Girls lacrosse hopes to contend for titles
The Emmaus girls lacrosse team lost some of it’s best players to graduation last season, including a couple All-Conference second team selections. But the Hornets return three players that accounted for over 100 goals combines last season and will look to pick up where they left off with what was a young team in 2017 that will be a more experienced group this spring.
Here’s a look at the team heading into the 2018 season:
Last year’s record: 14-7 overall…Lost to Easton in EPC playoffs…Beat Nazareth, lost to Parkland in District 11 playoffs.
Key losses to graduation: Holly Brinckman, Kendelle Conrad, Cristina Carotenuto (EPC Second Team), Maddy Dorn, Hannah Maron (EPC Second Team).
Key returning players: Senior Paige Weaver (Attack, 39 goals); Junior Taylor O’Brien (Midfield, 56 goals, 27 assists, 41forced turnovers, 61 groundballs); Junior Lizzy Ninesling (Midfield, 33 goals, 21 assists, 35 forced turnovers, 89 groundballs); Junior Claire Nielsen (Defense, 23 goals, 10 assists, 18 forced turnovers, 41 groundballs; Junior Grace Hall (Attack, 25 goals, 8 assists).
Others to watch: Sophomore Kaitlyn Csensits (Midfield); Junior Chloe Gerhard (Goalie); Sophomore Emma Schoenly (Attack); Sophomore Tori Brinckman (Attack); Sophomore Laura Boyko (Defense).
Outlook: The Hornets look to be very strong in the midfielder. Young, lost eight starting varsity players to graduation/injury. Contend for EPC and District 11 Championships.
From the coach: “We have a great group of girls with positive attitudes and tremendous team chemistry. The coaching staff is very encouraged and excited for this season. Last season was a transition year with many ups and downs, but we ended with a good record. This year we look to improve upon that record and contend for the EPC and District 11 Championships,” — second-year head coach Roxann Betz.