A look at the area’s seven high school girls lacrosse teams this spring:
• Coach: Jan Carney (second season)
• Last season: 9-7; lost to Burr and Burton in Division I quarterfinals
• This season: 2-0
• Key returnees: Jamie LaPierre, senior, defense; Casey O’Neill, senior, midfielder; Callie Flynn, senior, midfield; Madison Feeney, senior, midfield; Isabelle Flinn, senior, attack; Naomi Musman, junior, attack; Reeve Flynn, sophomore, midfield; Abigail Feeney, sophomore, defender
• Key newcomers: Isabelle Halpern, sophomore, defense
• Outlook: A very experienced group takes the field for the Seahorses this season, with top scorer Casey O’Neill leading the attack for a squad that has high hopes. “I have a great core of returning players,” said Carney. “They have a lot of energy and great enthusiasm.”
• Up next: Friday vs. Rice
• Coach: Becca Weiss
• Last season: 1-13; lost to Mount Anthony in Division I playdowns
• This season: 1-0
• Key returnees: Lily Schmoker, senior, midfield; Bea Woodruff, senior, defense; Bailee Pudvar, junior, goalie
• Key newcomers: Too early to tell.
• Outlook: With the graduation of 10 seniors and Weiss stepping up to lead the varsity program after two years in charge of the JV squad, the junior-heavy Redhawks have a new-look vibe. “I really feel I have a brand new team. It’s a brand new chemistry,” Weiss said. Pudvar returns in the net for CVU, which already has an overtime win under its belt against Rutland. “One of my goals as a coach is to develop a deep bench. I think every player can be developed into a go-to player if their mind is on it,” Weiss said.
• Up next: April 28 vs. Burlington
• Coach: Megan Sweeney (second season)
• Last season: 2-12; lost to Harwood in Division II playdowns
• This season: 0-1
• Key returnees: Chelsea Wimble, senior, goalie; Sarah Campbell, midfield, senior; Alison Davis, senior, attack; Kelsey Cauchon, junior, attack/midfield; Kelsey Desjardin, junior, midfield; Abby Harrington, junior; attack
• Key newcomers: Kelsi Wallace, freshman, attack; Nicole Corriveau, freshman; defense/midfield; Mckenna Stannard, sophomore, attack; Rachel Gervais, sophomore, attack
• Outlook: The Lakers joined the varsity ranks last year and already Sweeney sees an improvement in her group. “You can see it in their stick skills, in the ability to pass and transition,” Sweeney said. “You can see they are moving up to the next level of play.” With a good returning core and a group of athletic newcomers, Colchester is looking to build on last year’s two-win season.
• Up next: April 24 at Green Mountain Valley
• Coach: Emily Danis (21st season)
• Last season: 6-11; lost to Mount Anthony in Division I quarterfinals
• This season: 0-1
• Key returnees: Anna Olsen, senior, attack; Mady Corkum, junior, midfield; Jackie Quackenbush, senior, midfield; Olivia Malle, senior, midfield; Cassidy Knight, midfield/attack
• Key newcomers: Hannah Danis, sophomore, attack; Abby Malle, sophomore, defender
• Outlook: Essex will be led by its strong core of senior midfielders — paced by Mady Corkum’s skill on draw controls — but will have to break in a young group of defenders. The team will look to spread the scoring out among a balanced group of attack players. “I’ve got a lot of kids who can put it in the net,” said Danis. “Looking at attack as well as midfield to provide scoring opportunities.”
• Up next: Friday at BFA-St. Albans
• Coach: Dan Linde (16th season)
• Last season: 13-3; lost to South Burlington in Division I semifinals
• Key returnees: Colby Knight, senior, goalie; Alana Scott, senior, midfield; Elena Newbrough, senior, attack.
• Key newcomers: Shannon Springer, junior, midfield; Karin Rand, junior, midfield.
• Outlook: After graduating 14 seniors from last year’s squad, including standouts Marina Bowie and Jess Glenn, Linde and Mount Mansfield are looking to gain experience as the season gets underway. Senior goalie Colby Knight will lead the way for all-new defensive core, while the returning players like Scott and Newbrough will shore up the midfield, which will likely be the Cougars’ strength.
• Opener: Friday at Rutland
• Coach: Kelly McClintock (fourth season)
• Last season: 11-6; lost to Mount Mansfield in Division I quarterfinals
• This season: 1-0
• Key returnees: Michelle Bolger, senior, midfield; Jillian Gibbs, junior, midfield; Lucy Stillman, senior, defense; Margot Rathke, junior, defense; Jillian Varin, senior, attack
• Key newcomers: Kristina Bellomo, junior, attack; Grace Palmer, freshman, midfield; Katherine Hesslink, freshman, midfield
• Outlook: High expectations for the Green Knights’ second year in Division I start in midfield, where Rice brings back several key players from last season. “They are very fast and have good connections playing off of each other,” McClintock said. Bolger, coming off of a 101-point season last spring, is already at 220 for her career headlines a strong senior unit eager to make a playoff run with a full D-I campaign already under its belt. “It was a big learning curve with a lot stiffer competition. We’re familiar with it now and we just want to go full throttle and go as far as we can go, McClintock said.
• Up next: Friday at Burlington
• Coach: Anjie Soucy (18th season)
• Last season: 14-5; beat Burr and Burton in Division I championship game
• This season: 2-1
• Key returnees: Sarah Fisher, senior, midfield; Casey Johnson, junior, midfield; Meghan Mostyn, senior, defense; XiXi Halvorsen-Phelan, senior, attack; Ava Hultgren, sophomore, attack; Kimmy Norris, sophomore, attack/midfield; Natalie Trono, senior, defense
• Key newcomers: Annika Nielsen, sophomore, attack; Joan Vera, freshman, attack/midfield
• Outlook: Four consecutive Division I championships later, South Burlington’s cover is blown. “You can’t hide at this point. We’ve got a big target on our backs” Soucy said. Among the toughest tasks in the Rebels’ quest for a five-peat are replacing standout goalie Courtney Barrett, a task that has fallen to senior Danielle Boucher, and getting new players up to speed in midfield and defense. Fisher, a four-year varsity player who is already over the career 200-point mark, leads the returning veteran cast along with Johnson, Halvorsen-Phelan and Mostyn.
• Next game: Friday vs. Spaulding