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CORINTH

Coach: Hilary Haskell (10th season)

Last year’s record: 3-3 league, 7-9 overall

League: Wasaren-Adirondack

Sectionals: Class C

Notable players lost: Brooke Stollery, Emily Marcotte, Katelyn Robarge.

Projected staring lineup: Theresa Turcotte (G) Tessa Pelosi (D), Alyson Woodcock (D), Mikayla Coates (D), Lindsey Holcomb (M), Brittany Allen (M), Abigail Matuszak (M), Kaylee Giordano (M), Cassidy Green (F), Briana Henson (F), Ellie Lockhart (F).

Outlook: Corinth returns a promising front line with Giordano, Green, Lockart and Henson who have been together for three years. Key positions to be filled due to graduation are at the midfield. Lindsey Holcomb will become the leader at this spot and has shown a great deal of promise in the preseason. The defensive end is fortunate to have a four-year returnee in goal with Turcotte and will rely on the leadership of Tessa Pelosi to help make adjustments to vacated postions in the backfield.

GLENS FALLS

Coach: Michele Venditto (13th season)

Last year’s record: 8-4 league, 9-9 overall

League: Foothills Council

Sectionals: Class B

Notable players lost: Shea Homer, Cassidy Lefebvre.

Projected staring lineup: Hayley Mello (G), Adair Purner (D), Ali Battease (D), Christine Hogan (D), Allison Stanley (M), Jillian Rizzo (M), Emily Haas (M), Monica Harvey (F), Cheyenne Randall (F), Olivia Southworth (F), Stephanie Eddie (F).

Outlook: Glens Falls is in a rebuilding year, after losing a key midfielder in Lefebvre to prep school. The Indians’ success will be dependent on leadership and the versatility of their players. The players on the forward line will have to prove their ability to score consistently.

GRANVILLE

Coach: Jessica Sheldon (fourth season)

Last year’s record: 5-8 league

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Notable players lost: Bridget Decker (G), Katelynn Leavey (F), Kayla Moore (M), Taylor Birchmore (M), Lauryn Zovistoski (F).

Top returning players: Shelby McEachron (F), Nicole LaPlante (F), Kelsie Jones (F), Mary Bucciero (D), Shyanne Griffis (D)

Outlook: Granville is looking to capitalize on strong team chemistry and defensive skills.

GREENWICH

Coach: Dawn Slater (12th season)

Last year’s record: 8-0 league, 19-2 overall

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Notable players lost: Abby Dusha, Emilee Boddery, Courtney Towne, Monica Dore.

Top Players: Sam Whitehouse (G), Mariah Linnett (M), Leah Foster (F), Ali Beck (D)

Outlook: Greenwich is coming off a trip to the state semifinals, where it lost to Greene. The younger players need to learn roles and play with confidence. Whitehouse returns in net, where she was a rock for the Witches last season. Linnett will be the quarterback, running the offense.

HUDSON FALLS

Coach: Liz Brayman (third season)

League: Foothills Council

Sectionals: Class B

Notable players lost: Ellie Gonyeau, Hannah Girard, Mary Kill.

Projected staring lineup: Nicole Wojtowecz (G), Abby Colvin (D), Spencer Mercure (D), April Pelkey (D), Brittney Ferguson (M), Hanna Harrington (M), Meaghan Valis (M), Samantha Kuba (F), Jenessa Bartholomew (F), Lauren Tyler (F), Lindsey Bargodus (F).

Outlook: Hudson Falls has graduated a lot of key players over the past two years and calls this year a rebuilding one. The Tigers are looking to Valis and Wojtowecz for leadership and to Tyler to push the ball on offense.

NORTH WARREN

Coach: Lynn Lewis (seventh season)

Last year’s record: 1-5 league, 3-10 overall

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Notable players lost: Krista Millington, Dakota Wood, Amber Frasier, Megan McDonough.

Projected staring lineup: Morgan Yarosh (G), Courtney Viele (D), Sarah Converse (D), Julianna Dewar (D), Taylor Feldeison (M), Nicole Fish (M), Kerrianne Belline (M), Charlie Reidinger (F), Anna Liebelt (F), Amanda Braynack (F), Cate Hill (F).

Outlook: North Warren comes into the season with only one senior, Fish, and is looking to the underclassmen to step up. The Cougars also lost three key players on defense, so they are repositioning. Dewar and Converse will anchor the defense, while Belline and Feldeison will direct the play from midfield.

QUEENSBURY

Coach: Jaime Robinson (5th season)

Last year’s record: 9-3 league, 13-4 overall

League: Foothills Council

Sectionals: Class B

Notable players lost: Emily Derway, Sage Grasso-Monroe, Olivia Paolano, Anna Shultes, Mahrukh Naqvi, Beth Yarze, Courtney Jenkins, Danielle LoCascio, Annaliese Schmiel.

Key returners: Christina Galatioto (G), Carlee Moon (D), Maddie Nelson (M), Aisling McAllister (M/F), Christie Raymond (F), Katie Zilka (F).

Outlook: Queensbury lost 10 players from last year’s team, including three defenders, and has a very young team this year. Galatioto returns for her third year in goal. The Spartans will look to Nelson to drive their game on both the defensive and offensive ends.

SALEM

Coach: Stacy Riche (eighth season)

Last year’s record: 0-8 league, 1-13 overall

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Projected staring lineup: Mackenzie Dumas (G), Laken Gregg (D), Amelia Trydendis (D), Kristen DeJesus (D), Malina Morris (D), Julianne DeMarco (M), Morgan Keys (M), Greta Worthington (F), Shianne Johnson (F), Kaitlyn Curtis (F), Molly Robertson (F).

Outlook: Salem has a young team this year. The Generals look to Dumas to set the tone in goal, DeMarco to control the midfield and Curtis to use her stick work to lead the offense.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Coach: Jo-Anne Hostig (16th season)

Last year’s record: 12-2 league, 15-3 overall

League: Suburban Council

Sectionals: Class A

Notable players lost: Sarah Ryan, Maclaine Matties, Megan Leanza, Meg Roberts, Emily Petruccione

Key players: Kelsey Briddell (M/F), Ann Mahoney (M/F), Lindsay Rutz (M/D), Lauren Farley (M/D)

Outlook: With five returning starters, Saratoga Springs hopes to get stronger as the season goes on. Most of the team played on varsity or key roles on JV.

SCHUYLERVILLE

Coach: Erin Lloyd (fifth season)

Last year’s record: 4-4 league

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Notable players lost: Danielle Gaertner, Stephanie Yaeger, Lydia Fowler

Key players: Sarah Brockman (D), Hollie Gravelle (M), Mariah Walsh (F), Abbey Follos (F), Hannah Cook (F)

Outlook: Schuylerville graduated 10 seniors last year and has a very young team. They have raw talent and are learning to work together and build on each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

SOUTH GLENS FALLS

Coach: Mary Ponda (third season)

Last year’s record: 7-5 league, 10-7 overall

League: Foothills Council

Sectionals: Class B

Notable players lost: Courtney Coons, Brooke Corlew, Courtney Sweet, Emma Jones.

Key players: Stephanie Rosa (G), Lauren Yakush (M), Emily Sharpe (F), Nicole Crawford (F), Katie Washburn (F), Olivia Higgins (F).

Outlook: South High’s strength will be its experience. The Bulldogs hope to use their speed to push the ball upfield.

WARRENSBURG

Coach: Teresa Colvin (first season)

Last year’s record: 6-0 league, 12-7 overall

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Projected staring lineup: Liz Turner (G), Beverly Morrisey (D), Whitney Markwica (D), Audrey Corriveau (D), Erin Langworthy (M), Kerrigan Roth (M), Catie Baker (M), Michaela Nissen (M), Aineen Callahan (F), Baylee Smith (F), Cregan Callahan (F)

Outlook: Warrensburg has a veteran squad with eight returning seniors and several veteran juniors. The Burghers are counting on team chemistry to help them to a successful season.

HOOSICK FALLS

Coach: Denise Campbell (16th season)

Last year’s record: 6-2 league, 15-4 overall

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Sectionals: Class C

Notable players lost: Frankie Pearson, Vanessa O’Brien

Projected starting lineup: Ashley St. Onge (G), Lindsey McMahon (D), Katelyn Harrison (D), Cassie Sherman (D), Carsen Williams (M), Elise North-Kirkman (M), Maddy Ryan (M), Olivia Schneider (F), Brooke Davendonis (F), Caytlyn Springer (F), Zaynah Poore (F).

Outlook: Hoosick Falls fell to Greenwich in the sectional finals last season. The Panthers expect to finish in the top three in the league despite losing most of their defense, including a strong goalie in Pearson.

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