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Philly girls’ high school lacrosse previews: Suburban One’s Hatboro-Horsham, Upper Dublin

Tuesday, 20th March 2012

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, 3/20/12

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


Coach: Duncan Swezey, 2nd year as girls head coach. Coached the boys for 8 years prior to that.

Assistant Coaches: Gabby Stitz (played at West Chester), Jennifer Forcey (Penn State), Rachel Filson (HH alum)

Last Year’s Record: 16-3

Notable Losses: Hannah Vogel, Millersville

Key Returnees:
Caroline Hagan, D, (Sr-will play at St Joes)
Lizzy Carr, Mid, (Sr-Drexel)
Nicole Beck, A, (Sr-Cal Berkley)
Cortney Daley, C, (Sr-Louisville)
Julie Mckay, M/A, (Sr American Univ)

Others to Watch:
Rachel Rauza, Soph, M
Jane Henri, Soph, D
Maria Guerra, Soph, D
Jackie Giovinnazzo, G

Strengths/Question Marks: “We have a heavy Sr. lead team with 5 DI commits. High expectations lead to intensity both on and off the field . It takes 12 players to step on the field and an entire team to work hard at practice to focus on a common goal. We will still have a lot of young players on the field away from the starting Sr’s. Team chemistry will dictate how successful we become.”

2012 Outlook: “Team goals are high, we lost in the early rounds of states last year, so of course our goals are to win the conference first, and then focus on one game at a time on a journey that carries the girls to the home of kisses. My “Player of Note” will be the player or players that earn additional playing by earning it in practice. Yet to be determined.”

Games to Watch: “The Pink game on May 2, at HH’s new stadium 7pm against North Penn. Always a good game and the game will be a double header with the boys game and Fund raiser for Cancer Awareness. Last years game was incredibly well attended and $5,000 was raised for a great cause.”

Upper Dublin

Coach: Dee Cross, 6th Season

Assistant Coaches: Kendra Finger and Jess Sundling

Last Year’s Record: League Record, 12 – 0. Overall Record 17 – 7. American Conference Champions. Played in the first round of the state playoffs as the District 1, 7th seed.

Notable Losses: Kaley Weinstein

Key Returnees:
Kelly Cross, Midfield
Brooke Callahan, Attack
Steph Speese, Defense
Emily Hitchings, Midfield
Michele DeVincent, Defense
Danielle Ferguson, Defense
Lily Morreale, Defense
Anna Petrucci, Defense
Taylor D’Ginto, Attack

Others to Watch: Rachel DiFrangia, Attack

Strengths/Question Marks: “Our strength is our senior experience and leadership. Goalkeeping will be our question mark.”

2012 Outlook: “This year’s team has a great group of returning seniors. They had a taste last year of playing in the State playoffs. They are working hard on raising the level of the team and being competitive in every game.

We will be traveling to Vero Beach, Florida over Spring Break to play nationally ranked Vero Beach High School.”

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