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  2014 Season Preview 

  By Aaron Brown

  February 2014

 

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2014 Girls' Season Preview

 

St Ignatius claimed their first state title in 2013. They return the bulk of their team, so the Wolfpack head into the new season fully prepared to defend their title. However, they face several challenges this time around, with the likes of Fenwick, Mundelein, Mother McAuley, Stevenson, Loyola and many other teams all chomping at the bit to claim the top spot in the state.

 

Let's take a closer look at some of the top teams in the state of Illinois on the girls' side in 2014:

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1. ST IGNATIUS

The Wolfpack return most of their starters and then some as they look set to defend their first-ever title in 2014. Tammy Stelnicki will continue her role as the team leader on both ends of the pool and could be an even bigger scoring threat during her senior season. She will join forces with sophomore Diana Fernandez, junior Karen Juarez, and fellow seniors Maggie Maloney and Rebecca Martinez as St Ignatius presents one of the most dangerous offensive attacks in recent years. There is plenty of depth available to head coach Mike Cashman as well, as Olivia Evangelides and Nikol Lagodzinska made significant contributions last season and should play valuable minutes for the squad. The emergence of goaltender Jenny Stelnicki, who won a state title as a freshman goaltender last year, should continue to pay big dividends for an always tough team defense.

Head Coach: Mike Cashman

Key Players: Diana Fernandez, Karen Juarez, Maggie Maloney, Rebecca Martinez, Tammy Stelnicki

Players to Watch: Olivia Evangelides, Nikol Lagodzinska

Goalkeeper: Jenny Stelnicki

Final 2013 Ranking: 1st


2. FENWICK

The Friars are fully loaded as they have their sights set on returning to the winner's circle after last year's state quarterfinal round exit. Expect senior Colleen Barron to have a monster offensive season after she poured in 84 goals last season. Alexa Ovalle is a terrific all-around talent on both ends of the pool and should also add a bit scoring punch for the Friars' attack. Head coach Jack Wagner got a big boost from the emergence of Catie Wallace in her high school debut, so expect the sophomore to take her game to the next level in 2014. Meanwhile, there is depth aplenty with Addy Curry, Maggie Sheean, Janie Angelini, Bridget Carey and Olivia Wendt ready to make an impact for a team looking to reclaim both the Catholic League title and the state title. Lexi Buglio also makes her return in goal after her first full season as the team's netminder and could be a difference-maker for the Friars' defense.

Head Coach: Jack Wagner

Key Players: Colleen Barron, Bridget Carey, Addy Curry, Alexa Ovalle, Maggie Sheean, Catie Wallace

Players to Watch: Janie Angelini, Olivia Wendt

Goalkeeper: Lexi Buglio

Final 2013 Ranking: 3rd


3. MUNDELEIN

The Mustangs return the core of their fourth-place team from last season and could be a dark-horse candidate to win their first-ever IHSA title if things fall into place. Karrie Kozokar is back to spearhead the offense, as the 100-plus goalscorer with a rifle-like shot should continue to be flat out hard to stop for any defense. She will be joined by fellow senior Allie Booth, who came on strong in the postseason and gives Mundelein another dangerous weapon should defenses focus too much on her teammate. They are supported on the defensive end by goaltender Anna Ward, a two-year starter with command of the game that will severely limit opposing offenses. Meanwhile, head coach Drew Schneider will look to Denise Casali, Emily Garcia, and Lauren Blake to increase their production after both improved drastically throughout the previous campaign.

Head Coach: Drew Schneider

Key Players: Allie Boothe, Lauren Blake, Denise Casali, Emily Garcia, Karrie Kozokar

Player to Watch: Rachel David

Goalkeeper: Anna Ward

Final 2013 Ranking: 5th


4. MOTHER MCAULEY

There is good and bad news for the Mighty Macs entering the 2014 season. They lost five starters from their Catholic League-winning, third place trophy-earning team. However, they return one of the state's most prolific scorers in senior Clare Bryar and boast one of the toughest players on both ends of the pool in fellow senior Fran Williamson. If several younger talents can quickly fit into the starting lineup, Mother McAuley could pick up where they left off and could once again challenge for the conference and state titles this year. Head coach Vanessa Carroll has high hopes for seniors Hannah Murphy and Mary June O'Connell, as both should significantly increase their production in bigger roles for the team. Meanwhile, a trio of sophomores that includes Tess Bowens, Maggie Hennigan and Julie Olivares could burst on the scene and make an immediate impact.

Head Coach: Vanessa Carroll

Key Players: Clare Bryar, Mary June O'Connell, Julie Olivares, Fran Williamson

Players to Watch: Tess Bowens, Maggie Hennigan

Goalkeeper: Hannah Murphy

Final 2013 Ranking: 2nd


5. STEVENSON

The Patriots are hoping to quickly bounce back from last year's one-goal loss to rival Mundelein in the sectional final round. With a mix of returning starters and talented fresh faces, things could be looking up for head coach Jeff Wimer's bunch, who did win 24 games during the last campaign. Offensively, the team will look to the trio of Melissa Gartenberg, Ashley Oliver and Allison Travetto to continue to work their goal-scoring magic. Meanwhile, players like Erin Kempers, Alexa Kotlyar, Sara Ploch and Annika Hotchkiss head a long list of young and talented players that give the team plenty of options and depth. After one full season in the net, goaltender Becky Callen returns with the experience to help keep the Patriots in most games. Expect at least two crucial games with Mundelein this season that could decide both the North Suburban Conference title and a state tournament berth when all is said and done.

Head Coach: Jeff Wimer

Key Players: Melissa Gartenberg, Alexa Kotlyar, Ashley Oliver, Sara Ploch, Allison Travetto

Players to Watch: Annika Hotchkiss, Erin Kempers

Goalkeeper: Becky Callen

Final 2013 Ranking: 6th


6. LOYOLA


The Ramblers came up just one goal shy of a state tournament trophy last season after a 23-win effort and have the tools to take aim at another deep postseason run in 2014. Marta Considine returns after scoring 120 goals during the previous campaign and will likely be asked to carry the bulk of the scoring load. She will be joined by returning starters Emily Barr and Liz Kyle, two solid overall talents who may provide additional scoring punch to make up for the loss of Evan Swenson. Emi Croghan will likely be asked to provide a boost on the offensive end, while fellow senior Ellen Garrity is likely to step up on the defensive end for head coach Rich Schici's bunch. If juniors Julia Sajnaj and Megan Murtaugh can play valuable minutes and goaltender Colleen Ahern can make the transition into goal to replace Meredith O'Brien, the Ramblers should be in excellent shape moving forward.

Head Coach: Rich Schici

Key Players: Emily Barr, Marta Considine, Emi Croghan, Ellen Garrity, Liz Kyle, Megan Murtaugh

Players to Watch: Julia Sajnaj, Maureen Scopelliti

Goalkeeper: Colleen Ahern

Final 2013 Ranking: 7th


7. NAPERVILLE NORTH

The young and hungry Huskies soar into the Top 10 as nearly everyone returns from last year's 24-6 squad that could be the team to beat in the Naperville-area this season. The emergence of Katie Horn, Caitlin Holzer and Taylor Stoner, a trio of sophomores, has given Naperville North the drive to push for a Top 5 spot in the rankings and overtake Naperville Central as sectional favorites heading into the season. They pair well with seniors
Katie Anderson, Dani DiMatteo and Helen Wei, who give the group experience and solid production on both ends of the pool. Jillian Eiken should play an important role for head coach Andy McWhirter's squad, while up-and-coming players like Amber McClure, Annamarie Policht and Lizzy Wylly supply the Huskies with an abundance of depth.

Head Coach: Andy McWhirter

Key Players: Katie Anderson, Dani DiMatteo, Jillian Eiken, Caitlin Holzer, Katie Horn, Taylor Stoner,

Players to Watch: Amber McClure, Annamarie Policht, Helen Wei

Goalkeeper: Kate MacDuff

Final 2013 Ranking: 12th


8. NEW TRIER

New Trier is stocked with talent and experience and should return to form and challenge for both the CSL title and a state tournament berth in 2014. As always, depth is the key for the Trevians, as they boast several versatile players who fill a variety of roles and can be a tough offense to shut down. Look for Brittany Bishop, Shannon Kent and Jacqueline Glattard to play a significant role in the scoring column for a balanced offense, while Natalie Goldman, Samantha Pearlm, Kaleigh Dolan and Keelin Frank are among a large contingent of Trevian players ready to make their mark. Meanwhile, Zoe Gottleib will be asked to deputize in goal after the graduation of former netminder Hannah Caywood. If head coach Matt Wendt can find the right mix of players, New Trier could put themselves in position to repeat as conference champions and overtake Loyola for a sectional title after losing to their rivals by one goal in last year's playoffs.

Head Coach: Matt Wendt

Key Players: Brittany Bishop, Jacqueline Glattard, Natalie Goldman, Shannon Kent, Samantha Pearl

Players to Watch: Kaleigh Dolan, Keelin Frank

Goalkeeper: Zoe Gottlieb

Final 2013 Ranking: 8th


9. LINCOLN-WAY CENTRAL


The Knights lost a few key players but return a mix of experience and young talent that could get them right back to where they left off last season (with a second-place state tournament trophy). Liz Klock and Kristi Howe form a potent offensive duo that should see their goal tallies significantly increase as they hope to carry the offensive load for a team that won 30 games last year. Fellow seniors Michelle Dundek and Beth Senese give head coach Karen Desruisseaux an abundance of options for a team that might have a more balanced approach this time around. Another senior, Sabrina Miglorini, looks to replace goaltender Caroline Foglton in the net after getting a good amount of experience last season. Delaney Shepard could prove to be another valuable option for the Knights, who may need to call upon a stable of younger talent, as sophomores Kenzie Applequist, Kim Bernhard and Cailey Davern could play a valuable role in repeating
the success of last season's epic team.

Head Coach: Karen Desruisseaux

Key Players: Kim Bernhard, Michelle Dundek, Kristi Howe, Liz Klock, Beth Senese, Delaney Shepard

Players to Watch: Kenzie Applequist, Cailey Davern

Goalkeeper: Sabrina Miglorini

Final 2013 Ranking: 4th


10. NAPERVILLE CENTRAL

It may be too soon to write off Naperville Central; after all, they lost several key players after 2012 and ended up qualifying for state once again last year. They could repeat that feat this time around as the tandem of Kristina Altuve and Michelle Spaits are back for their senior seasons after combining to score well over 100 goals in 2013. They are joined by sophomore standout Kaela Codo, who should see her goal tally significantly improve after a full year of varsity-level experience is under her belt. Head coach Jeff Plackett will look to senior Jessica Fox and juniors Beth Ryan and Niki Kolbe to play valuable minutes, while a solid group of freshmen could make a surprise impact on the team's chances as the season rolls along. Finding a goaltender to replace Erin Reagan, who took over the netminding duties midway through last season, could be the key to the Redhawks postseason chances for success.

Head Coach: Jeff Plackett

Key Players: Kristina Altuve, Kaela Codo, Beth Ryan, Michelle Spaits, Niki Kolbe

Player to Watch: Jessica Fox

Goalkeeper: TBA

Final 2013 Ranking: 9th


11. LYONS

The Lions return several key components to a team that will have their sights set on an early season rise into the Top 10, another West Suburban Conference title, and a deep postseason run. Head coach Lauren Burel has a variety of options on the offensive end, as juniors Julia Cohen and Caroline Walsh made major contributions and should be much improved in 2014. Meanwhile, a strong senior class provides the squad with playmakers and experience, as Frankie Delleman, Haley Hughes, Allie Kurth, Meredith Land and Lindsay Wantuck help solidify a lineup stacked with depth. Look for junior Emma Hirt to make a definitive impact and goaltender Jessie Wittenberg to pick up where Tegan Moore left off in the net for Lyons.

Head Coach: Lauren Burel

Key Players: Julia Cohen, Frankie Delleman, Emma Hirt, Meredith Land, Caroline Walsh, Lindsay Wantuck

Players to Watch: Haley Hughes, Allie Kurth

Goalkeeper: Jessie Wittenberg

Final 2013 Ranking: 11th


12. SANDBURG

Sandburg quietly put together a 26-7 record and bowed out of the postseason in the sectional finals after a 12-6 loss to Mother McAuley last year. While they did lose several starters to graduation, look for the Eagles to restock their lineup, continuously improve throughout the regular season, and still challenge for the SWSC Blue division title. Sarah Dolitsky and Caitlin Olson both return to lead the team on both ends of the pool. They will look to a cast of several new faces to keep the team winning, as Caitlin Krull, Danielle Lencioni, Maureen Strode and Joanna Capiak are amongst a large group of up-and-coming players who could quickly make an impact this season. Jane Zieba will likely take over the reigns in goal after occasionally filling in for Alona King at the position last year.

Head Coach: Jane Caliendo

Key Players: Sarah Dolitsky, Caitlin Krull, Danielle Lencioni, Caitlin Olson, Maureen Strode

Player to Watch: Joanna Capiak

Goalkeeper: Jane Zieba

Final 2013 Ranking: 10th


13. OAK PARK

The Huskies are poised for
a exciting season after increasing their win total from 13 to 23 over the last two years. Katie Appell returns to lead the way on the offensive end after a 100-plus goal season and will be joined by several returning starters that could make the Huskies one of the most dangerous teams in 2014. Head coach Beth Perez has an abundance of options outside of Appell, starting with experienced seniors Maura Dahl, Elizabeth Williams, Hannah Smith and Anna Vogel. The junior class is just as strong, with Mia Andreoli, Claire Rolfes and Maddie Wolfe giving support on both the offensive and defensive ends for a team that will challenge Lyons, York and company for the WSC title. Jordin Hale takes over full-time duties in goal after splitting time with Zoe Erickson over the last two years.

Head Coach: Beth Perez

Key Players: Mia Andreoli, Katie Appell, Claire Rolfes, Anna Vogel, Maddie Wolfe, Elizabeth Williams

Players to Watch: Genna Curry, Maura Dahl, Hannah Smith

Goalkeeper: Jordin Hale

Final 2013 Ranking: 18th


14. STC NORTH


Don't expect any sort of let up from the North Stars as the 2014 season begins; after posting a 20-win season last year, they seem ready to make the leap into the upper echelon of Illinois water polo and could challenge for their first-ever state tournament berth when all is said and done. Even after a few significant losses to the lineup, STC North has Nicole Guyett ready to shoulder the scoring load. They will be helped by players who made valuable contributions last season like Kennedi Norris and Angelica Villa; both are expected to step their games up to make an impact on the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Monica Guyett and Katie Quinn are a pair of talented athletes that give the North Stars depth and should prove tough to contain for opposing defenses. Allyson Foor is set to take over the goaltending duties for long-time starter Hannah Horsfall; if she can hold things down on the defensive end early in the season, the North Stars could begin to think about a postseason run that goes beyond last year's sectional semifinal round appearance, where they lost to Naperville Central.


Head Coach: Nick Engel

Key Players: Nicole Guyett, Kennedi Norris, Katie Quinn, Angelica Villa

Player to Watch: Monica Guyett

Goalkeeper: Allyson Foor

Final 2013 Ranking: 16th


15. FREMD

It hasn't taken long for the Vikings to reclaim their status as the favorites to win the MSL West division and earn a 2014 state tournament berth. After losing to Barrington by two goals in last year's sectional final round, expect a motivated Fremd team to improve upon last season's 20-win performance and make some major moves in the postseason. The duo of Samantha Barry and Emma Hoffman are the likely candidates to lead the team's offense. They should have plenty of support from the likes of Nicole Degla, Kayla Helsdingen, Loretta Stelnicki and Nicole Warnstedt. Samantha DiCanio, a major talent as a field player, might play most of her minutes in goal to lead the defense. Either way, the senior will have a great impact on each game regardless of her position, which makes Fremd a tough team to figure out as the new season approaches.

Head Coach: Ray Roth

Key Players: Samantha Barry, Nicole Degla, Kayla Helsdingen, Emma Hoffman, Nicole Warnstedt

Players to Watch: Loretta Stelnicki, Megan Younker

Goalkeeper: Samantha DiCanio

Final 2013 Ranking: 15th


16. BREMEN

Bremen returns nearly everyone from last year's team, giving the Red Jaguars one of their best chances to qualify for their first-ever state tournament berth. They bowed out of the playoffs in the sectional semifinal round to Sandburg, but things could be much different when the 2014 postseason arrives. Hannah Schultz is a potent playmaker capable of dominating games on the offensive end, so she remains Bremen's best weapon. When teams focus on stopping Schultz, head coach Todd Strein relies on Daisy Lozano, Sarah Minnich and Jacky Zuniga to step up and provide additional scoring. The team may also call on Hannah Alvarez to solidify the starting lineup moving forward. Melissa Barrios returns the team's starting goalkeeper to give the defense plenty of confidence behind them.

Head Coach: Todd Strein

Key Players: Daisy Lozano, Sarah Minnich, Hannah Schultz, Jacky Zuniga

Player to Watch: Hannah Alvarez

Goalkeeper: Melissa Barrios

Final 2013 Ranking: 20th


17. PALATINE


Palatine is loaded and ready for the 2014 season to begin. Nearly everyone returns for head coach Mitch Tucker's squad, which posted an 18-11 mark in the previous campaign. Scoring will not be a problem for the Pirates, as Rachel Chumbook and Caroline Wojtas combine to form a lethal offensive partnership that will prove hard for opposing defenses to contain. There are plenty of other options surrounding them, as Callie Gilsenan, Caitlin McHugh, Emily Siedl and Maryana Dvorska give Palatine the depth needed to challenge the likes of Fremd and Barrington for the MSL West title. The lineup only gets deeper, as Jackie Kincanon and Lauren Rasor could play valuable minutes for a team itching to move beyond the sectional quarterfinal round after last year's disappointing loss to Libertyville. The defense is bolstered by the return of Kim Butler, a 6'4" shot-blocker who enters her second season with the red cap.


Head Coach: Mitch Tucker

Key Players: Rachel Chumbook, Callie Gilsenan, Caitlin McHugh, Emily Seidl, Caroline Wojtas

Players to Watch: Maryana Dvorska, Jackie Kincanon, Lauren Rasor

Goalkeeper: Kim Butler

Final 2013 Ranking: 27th


18. YORK


The Dukes have several key returnees back in the mix as they look to improve upon last year's 14-10 season that culminated with an 8-7 victory over WSC rival Oak Park in the sectional quarterfinal round. The outlook is optimistic for second-year head coach Mark Giuliani, as he can count on Kirsten Rasnic, Perri Brinkmeier and Lauren Tamm to provide the offensive firepower. Allison Brodt could also play a valuable role in the starting lineup after making positive contributions last season. On the defensive end, expect sophomore Grace Achepohl to continue shutting down opponent's top offensive players while having a breakout season on the offensive end. If the team can find a replacement for goalie Abby Ries, York could be a threat to win 20-plus games and make a deep playoff run.

Head Coach: Mark Giuliani

Key Players: Grace Achepohl, Perri Brinkmeier, Kirsten Rasnic, Lauren Tamm

Player to Watch: Allison Brodt

Goalkeeper: TBA

Final 2013 Ranking: 17th


19. NEUQUA VALLEY (updated 3/10)

The long list of returning players to the Neuqua Valley roster should have the team optimistic that they can turn things around after a 9-20 season in 2013. The 'strength in numbers' approach could work wonders for head coach Lucy Tiffin, as she has high hopes that
Lauren Backe, Kaitlyn Gorski and Morgan Miller can form a balanced attack on the offensive end and limit opposing offenses on the defensive side of things. Sophomore Issi French takes over as the full-time goaltender for the Wildcats, as she hopes to provide a solid last line of defense for a Wildcats team looking to challenge the Naperville schools for supremacy both at the beginning and at the end of the season.

Head Coach: Lucy Tiffin

Key Players: Lauren Backe, Kristina James, Kaitlyn Gorski, Morgan Miller

Player to Watch: Sammi Jaquez

Goalkeeper: Issi French

Final 2013 Ranking: 25th


20. LINCOLN-WAY NORTH

The Phoenix will attempt to pick up the pieces after losing several seniors to graduation from a team that won the SWSC Red division and fell two goals shy of a state tournament berth last year. Niki Beringer, Cassidy DeGraff and Missy Wortel form a trio of offensively-gifted players who will likely shoulder the scoring burden for head coach Kendra Will. Meanwhile, if both Haley Klosak and Caitlin McCully can play valuable minutes for a squad hoping to improve its depth, then North could begin thinking about repeating as conference champions and securing their first-ever state tournament berth. Expect Laura Wolf to gradually improve as she replaces Kelly Pender in goal for the Phoenix defense.

Head Coach: Kendra Will

Key Players: Niki Beringer, Cassidy DeGraff, Haley Klosak, Missy Wortel

Player to Watch: Caitlin McCully

Goalkeeper: Laura Wolf

Final 2013 Ranking: 14th


21. MAINE EAST

Nearly everyone returns for a Blue Demons team that has averaged 20 wins per season over the last two years. However, the team could have their most prolific season to date as they look to challenge New Trier for the Central Suburban League title and have their sights set on a deep postseason run. The offense will be led by Medina Husejnovic and Maria Protic, two powerful offensive weapons that can be difficult to stop. They are complimented by the speedy Sandra Kietlinska, a terrific all-around talent that makes the players around her better and should also increase her scoring output. Maine East has no issues with depth either, as Manka Arifi, Christina Peter and Sarah Pham help solidify the lineup for a team looking to avenge last season's 5-3 sectional loss to Glenbrook North. Ultimately, the team will rely on goaltender Isabelle Trier to keep them in games on the defensive end, as the veteran goalie has the ability to keep the Blue Demons in games with her tremendous shot-blocking ability.

Head Coach: Mehul Amin

Key Players: Medina Husejnovic, Sandra Kietlinska, Christina Peter, Maria Protic, Sarah Pham

Player to Watch: Manka Arifi

Goalkeeper: Isabelle Trier

Final 2013 Ranking: 31st


22. WHEELING

The Wildcats are looking strong as they head into the new season, as they hope to follow up a season in which they tied for the MSL East title and advanced to the sectional semifinal round. The offense will be led by Theresa Godlewski, a gifted playmaker who should pick up the goal scoring slack left by the departed Kat Dobrowski. She will be joined by returning starters Shannon Richards, Rachel Ropski and Emily Sowa as head coach Bob Savitt's team has plenty of offensive options to count on. Sophomores Argelia Diaz and Adrianne Rozmus will step in on the defensive end in front of newcomer Jenna Pink, who replaces Keara Myatt in goal. The young trio's development could be the key to a deep postseason run for the Wildcats.

Head Coach: Bob Savitt

Key Players: Argelia Diaz, Theresa Godlewski, Shannon Richards, Rachel Ropski, Emily Sowa

Player to Watch: Adrianne Rozmus

Goalkeeper: Jenna Pink

Final 2013 Ranking: 23rd


23. BRADLEY


The Boilers hope to continue the momentum they built during last season's 18-win season and forget about their one-goal sectional quarterfinal loss to Lockport last May. Celine Dalde and Rachel Thorson are the top two returning scores and should be the focal point of the Bradley offense during the new campaign. They will hope for assistance from the likes of Sam Ashline, Reily Kane, Katie Lehman and Regan Warmoth in what should be a solid-looking starting lineup come opening day. Darby L'Ecuyer is expected to takeover the goaltending reigns from Amber Forbes and should quickly help the defense return to its stingy ways. The Boilers will have their sights set on overtaking Lincoln-Way North in the SWSC Red division and making a much deeper trek through the postseason in 2014.


Head Coach: Andrew Helgeson

Key Players: Sam Ashline, Celine Dalde, Reily Kane, Katie Lehman, Rachel Thorson

Player to Watch: Regan Warmoth

Goalkeeper: Darby L'Ecuyer

Final 2013 Ranking: 19th


24. ANDREW

The T-Bolts have rebuilt their squad over the last two seasons and yet still posted 15 wins both times; expect them to be significantly better this time around as they return playmaker Megan Hofer on the offensive end and goaltender Anna Tamulonis to spearhead a solid defensive unit. Courtney Carter and Genny McCarthy should both impress in the scoring column for head coach Mike Kuziel, who will also look for Aoife Burke and Eleanor Peach to solidify the lineup and play valuable minutes. If things go according to plan, Andrew could be in line for the SWSC Red division title and could pose a serious threat in the postseason after lasting until the sectional semifinal round in 2013.


Head Coach: Mike Kuziel

Key Players: Courtney Carter, Megan Hofer, Genny McCarthy, Eleanor Peach

Player to Watch: Aoife Burke

Goalkeeper: Anna Tamulonis

Final 2013 Ranking: 28th


25. CONANT


The Cougars are a dangerous team heading into the 2014 season; they return the majority of their starting lineup and could pose a serious threat to their MSL West division rivals. Carmen Rosas and Angie Skittone both return to provide the scoring punch for the offense, while goalie Maddy Demaret had a breakout season in 2013 and should continue her excellent play to lead the defense. Head coach Justin Bickus has several other options to count on, as Kaitlyn Claffey, Jenn Soukup, Emily Weingart and Paulina Wolska should increase their production for a Conant team hoping to surpass last season's sectional semifinal appearance with a surprise state tournament berth.


Head Coach: Justin Bickus

Key Players: Kaitlyn Claffey, Carmen Rosas, Angie Skittone, Jenn Soukup, Paulina Wolska

Player to Watch: Emily Weingart

Goalkeeper: Maddy Demaret

Final 2013 Ranking: 34th


 

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