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South Jersey girls’ high school lacrosse preview: Moorestown, Eastern High

Friday, 16th March 2012

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 3/16/12

This is one of a series of previews for the 2012 Philly lacrosse season

Moorestown High School

Coach: Deanna Knobloch, Head Coach 21 years; K.C. Knobloch Asst. Coach, 12 years

Coach’s career record (win-loss): 399-29-4

Last year record (win-loss): 22-4, Section III state champs, Tournament of Champions finalists

Key players:
Steph Toy, Sr, midfield -Notre Dame, (Steph is a returning All American and our best player. Has been a starter since her freshman year)
Haleigh Dalmass, Sr, Midfield- USC
Elizabeth Johnson, Sr, Defender -Lehigh
Nikki McMonagle, Sr, Attack- Rutgers
Lindsey Goldblatt, Sr, Attack -Colgate
Marissa Randazzo, Sr, Defender -Fairfield
Amanda Currell, Sr, Goalie -Rutgers
Carly Taglienti, Sr, Attack- W&L

Additional Returning Players to watch:
Megan Kelly, junior, mid/defender, UPENN
Mary Flick, junior, midfielder
Frankie Angeleri, soph, midfield
Sydney Dalmass, soph, midfield/attack
Marie McMcool, soph, midfield
Kayla Pruitt, soph, Attacker

Team strengths: “We should have a strong defense and multiple, motion offenses as well as a patient, settled attack. We return about 15 players that received time last year on our youngest team ever that made it to the state final and lost by only one goal.”

Top three opponents: Shawnee NJ, Ridgewood NJ, St. Pauls MD,

Biggest rivalry game: Shawnee of Medford, NJ

Additional information: “Moorestown holds the record for 10 straight Tournament of Champions Titles which is #1 overall in the state, all groups, and 228 straight victories over NJ competition. Ranked #1 in the nation in 2001 and 2002 and the only school in the country to be ranked in the top 10 nationally the last 12 years.”

Eastern High School, Vikings

Coach: David Schlesinger (2nd year)

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments: 14-8; lost to Washington Township in Group 4, South Jersey semifinal

Key returnees:
Kaitlyn Ogg (Attack, 100+ goals, 2nd Team All SJ)
Serena Hitchins (Attack)
Danielle La Rocca (Midfield, 2nd Team All Conference)
Alexa Rubino (Midfield)
Mariel Haubrich (Midfield)
Stephanie Byrne (Defense)
Miranda Altringer (Defense)
Brittany Read (Goalie)

Key newcomers:
Sierra Slack (Attack)
Austyn Cuneo (Midfield)
Karlee Spirit (Defense)
Lindsay Fleischer (Defense)
Samantha Mlkvy (Midfield)

Outlook for 2012: “Despite graduating 7 seniors, Eastern should field a very competitive team in 2012. The team will be young, but fast and athletic. The defense is inexperienced, but Goaltender Britt Read should be able to hold the fort as the young defense matures.

“The offense is led by returning MVP Kaitlyn Ogg, Serena Hitchins, Mariel Haubrich, and Danielle La Rocca. New players to watch include sophomores Sierra Slack, Lindsay Fleischer, Karlee Spirit, and freshman Austyn Cuneo.”

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