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Philly girls’ HS previews: Suburban One’s Wissahickon, North Penn

Sunday, 9th March 2014

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Previews, Posted 3/9/14

This is one of a series of previews for the 2014 Philly lacrosse season

Wissahickon High SchoolGirls preview logo

Head Coach: David Schlesinger, 2 years as Head Coach at Wissahickon. Previously, coached at Eastern High School and Rancocas Valley Regional High School in NJ.

Last year’s record: 13 – 5, Finished 2nd in Suburban One League (11-3 league record) to Upper Dublin, lost in 1st round of playoffs to West Chester Henderson.

Key returning players:
Zoe Gomez – classic power forward with amazing skills, speed, agility, and smarts.
• Audrey Mack – returning defensive stalwart, last season’s Most Improved Player, toughest minded player on the team. Could be a prominent leader this season.
• Lauren Irvine – received the coveted #13 from Laura Frankenfield at last year’s season ending banquet. Tremendous physical talent; strong, fast, skilled. Can she live up to the standards of #13?
• Julie Silverman – top GK, will be her 3rd season as the starting varsity goalie. Loves the game, works tirelessly to improve. Vocal leader in the defensive zone.
• Rachel Zucker – Returning starting Attacker. Terrific vocal leader of the team.
• Taylor Myers – Returning starting Attacker. Has the physical ability to be a difference maker every game.
• Marie Dickson – Started most games or top reserve as a freshman. Should be a starter and major contributor this year. Can play the entire field.
• Shannon Stagliano – Ground ball machine, very smart and unselfish player that should become a goal scoring contributor this season.
• The Diaper Dandies – 5 freshmen that could contend for varsity playing time are Emily Vervlied, Caroline Wilde, Christina Tsiobikas, Meghan DeGroat, and Kyra Myers (GK).

Coach’s Outlook for 2014: “Graduation of Laura Frankenfield (All-time leading scorer, All-American) and Jackie Hibbs (104 GBs in 2013) created a leadership and toughness void. Who will step up into that void becomes a very interesting question for this talented young team. The youth, sprinkled with some experienced upperclassmen, leads to a partly cloudy/partly sunny outlook. How quickly will the team gel? Skill, speed, and lacrosse smarts should combine to produce another playoff season with extended success in the playoffs as the young players improve throughout the season.”

North Penn High School

Head Coach: Jami Wilus Behm, 12th season

Last year’s record: 13-5 overall 9-2 SOL (2nd place)

Key returning players: Kaitlin Suzuki (coming off ACL surgery)(12), Ashley Durham(12), Julianna Hill (12), Emily Schulze(11), Jen DeLongis(10), Chloe Novak (10)
Players to Watch: Madison McClure (11), Emily Suzuki(10), Sydney Lear(11), Michelle Lassen(12), Kara Imes (12), Michelle Dyck(10), Kaitlyn Phifer (9)

Players to Watch: Madison McClure (11), Emily Suzuki(10), Sydney Lear(11), Michelle Lassen(12), Kara Imes (12), Michelle Dyck(10), Kaitlyn Phifer (9)

Coach’s Outlook for 2014: “We are young in terms of experience and we have an extremely tough non-league schedule. We will need to play together to come up with key wins.”

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