Johns Hopkins Lacrosse Preview for the 2013 Season

Cermack, a co-captain this season, broke through for 24 goals and 11 assists in 2012, quadrupling her point total from her freshman campaign. She ranked fourth on the team in goals and third in assists, while also ranking second in ground balls (25) and third in draws (28). Taylor, who was hampered by injury last season, returns after scoring 13 goals in 16 games. She combines great size (5'11"), speed and strength in the midfield.

Sophomore Sarah Biron and freshmen Josie George and Dene' DiMartino will complement the experienced trio. Both Biron and George are workhorses all over the field and bring a lot to the midfield. DiMartino is a dynamic player and really plays with an edge. The coaching staff will look to move her up to attack as well to take advantage of her skill set.

On defense, there are a number of seniors that are fighting to establish themselves. Returning to lead the way is senior Sammi Arbitman, who has started every game the last two seasons and will quarterback the defense. Classmate Sophia Sherry is a very aggressive, feisty in-your-face defender. She has really come into her own and has earned increased playing time throughout her career. Tucker also expects to move Schweizer down on defense some as well.

Senior Monica Fischer, who came in as a middie but played on attack the last two seasons, adds to the mix on defense this season. Because of her play in the fall and her knack for ground balls, hustle plays and making things happen, Tucker moved her to the defensive side of the field. She in strong in the clearing game and transition and brings a high level of composure to the defense.

Sophomore Octavia Williams and freshman Olivia Long will likely see time on both defense and in the midfield. Williams spent the summer playing in Australia and the coaches are seeing the fruits of that experience. She has established herself as a good match-up defender, while Long is a force on the defensive side of the field, combining tremendous speed with an aggressive style of play.

That group will be complemented by freshman Madison Khanna, who was recruited for her speed and played middie in high school, but will be on the defensive end for the Jays. She plays fearless and brings athleticism to the defense. Freshman Kirsti Paavola has really come into her own this preseason after missing the fall and has a big presence on defense.

Junior Liz Johnson will battle for playing time and brings good experience to the younger players, while classmate Kayley Henz is looking to work her way into the rotation after recovering from back-to-back knee surgeries. Sophomore Jane Sussman is a solid defender and is pushing for an increased role. Freshman Ritchie Assini is also working her way back from a knee injury and brings a tremendous work ethic and level of quickness to the practice field.

The Blue Jays return senior co-captain Cosette Larash and sophomore KC Emerson, who split time last season. Larash started 11 games a year ago and posted a 10.57 goals against average with a .377 save percentage, while Emerson started seven games and finished with a 9.51 goals against average and a .448 save percentage.

"Cosette and KC both received significant playing time last year and really balanced each other," noted Tucker. "They are both doing a good job this preseason and are making it very hard on the coaching staff to determine a starter. So we're going to give it a little more time and see how it shakes out during the rest of preseason."

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