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Philly girls’ high school lacrosse previews: Interboro, Academy Park, Lower Moreland, Freedom High, Emmaus, Nazareth

Saturday, 24th March 2012

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 3/24/12

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

Interboro High School

Coach: Diane Faison, Varsity Coach, 18 years; April Kaufman, Varsity Assistant; Janet Palermo, JV Coach; Andrea Fury, JV Assistant

Last Year’s Record: 2011 Del Val Champs

Key Returnees:
Sam Chonski, 2011 2nd Team All Del Val, Senior – Captain
Taylor Fisher, 2011 HM All Del Val, Senior
Kimmy Johnston, 2011 2nd Team All Del Val, Senior – Captain
Erin McGrenaghan, 2011 1st Team All Del Val, Senior
Haley Patrick, 2011 1st Team All Del Val, Senior
Jacqueline Ricks, 2011 2nd Team All Del Val, Senior
Alexia Ellis, 2011 2nd Team All Del Val, Junior
Brianna Golden, 2011 2nd Team All Del Val, Junior
Breanna Latham, 2011 1st Team All Del Val Goalie, Soph

Kiana Cooper, Junior
Jess Edmiston, Junior
Krista Haney, Junior
Anna Harley, Junior
Rebecca Hoffman, Junior
Gianna Rossillo, Junior
Lauren Stewart, Junior
Natalie Fury, Sophomore
Sami Barnett, Freshman

2012 Outlook: “We have nine returning experienced and talented varsity players and the underclassmen are hard working players that have the talent to replace the defense we lost at graduation last year. Breezie Latham is back in goal and will lead the defense with her varsity experience. We look to stay on top of the Del Val League, do well with our tough non-league schedule and hope to be a part of the district play-offs.”

Academy Park

Coach: Susan Reutter, 3rd year coaching, first year at varsity level

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments: This is our first year as a varsity team, we played JV the last 2

Key Returnees:
Kelliann Gallagher (senior, midfield – led team in scoring last year)
Tanisha Joseph (senior, midfield – committed to Shippensburg)
Megan Barlow (junior, goalie)

Outlook for 2012: “This is an important year for us moving up to the varsity level. The most experience anyone on our team has is 2 years, so I expect a lot of growth and improvement over the course of the season. We have a lot of young talent that just needs more experience. We’re excited!”

Lower Moreland

Coach: Jessica Brown, first year coach at Lower Moreland
Assistant Coach: Lauren Gallagher

Last Year’s Record: 0-9

Key Returnees:
Seniors Nicole Coletti (mid-field), Nydia Sanchez (defense), Sophomore Janine Rajauski (mid-field), Junior Lasell Campbell (mid-field)

Key Newcomers: Freshman Caroline Gosser (defense), Freshman Devon Felix (defense)

Outlook for 2012: “This is going to be an exciting year of building for the Lower Moreland lacrosse team. New coaches Jess Brown and Lauren Gallagher hope to use their past coaching experiences in order to help each player improve upon their own strengths and weaknesses.

The team has already surpassed last year’s size, with thirty players joining this year’s team. Although many players lack experience, they are enthusiastic and motivated and cannot wait to show their skills during games.

This year, the lacrosse team will have a packed schedule with 17 games, as opposed to last year’s nine. The coaches will look to a determined group of seniors to help lead the team. On the sidelines, the team hopes to get involved with charity work and fundraising in order to impact their community in a positive way.”

Freedom High School

Coach: David C. Pomeroy, first year at school
Assistant Coach: Tamara Healy, second year at school

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments:
Last year was our first year and we competed against JV squads in the Lehigh Valley region

Key Returnees:
Natalie Rold, Attack, Sophomore, Team Captain
Macey Walker, Center, Sophomore, Captain
Erin Healy, Midfielder, Sophomore, Captain
Kathryn Fodale, Defense, Senior, Captain
Brenna Dosedlo, Sophomore, Midfieler

Key Newcomers:
Laura Fodale, Midfielder
Lauren Musselman, Midfielder

Outlook for 2012:
“This is our first year as a Varsity team in the Lehigh Valley Conference. I look forward to seeing what this team will prove to all of our opponents. We may be a newer program but we are ready to compete and be successful from day one. I look forward to seeing their growth on and off the field!”


Coach: Allison Moxey, 13th year

Last Year’s Recap: 19-4 overall, 13-0 LVC…Lehigh Valley Conference and District XI champions; lost to District One’s Springfield-Delco 17-3 in opening-round of PIAA state playoffs

Key Losses : Laura Seng (Attack, All-LVC, 30 goals/15 assists); Katie Stewart (Def., All-LVC); Hannah Nallo (Def); Caitlin Bryan (Sr. Attack 36 goals/13 assists, All-LVC); Angie DeBellis (Sr. 18g/4a, All-LVC); Allison Mikelson (Sr., MF); Megan Traub (Sr., Attack, 19g/4a). Bryan, DeBellis and Mikelson all opted not to play due to commitments to college careers in field hockey

Top Returnees: Nicole Schmidt (Sr. Attack/Midfield team-leading 65 goals/6 assists, All-LVC); Colleen Ehrig (Sr. Def. 33 goals/15 assists, All-LVC); Allison Haas (Sr. GK, All-LVC); Sara Kazmierski (Jr. MF 12g/3a); Aislinn Bryan (Jr., Attack, 14 g, 4 a); Kassidy Green (Jr., Def)

Newcomers: Shauna Poling (Jr, MF/Def); Annie Kennedy (Soph, Attack); Joanna Hawkins (Soph., Attack/Def); Kayla Mack (Soph., MF/Def); Emily Ehrich (Fresh, MF); Sarah Reibman (Jr., MF); Madison Schantz (Jr., Def)

2012 Outlook: “The Hornets head into the 2012 season with a very young team featuring just three seniors and 22 underclassmen…Schmidt is the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and will once again be counted upon for scoring this season….Ehrig, an All-LVC selection , anchors the defense in front of Haas who is the league’s top netminder….With Bryan, DeBellis and Mikelson opting to focus on their field hockey careers at the next level and Traub opting not to come out for the team this year, a number of underclassmen will have to step up and fill the void.”

And the coach says: “Those three (Bryan, DeBellis and Mikelson) have played together for a long time and it’s definitely going to have an impact on our team. I’m disappointed that they’re not playing, but I certainly understand because field hockey is their No. 1 priority. We’re not going to have as much depth as we’ve had in the past which forces us to play a different style of game which we’re still working on. We’ve done really well in the past couple of years and there’s no reason we can’t succeed this year, we’re just going to have to work a lot harder.”


Coach: Jennifer Nolan- 5th year

2011 Record: 13-8, Lost in District Championship to Emmaus.

Top Returning Players:

(Senior) Kaity Wiltraut- 2011 Morning Call Player of the Year, Lehigh Valley Express times 1st Team- Midfield Lehigh Valley Conference- 1st Team Midfield. Lead the area in goals with 83. 2nd in the area in points with 102. Athletic midfielder with speed and advanced defensive skills. We will look for Kaity to pick up where she left off last year. Kaity is an extremely hard worker who is a team player. The sky is the limit for Kaity. She is also being recruited by many college coaches.

(Senior) Hilary Holecz- 2nd Team Midfield Lehigh Valley Express Times, 2nd Team Midfield Lehigh Valley Conference. 10th in area in points with 62, 5th in area in assists with 24. A four starter, the voice of the midfield, great stick skills, the smartest midfielder I have ever coached. A selfless player who lead our team in the assist category. We look for Hilary to big a part of scoring this year.

(Senior) Natasha Capecci- 2nd Team Lehigh Valley Conference, Honorable Mention Lehigh Valley Express Times-Midfield
An aggressive defensive midfielder who is not afraid to go on offense and score goals. She found the back of the net 19 times last year.

(Senior) Rachel Strzlecki- 2nd Team Lehigh Valley Conference, Honorable Mention All Area- Goalie. Lead Area in saves with 236. Has great cage presense and has no problem clearing the ball 30 yards. Shows good poise and intelligence in the goal.

(Senior) Kelseigh Wiltraut- 3rd Team Lehigh Valley Conference Defense, Honorable Mention All Area-Midfield Defense. Lead our team with 24 caused turnovers (interceptions). A sound defender with a good eye for the take away.
(Sophomore) Stevie Lynn Holecz- A tenacious defender who plays beyond her years. An aggressive and fearless defender.

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