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Philly girls’ HS previews: George School, Upper Dublin

Friday, 20th March 2015

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Previews, Posted 3/20/15
This is one of a series of previews for the 2015 Philly lacrosse season

George School

Coach: Nancy Bernardini

Assistant Coach: Melissa Keller
League: Friends Schools League – includes George School, Germantown Friends, Westtown, Friends’ Central, Moorestown Friends, Abington Friends, Academy of the New Church, and Shipley

Last year’s record:
2014 Overall Record 4 Wins and 10 Losses
2014 FSL Record 1 Win and 6 Losses
2014 League Champion: Germantown Friends School

George School Varsity Roster 2015 (still being finalized):
*Alyssa Bustard 12 Defense/Midfield
*Mia Civitello 11 Midfield
*Olivia Harrison 12 Attack
*Anneliese Jennings 11 Midfield
*Aislin Keenan 12 Attack
*Claire Kinnel 10 Attack
*Jill Kirk 12 Midfield – Captain
Kim Krishnan – 12 – Defense/Midfield
*Katie McDonough 12 Attack
(*Shannon McGinnis 10 Midfield – injured)
Cynthia Menna – 9 – Defense
*Daisy Noe – 11 – Goalie
*Anna Picciano 10 Midfield
*Winter Pisco 11 Goalie
Samantha Salmon 12 Midfield
*Meghan Troup 12 – Midfield – Captain
Hedaya Walter – 10 – Midfield

*Returning Player – 13 returning player

Key Players for 2015:
Midfielders: Meghan Troup and Jill Kirk – Senior all-around players who are leaders on and off the field – fast, aggressive, we will need them to step up on defense and attack. Meghan led the team in groundballs last year.

Attack Players: Katie McDonough, Anna Picciano, and Claire Kinnel – All club players with plenty of experience, their skills are sharp and strong – hard working attack players who are able to catch, pass, and score – these three should lead on attack! Katie led the team in assists last year and Claire and Anna were second and third on the team in goals scored.

Defense: Mia Civitillo and Anneliese Jennings: Fast, multi-sport athletes who are well-conditioned and aggressive

Goalie – Daisy Noe – Always nice to have a returning goalie – Daisy is quick, confident, agile, and strong!

Comments from coach: “Once again, we have a core of talented, enthusiastic, and experienced players, mixed with new players who are passionate about the game of lacrosse, athletic, well conditioned and fast. We will need to come together quickly as a team, gain experience during our non-league games and then step up our play during league competitions. The FSL will be tough once again this year with many strong and experienced players returning and teams to face. This is a team game and we will need to count on everyone to work hard and play with the determination to succeed. The question will be whether we can get into top shape and come together as a team quick enough (GS is on break from March 5 to March 23.) We will need to jump into the season quickly, and must play with confidence, pass effectively and quickly and score often in order to win. I can’t wait to see these girls in action against other schools!”

Upper Dublin High School

Head Coach: Dee Cross (9th Season)

Last season’s record: 8-10 Overall and 6-2 League

Key Players Lost: Anna Petrucci, Alycia Hildebrand, Taylor D’Ginto

Top Returning Players: 12th – Julie Cross Midfield; 12th Sarah Gallagher – Goalie; 11th Jess Derr, Defense; 10th Demi Balasa, Defense

Other Players to Watch: 11th, Jillian Kenny, Attack ; 10th Paige Lawton, Midfield; 10th Jess Grodsky, Midfield; 10th Hannah Reape, Attack

Outlook: “We are very young and inexperienced this year. We have some speed in the midfield and we are working on consistency and gaining confidence as the season progresses. We are going to North Carolina over Spring Break for team bonding and playing a non-league game. Julie and Sarah will be called on to lead as 4 year Varsity starters. We are working to be competitive in the American Conference.”

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