As part of the girls lacrosse preview that ran in the paper today, I picked five teams to watch. Anyone that followed the sport at all last season should recognize these squads, as they all made plenty of noise in sectionals. This season should be no different, as every team in this group has a legit shot at a sectional championship.
North Rockland: With most teams likely gearing their offense towards stopping 2013 all-American Kaitlyn Rau, the Red Raiders will need seniors Angela Kelly and Lauren Mazza to step up, among others, if North Rockland hopes to return to the Class A sectional final for the third–straight season.
Putnam Valley: Three key players from the Tigers’ 2013 run to the Class C state semifinals are gone, but Putnam Valley still returns plenty of talent from a team that won its first sectional title.
Somers: After reaching the sectional semifinals for the first time last season, the Tuskers will look to continue to make history with senior Emma and Tara Schurr, both committed to Boston College, and juniors Nicole DeMase (Johns Hopkins) and Emily Englert (Navy) leading the charge.
Suffern: The Mounties return their entire team from their 2013 run to the state semifinals and are not short on talent with eight Division-I commits, including two all-Americans.
Yorktown: The loss of senior goalie Bianca Dente to an ACL injury hurts, but the Huskers return a wealth of talent with all-Americans Emily Concialdi and Emalee Mongo headlining a talented group that should be considered one of the favorites in Class B.