In some respects the Weston High girls varsity lacrosse team is already well-prepared as it gets ready for the 2013 season.
This particular group has been playing together for a while according to head coach Megan Borman. Many also played in the off-season and have improved their skills overall.
“The girls are in great shape,” said Borman, now in her third season with the team. “We will be a stronger team as we start to really enjoy each other’s company and want to win for each other.”
While the weather was colder than usual for this time of year the Trojans still practiced outside last week. Temperatures will only get warmer between now and when they play their first official game of the season.
“The weather has been very tough,” said Borman. “Playing in cold is very tough on the girls, especially during tryout week when it’s already tough.”
Having a good turnout will also help. With 42 players out for the program, which includes varsity and JV teams, it’s the largest yet.
Many are back from last season’s team, which finished with a 16-5 record overall. Along the way the Trojans won their first South-West Conference Division II championship.
Weston also made a run at capturing its second straight state Class S title but lost in the semifinals to Granby Memorial, the team it defeated a year earlier.
The team graduated only five starting players since then but key ones at that. Three were former captains Catie Ledwick (All-State, All-SWC), Carolyn Figliola (All-SWC Division II) and Abby Chepolis. A midfielder, Ledwick scored quite a few goals and Figliola was Weston’s starting goalie. Chepolis was up front on attack.
Also gone are Nicole DeCanio, who was on attack, and Maggie Maretz, a defender.
The Trojans will be in good shape thanks to a number of returning players with varsity experience, including senior captains Fran Holmes, Grace Mattison and Morgan Moubayed.
Holmes will be on attack and Mattison is a defender. Both were named to the All-SWC Division II team last season and the latter was also All-State. Moubayed will be in the midfield.
They are part of an experienced senior class that also includes Taylor Swanson, who will be on attack. Alex Fontaine, Jordan Ferguson and Stephanie Buffa are on defense.
The team will count on a number of juniors, including Lindsay Koch (All-State, All, SWC), who will score a lot of goals on attack. Stephanie Thomson will be on attack as well.
In the midfield are Michaela Dyson and Selena Lauria. Defenders include Dana Mitchell and Caitlin Coates.
Several sophomores who saw varsity time last season and are also back. Here Weston has Ana Flooks on attack, Alexa Werner and Danielle DeCanio in the midfield and Caroline Maretz on defense.
Weston will have a new goalie. Taking over for Figliola is Kristin Caolo.
Included in Weston’s large turnout is a talented freshman class that has several players who could play on the varsity. These include Claire Levi on attack, Rhemi Toth on attack or in the midfield. Caroline Anderson in the midfield and Amy Lautenslager on defense.
Based on the talent they have this season the Trojans will be a legitimate contender for another SWC Division II title. They will have to compete against the likes of Bethel and Lauralton Hall and will face other tough opponents such as Joel Barlow, Brookfield and Pomperaug.
Weston opens the season on April 4 when it hosts Brookfield.