School: Caesar Rodney

Nickname: Riders

2012 Record: 9-5-1

Key Returning Players: Alexis Prillaman, Kourtney Olsen, Sara Fox, Megan Webb, Bree Reed, Whitney Victory, Kyra Watson and Alexis Rigsby

Key Newcomers: Tara Dabaddio

Season Outlook: After a 9-5-1 record in 2012, the Riders return to the field with the majority of last year’s team still intact. CR will look to duplicate the fast start they had last season, while trying to avoid how it ended. The Riders went 3-5 in their last 8 games last season after starting the season 7-0-1, barely missing the playoffs. This year’s team aims to change things, equipped with experience and growing talent. Unlike last season, the Riders will have a plethora of seniors with loads of games under their collective belts, making the Riders a contender in the Henlopen Conference.

Coach’s Quote: “We have many starters that are returning as well as support players from last year,” said CR Head Coach Maria Collier. “Tradition and excellence is the Caesar Rodney mantra, but the girls will have to work hard to live up to what has been done in the past. Their knowledge of the game and determination should help propel us to a season with 10 or more wins.”

School: Dover High School

Nickname: Senators

2012 Record: 7-7-1

Key Returning Players: Katie Lussier, Paige Casto, Tessa Tierson, Rachel Mills, Dana Stoops

Key Newcomers: Mira Prisco

Season Outlook: The Dover Field Hockey program has taken steps to compete within the Henlopen Conference over the past few seasons. The Senators have increased their win totals slowly but surely over the last 3 seasons, ultimately finishing with a 7-7-1 mark last year.  With a number of returning players, including 8 starters, the Senators look to put themselves within striking distance of a playoff berth this season. In the tough Henlopen Conference, the difference between becoming a playoff team or staying at home once the season ends can come down to consistency. Dover won back-to-back games only once last season, a stat that can improve given the experienced players the Senators are returning to the field.

Coach’s Quote:  “Our expectations are to improve on the 7-7-1 record from 2012,” said Dover Head Coach Denise Kimbro. “We return 8 starters and 14 returning varsity players, hoping for a successful season.”

School: Polytech High School

Nickname: Panthers

2012 Record: 11-3

Key Returning Players: Jessica Rutkoski, Alyssa Jacobs, Jamie Trabaudo, Brandi Dalious

Key Newcomers:  Lauren Lee, Kathryn Richardson, Morgan Cook

Season Outlook:  After posting an 11-3 record last season, the Polytech Panthers return to the field looking to get back to the DIAA State Tournament. The Panthers were one game away from competing for the State Championship, but fell to Delmar 3-1 in the Semifinals. The Panthers will have to replace some key players from last season, namely Julia Wise, Adelaide Stang, Taylor Humphries and Jenna Hayes. And with a dramatically younger team this season, there will be some rough patches here-and-there for the girls from Polytech. However, while they are youthful, the team does have some returning impact players who look to carry the load for the Panthers down the stretch.

Coach’s Quote:  “The seniors last year started this program three years ago and ended with a career record of 34-8,” said Panthers Head Coach Lynn Richardson. “They were great role models for the talented group of younger players we have now.”

School: Lake Forest High School

Nickname: Spartans

2012 Record: 6-8-1

Key Returning Players: Morgan Gannon, Ashlyn Jacobs, and Kori Johnson

Key Newcomers:  Londin Boots, Sarah Sipple, Allison Bishop, Jocelyn Hughes, Joy Springer

Season Outlook: After posting a 6-8-1 season last year, the Spartans from Lake Forest return to the field looking to improve upon the strides they made last season. Once again, the Spartans will be a younger team when they take the field in the fall. With only 3 seniors on the club this season, the Spartans will look from contributions from their many underclassmen that will be given the opportunity to prove themselves on the field. With returning seniors Jacobs, Johnson and Gannon leading the way, the Spartans could surprise in the Henlopen Conference this season.

Coach’s Quote: “We have a very young team with lots of talent,” said Lake Forest Head Coach Craig Jacobs. “Our goal is to broaden their abilities to form a working team and work towards a successful season.”

School: St. Thomas More

Nickname: Ravens

2012 Record: 11-3-1

Key Returning Players: Alexa Schimp, Caroline Eliassen, Maria McGloin, Katlyn Camisky, Olivia Smith, Madeline Rogers, Emma Skilton, Virginia McMahon

Key Newcomers: Caroline Waple, Joanna Petrosky, Olivia Stafford, Madison Christensen, Darien Manges, Elizabeth McMahon, Alexis Swinford

Season Outlook: After a tremendous 11-3-1 finish last season, the Ravens from St. Thomas More found themselves in the DIAA State Tournament. While they were eliminated in the first round by Delmar, the Ravens return hungrier than ever. Like nearly every high school squad around the state, the Ravens will have some big shoes to fill this season. Graduating team captains Mary Mannion and Danielle Gallagher won’t be easy to replace but the Ravens do have 4 All-Conference players returning to the fold.  With a number of returning players, and some young talent who will be given the opportunity to play, the Ravens look for a repeat of last season, earning another berth in the DIAA State Tournament.

Coach’s Quote:  “Our All-Conference players Schimp, McGloin, and Camisky will continue to play important roles on the offensive part of the field, while Eliassen will lead the defense,” said Ravens Head Coach Molly Phillips. “We have strengthened our schedule this season so our goals are to be competitive in the state and return to the DIAA tournament.”