High School Lacrosse Capsules

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Cheshire

Coach: Rich Pulisciano

Last season: 9-10.

Key Losses: Chris Trasacco, Tommy Dupont, Tim Covel.

Captains: Sr. M Ben Hamel, sr. G Jared Lawson, sr. M/A Matt Samuelson.

Key Returners: Jr. M Matt Blois, jr. D Jack Cunningham, jr. M Christian Russo, sr. M Luke Marcouiller, sr. A Matt Rougeot, jr. A Anthony Trasacco, jr. D Matt Bronson, sr. D Tyler Bailey.

Promising Newcomers: Fr. D Will DePalma, fr. D Matt Federico, fr. D Collin Thorn.

Outlook: The Rams graduated 75 percent of their scoring with Trasacco and Dupont, but Pulisciano likes what Cheshire returns on attack.

“I expect our offense will be better,” the veteran coach said. “We return a lot of experienced kids that played a lot. Defensively, the kids are playing well too. All of the pieces have to fall together for us.”

Southington

Coach: Ron Chase (7th year).

Last Year: 12-4, the Blue Knights reached the CCC Tournament semis and the Class L quarters.

Key Losses: Tom Gallagher, Will Thompson, Nick Terry.

Captains: TBA.

Key Returners: Sr. A Kevin Cop, jr. M Alex Jamele, sr. D Zak Jamele, sr. D Mike Lange, jr. D Steve Hamel, so. A Jarod Florian, sr. M Jarod Defeo, jr. D Matt Thomson.

Promising Newcomers: So. A Chris Gamber, so. M Mike Majchrzak.

Outlook: “Just like last year we will take it one game at a time and worry about the playoffs when we get towards the end of May,” Chase said. “I expect our attack will lead the offensive charge with Alex Jamele leading at the midfield.”

Sheehan

Coach: Dan Wostbrock (first year),

Captains: Jr. A Bobby Carey, jr. A Nate Carney, jr. D Dave LaPlante.

Key returners: So. G Danny Henessey, jr. M Bruce Rutkowski.

Promising Newcomers: TBA.

Outlook: “I’m very optimistic,” Wostbrock said. “I have a quite a few guys that have been playing for me for three years. We played a JV schedule last year and we were competitive. My personal goal is to have a berth in the CIAC tournament in our first year as a varsity team.”

GIRLS

Cheshire

Coach: Dan Warburton (13th year, 177-61-3).

Last Season: 16-4.

Key Losses: Kathleen Kalbian, Alison Hoynes, Cristie Myjack, Lauren Como (all four First Team All-SCC) and Nicole Stauffer (Second Team All-SCC).

Captains: Sr. M Michelle Federico and sr. M Maddy Levy.

Key Returners: Sr. A Emma Farrell (Second Team All-SCC).

Key Newcomers: The Rams have 10 seniors looking for minutes and 10 to 12 underclassmen competing for varsity time.

Outlook: Cheshire graduated a nucleus that totaled a 54-11 record over the past three seasons. While not young, the 2014 Rams are inexperienced.

“I think every year we have a goal of playing for our league title,” Warburton said.

“That’s not going to change. As far as states, I’m not sure where we will fall yet. We will have to see what we are. There are a lot of new faces this spring. It’s going to take some time to figure things out.”

Southington

Coach: Jillian Pomposi (first full year)

Last year: 5-9.

Key Losses: Jenna Pesce, Sam Magnanini, Ashley Mafale.

Captains: Sr. M Laurel Dean, sr. A Alexa Mitchell, sr. M Carolynn Keal.

Key Returners: Jr. G Allie Abacherli, jr. M Megan Palumbo, jr. M Jessica Lee, jr. M Meagan Asklar.

Promising Newcomers: TBA.

Outlook: “We are going to do well,” Pomposi said. “Our goal is to make the state tournament. We missed it by one game last year and that’s something we are looking to achieve this spring.”

Keal had 65 goals last season and has the Southington career scoring marking in reach. Pomposi’s sister Catherine, a 2006 Southington grad, holds the all-time mark of 145 goals. Keal will play for Division II Southern Connecticut in the fall.

Sheehan

Coach: Charissa Zbikowski (first year).

Captains: Sr. M Nikki Kern, sr. D Sarah Griglun, sr. G Katie Donovan.

Key returners: Jr. A Brianna Petrucelli, So. M Abbie Jagoda, So. M Caitlin Jagoda, Sr. C Danielle LaButis, Sr. M Rachel Roche.

Promising Newcomers: So. A Lauren Hazelwood.

Outlook: Last year as a JV program, the Titans were defeated just once. Now it’s on to varsity.

“We look forward to see how we stack up against the established programs,” Zbikowski said. “We have nothing to lose. We look forward to seeing how we do. We want to be .500 for sure. We would love to make states. That would awesome.”

Lyman Hall

Coach: Adam Rosati (first year)

Captains: Sr. M Lauren Manginelli, sr. M Mikaela Perrelli.

Key Returners: Sr. M Summer Edeen, sr. M Carly Mantie, jr. M Ashley Lane, jr. G Gianna Barile.

Promising Newcomers: TBA.

Outlook: Like Sheehan, the Trojans make the jump to varsity this spring.

“We want to show that Lyman Hall can play lacrosse,” Rosati said. “We are looking to make a mark this year. We are going to play hard and give teams a run for their money. We would like to be .500. We know we are going to have a tough schedule against teams like Branford and Mercy, but we are going to do the best we can.”



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