Coach: Scott Burd, eighth season
Last year’s record: 9-12
Top letterwinners lost: Briona Davis (M), Ashley Jankowski (M), Veronica Acvedo (GK), Amanda Printon, Krystyn Vlladyka (M).
Returners: Kim Chavkin (Jr.), Aryiona Wright, Zaya Kuroda-Grauer (Jr.), Summer Thompson (So., F/M), Taylor Johnson, Molly Swayne (Jr.), Jada Edwards (Jr.), Olivia Echeveria.
Newcomers: Jordyn Wright, Brooke Sachau, Ale Kline, Kaitlin Orsini, Lauren Vlladka, Chezney Davis.
Outlook: The Warriors moved in the right direction last season, posting nine wins, after tallying just five victories in 2013. This year, despite several standouts having been lost to graduation, Franklin will look to keep improving as it looks to build from the back. Wright, Thompson and Chavkin are projected to lead the offense, with Swayne and Sachau anchoring the defense, splitting time in net.
Coach: Sean O’Hagan, second season
Last year’s record: 5-14
Top letterwinners lost: Sarah Biewlaski (M).
Returners: Bre Cocuzzo (Sr., GK), Helen Sluder (Sr., D), Amanda Harris (Jr., M), Charlotte Glancey (So., F).
Newcomers: Jessica Yancovitch (Fr., D).
Outlook: After suffering a rash of injuries last season, O’Hagen feels the Cougars could surprise once everyone is healthy and at full strength, which he acknowledges could take some time. The second-year coach said as long as Montgomery works together as a unit, his team could be very strong.
Coach: Steve DeLorenzo, first season
Last year’s record: 4-11-2
Top letterwinners lost: Brynn McDonald (F), Kaylee Motter (D).
Returners: Samantha Santamaria (Sr., M), Heather Tostevin (Sr., M), Olivia Ripnyak (Jr., GK), Kristina Harrel (Jr., D), Lindsay Eugenio (Jr., M), Madeline Wolf (So., F/M).
Newcomers: Nina Bussanich (Jr., F), Jordan Beneducci (Jr., D), Alicia Giordano (So., M), Erin Kepenis (So., M/F), Kelly Mahaney (So., M), Jessica Mitchell (So., M), Madeline Wolf (So., M/F).
Outlook: Former Voorhees head boys coach Steve DeLorenzo, who has served as JV coach at North since 2006, takes over the girls varsity from Matt Maurella, who departs after two seasons. DeLorenzo will be tasked with helping the Lions snap a string of six straight losing seasons and he is hoping some of the more experienced players will step up and take a leadership role. DeLorenzo is looking for Ripnyak and Harrel to anchor the defense, with Bussanich, Wolf, Eugenio, Santamaria, Tostevin, Mahaney and Kepenis all having a role on offense.
Coach: Brian Figueiredo, second season
Last year’s record: 15-6
Top letterwinners lost: Amanda Marques (M), Lea Andriola (GK), Katrine Schnecter (D), Alanna Schwartz (D), Remy Borinsky (M).
Returners: Ally Grunstein (Sr., F), Melanie Cunha (Jr., F), Sami Spurr (Jr., F), Sarah Strehle (Jr., M), Kayla Nugent (Jr., M), Gianna Alfano (So., M), Brianna Jenkins (Sr., M), Nicole Parisi (Sr., D), Tara Panella (Jr., D), Megan DePinho (Jr., D), Nicole Woodstock (Jr., D/M), Myah Toubin (Jr., D), Brooke Stanicki (Jr., GK).
Newcomers: Jessica Carrieri (Fr., D), Kelly Fitzgerald (Fr., M), Lindsay Wolf (Fr., M), Arianna Valenti (Fr., M), Kaylee Donnelly (Fr., GK), Nicole Entrup (So., GK), Alexa Ferreira (Jr., M).
Outlook: Expectations are high as reigning Coach of the Year Brian Figueiredo begins his second season at the Warriors’ helm, fresh off a conference title and a second-place finish in the county. And while graduated first-team All-Area midfielder Amanda Marques is a huge loss, Watchung Hills returns plenty of talent and makes a key addition. Grunstein (20G, 8A) returns to lead the offense, with Cunha seeing an increased role, one that should help her emerge as a bigtime threat. Alfano, Jenkins and Strehle will lead the midfield, a unit that gets a huge bump with the addition of Ferreira, a national-pool player who starred for Pingry as a freshman before transferring to Watchung Hills three weeks into last fall but choosing not to play last season. Defensively, Parisi and Panella will anchor the middle, while DePinho, Toubin and Woodstock rotate outside. Watchung Hills will be looking for a starting keeper to emerge from among a trio that includes last year’s backup in Stanicki. Figueiredo also feels his club has improved depth on the bench, which should come in very handy during the grueling Skyland Conference season. The coach is looking for his team to display the same “earn it” mentality that led to last year’s success but not hang their hats on last season’s accomplishments.
Simeon Pincus can be reached at CNGirlsSoccer@aol.com and on Twitter @SimeonPincus