COACH: LIZ FOX
2010: 11-8; lost to Burroughs in the quarterfinals.
Key players: Senior defender Jenn Miller; senior midfielder Molly Croghan; senior midfielder Kate Schuering; junior midfielder Elizabeth Horak; junior defender Kathleen Golterman.
Outlook: The Chargers spent last season attempting to solve the riddle of rattling the cage. Only they never did. Now graduate Olivia Simon was the only player to score more than 10 goals and she knocked home 10. For this Cor Jesu team to take the next step and return to its impressive roots, the Chargers will have to find a way to score goals. Fox, a 2004 graduate, will keep the focus on everyone doing their part on the defensive end. Coach’s quote: “We have a lot of new starters, and they have to get u
sed to playing with one another.”
COACH: MEREDITH THORPE
2010: 23-1; defeated MICDS to win the Midwest Field Hockey Tournament championship.
Key players: Senior forward Charlotte Martin; junior goalkeeper Abbey Frerotte; senior defender Maddi Hicks; junior defender Emily Goodloe; junior defender Rahny Longley.
Outlook: Everything starts with Martin, whose 39 goals and 21 assists make her the top returning player in the region. She’s so dynamic she makes it hard for rival coaches to fall asleep at night. It will be interesting to watch the Bombers as they handle the pressure that comes with being the defending champion. They graduated a talented group of seniors but still pack plenty of punch this fall.
Coach’s quote: “We need to take it one game at a time, one practice at a time, one drill at a time. To look too far ahead, that’s too much. Just focus on the task at hand.”
COACH: LYNN MITTLER
2010: 19-8; lost to Burroughs in the Midwest Field Hockey Tournament championship game.
Key players: Senior midfielder Claire Townsley; senior midfielder Catherine Ross; senior forward Elle Condie.
Outlook: After graduating nine starters, the Rams enter this season with plenty of new faces in new places. But, Mittler says, the new-look varsity is ready and willing for anything. A handful of the current girls were on varsity last season and witnessed what it took to make it to the championship game.
Coach’s quote: “This group is excited to prove themselves. They’re eager to get out there and see what they can do and they’re not afraid of hard work.”
COACH: NANCY MILWARD
2010: 18-7; lost to MICDS in the quarterfinals.
Key players: Senior forward Hayley Bokern; senior defenderMolly Trevethan; junior midfielder Meghan Stuckel; junior midfielder Maddy Brennan; junior midfielder Gaby Calandrini; junior midfielder Christy Rubarsky; senior defender Katie Straughn.
Outlook: The Markers return six starters from last year’s team. The biggest question mark coming in will be who takes on the role of scoring goals. The now graduated Emily Behr knocked home 23 goals. No other Marker broke double digits.
Coach’s quote: “If we have one weak spot, it’s that we have two new goalkeepers. They’ve done well at practice.”
COACH: MAGGIE POTTER
2010: 19-6; lost to Marquette in the quarterfinals.
Key players: Senior midfielder HayleyWright; senior goalkeeper Josie Mullen; senior forward Tori Laget; junior defender Katie McVey; sophomore midfielder Marigrace Ragsdale.
Outlook: The Angels bid adieu to eight seniors, most of which rarely came off the field last fall. The season was an up and down one for St. Joe’s. Potter said it took most of the season for everyone to get a feel for how to play together. They peaked when they handed Burroughs its only defeat of the season in a nip and tuck 1-0 ball game. To try and jumpstart the gelling process, Potter has taken to more team building exercises.
Coach’s quote: “It’s a whole new team. We need to get them comfortable and confident. With every season, the kids have to connect to one another.”
COACH: ROXANNE NAEGER
2010: 10-13; lost to Nerinx Hall in the first round.
Key players: Senior midfielder Maddie Friedmann; senior goalkeeper Allie Moro; senior midfield Shirley Boland; senior sweeper Anna Maggiorotto; senior forward Maggie Cromien; senior forward Emily Stephens; senior midfielder Taylor Tusinski; sophomore midfielder Sidney Slazinik.
Outlook: The Bears spent 2010 trying to figure out how to put the ball in the cage. As game after game dragged on and the goals didn’t come, it became an uphill struggle for Ursuline to drag itself out of the doldrums. The Bears never did. This season, Naeger is hoping a fresh start and some fresh blood can push those confidence-killing thoughts about finishing out of the team’s collective mind. It also doesn’t hurt the girls picked what Naeger believes are some outstanding captains. Chief among them is Friedmann, in for her second season as a captain.
Coach’s quote: “This team picked a good group of leaders. This year, we’re going to finish.”
COACH: DANA OPPERMANN
2010: 15-7; lost to Ladue in the second round.
Key players: Senior goalkeeper Mary Altepeter; senior defender Shannon Kelly; senior forward Molly McMillin; senior midfielder Paige Barton; junior midfielder Colleen McGlynn; sophomore midfielder Abby Grimes.
Outlook: The Vivettes are on the rise. This is a program that has been trying to strike its own path for a while, and this could be the group that does just that.Altpeter returns to guard the cage with a tenacity of a bulldog. She was the top goalkeeper in the region last year as she allowed an eye-popping 10 goals all year. Only once did she allow more than one in a game. Barton returns after suffering an ACL tear during her sophomore spring soccer season. Oppermann said you’d never know she suffered such a devastating injury if you were just watching her on the field.
Coach’s quote: “I don’t talk about (winning state) too much. I don’t want to put that pressure on the girls. Our goal is to go another step further than where we’ve been before.”