As part of the preview that ran in Saturday’s paper, I highlighted 10 girls to watch. Now, before everyone gets up in arms, this is not a preseason all-star team. I chose ten girls, no more than one from each team, that I felt would have a significant impact on their team and potentially the section. This is not my list of the ten best girls in the area, although many of them are.
Laurel Cassidy, Sr., Hackley: Cassidy was an all-American honoree last season at midfield and will look to lead the Hornets to their third straight NYSAIS title.
Nicole DeMase, Jr., Somers: While twin sisters Emma and Tara Schurr will draw plenty of attention at the midfield, DeMase, an attacker committed to Johns Hopkins, should be an offensive force for the Tuskers as they look to reach the sectional finals for the first time.
Molly Fitzpatrick, Jr., Lakeland/Panas: Fitzpatrick is a key component on a Rebels team that will look to get back to the sectional final after missing it last season for the first time since 1999.
Amanda Flayhan, Jr., John Jay: Flayhan, an attacker committed to Michigan, will have her work cut our for her as the Indians, the reigning Class B sectional champions, graduated over half their scoring from last season.
Madison Kandoth, Sr., Albertus Magnus: One of the major factors in the Falcons’ run to the Class C sectional title game as a No. 13 seed last season was Kandoth, who averaged three goals a game from the midfield during sectionals.
Emily Concialdi, Jr., Yorktown: A 2013 all-American who is committed to USC, the midfielder should continue to develop after scoring 50 goals in helping Yorktown reach the Class B sectional finals.
Baley Parrott, Jr., Suffern: It’s hard to pick just one player from a talented Mounties squad, but Parrott, an all-American midfielder committed to Ohio State, led Suffern in points (86) and was second in draw controls (44) in helping her team reach the Class A state semifinals.
Kaitlyn Rau, Sr., North Rockland: The reigning Journal News/lohud.com Rockland County Player of the Year and Villanova commit enters the season six points and eight goals away from becoming the program’s all-time leader in each category.
Lindsey Repp, Sr., Scarsdale: Repp, a midfielder committed to Brown, will look to lead the Raiders back to the Class A sectional semifinals, and farther, after posting 105 points and earning all-American honors in 2013.
Charlotte Tucci, Jr., Rye: The Duke commit will play an integral part of the Garnets’ success from the midfield as Rye moves up to talented Class B.