2014 Season Previews: Part Three

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Catholic Conference

St. Mark's (5-10) - Numbers wise, St. Mark's is in great shape from graduation, losing only two seniors last May. Unfortunately for them though, that includes Haley Schweizer, the player of the year and state leader in both goals and points scored. The next leading goal scorer behind Haley Schweizer's 80 goals is Morgen Moran (22, 13) - no one else even hit double digits on last year's team. If St. Mark's wants to return as one of the elite eight they'll have to build up their attack to make up for losing Haley Schweizer's 80 goals.

Ursuline (12-5) - 2013 was a record year for the Ursuline raiders, who advanced to the state tournament as the number 5 seed after losing back-to-back one goal games to both Tatnall and Charter. A strong performance by 1st team all-state senior goalie Cecilia Cicone helped Ursuline turn around and win their own one goal game against Polytech and propelling them into the semis for the first time in school history.

Feffie Barnhill takes over the reigns of the program in 2014 and inherits six varsity starters and plenty more that saw playing time last year. Madeline Hughes (34, 14), Laura Hurff (13, 7) and Emily Blaszkow (13, 1) should return in the midfield and Brooke Schmuesser (18, 4) who saw plenty of time last year as an 8th grader should be a shoe-in for one of the open midfield spots. Lexi Goldberg, Conner Vorwick and Erin O'Doherty bring some experience to the defense. UA will need a new goalie to replace 5 year starter Cecilia Cicone.

Diamond State

Archmere (13-4) - The Auks graduated five starters, four field players (and their 88 goals) and a goalie from last years tournament team. Key returnees include seniors Katelyn Payne (26, 10), Alexa Spence (10, 3), Caroline Rath (4, 2) and Amanda Olsen. A trio of sophomores, Presley Conaty (6, 3) and Anna Baxter (6, 1) who started and Kennedy Murphy who helped out last year as freshmen should all contribute.

St. Thomas More (7-8) - The Ravens return goal scorers in abundance with seniors Lexi Petrosky (20, 10), Jena Wilson (22, 1), and Katlyn Camisky (19, 6), and helped out by sophomore Joanna Petrosky (8, 2).


Caravel (9-6) - The Buccaneers had their best season yet in 2013 and returns all but two girls. New head coach Carolyn Thompson inherits two juniors and two freshmen from last year's team that together combined for 149 of the team's 211 goals. Abigail Reid (36, 37) and Isabel Orticelle (34, 5) are the two juniors, while freshmen Olivia Duarte (49, 20) and Lauren Phillips (30, 12) return after a strong start as only 8th graders.

Red Lion (3-12) - Red Lion had trouble finding the net in 2013, producing 70 less goals than in 2012 while goals allowed remained the same. Luckily, the Lions return all but one of the major goal scorers this year - junior Miriam Fieger (14G) will lead the pride, with help from classmates Taylor Holt (7, 2), Sydney Revell (3G) and sister Morgan Holt.

Part four, Henlopen Conference, will be up tomorrow!
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