman (Sr., D), Amanda Poulakowski (So., Mid.), Stephanie Piccininni (So., F).
Newcomers: Not available
Outlook: Just one season after finishing sixth in the White Division, Colonia brings back just one senior (Freidman), but that doesn’t mean they won’t compete in 2013. Youthful experience is something not a ton of teams have in the conference, but the Patriots will rely on a sophomore in the net (Wright) and juniors up top (Moya-Santos, Gigantino). If they can keep control of the ball in the midfield and open things up for Gigantino to work against defenders, there’s no reason to think that Colonia can’t make a jump up the standings.
Coach: Leanne Rubiano, first season
Last year’s record: 11-10-1
Top lettermen lost: Emily Greer (D), Shannon Kelly (D), Meghan Bradley (Mid.), Kerry Eskay (GK), Kelsey Sutherland (Mid.), Morgan Peacock (Mid.).
Returners: Lauren Bradley (Jr., Mid.), Colleen Burke (Sr., F), Alana Candido (Sr., Mid.), Karen Cherian (Sr., Mid.), Gabrielle de Silva (So., D), Priscilla Dos Santos (Sr., Mid.), Samantha Figueroa (Sr., D), Cassie Leight (Sr., D), Kaitlin Marold (Sr., GK), Juliana O’Campo (Jr., Mid.), Sabrina Pak (Jr., D), Mackenzie Peacock (Jr., Mid.), Jessica Roca (Sr., Mid.), Carly Sanchez (Sr., F), Nataly Suarez (Jr., F), Gayathri Vijayakumar (So., D).
Newcomers: Amy Dworsky (Jr., Mid.), Felicia Forsythe (Fr., F), Julia Hoover (So., D), Martina Soto (So., Mid.), Deana Maffucci (Fr., F), Dominique Ward Fr., F), Alyssa Podob (Fr., GK).
Outlook: The Eagles bring back a host of players that earned varsity experience a year ago in Rubiano’s first season as head coach. Maria Leonow is out this season on medical leave, so we wish her the speediest of recoveries, and her team should be able to win some games and aide the effort. Despite losing six seniors from last season’s squad, Edison has a standout in goal, with Marold coming back for her senior season. There are also a lot of players expected to play in the midfield, where games are won and lost at time, with Lauren Bradley and Candido leading that group. Look to Burke to score a bunch of goals for Edison, who welcome four freshman to the team in 2013.
Coach: Javier Velasco, second season
Last year’s record: 6-11-1
Top lettermen lost: Marylyn Muldowny (Mid.), Aryanna Paley (D)
Returners: Lindsay Hoagland (Sr., D), Julie Youngman (Jr., Mid.), Claudia Doll (Jr., D), Taryn Chinich (Sr., Mid.), Tatum Altman (So., Mid.), Erica Cha (So., Mid.), Saumya Kapoor (Jr., D), Deanna Ehrhardt (So., D), Ashley Gorda (So., F), Jovanna Larose (So., Mid.), Danielle Segerholm (So., GK), Emily Palko (So., D).
Newcomers: Victoria Tucci (Fr., Mid.), Alyssa Dennis (So., D), Jane Pantich (Sr.,), Taylor Parisi (Fr., Mid.), Gabriela Rodriguez (Jr., D), Meghan Wanyoike (Sr., D), Ashley Cherry (Fr., Mid.), Victoria Rossmeissi (So., D), Stuti Tandon (Fr., F).
Outlook: Despite the graduation of top-scorer and third-team All-Area forward Muldowny, North Brunswick has plenty of players coming back to soften the blow. Velasco noted that inexperience is a concern in his second season, with only three seniors on the roster in 2013. But, the youthful legs in the midfield, led by Youngman and Cha should help sustain possession and move the ball. Four freshman have joined the varsity ranks this season, including Tucci, who’s impressed in the preseason, and all signs point to a record closer to .500 in year two under Velasco. But having a sophomore in Segerholm between the pipes may hinder the progression of the Raiders.
Coach: Erin Bishop, fourth season
Last year’s record: 0-11-0
Top lettermen lost: Damaris Batista (GK), Bianca Feliciano (F), Judith Lagares (D), Karolyn Estevez (F), Arisleidy Ruiz (D), Dayberkid Arias (Mid.).
Returners: Nicole Luna (Sr., Mid.), Roxana Ortiz (Sr., Mid.), Karinna Rodriguez (Sr., F), Fabiola Jimenez (Sr., D), Jacqueline Ruiz (Jr., Mid.), Glendoly Cepeda (Jr., Mid.), Lesly Jimenez (So., F).
Outlook: As is the case for any team that struggled in the previous season, there’s only one way to go and that’s up and the Panthers are certainly no exception to that. Despite graduating a six-member class from their 2012 squad, Bishop has six new seniors on the team to lead by example. Luna and Ortiz return in the midfield and if Rodriguez has room to operate, she can provide some scoring punch up top. Look for Roldan to get a chance between the pipes and Telez to bring some young legs to the team from the back. The strength of this team is in the middle of the field, so if the Panthers can control the ball and keep opponents’ top scorers to the outside, a bounce-back season is well within their grasp.
Coach: Jillian Nagy, second season
Last year’s record: 11-8-0
Top lettermen lost: Jackie Nunez (Mid.), Alissa Godwin (F).
Returners: Heather Sootkoos (Sr., D), Briana Ruzanski (Sr., D), Kelly Raub (Sr., GK), Nicole Raub (Sr., D), Paula Marques (Sr., Mid.), Tori Monte (Sr., F), Kim Stratton (Jr., Mid.), Emma Denby (Jr., Mid.), Morgan Guenther (Jr., F).
Newcomers: Morgan Cicolella (Jr., D), Rhiannon Smith (Jr., Mid.), Klaudia Patryn (Jr., GK), Kaitlin Eposito (Fr., D), Andrea Payne (Sr., Mid.), Sandra Mercado (So., D), Sarah Rubio (So., Mid.), Meghan Luzetsky (So., F), Tara Ciak (Jr., D).
Outlook: Nagy will have her hands full as she tries to replace eight starting seniors from last year’s team that finished three games over .500, including Goodwin, a third-team All-Area choice in 2012. But bringing back six rising seniors and adding another to their roster for this year should help as the Bombers attempt to rise in the White Division and challenge Bishop Ahr for the title. Having a trio of senior defenders (Sootkoos, Ruzanski & Marques) in front of fourth-year goalkeeper Raub will give Sayreville an advantage over their competition. There are also a host of juniors that are expected to contribute this year, led by Stratton and Denby in the midfield. If a talented group of sophomores can make the leap and make waves in 2013, Sayreville could challenge for a division crown.
Coach: Danielle Chiera, fourth season
Last year’s record: 10-8-1
Top lettermen lost: Jackie Dvorak (GK), Carlee Gonzalez (F), Emily Skula (F), Alison Ratti (D), Sarah Cargill (F).
Returners: Taylor Crews (Sr., Mid.), Brooke Penik (Sr., Mid.), Brianna Boyce (Jr., Mid.), Amanda Harper (Jr., D), Caroline Ratti (Jr., D), Kelly Shea (Jr., D), Alison Tuyp (Jr., Mid.), Michaella Butrico (So., Mid.), Taylor Henry (So., Mid.), Sydni Surowiec (So., GK), Nicole Gerardi (So., Mid.).
Newcomers: Claire Nagel (Fr., Mid.), Caity Hughes (Fr., F), Katelyn Gray (So., Mid.), Grace Ochoa (Fr., D), Sara Walsh (So., F).
Outlook: The Tigers chances for this season took a big hit this summer when Gonzalez tore her ACL playing for her club team in June. Chiera said that Gonzalez will remain with the team this year and serve as a captain, but obviously she will not play in her senior season. Cargill, a rising sophomore, was also expected to play a big role in 2013, but she fractured the growth plate in her foot this summer. But, even with those losses, South Plainfield should compete for a divisional crown with Bishop Ahr and Sayreville. Leadership from captains Crewe, Caroline Ratti and Harper, all of whom play in the midfield or behind it, will be key. This is also a roster that has six sophomores and three freshman, so inexperience in depth may be a factor as the season moves along into the latter stages, but a coach like Chiera has the ability to pull it all together.
Coach: Deanna Thomas, seventh season
Last year’s record: 16-4-2
Top lettermen lost: Giselles Perez (F), Joann Won (D).
Returners: Fiorella Doglio (So., Mid.), Aisha Chauhan (Sr., GK), Ciara Alston (Sr., F).
Newcomers: Sukhdeep Kaur (Fr., D).
Outlook: Last season, Perez scored a conference-best 42 goals, the second-highest total in the entire state, and added 16 assists, so that production will be sorely missed, but not many teams have a rising sophomore like Doglio. In her first season with Carteret in 2012, Doglio recorded 22 goals and eight assists, so teams should still fear the Ramblers. Thomas mentioned that she expects Alston to be a leader in her final campaign and that Kaur should make an impact in her first season as a varsity player. The runners up in the Blue Division should contend for the top spot this season if Doglio continues to improve and play like a star.
Coach: Susan McCaig, third season
Last year’s record: 4-11-0
Top lettermen lost: Crystal Carlucci (GK).
Returners: Taylor Freeman (Sr., F), Justine Fernandez (Sr., Mid.), Danielle Balint (Sr., Mid.), Tatiana Margiottiello (Jr., Mid.), Sofia Tahzib (Jr., D), Sandra Sosa (Jr., D), Claire Lewis (So., D), Katherine LoPrimo (Jr., D), Gaby Balle (So., Mid.).
Newcomers: Jackie Soper (So., GK), Ashley McGinn (Jr., F), Zia Bedi (So., D), Krystiana Ceselka (So., Mid.), Gina Pallino (Sr., Mid.), Alexa Novoczynski (Jr., F), Destiny Hill (Fr., D).
Outlook: Any team that brings back their leading scorer from one year to the next has a chance to improve and challenge for a division crown, and that’s the situation for J.F. Kennedy. Having Freeman, the team’s leading point-getter from 2012, along with a duo of seniors in the midfield (Balint & Fernandez) gives the Mustangs plenty of experience up top. The defensive unit, led by Tahzib and Sosa welcomes back two sophomores in Balle and Lewis and McCaig said she expects that to be the strength of her ballclub. Soper will get a chance to succeed Carlucci between the pipes, so a lot will fall on the sophomore’s shoulders to try and keep her squad in the game.
Coach: Val Gazda, twenty fourth season
Last year’s record: 18-3-1
Top lettermen lost: Dana English (F), Paloma Aguas (F), Katie Murphy (GK), Jamie Wooding (M-G), Emily Weiner (Mid.), Bobbi Spiegel (D), Nina Kumar (D), Lauren Laskowski (F).
Returners: Emily Corson (Sr., Mid.), Gabby Cyran (Sr., Mid.), Devon Philbin (Sr., D), Rachel Michalski (Sr., D), Carly Taylor (So., D), Savannah Wolfe (Sr., Mid.), Kendall Agosto (Sr., F), Allie Chalker (Jr., F), Taylor Hueston (So., Mid.).
Newcomers: Melissa Chura (Sr. M), Katharine Chura (So., F), Emily Buchanan (So., GK), Alexa Craft-Zaletel (So., GK), Tracy Michalski (Fr. D), Emily Costello (So., D), Ariana Santo Pietro (So., F), Megan Haugh (So., D).
Outlook: The defending Blue Division champions will go through a bit of a rebuild in 2013, after losing eight seniors from their program. Gazda said that players will be asked to play out of position for the betterment of the team due to a lack of depth. Six rising seniors will be asked to shoulder a good load for the Bulldogs, including Agosto at the forward position and Corson, Cyran and Wolfe in the midfield. But a strong group of sophomores could be the difference in Metuchen’s lineup. Gazda said she expects to have seven second-year players on the roster this season, including Buchanan in goal. But for a program that has done nothing but win in year’s past, a significant drop-off shouldn’t be expected.
Coach: Tim Morris, first season
Last year’s record: 3-13-1
Top lettermen lost: Kayleen Perez (Mid.).
Returners: Nina Carbonaro (Jr., Mid./F), Gina Carbonaro (Jr., Mid./D), Ariel Clark (So., D), Corrine Jones (Jr., Mid./F), Katie LaCapria (So., Mid.), Angela Manfredo (Jr., Mid./F), Stephanie Martinez (Jr., D/GK), Madeline McCrone (So., F/Mid./D), Katie Nicholson (So., Mid./F), Melanie Pineda (Sr., Mid./D), Katlyn Schweyher (Sr., GK), Carley Sheehan (Sr., D), Danielle Tomore (So., D), Michelle Ugarte (Sr., D), Emily Walther (Jr., D/Mid.).
Newcomers: Emily Bowers (Sr., D), Marissa Guiducci (So., D), Zakiya Beckles (So., Mid.).
Outlook: Morris takes over the helm from Heide Figel, who departs after 11 seasons, and the new coach said he is looking to pick up where his predecessor left off, building the program to be more competitive in the Blue Division. Morris said he’d like the Blue Jays to be a patient team, strong defensively, and for them to control the pace of play rather than react to it. He is also hoping to improve on the lack of depth that has plagued Middlesex in recent seasons. Morris also expects with players who have been up on varsity as underclassmen the past couple of years now juniors and seniors, that will be an asset, as well. Nina Carbonaro, Jones and Nicholson are expected to lead the offense, with Walther, who is a good all around player, Morris said, key wherever she is on the field, and she could have a big impact on offense. Giona Carbonaro and Ugarte will lead the defense in front of Schweyher.
Coach: Nick Chappell, first season
Last year’s record: 7-7-0
Top lettermen lost: Not available
Returners: Megan Piesla (Sr.), Jessica Campos (Sr.), Scarlett Starr (Sr.), Gabriella Galarza (Sr.), Emily Wieszczek (Jr.), Shannan McCarthy (Jr.), Savanna Cartagena (Jr.), Brianna Galarza (So.), Katie Ward (So.), Gabrielle Vasquez (So.), Aurora Starr (So.).
Newcomers: Not available
Outlook: For a squad that won half of their games last season, this year will have a much different feel to it. The Setters will be dedicating the 2013 campaign to former head coach Miguel Diaz, who passed away in May. Diaz had coached Mother Seton for the past 13 seasons and was a respected teacher and colleague at the Clark school, and he’ll be missed by all. On the field, a quartet of seniors are expected to lead by example and a host of underclassmen will look to make their mark at the varsity level. For Chappell, his first year as the head coach will be a difficult one in more than one respect, but he was an assistant last year so the players know him. If all things go well, the Setters will compete in the Blue Division.
Coach: Emily Husband, first season
Last year’s record: 2-14-0
Top lettermen lost: Not available
Returners: Cindy Garcia (Sr., D), Jessica Guzman (So., D), Julibeth Hernandez (Jr., Mid.), Yaqueline Varela Juarez (Jr., Mid.), Odalis Montes (So., D).
Newcomers: Adriana Garcia (Jr., Mid.), Judalisse Garcia (Fr., D), Juana Turcios (So., M), Geraldine Paredes Garcia (So., D), Michell Flores Eude (Sr., Mid.)
Outlook: With just two seniors on the squad and a host of underclassmen, Husband will have her hands full in her first season. But, like many schools in the area, there’s no place to go but up, after a trying season in 2012. Cindy Garcia, one of the team’s two fourth-year players, should be a rock in her defensive position and help keep opponents’ offensive stars at bay. A trio of juniors in the midfield will need to work on maintaining possession of the ball, something that Husband pointed out as a potential weakness. But the Zebras do well in transitioning from defense to offense, so a bounce-back season is within reach if the younger players buy in and develop on the fly.
Coach: Mike Reid, seventh season
Last year’s record: 10-10-0
Top lettermen lost: Emma Gurci (GK), Shane Genthe (F).
Returners: Rebecca Simpson (Sr., D), Samantha Dix (Sr., Mid.), Ashley Pina (Sr., D), Rebecca Hager (Sr., Mid.), Katherine Corrao (Sr., D), Lisa Milburn (Jr., D), Emma Amaya (Jr., F), Gywnn Marotta (Jr., D), Leandra Cohen (Jr., GK), Jessica Meagher (So., F), Alexandra Coghlan (So., F), Katie Wasserman (So., Mid.), Samantha Allen (So., Mid.), Melanie Hager (So., Mid.), Morgan Zmijewski (So., D).
Newcomers: Victoria Rodriguez (Sr., GK), Molli Peterson (Sr., F), Fatima Suarez (Sr., F), Danielle Wright (Jr., D), Allie Fritz (Jr., Mid.), Sabrina Ortolano (So., D), Amanda Gialanella (So., D), Angel Ebube (So., D), Erin Thuring (Fr., Mid.), Lauren Kiszkiel (Fr., F), Mia Gahrmann (Fr., D), Danielle Wittig (Fr., F), Athena Xipolas (Fr., F).
Outlook: Scoring goals shouldn’t be a problem for the Chargers this season, as they bring back a pair of sophomores that combined for 18 in 2012. Coghland and Meagher each found the back of the net nine times last season and Hager chipped in with five goals of her own. Reid has eight seniors on the roster this season, with Hager serving as the most experienced of the group, but nine sophomores are the ones to watch in 2013. Allen and Wasserman each scored three times as freshman a year ago and they should be counted on to score even more this season. Look for the youthful legs of five freshmen to make an impact for Spotswood.
Coach: Jackie MacLean, eighth season
Last year’s record: 15-5
Top lettermen lost: Valentina Margiottiello (F/Mid.), Nina Pangan (D), Steph Smyczek (D)
Returners: Mairead Forrest (Sr., Mid.), Taylor Gerhart (Sr., F), Sam Hart (Sr., D), Neema Liverpool (Jr., F), Lacey Gress (So., GK), Ciara Varley (So., Mid.), Alex Garces (So., Mid./F), Lauren Yates (So., D), Briana Crawley (Jr., Mid.), Sydney Hughes (So., Mid./D), Laura Arriaza (So., F), Rachel Voeltzel (So., F), Karolyn Gonzalez (Sr., F).
Newcomers: Sarah Bagelman (Fr., F/GK), Allie Haley (Fr., D), Carlin Schildge (Fr., F), Andrea Tobar (Fr., F).
Outlook: After going 15-5 last year and losing just twice in the regular season (both to Metuchen), the Rams could be in for a step back in 2013 after losing some big names to graduation. At the same time, although Wardlaw-Hartridge will field a young team without a lot of depth, there’s still plenty of returning talent for the Rams to be near the top of the GMC’s Blue Division. A strong senior class, featuring Gerhart, a three-sport star, as well as Forrest, Hart and Liverpool are expected to lead Wardlaw-Hartridge on and off the field.
Coach: Rich Geisheimer, second season
Last year’s record: 8-10-2
Top lettermen lost: Amanda Bowsky (D), Samantha Hornilla (Mid.).
Returners: Megan Kosa (Sr., Mid.), Madison McNally (Sr., F), Nicole Rogan (So., F), Jacqueline Riley (Jr., GK), Ciara Kaiser (Sr., D), Glenys Biloholowski (Sr., D), Nicole Davis (Sr., D), Tori Panick (Sr., Mid), Kimberly Szilagyi (Jr., Mid), Chiara Mercado (So., Mid).
Newcomers: Kelsey Edwards (So., Mid), Maria Wise (So., Mid).
Outlook: The Eagles have three of their top scorers back from a season ago when they were just about a .500 squad. Leading the way is Kosa, who averaged more than a point per contest in 2012, scoring 10 goals and adding an assist in just nine games played. McNally also went over 10 points in her junior season, so she’ll form a nice 1-2 punch up top for Geisheimer and Cardinal McCarrick. Having a reliable goalkeeper helps the cause as well, so bringing back Riley will be another plus. As a sophomore, she recorded 212 saves, so there is experience between the pipes. Depth may be an issue as the season rolls along, but as Geisheimer said, there is individual talent on his squad. A good start would be helpful for the Eagles if they’re going to make a run at a division crown. Look for Edwards and Wise to make an impact in their first run at the varsity level.
Coach: Bernie Buniak, second season
Last year’s record: 7-12-0
Top lettermen lost: Kerry Johnson (GK), Zhana Bilal (D), Hailey Badolato (Mid.), Adobe Ojinakka (Mid.).
Returners: Jaime Beene (Sr., D), Porscha Rouland (Sr., D), Veronica Amaya (Sr., D), Maria Valencia (Sr., Mid.), Olivia Calamia (Sr., Mid.), Isabeau Touchard (Jr., D), Morgan Sanders (Jr., Mid.), Jackie Von Itter (So., F), Michelle Torres (So., F).
Newcomers: Alyssa Zarzuela (Fr., Mid.), Casey Olsommer (Fr., GK), Alex Reidy (Fr., Mid.), Karina Camara (Fr., D), Zuly Morales (Sr., Mid.), Ashley Stokes (So., Mid.).
Outlook: Coming off one of the best seasons in school history, the Destroyers will have their hands full in replicating 2012’s success. The graduation of Johnson will be a big blow, but Buniak believes that Olsommer has the tools to be terrific between the pipes. One shining bright spot in terms of players returning is Von Itter, the team’s leading scorer from last season when she scored 12 goals. Only a sophomore, Von Itter will be the focal point of the offense with a lot of skilled players around her. A five-deep senior class all centered around defense should help Dunellen stay in games this season and if a foursome of freshman can infuse some energy, Dunellen can compete for the Gold Division crown.
Coach: Christopher Ruckdeschel, twelfth season
Last year’s record: 12-8
Top lettermen lost: Sylvia Marks, Charlotte Finegold, Ashley Lozada, Jessie Dominick, Dierra Doyle, Maddie Reid, Samantha Dolan, Rachel Miller.
Returners: Elena Weissman (Sr., Mid.), Liz Murphy (Sr., Mid.), Samantha Lanni (Sr. D), Miranda Safir (Sr. F), Olivia Draper (Jr., F), Sophia Gillerman (Jr., Mid.), Sarah Stuckey (Jr., D), Kiara Weinstein (Jr., GK), Angela Mishky (Jr., Mid.), Emily Zarra (Jr., Mid.).
Newcomers: Elisabeth Landis (Fr., F), Jessica Dresch (Fr., Mid.), Annie McCrone (Jr., Mid.), Rebecca Tayts (So., D), Leslie Zambrano (Jr., Mid.), Dana Elalfy (Jr., Mid.).
Outlook: Last season’s Gold Division winners will have to compensate for the loss of eight seniors from last year’s team, all of whom started for Ruckdeschel and the Owls. But, 10 of the team’s 11 starters this season will be upperclassmen themselves, with Draper and her 10 goals leading the way. Highland Park also appears set in goal, with Weinstein coming back for her second consecutive season as the starting keeper. This team is going to go as far as their eight juniors will take them and if Draper can improve on her goal-scoring output from a year ago, the Owls have as good a chance as anyone to win the Gold Division.
Coach: Ken Blekeski, ninth season
Last year’s record: 6-14
Top lettermen lost: Paulina Musialek (D).
Returners: Stephanie Gay (Jr., F), Sabrina Myers (Sr., Mid.), Amberlynn Carey (Jr., GK), Ashley Buczek (Jr., D), Kerenn Irias (Jr., Mid.), Christina Reyes (Sr., Mid.), Ofelia Javelosa (Jr., D), Kelly Zulin (Sr., D).
Newcomers: Kelsey Kuhn (Fr., D), Beth Noble (So., D), Ashley Rodriguez (Fr., Mid.), Alissa Bikowski (Fr., F).
Outlook: Despite a bit of an ugly record last season, the future looks bright for the Governors. Having both of their leading scorers back from last season is a big help, with Gay (14 goals) and Myers (seven goals) anchoring the offense. It’s also helpful to have Carey back between the pipes after a solid sophomore season, so the pieces are in place for South Amboy to bounce back and make a climb up the Gold Division standings. The three freshmen that join the roster this season may have an impact as the season goes on and team depth is more important than ever. Also worth noting is that Myers is a first-team Academic All-American, so her skills extend well beyond the athletic field.
Coach: Don Minto, sixth season
Last year’s record: 0-16-1
Top lettermen lost: None
Returners: Helen Carniero (Sr., F), Kate DeZarlo (Sr., D), Caroline Zuba (Sr., GK), Alexandra Sawicki (Sr., D), Rose Simoes (Sr., Mid.), Robin Nolan (Jr., D), Raquel Oliveria (Jr., D), Allison Silva (Jr., Mid.).
Newcomers: Breona Hill (So., GK), Miche Dias (So., D), Gabriela Mirassol (So., Mid.), Arly Ramirez-Gonzalez (Fr., Mid.), Gabby Sampaio (Fr., F), Michelle Reyes (Fr., Mid.), Victoria Gil (Fr., Mid.).
Outlook: After failing to record a victory in 2012, there is only one way to go: up. Minto mentioned that the midfield will consist of three freshman in Gil, Reyes and Ramirez-Gonzalez, so that will be a situation to monitor. Hill is going to be asked to man the goal until Juba returns from injury, so at two of the more important positions on the pitch, the Rams are very young and inexperienced. Minto noted that Sampaio, another freshman, will be counted on to score a lot of goals, so there is a trend here. If the freshman can play at a varsity level, there’s no reason to think that South River can’t improve enough to get close to .500 in this Minto’s sixth season.
Coach: Esteban Cevallos, third season
Last year’s record: 8-8-0
Top lettermen lost: Rachel Janho (Mid.), Danah Lassiter (GK).
Returners: Mary Hefner (Sr., F), Sabrina Solorzano (Sr., Mid.), Karen Baretto (Jr., D), Mikeala Czorny (Jr., D), Elizabeth Babji (Jr., Mid.), Jenna Collier (Jr., Mid.), Hannah Russo (Jr., D), Meribeth Brookman (Jr., D), Sydney St. James (So., Mid.), Rebekah Aviles (So., GK), Faith Allen (So., F).
Newcomers: Sarah Solorzano (Fr., Mid.), Kaitlyn Stolzfus (Fr., F), Kaitlyn Dyer (Fr., Mid.), Kaitlyn Flemming (Fr., Mid.), Megan Collier (Fr., D), Jolie Ruta (Fr., D), Grace Chang (Fr., D), Kelcey Samuel (Fr., D), Christie Johnson (Fr., F).
Outlook: A program that has been on the upswing in past seasons is searching for that breakthrough campaign and 2013 may be the year for it. Back for her final run is Sabrina Solorzano, a midfielder that scored 11 times last season, and this year she’ll be joined on the roster by her sister, freshman Sarah Solorzano. The strength of this squad is in the midfield, according to Cevallos, considering Babij and Collier also return in the middle of the field. Aviles has the tough task of stepping in and replacing Lassiter in goal and nine freshmen will also join the team. Look for the Tigers to make a serious run at the Gold Division crown.