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Philly HS girls’ previews: PAC’s Upper Merion, Upper Perkiomen

Friday, 23rd March 2018

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Previews, Posted 3/23/18
This is one of a series of previews for the 2018 Philly lacrosse season

Upper Merion High School

Coach: Angie Yanocha Head Coach- 13th year

League: PAC Frontier Division

Last year’s record: Overall- 11-9 PIAA Playoffs- Lost in 2nd round; Frontier Division- 8-2 (2nd in Division)

Key losses: Francesca Lindelow, Attack; Gabrielle Struckus, Defense; Allison Shuster, Attack

Key returners
Molly Weygand- Junior, Midfield, First Team Frontier All-Division
Riley O’Malley- Junior, Midfield, First Team Frontier All-Division
Quinn O’Malley- Senior, Second Team Frontier All-Division
Karli Friend- Senior, Defense
Andrea Davis- Senior, Defense
Rella Staley- Senior, Attack

Players to watch: Catherine Merritt, Freshman, Attack

Last year’s record: “We’re coming off a season where we finished 2nd in the PAC Frontier Division and went to the 2nd round of 2A Districts. We lost 3 key seniors from last year’s team, but are returning some very talented and strong players, and we also have some quality freshman to help fill the roster. We’ve been stuck indoors for most of the pre-season due to the weather, so we still have much to work on, but I’m very optimistic about the outlook of our season and how we’ll come together. It’s a great group of players who work hard and love to win.”

Upper Perkiomen High School

League: Pioneer Athletic Conference – Frontier Division

Coach: Susan Flack, 5th season as head coach

Last year’s record: 9-9 record for 2017, Finished 3rd in Frontier Division of Pac-10, Lost 1st round of AA Districts to Shanahan 9-14

Key returnees: Erika Boyer, senior, attack; Hope Flack, senior, mid; Liz Fox, senior, attack; Casey Smoll, senior, defense; Courtney Bauer, junior, mid; Grace Lehman, junior, attack; AiYi Young, sophomore, mid; Alyse Thompson, sophomore, goalie

Others to watch: Tori Shive, junior, defense; Erin Boyle, junior, defense; Taylor Wismer, sophomore, defense; Tori Williams, sophomore, defense

Coach’s outlook for 2018 season: “We have a lot of returning players and young talent that just needs time to play together. They have been working hard during preseason. It will be exciting to see how they gel as a team and what they can accomplish together.”

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