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Philly girls’ HS previews: PAC’s Perk Valley, Spring-Ford, Pottsgrove, Norristown, U. Perkiomen

Sunday, 26th March 2017

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/26/17
This is one of a series of previews for the 2017 Philly lacrosse season
Courtesy of PAC-10Sports.com

Perkiomen Valley
League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Head coach: Lisa Clark, 1st season, succeeds Kathy Kelley
2016 Record: 8-5 PAC, 12-6 overall; Postseason: Lost to CB West 19-9 in opening round of districts

Returnees/players to watch
Devon Fleischmann (senior, GK): PAC 2nd team; William & Mary
Abby Bergman (senior, mid): PAC 2nd team, Honorable Mention All-Area; Bloomsburg, 19g, 14a
Anna Koniencki (senior, attack): PAC Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention All-Area; VCU, 44g, 7a
Kat Kelley (soph, mid): Honorable Mention All-Area, 30g, 30a
Paige Tyson (soph, attack): Honorable Mention All-Area, 48g, 25a

Coach’s Outlook for 2017: “We have a large group of returning players and are hoping to build on last season’s success. Our players have worked hard in the off-season to make this year even more successful. We are excited about how far we have come as individuals and as a team.”

Spring-Ford

League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Head coach: Amy Short, 8th season

2016 Record: 8-5 PAC, 13-6 overall; Postseason: Lost to Merion Mercy 13-11 in opening round of district playoffs

Players to watch
Lauren Mensch, SR – def – 2015 all-area honorable mention; PAC 10 honorable mention 2015 and 2016, 9g, 3a
Molly McMahon, SR – def – 2015 2nd team defense PAC 10
Camryn Jones, SR – mid – 2015 2nd team all-area attack; 1st team PAC 10 2015; 2016 – 1st team attack, 78g, 28a
Alyssa Conway, SR – def; 2016 1st team defense
Kamille Ward, SR – goalie
Cassie Marte SO – mid, 34g, 15a
Olivia Yeagle SO – att, 20g, 1a
Jill Quigley – SO – att, 44g, 10a

Coach’s outlook for 2017: “Spring-Ford has a lot of returning starters and hopes to be very competitive in both the PAC and beyond. We are maintaining focus and working hard to reach our goals. Talent and hard work equals success.”

Phoenixville
League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Head coach: Aamina Thornton, 5th season

2016 Record: 5-8 PAC, 7-11 overall

Returnees/players to watch
Kylie Crovetti- 2nd leading scorer last year for our team; Natalie Rubino, Katie Sullivan, Abby Sims (hurt last year), Becca Lewis (looking to play in college/ undecided), Kendall Beatty, Kyra Trafford, Gabby Herschell, Emma Visnov and Carly Michaud

Coach’s outlook for 2017: “We are looking to gain experience as the season progresses, play hard each and every game and have fun!”

Norristown
League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Head coach: Rachel Shuster
2016 Record: 0-9 SOL American, 1-16 overall

Player to watch:
Brihanna Rankine-McIntrye – Midfield, Suburban One American Third Team All-League 2016

Coach’s outlook: “It is a very new team. They are just learning how to play together, their strengths and weaknesses.”

Pottsgrove
League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Head coach: Kristin Urie, 6th season

Last year’s record: 1-12 PAC, 3-14 overall

Players to watch:
Erin Carroll – Senior – Midfield
Esperanza Perez – Senior – Defense
Taele Polamalu – Senior – Defense
Brooke Saylor – Junior – Attack
Emily Williams – Sophomore – Midfield/Attack

Coach’s Outlook: “We have been working hard on the individual skills and team fundamentals to be competitive within the league this year. With only four upperclassmen on the roster, we are looking to our underclassmen to step up and fill key positions on the field.”

Upper Perkiomen
League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Head coach: Susan Flack, 4th season

2016 Record: 8-5 PAC (Frontier Division champions), 12-8 overall; Postseason: Lost to Methacton 10-8 in PAC Final Four semifinals; lost to PAC champion Owen J. Roberts 8-6 in opening round of districts

Returnees/players to watch

Senior defender Elizabeth Pierson Committed to U of Miami (crew)
Senior defender Courtney Drager
Senior defender Megan Wismer
Junior Defender Casey Smoll
Senior midfielder Mackenzie Gebhardt, 2nd team PAC, 48g, 6a, Committed to Bloomsburg University (soccer)
Senior midfielder Lauren Weeks, 9g
Junior midfielder Hope Flack, 2nd team PAC, 65g, 9a, committed to Liberty University (lacrosse)
Junior attack Elizabeth Fox, 10g, 5a
Junior attack Erika Boyer, 5g, 4a
Sophomore attack/mid Courtney Bauer.

Coach’s comments/season outlook:
“We return many varsity players from last year and the team is working diligently to prepare for this season. Time will tell if we can contend for the PAC Final Four.”


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