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St. Anthony's is once again team to beat in CHSAA girls lacrosse

St. Anthony's High School varsity girls lacrosse teammates,

St. Anthony's High School varsity girls lacrosse teammates, from left, #8 Maggie Murphy, #9 Alexis Nicolia and #14 Devin O'Connor celebrate their 14-9 win. (April 28, 2012) Credit: James Escher

St. Anthony's won a fifth straight girls CHSAA Class AA lacrosse title last season and, again, has a stacked squad full of Division I commits. But for the Friars, there still remains a dangling carrot.

The one thing this group has yet to attain is the No. 1 national ranking which, perhaps, will take a perfect season to earn. "We have the talent and drive to go after it," Friars coach Corinne Lomangino said. Her team had one loss and finished ranked third last season. "We expect big things."

St. Anthony's is led by star midfielders Maggie Bill and Kasey Behr and defender Jenny Schwalje. The roster is bolstered by standouts Isabella Mangan, Ella Bonafede and Kerry Puckhaber.

Sacred Heart was league runner-up but did further establish itself as a force, finishing the season ranked 37th nationally. The Spartans have the talent and depth to contend, led by defenders Ann Westlake and Meaghan Ginty, and midfielders Erin Pfail, Chrissy Corcoran and Kerianne Moran. Sacred Heart's new field, under construction since summer, is expected to open in April.

Semifinalist St. John the Baptist seeks to take the next step and returns nine starters. The Cougars are led by the high-scoring trio of Kaitlyn Montalbano, Morgan Jaycox and Jill May along with Caitlyn Gibbons and defender Faith Daley. Kellenberg, a semifinalist, has most of its core back, including Kaitlyn Stackpole, Carly Montgomery and Devon O'Shaughnessy.

St. Dominic won a second straight CHSAA Class A title and, despite losing nine seniors, should be in the hunt. The team is led by midfielders Julia LoRusso, Danielle and Olivia Garcia and attack Jordan Coyne. Carolyn Dupre anchors the defense.



Long Island Lutheran fell in the IPPSAL quarterfinals, but has another chance at a title run with this group. The Crusaders feature talented midfielders Carolyn Dottino and Macy McNair, twin attacks Nicole and Danielle Sinacori, and defender Giovanna Caponi.

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