» Coach: Allyson Archacki (sixth season)
» Last season: 7-7-1, lost in Div. I quarterfinals
» Key returnees: Erika Lyons, midfielder, sr; Ilona Maher, defense, sr; Jamie Horton, forward, sr.
» Key newcomers: Monika Ingalls, goalie, sr; Hannah Libby, goalie, sr; Erika Ryan, midfield, sr.
» Outlook: Led by the three seniors, Archacki has high hopes for this year’s squad. Lyons will provide the leadership in the midfield, Maher on defense and Horton on the front line, giving BHS experience at each level. “All three girls were starters last year,” Archacki said. “The three of them will drive our team.” The main question mark for the Seahorses is in net, where they will miss standout keeper Evelyn Schaedel. Ingalls and Libby are both in the plans to patrol the goal for Burlington. “I think that this team has the potential to repeat and possibly even go farther than last year,” Archacki said.
» Opener: Today at U-32
» Coach: Kate McDonald (13th season)
» Last season: 9-7-2; lost in the Division I state championship to South Burlington
» Key returnees: Evangeline Dunphy, goaltender, senior; Katie Arms, forward, senior; Emily O’Brien, midfield, senior; Sami Harvey, midfield, junior; Amanda Whitbec, forward, senior
» Key newcomers: To early to tell
» Outlook: After advancing all the way to the state championships last season, Champlain Valley returns only four starters from the Division I runner-up squad. The team will rely heavily on goalie Dunphy, who was lights out for the Redhawks in the playoffs last year. On the forward line, Arms, who scored all but one of the CVU goals in the playoffs, will look to provide offense, while Whitbec will also look to some goals. With 10 new players to work into the team, the first few games should be interesting for CVU.
» Opener: Sept. 5 at Colchester COLCHESTER
» Coach: Molly Dimasi (first season)
» Last season: 0-14 » Key returnees: Gaby Zimbron, midfield, sr.; Dani Hart, forward, sr; Julia Goldman, midfield, sr.; Tierra Myers, forward, jr.; Alex Richard, defense, jr
» Key newcomers: Erin Horton, midfield, fr; Chloe Bullock, defense, fr.; Abby Ladd, goalie, fr.
» Outlook: With a new coach on board, Colchester is hoping to rebound from a tough season last year and will be relying on an experienced group to lead the way. With seven seniors, all of whom Dimasi says will be key players for the Lakers this year, one of the team’s strength will be its experience. Dimasi has brought in a new formation, looking to get all the players more involved in all aspects of the game, and the players have responded. “My expectations are that they show up ready to play, expect to learn something new and to have a good experience,” Dimasi said.
» Opener: Today at Mount Abraham
» Coach: Heather Garrow » Last year: 11-4, lost in Division I quarterfinals
» Key returnees: Kathleen Young, junior, defense; Tiffany Barnes, defense, senior; Alex Celia, defense, senior; Paula Noordewier, defense, senior; Sam Poratti, defense, senior; Paige Mittl, forward, senior; Emily Dowman, forward, senior
» Key newcomers: Too early to tell
» Outlook: Ask the coaches and players around the Metro and Essex comes up in conversation as a team to watch this year. With Young, one of the top players in the state, teaming up with a group of experienced seniors, the Hornets have a talented back line. The defense will be the team’s strength in replacing the offense of graduated Taylor Hallowell and Hilary Danis. Garrow said the team will focus on cutting down on penalties and trying to posses the ball more, and work new players into different positions.
» Opener: Wednesday vs. Rice MILTON
» Coach: Heather Crowley (ninth season)
» Last year: 3-11-1; lost in the Division II quarterfinals
» Key returnees: Mariah Olive, forward, senior; Adrian Hurst, midfield, senior; Kendall Fraser, defense, senior; Abby Mcrae, goalie, senior
» Key newcomers: Rachel Pelletier, midfield, junior; Katherine Manley, forward/midfield, sophomore
» Outlook: Crowley has high hopes for this year’s Milton squad, with a large senior class replacing the 14 players she lost to graduation. The group has a lot of experience playing together and with high expectations for senior goalie Mcrae, the coach wants this team to improve on last year’s record and quarterfinal finish. “The girls came out really strong this year,” Crowley said. “Everyone’s goal is to make it to UVM.”
» Opener: Wednesday at Lyndon
» Coach: Paige Manning (19th season)
» Last season: 6-8-2, lost in Division I quarterfinals
» Key returnees: Wynne Poleman, defense, senior; Jordynn Chandler, goalie, senior; Anna Thompson, defense, senior; Katie Charland, midfield, senior; Briana Haskins, forward, senior » Key newcomers: Shannon Springer, midfield, sophomore; Maeve Poleman, forward, sophomore; Ginny Churchill, forward, sophomore
» Outlook: Mount Mansfield will rely on an experienced back end to lead the way as they look to build on last year’s success. Poleman and Thompson will provide the core in front of goalie Chandler. Manning sees a lot of team speed in the newer players, which she hopes to take advantage of. “We have some speed, that’s going to be in our favor, get into some open places,” Manning said. “The group as a whole has a ton of potential.”
» Opener: Today at Middlebury
» Coach: Kelly McClintock » Last season: 14-1-1; lost in the Division III state championships to Missisquoi
» Key returnees: Jamie Gowling, defense, senior; Maura Sheridan, goalie, senior; Lucy Stillman, forward, junior; Caroline Provost, midfield, junior
» Key newcomers: Sierra Combs, forward, sophomore; Claire Sheehan, midfield, freshman
» Outlook: After losing in heartbreaking fashion in the 2012 Division III state championships to Missisquoi, Rice starts this year with new players and a new division. The Green Knights have moved to Div. II, where they will look to continue to build a winning program. McClintock will rely on the team’s five seniors to shepard along a large crop of sophomores, but is confident in the work ethic she has seen from the team in the preseason. “It’s going to take a little bit to mesh on the field,” McClintock said. “The hard work is there … they want to raise the bar just as much as I (do).”
» Opener: Wednesday at Essex SOUTH BURLINGTON
» Coach: Anjie Soucy (12th season)
» Last year: 15-1-1; Division I state champions
» Key returnees: Courtney Barrett, forward, senior; Hayley Worgan, defense, senior; Katerina Kacer, midfield, senior; Leah Charash, forward, junior; Casey Johnson, midfield, sophomore
» Key newcomers: Alex Warshaw, goalie, senior; Ashley Norris, forward, senior
» Outlook: After winning a second Div. I state title in three years, South Burlington said good-bye to nine seniors, so there will a few new faces on the field for the Rebels this year. Despite the loss of a large senior class, the experienced players that returned are spread out across the field, said Soucy. Despite the turnover, the goal for South Burlington is the same as every year, make a push for another state title. “We have a lot of new kids, new faces but they are all really athletic, athletes figure things out,” Soucy said. “I think we are definitely looking to make a postseason run.”
» Opener: Today vs. Rutland
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