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Philly girls’ HS previews: Ches-Mont’s League’s Great Valley, Bishop Shanahan

Friday, 24th March 2017

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Previews, Posted 3/24/17
This is one of a series of previews for the 2017 Philly lacrosse seasonGreat Valley High School

League: Ches-Mont League

Head Coach: Kim Wenger (3rd season)

Last Year’s Record: Overall: 15-5, Ches-Mont: 10-1

Key Returnees:
2017, M, Olivia Muscella
2017, M/A, Natalie Kahn
2018, M/D, Maggie Flynn
Players to Watch:
2018, D, Lauren Liebesman
2018, A, Tori Rubin
2019, M/A, Sarah Karwoski
2019, M/A, Allie Capetola
2019, M/D, Katie Peduto

Coach’s Outlook for 2017: “Great Valley is eager to get this 2017 season started. The Patriots graduated eight impact Seniors from their 2016’s season, which leaves some big shoes to fill, but they are ready to introduce many new faces this year, including a new goalie to their lineup.”

Bishop Shanahan High School

League: Ches-Mont League

Head Coach: Laura Capuano, 4th Year Head Coach

Last year’s record: 18-6

Key Returnees:
Sr. Alyssa Manley- Attack
Sr. Erin O’Donnell- Defense
Sr. Anna Seifert- Defense
Sr. Kenzie Staska- Midfield
Jr. Abby Bailey- Defense
Jr. Kaela Smith- Attack
So. Gianna DeCesaris- Attack/Mid.
So. Jess Gorr- Goalie
Newcomers to watch:
Jr. Avery Abbonizio- Attack
Jr. Gabby Richter- Attack
So. Jess Holowsko- Midfield
So. Hannah Tronoski- Defense
Fr. Monica Manley- Attack/Mid.
Fr. Maddy Parke- Defense

Captains’ Outlook:
Erin O’Donnell:
“Our team is coming off of an extremely successful season and we can’t wait to get started this year. We are returning a majority of our starting lineup and are bringing in some really talented underclassmen to fill the gaps. Our team has even higher goals this year, but we can’t live off of last year’s success. As long as we stay focused and keep working hard, I feel we have the ability to go even deeper into the playoffs than we did last season. There is a very diverse group of players on the team who each bring their own strengths to the field. I believe that this group of girls could help make history once more for Bishop Shanahan!”

Alyssa Manley:
“Shanahan’s chemistry is like no team I’ve ever seen. We have talent in every area of the field and have lots of potential in both the upper and underclassmen! Our overall goal this year is to first win chesmonts and ultimately return to the state playoffs. With all of our hard work and mental toughness, we will be a competitive team looking to win.”

Kenzie Staska:
“Shanahan Girls’ Lacrosse went down in history last year. The coaches (Laura Capuano, Theresa Guinta, Tori Dugan, and Gwen Hicks) led our team to States last year! One thing about our team that is very obvious in helping us get to where we did last year was our team chemistry. Both the upperclassman and underclassmen are extremely talented, all bringing different strengths to contribute to our team. Us captains are extremely excited to play our last season representing Shanahan and believe our team has the potential to go even farther than last year’s history-makes ing!”

Anna Seifert:
“Our team is extremely excited to for this upcoming season. We have so much talent from our senior class all the way down to our freshman class. A key aspect to our team is our chemistry and our hard working attitudes that keep getting stronger and stronger! Everyone is hungry for the Chesmont title and we are determined to be champs. With an amazing coaching staff we know that our goals are in reach! The shanahan girls lacrosse program has improved each year and we are striving to continue this trend!”

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