The Boonsboro girls are also entering their first varsity season while fielding a JV team, too.
“We went from 27 players in 2011 to 42 this season,” said coach Susan Funke. “Only five of the 42 played youth lacrosse. It’s exciting to see new interest in this sport.”
One big plus for the Warriors this season is the return of Tori Poffenberger. The team’s top scorer in 2010 missed all of last season with an ACL injury.
They could also soon see the return of Alex Green, who was second to Poffenberger in scoring in 2010 and also missed last season due to injury.
Natalie Young moves from attack to midfield, where she’ll be joined by junior Katie Sheridan — the team’s top scorer last year — and Claudia Jenkins, a transfer from Brunswick.
Shelby Hanes and Cecea Kline head the defense in front of sophomore keeper Maeve Windsor.
“My girls are learning to play as a team,” Funke said. “Our transition is improving, settled defense is looking like a unit and the attack is getting the importance of off-ball play.”
Coach Katie Eck already had a nice core of players returning in 2012, but the Hubs will get an enormous boost with the addition of sisters Leah and Kayla Peterson, who transferred in from Saint James.
The twin sophomores put up nearly identical numbers as freshmen last season. Leah led the Saints with 47 goals and was second in assists with 23; Kayla was second on the team in goals with 45 and first in assists with 27.
They’ll join senior attack Samantha Culp and junior midfielder Maddie Palkovitz to give the Hubs a potentially potent offense.
Sophomore Emma Moss solidifies the Hubs defense in goal.
“She gives strong leadership on our defense. She’s a great communicator,” Eck said.
The Saints certainly will feel the loss of the Peterson sisters to transfer, as well as Megan McFillen, Morgan Stephens and goalkeeper Kate Sweeney to graduation.
They do return two-time all-county pick Margaret Bacon, who was third in both goals and assists for Saint James a year ago.
St. Maria Goretti
The Gaels also take the step up to the varsity level this season with a mix of experience and youth.
“I am expecting great things from my returning players,” said coach Renee Brennan. “They have what it takes to compete against a tough varsity schedule.”
Seniors Jean Hogan and Nicole Brennan will head up the attack for Goretti. Junior Jessica Swarner and sophomore Sydney Quantock will man the midfield and juniors Casey Caruso and Courtney Dorsey and sophomore Kaitlyn Barnhart lead the Gaels defense.
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