2007 Girls Season Preview
By Aaron Brown
The Friars seek a fourth straight title with Alison Pavlik and Morgan Bonk
leading the way on the offensive end. Goaltender Laurel McCarthy returns as
the top goalie in the state and should make it tough for any team to beat
Fenwick. Defender Erin Leary should emerge as one of the top players in the
state after being overlooked in the All-State voting last season. The Friars
also have younger players like Lisette Calderon and freshmen Stephanie
Ovalle who could make a major difference in 2007.
2. ST IGNATIUS
Nora Kennelly has the ability to lead her team back to the state finals in
2007, as the senior hole set has proven to be difficult to stop in front of
the net on the offensive end. The Wolfpack lost only one starter from their
lineup and have a ton of experience coming back with seniors Kate Brankin, Ali Durkin,
and Kathleen Maloney returning. Goalie Megan Hybinette is not only a major
factor on the defensive side of the pool, but can also contribute on offense
as well. Junior Maisie O'Malley should be a consistent starter for head
coach Mike Cashman, while speedy sophomore Lydia Ridgeway should become a
solid defensive standout for the Wolfpack.
3. MOTHER MCAULEY
Senior Maggie Wood ranks as one of the top all-around players in the state,
so McAuley will once again rely on both her offensive and defensive
abilities to help them contend for a state title. Junior Laura Perez is also
an excellent offensive player who could have an even bigger impact this
season. Both Lilly Cortez and Lily Gonzalez are excellent shooters from
nearly anywhere in the pool, while the Mighty Macs have plenty of depth with
senior Ashley Bachler and junior Meghan Nolan. Maggie McShane and Molly
O'Connell were both impressive last year in their first high school seasons,
so head coach Larry O'Connell could expect big things from both of them at
the varsity level. Senior goalie Bridget Kelly showed dramatic improvement
throughout the season and could play an important role in Mother McAuley's
success in 2007.
Colleen Shaw scored 125 goals for the state-qualifying Ramblers in 2006, so
she should be very tough to stop in her senior season at Loyola. Seniors
Carly Levison and Jackie Sershon are also back and will contribute on both
ends of the pool, while junior Liz Clarke could also have a big year for the
Ramblers. Senior goalie Grace Arbuckle should take over in the net after
standout netminder Courtney Muntean was lost to graduation. Head coach Rich
Schici may also count on senior Liz Schewchuck and impressive sophomore
Francesca Palmer in 2007.
The Patriots lost a handful of seniors to graduation last year, but they should continue to excel
with juniors Rebecca Shopiro and Amy Michelau expected to carry the load on
offense this season. Seniors Sally Heidman and Megan Pagano provide head
coach Ivan Munoz with solid experience, while junior Rachel Cliburn returns
as one of the top goaltenders in the state. The Patriots also have a handful
of players who could make an immediate difference in the lineup, including
senior Anna Kordek and juniors Melanie Koto and Kelly Lowry.
6. NAPERVILLE CENTRAL
The Redhawks lost several starters from last year's state run, but senior
Nikki Nelson and junior Kara Wilson will look to carry the bulk of the load
in 2007. Elisa Menis came on strong for Central in the postseason and should
be even better in her senior campaign. Heather Gardner has a ton of speed and should fill one of the
starter roles, while head coach Jeff Plackett will look to younger players
like Colleen Young, Emily Wooten, Erin Lamb, and Haley Nelson to play much larger
roles this year. Senior Katie O'Hara and junior Sam Shamburek also return
and give the Redhawks valuable experience either as starters or in coming
off the bench.
Sam Cody and Hannah Ciurej return to give the Eagles another shot at
qualifying for state this season. Cody is a versatile senior who can score
from all over the pool and is a strong defender with great speed, while
Ciurej is effective at running the offense and is a solid defender as well.
They are backed by returning goaltender Jenn Pasciak, who showed solid
improvement throughout the season and should have a great year in 2007.
Kelly Kuchta, Lori Dasher, Caitlin Higgins, and Jess Pasciak also return for
8. NEUQUA VALLEY
Kayley Provow returns in the net for the Wildcats and will make it extremely
difficult for opponents to put points on the board in her senior season.
Meanwhile, junior Kathleen Patterson has a ton of speed and is a solid
scorer for the Neuqua Valley offense. Chelsea Reczek also returns to the
starting lineup and should be a major contributor, while Kevin Sutherland
and Brittany Jadwin also return for the Wildcats and are expected to
contribute for head coach Mike Kuziel's squad.
The Wildkits are led by two excellent senior players, Alex Wich and Grace
Hatcher, so they could be thinking of a potential state berth for the first
time since 2004. Junior McKenna Kulman could be a force on the offensive end
at hole set, while juniors Lily Nassiri and Anne Frigo could also play
important roles for head coach Brett Hatcher's team.
10. NEW TRIER
Blake Bartter leads the way for New Trier in 2007 as a solid scorer and
excellent all-around player. She is backed by a team loaded with depth,
including juniors Katherine Bartels, Mandy Ferguson, and Anna Golembeski.
Seniors Charlotte Harris, Emily Zaideman, and Michaela Dunlop provide the
Trevians with senior leadership and experience and could fill out the rest
of the lineup.
Perla Almarez is a potent scorer and has the ability to take over a game at
any time, which makes the Romans a dangerous team to play, especially in the
postseason. Meanwhile, senior Claire Henderson provides leadership and will
help make sure that the Latin defense remains as strong as it has been in
the past. Juniors Kasia Ahern and Caitlin Kaulus should step up after the
Romans lost four starters from 2006. Sophomore goalie Katalina Kozomora
takes over in the net for Latin.
12. OAK PARK
Most of the starters return to a team that vastly improved throughout the
year in 2006. Seniors Val Poulos and Lauren Gumbel lead the way for the
Huskies, while goalie Melissa Maslowski should also have a solid season in
the net. Megan Rigali, Audrey Reardon, and Caitlin Garvey add depth to a
team that could break into the Top 10 by the end of the year.
Siobhan Larsen has steadily improved over the past three years and should be
a dangerous offensive weapon that gives the Mustangs a chance to be a Top 10
team in 2007. Alice Denny is a terrific defensive player and should also
provide more scoring for Mundelein in her sophomore season. Goalie Paige
Neubel showed major improvement in 2006 and should have her best season in
the net. Head coach Drew Schneider will look to players like Maura Coughlin,
Nikki Andre, and Jessica Bilski to play more valuable minutes and keep the
Mustangs a solid defensive team.
14. LINCOLN-WAY EAST
East returns several starters from last year's state run, including top
returning scorer and senior Erin Reilly. Rachel Japp and Ryann Murphy should
also have big years on the offensive end of the pool, while senior
goaltender Christine Menzenberger in back in the net after strong
performances at both sectionals and state in 2006. Senior Sharon Pomranky
should also be productive for the Griffins, who could look to younger
players like Laura Cempel, Melissa Peyton, and Kara Nowakowski to contribute
at the varsity level this year.
Megan Kono once again will lead the Lions on the offensive end and should
help LT climb the rankings in 2007. Carrie DeBoer returns in goal for Lyons,
while junior Katherine Delacey should play an important role for head coach
Susie Straube's squad. Seniors Kathleen Brosnan and Kathleen Ellison add
experience to the lineup, while junior Joanna Curran and sophomore Emily
Bornhoff could make a big impact for the Lions this season.
The Fillies return several starters from last year's state team, including
senior and leading scorer Christine Byron. Seniors Lizzie Stetson and Jacie Dick
were also two of Barrington's top scorers last season, and they should make
head coach Mark Markwell's squad dangerous on the offensive end. The Fillies
have a great deal of experience, as seniors Christa Pappas, Emily Laning,
Sara Tischhauser, and Kristine Alfonso all return and could play important
roles in their final season. Goalie Brooke Wojtowicz could takeover in goal
for the Fillies in her senior season.
Led by Amy Warner and Sarah Sohn, the Knights should be right in the thick
of things in the Mid-Suburban League and should challenge Barrington once
again. Molly Nordyke should provide an offensive spark in her sophomore
season, while seniors Emily Schiavone and Julie Rendino are both tough
defenders that make Prospect a tough team to score on.
18. ST VIATOR
Replacing four-year starter Sarah Ostling may not be easy, but seniors
Samantha Belbin and Emily Wood have continued to improve throughout their
careers and could be hard to stop in 2007. Junior Sarah LaMantia is expected
to take over in the goal this season, and head coach Adam Clementi has a
roster of talented players to fill his lineup, including experienced seniors
Lauren Battaglia and Allison Humbert, plus juniors Lisa Torii and Danielle
Volpi. Emily Lagagutta could also play a big role in the Lions' success this
Goaltender Story Pumphrey and junior Andrea Peterson give the Vikings a
solid chance to make some major waves in 2007. Pumphrey is a good field
player when needed, but she makes her biggest impact in goal for the
Vikings. Meanwhile, Peterson has continued to improve on both ends of the
pool and also has great speed, so she could have a huge offensive season.
Seniors Julie Carlisle, Kelly O'Connell, and Chelsea Rademaker provide H-F
with solid experience, while juniors Kiley Maanum and Caitlin Dunn should
also make an impact at the varsity level.
20. WAUBONSIE VALLEY
Bailey Gucinski has been the defensive leader for the Warriors in her first
two years, and she should get even better on the offensive end to lead the
team in her junior year. Heather Merz returns in goal after an impressive
showing last season, while Tyler Crittenden, Katie Arnold, and Abby Mertes
also return to the lineup. Sam Jacobi could also step up to the varsity
level after a strong season at the JV level in 2007.
BEST OF THE REST
Rachel Sparks is a terrific all-around player that leads the Wildcats, a
team that could be very dangerous this season. Libertyville also returns
seniors Kristy Treven and Margaret O'Leary, plus junior Sarah Cull to the
22. Rolling Meadows-Colleen
Briggs and Kendall Hylton return to give the Mustangs a chance at their best
season in team history.
23. Richards-Angie Drwal,
Ashley Rampick, and goalie Megan Reppen help make the Bulldogs a balanced
team that could have their best season to date.
24. Hinsdale South-Ksenia
Chernova, Mary O'Shea, and Maggie Lange are back to once again make the
Hornets a tough team to beat.
25. Lincoln-Way Central-Allie
Travnik, Anna Whyte, and Kaylee Meyers lead a balanced Knights team in 2007.
26. Fremd-Colleen Grady,
Jenelle Huddleston, Anna Finis, Meghan Childs, Jennifer McConnell, and
Anastasia Kotsakis all return for an always fast and tough Vikings squad.
27. Wheeling-Junior goalie
Lindsay Mills leads the way for Wheeling, while seniors Stephanie Khacterian,
Katie Bechtel, and Anjelica Staniszewska should provide the offense this
28. York-Karen Achtien is
the leader for the Dukes on both ends of the pool, while York also returns
seniors Jess Heuel, Hannah Vatch, and Becca Pilolla.
29. Stagg-Sofia Pappanastos
is a tough and physical player who leads the Chargers.
30. Naperville North-The
Huskies could rise in the rankings with Lisa Gualano, Megan Putbrese, Mary
Kate Pfister, and goalie Kelly Gibson returning in 2007.
Stacey Fischer (Andrew),
Rosie Fischl (Glenbrook South), Carrie Galligan (Glenbrook South),
Niki Irzyk (Buffalo Grove),
Emma Curth (Glenbrook North), Julie Stetson (Glenbrook North),
Joy Corona (Lake Forest), Laura McClenahan (Lake Forest),
Lauren Grkinich (Marian Catholic), Bree O'Daugherty (Hinsdale
Central), Erin O' Connor (Conant), Kelly Boudart (Hersey),
Amanda Croix (Bradley), Leighann Leitgeb (Palatine), Liz
Morlock (Palatine), Maya Grafstein (Highland Park), Kelly
Steininger (Vernon Hills), Melanie Lecaroz (Vernon Hills),
Emma Higgins (Deerfield), Natalie Klontz (Northside),
Natalie Pike (R-B), Samantha Duran (Morton), Brittany
Vibbert (Hoffman Estates), Allison O'Halloran (Hoffman Estates),
Alex Green (Lockport), Nikki Aritzmendi (Schaumburg), Nicole
Mundie (Schaumburg), Kristin Jerome (Von Steuben)