NEWCOMB - Coach Ed LaCourse is convinced that this year the Mountaineers will make strides over last year's struggles.
"If our offense can form around our experienced players, we will be in the hunt," he said.
Last year, the lady Mountaineers went 0-10 overall in LaCourse's debut season with the team.
Despite losing pivotal Newcomb seniors Emily Bolan at halfback and Chelsea Walsh on defense and in the goal, LaCourse feels his younger players will step up and fill the spaces.
This years offensive line will consist of last year's scoring leaders senior Larissa Roy (N) and sophomore, Rebecca Bolan (N). Senior Hillary Bureau (N) is also expected to excel at attacking the goal. Rounding out the offense will be freshman Brianna Hammond (M).
Also joining the team on offense are international students Charlotte Egli, a senior from Switzerland, junior Nourhan Al Assaf from Lebanon, sophomore Anni Kostiainen from Finland, and freshman Shiori Takagi from Japan.
Sophomore Caelan Gould (N) will lead the defense with aggressive defensive play. She will be joined by juniors Laura Tokarz (N) and Emily Smith (M), sophomore Renna Yandon (N) and freshmen Messena Green (M) and Tara Galusha (M).
International students contributing to the defense will be senior Emma Parsonson from Australia and junior Kayleigh Soentik from Suriname.
Marlena Peter (N) will take over as full-time keeper and remain in the goal for the Mountaineers during the upcoming season.
LaCourse anticipates a 17 player team and will be assisted by Kevin Bolan. Bureau and Roy will lead the team as captains.
"Last year, we were unable to pull out a win even though the girls played well in each matchup. This year, we are ready to win," said LaCourse.