In keeping with the our season preview, here is an overall recap of the upcoming season.
Six teams to watch
Fox Lane: The reigning Class B champs have a big hole to fill with the loss of last season’s Journal News Westchester/Putnam player of the year, Sammy Jo Tracy. Senior midfielders Kaily O’Hagan and Kate Burbank, headed to Cornell and North Carolina next fall, respectively, will look to help the Foxes win their third sectional title in four years.
John Jay: The Indians’ return 13 players from a squad that earned the second seed in Class B sectionals last season. Senior attackers Molly O’Reilly, who led the Indians in assists in 2012 with 29, and Sarah Lang, who was second on the team in scoring with 48 goals, will lead a potent offense looking to redeem itself after a quarterfinal exit last season.
North Rockland: The loss of Journal News Rockland County player of the year Tara Monaghan won’t help the Red Raiders win their second straight Class A secctional title, but the cupboard is far from bare. Thanks to a strong youth program, Kaitlyn Rau, Lauren Mazza and Angela Kelly are part of a junior class that enters the season with more game experience than most of last season’s seniors.
Pearl River: The Pirates don’t have a superstar the same caliber as Kiera McMullan, who now plays at Notre Dame, but they’ll be a deep team. Delia White, who was an all-section pick last season, returns in goal for a Class C team that should benefit from Nyack moving up to Class B.
Rye: The reigning Class C champions return plenty of talent from last season’s state semifinalist, including two-time all-American Scarlett Sulliman and sophomore Charlotte Tucci, who is already committed to Duke. A good portion of the defense returns, which will be key as freshman Micheline DiNardo will take over in goal.
Suffern: The Mounties three losses in Section 1 came against the eventual Class A champion and cross county rival, North Rockland. While Suffern only has one upperclassman, the Mounties have plenty of experience — five sophomores have been on varsity since eighth grader.
10 athletes to watch
Kate Burbank, Fox Lane: Burbank finished with 63 goals and 14 assists and earned all-American honors as a junior. The North Carolina-bound senior will be key to the Foxes’ Class B title defense.
Sam Karner, Mahopac: The Binghamton-bound attacker was the Indians’ leading points scorer with 53 goals and 25 assists. Karner will need another big year as the Indians’ other top scorers graduated.
Sarah Lang, John Jay: Lang was the Indians’ second-leading scorer with 48 goals. The senior attacker, who is committed to the University of Vermont, will be counted on for much of the offense.
Molly Malone, Ossining (pictured above): The senior returns to the Pride after posting 67 goals and nine assists last season. Malone will need another strong season as Ossining’s league includes reigning sectional champs Fox Lane and Rye.
Kristen Ohberg, Brewster: The midfielder had 37 goals and 35 assists en route to helping the Bears to the Class B sectional final. The senior is committed to play at SUNY Cortland this fall.
Andie O’Sullivan, Nyack: Sullivan did it all for the Indians last season, finishing with 55 goals, 11 assists, 49 draw controls and 29 ground balls. The junior attacker, who is committed to Navy, will need another big season for a Nyack team that has only two seniors.
Baley Parrott, Suffern: The sophomore attacker has already drawn plenty of attention from Division I schools after posting 43 goals and 20 assists as a freshman. Parrott will lead a young and powerful Mountie offense looking to win its first sectional title since 2005.
Kaitlyn Rau, North Rockland: Rau, who is committed to play at Villanova, enters her junior year third on North Rockland’s all-time points list with 192.
Lindsey Repp, Scarsdale: Repp, who is committed to Brown, had 79 goals, 30 assists and 32 ground balls as she helped the Raiders to the Class B sectional semifinals. The junior midfielder will help Scarsdale make the transition to Class A.
Scarlett Sulliman, Rye: The two-time all-American had 66 goals and 20 assists and will be a key to the Garnets’ fortunes before she heads to Fairfield this fall.
Three questions about the season
Where and when will the state final four be held? Class A, B and C state semifinals will be held June 7 at SUNY Cortland. The finals will be held the following day.
What schools, if any, changed classes? Scarsdale, a Class B sectional semifinalist in 2012, and Nyack, the top-seed in Class C last season, both moved up a class.
What will Saniya Chong’s impact be? Chong, who is the all-time leading scorer in Section 1 girls basketball and is committed to play at UConn next fall, has decided to play lacrosse for Ossining. While she has no experience, her athletic ability should translate well to the field and help a Pride team that already returns most of its scoring from last season.