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FILEPHOTO Sophie Castillo returns for an improved girls team. FILEPHOTO Sophie Castillo returns for an improved girls team.

Girls lax looks to next step

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland girls lacrosse team found themselves in a lot of important games last season, but just could not win that big one. Nazareth had their number and defeated them twice in a span of two weeks - the first time in the LVC semifinals and the second in the District 11 final.

But that just adds fuel to the fire for the returning Trojans players as they look to take that next step and bring back some hardware for the program.

"The team is well aware of what could have been attained last year and are eagerly looking to win the LVIAC and District 11 in 2013," said head coach John Seitzinger. "We feel it is our time and with the program getting on the winning track in 2012, we feel that the current group can start the Trojan girls lacrosse program to be a perennial favorite in the league and District 11."

What helps Parkland is the core from that team last year is back. Defenders Christine Seitzinger (senior), and juniors Abby Miller, Kristine McCarty and Jill House return to help new goalkeepers Molly Diamondstein and Alyssa Maclean get acclimated to the varsity level. Last year's goalie, Megan Chenworth is currently playing at Haverford College.

"We will need to rely on our low defenders in order to give our young goalies their best chance to make some big saves," said Seitzinger.

The head coach believes that the experience of his defenders and the balanced scoring efforts of his offensive players will be the strengths of this team.

The attack will feature three new faces in juniors Kelsey Carlon, Megan Hower and Rachel Gevirtz, but Seitzinger feels they are up to the challenge.

The midfield is anchored by Jess Leiby, Sophie Castillo and Syd Ahdieh. Kiera Kaunas and Mackenzie Galli will also be key contributors to this group.

"We have several new comers to the varsity lineup," said Seitzinger. "Our centers, Sophie Castillo and Jess Leiby, will be the top performers in the league with ball control. The control of the draw and our tough defense should put us in position to reach our goals and expectations. The duo midfielders of Kiera Kanaus and Mack Galli, will give teams a lot of trouble in the midfield with their tremendous speed."

The Trojans seem to have a lot of ingredients to make another successful run at the league and district titles this season.

"Our expectations are high, but the main emphasis will be a balanced scoring among the offense and the solid defense that we have played and will continue to play in 2013," said Seitzinger.