Next we look at the ULA Girls D-II North Conference. Davis, Roy, Sky View, Viewmont, West and Woods Cross will battle for a conference championship.
The Darts return All-State Attack Hailee Prows who will look to make her mark in her senior season. Davis would love to return to the playoffs after missing the postseason for the past two seasons.
The Royals are led by junior Madison Geilmann who was a Second Team All-State selection last year. Roy only graduated 4 seniors from last year which should pay dividends as the season winds on.
Sky View Bobcats
Head Coach Bob McKoy is exited about his three captains Mickey Hufstetler, Trista Farmer and Emily Hepworth.
“Mickey is our goalie, Emily a top defender and Trista is a middie,” said McKoy. “I selected these three as team captains last spring after watching them throughout the prior season. They come naturally to the title and responsibility. Those are the traits I want from a team leader as well as the ability to step up and help me from the coaching perspective to set a proper tone, attitude and environment.”
After taking the helm last season, McKoy is hopeful the team has improved now that they are familiar with each other.
“We were all getting acquainted last year and I was busy trying to install my program,” said McKoy. “There was some difficulty for the junior and senior players to make such radical changes but the JV players took to the changes quite readily. Those better JV players have advanced to the varsity now and they are bringing that attitude and the learning curve with them. This year I hope that we can polish the things we were learning last season.”
McKoy will have new help on the sidelines with Chele Lathroum taking an assistant coach role. Lathroum is from Ocean City, Maryland and played for Towson.
Viewmont VikingsThe Vikings underwent a coaching change after Kendra and Scott Robinson were hired at Brighton. New head coach Paulina Smith is ready to take a top level team and make it her own. 2013 First Team All-State selection Brittany Harris will lead the Vikings to battle this season after a stellar junior season where she notched 25 goals and 4 assists. Also a 2013 First Team All-State selection, Haley Harris will be back to anchor the defense.
Weber only graduated two seniors and return their top two scorers, Ashleigh Steed (2013 Second Team All-State) and Ireland Maguire.
West is led by junior Grace Timken who was their leading scorer last year. Look for the Panthers to make a late season run as they push a playoff spot.
Woods Cross Wildcats
Head Coach Dana Fisher is looking forward to this season and has added some more athletes to the team.
“We have recruited some basketball and softball players to join us this season that will add to the athleticism of our team,” said Fisher. “The girls worked hard in fall ball participating in a six week basic skills camp put on by Remedy Lacrosse. Also, several of the players took advantage of playing in the Winter League put on by the ULA. Our focus this season is to empower the girls to make decisions on the field and raise their lacrosse IQ all while incorporating FUN!”
The Wildcats only have 4 seniors on this team, so their youth may show late in the season.