2014 Season Previews: Part Four

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The last of the season previews conclude with the Henlopen Conference!


Caesar Rodney (10-5) - Last year CR was only one win away from making their first return to the tournament since 2008. Four starters graduated, but the blue riders keep their entire defense and all but one of their midfield line. Sophomore Kourtney Olsen (16, 15) will lead the midfield along with Jenna Rigby (27, 20). Sophomore Delaney Steele (44, 10) is the sole remaining attacker. Other key returnees include seniors Megan Webb (3, 5) and Kendall Olsen, junior Amber Pearson, and sophomore Madeleine Card.

Cape Henlopen (17-1) - Cape's seniors have lost a grand total of three regular season games over their three-year careers - all against out-of-state opponents. The Vikings graduated three seniors, including two All-Americans but return a powerful senior class led by first team all-stater Allie Yeager (31, 22), along with a strong supporting cast. Juniors Sarah Tappan (27, 10), Jordan Brown (26, 9), and Alexa Woodruff (12, 9)should all contribute considerably on the attack again. Two second team all-staters, Karalyn Joseph (20, 5) and Katherine Judge (16, 6) will be key in the midfield, while fellow second team all-stater Margaret Delp and first team all-stater Taylor Gooch will anchor the defense. Junior Samanha Broadhurst returns in the goal.

The Vikings kick their season off tomorrow at the Academy of Holy Cross (MD), who are already 0-2 on the season, one of which was against the 5th ranked team in Maryland. When Cape opened up the season last year against Holy Cross on their home turf, they won 9-8.

Dover (8-7) - Dover lost only 3 seniors from 2013's squad and attackers and midfielders in abundance. Senior attacker Graeleigh Lackey (18, 5) and mid Alyssa Forrest (16G) are the key Senators in 2014. Other verterans include Molly McCommons (4, 3) and Alexandria Crisco (2, 2) on attack, Paige Casto (6G) and Rachel Mills (1, 1) in the midfield. Seniors Mary Adkins and Kelly Conaway split time in the cage last season.

Polytech (13-2) - Polytech made lacrosse history in 2013 when they qualified for their first state tournament in what was only their third year as a varsity program and came only one goal shy of winning their first tournament game. Eleven seniors and six starters graduated from 2013's team - the 2014 Panthers will be very young, with only three seniors and largely supported by what was a very strong freshmen class last year for Coach of the Year Lynn Richardson. Returning starters include sophomore Kathryn Richardson (14, 15) along with senior Kristin Wissler (7, 9) on attack, sophomores Jamie Trabaudo (39, 19) and Morgan Cook (18, 4) in the midfield, sophomore Alison McKay returns as the one remaining defender in front of senior goalie Taylor Lyon. You can pencil in Allison Brown, Rachel Slater, Kaitlin Bergold, Caroline Hermance, and Colleen O'Brien to fill in the missing spots as needed.

Smyrna - The second of two new varsity programs this year, Smyrna kicks off their inaugural season with a bang when they host Polytech on Tuesday. The following Friday it's another rematch against Christiana - much like Smyrna's relative to the north, the Eagles also played Christiana varsity in 2013, their first year as a JV team and won 13-2.

Sussex Tech (12-4) - The Ravens qualified for their third consecutive tournament bid in 2013, but lost 8 seniors as well as a couple of underclassman that contributed a whopping 181 of their 231 goals!! 43 of the 50 remaining goals belongs to the only attacker to have survived graduation, Dorian Zimmerman (43, 7). Taylor Kvilhaug (6, 8) and Emma Spellman (1, 8) are the remaining mids. The defense should include Hannah Collins, Elizabeth Lockwood, Shanda Mann and Shelby Towers, with Taschiana Gibbs-Hughes returning in goal.

Good luck to all the teams that start their season tomorrow!! 
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