2014 Season Previews: Part One

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Here is part one of a sneak preview of the upcoming girl's lacrosse season.

Blue Hen

Coaching wise, the Blue Hen conference looks very different this year with 6 out of its 11 teams with new head coaches and a new addition to the varsity ranks this year in Hodgson Vo-Tech.

A.I. DuPont (6-9) - One of the many coaching changes this year, the Tigers look to former Tigresses Jill Regester to replace five year head coach Genevieve Grossman. Leading scorer Elizabeth Shields (38, 1) will be the key to A.I.'s offensive success in 2014.

Appoquinimink (3-11) - Only in its fifth season, Appo is on its third coach since its inaugural season in 2010, with Christine Czajkowski taking over the reigns this year. The Jaguars lost only five seniors last year and returned their center mid and leading goal scorer, Delaney Chrisco (50, 5) as well as attackers McKenzie Marvel (31, 7), Briana Doyle (8, 2) and Carolyn Stopera (6G). Junior Alexis Cloud returns in goal, with Alexa Beaudet and Katelyn Hays returning on defense.

Brandywine (4-11) - The Bulldogs have a familiar face in new head coach Kara Voss, a former Cape Henlopen player and member of the 2009 state tournament team. For the past two years Brandywine has only won against the same four teams and with graduating the two seniors that together contributed 91 of the team's total 148 goals 2014 doesn't look to be any easier for the Bulldogs

Charter (12-3) - The Force turned around an even 7-7 season in 2012 and had their winningest season since 2009, when they went 15-2. Charter returns all but one of their twelve starters from their tournament team in 2013, including all of their attackers. Returning seniors include Morgan Lamey (57, 29), Kaitlin Reid (21, 17), Josephine Nixon (8, 5) and goalie Anna Gonye. Juniors should be lead by Alexandra Mash (41, 7) along with twins Emily (15, 12) and Molly Ritter (14, 8). Sophomore Jordan Wood (29, 15) finishes out the midfield.

Christiana (0-11) - Christiana last won a game in 2010, but didn't lose a single player to graduation in 2013.

Concord (7-8) - Three juniors are the keys for the Raiders' 2014 season. Attacker Heather Estle (43, 9) and midfielder Madeline Davis (18, 2) will provide the offense with some help from senior Amy Akell (8G), while fellow junior Sarah Birmingham minds the net.

Glasgow (2-13) - The Dragons were only shut out in 2013 by Charter and Middletown last season and went 2-0 against Christiana, outscoring the Vikings 26-11. But the Lady Dragons lost five of their twelve man roster to graduation and will need a healthy dose of newcomers to refuel the program.

Hodgson - One of the two new varsity programs this year, Hodgson moves up in the ranks after two years of a JV program. 2014 won't be the first time the Silver Eagles play a varsity team though - HVT played Christiana's varsity squad last year and won 11-7. Hodgson returns a healthy amount of underclassman from its JV team last year and starts off their first varsity season with a rematch of last year's Christiana game on March 25th.

Middletown (9-6) - The Cavaliers missed the state tournament by only a game last year, but are without their coach of the past three seasons and were hit hard by graduation. Look for Alison Pantazes (31, 27) to lead the attack and her twin sister Emily Pantazes (37, 12) in the midfield with Alexia Johnston (6, 1). The Cavs defense should remain intact with Junior Paige DiAlessandro in goal and accompanied by Christina Gotthold, Megan Feldman, and Payton Shetzler. Middletown will finish out their season on May 14th against Caravel, where they'll see a familiar face coaching on the other sideline...

Mt. Pleasant (4-11) - The Green Knights have to replace 8 graduated seniors in 2014 - more than half of the players on their varsity roster. This year's key returnees will be midfielders Kate Walker (16, 2) and Alyssa More (15, 5).

Newark (6-9) - The yellow jackets graduated a slew of high-scoring attackers, and will look for juniors Monica DiBartolomeo (5, 1) and Peyton Petrillo (3G) in the attack, Audrey McMahon (4G) in the midfield and returning captain Allison Delaney (10, 6) on defense. Senior Tasheana Taylor returns in goal.

Blue Hen should be decided April 17th when Middletown and Charter meet up.

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