School: Dover High School
2012-2013 Record: 6-9
Head Coach: Kristin Hite
Key Returning Players: Alyssa Forrest, Alexandra Luzier, Rebecca Lazzeri, Molly McCommons
Season Outlook: After a disappointing 6-9 record last season, the Dover girls lacrosse squad will look to turn things around this season.
If the Senators are to be successful this season, they must first improve their record within the Henlopen Conference, and Henlopen North Division.
All of Dover's wins last season were against teams out of conference, and they went 0-4 against teams within the Henlopen Conference.
Alyssa Forrest, Alexandra Luzier, Rebecca Lazzeri and Molly McCommons will look to fill the void left behind by Shakia Parker and Miranda Mell.
School: Caesar Rodney High School
2012-2013 Record: 10-5
Head Coach: Catherine Beron
Key Returning Players: Lauren Biddle, Megan Card
Season Outlook: After an impressive 10-5 season, the Caesar Rodney Riders girls lacrosse team still has some work to do this season if they hope to make the DIAA State Tournament.
Even with their 10-5 mark last season, it wasn't good enough to get them into the state tournament. Something they hope, with a returning young nucleus and new senior leadership, to change this upcoming season.
While the Riders lost some highly talented players from last season, they do have a strong foundation returning to the team according to Head Coach Catherine Beron. While Lauren Biddle and Megan Card will add some experience to a squad with many underclassmen ready to contribute.
From the Coach: "The beginning of the season we came out as a group of individuals with talent," said Caesar Rodney Head Coach Catherine Beron. "Now, we are starting to form a team and learning to mesh as a team. We want the girls to come out with confidence in each other and to play together to find success as a team. Our number one goal is to make it to the state tournament this year. With only eight teams that make the tournament, two of those eight sports are already set aside for two conference champions. That leaves six sports remaining. Our girls realize that in order to win one of those spots it is not going to be easy. They have already put in countless hours outside of practice putting in the time to develop themselves into a stronger and smarter team.
School: Polytech High School
2012-2013 Record: 13-2
Head Coach: Lynn Richardson
Key Returning Players: Addie Stang, Jorden Dennis, Julia Wise, Maxine Joseph, Jenna Hayes, Jasmine Morris, Gabby Cosey, Taylor Lyon and Kyra McCray.
Season Outlook: The Polytech Panthers girls lacrosse team enters the 2013 campaign looking to duplicate last season's outstanding 13-2 record, with one major change.
Unfortunately, the Panthers 13-2 mark wasn't good enough to get them into the crowded state tournament pool. This year, with many returning players, the Panthers look to get over the post season hump to take their shot at a state tournament berth.
The Panthers have increased the difficulty of their schedule according to Head Coach Lynn Richardson in hopes of reaching this goal. She and staff believe that the team has the talent and is up to the challenge.
From the Coach: "Polytech is beginning their third season as a varsity program," said Polytech Head Coach Lynn Richardson. "Last year we were 13-2 and just missed the state tournament. This year we have increased the difficulty of our schedule in hopes that we can make the tournament. We have a strong group of seniors returning who look to lead some talented younger players."
School: St. Thomas More High School
2012-2013 Record: 10-5
Head Coach: Lauren Roosa
Key Returning Players: Remy Binder, Anna Kelly, Allison Lonchar, Nichole Miller, Danielle Poliseno, Cecilia Waple.
Season Outlook: After a 10-5 mark last season, the St. Thomas More Lady Ravens lacrosse squad looks to improve upon last year winning record.
With the chances of making the state tournament slim, a 10-5 mark more than most of the time will not be good enough to earn a berth in the tournament. This is no secret to lacrosse squads across the state, which keeps the competitive parity alive each and every season.
With that in mind, the St. Thomas More squad will have to improve upon last year's output if they hope to reach the tournament. However, in their favor is the steady improvement seen from the team over the last few seasons. Three years ago, St. Thomas More wasn't even in the conversation, now over the past few seasons they've hovered around the 8-10 win mark, opening some eyes along the way. Now, they must move ahead to the next step if they want to still be playing once the regular season is up.