Season Preview: Building Towards Contention

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. With 100 percent of its scoring production from last season returning, including a three-time all-conference selection in senior Brooke Strausser (Myerstown, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area), along with 11 starters, hopes are high as 2013 Lycoming gets set to hit the field.

Five players return who posted more than 20 points in 2012, giving a solid offensive arsenal for first-year head coach Lindsay Reese, who played in two NCAA Division II Final Fours at Lock Haven and was an assistant coach for the 2010 Warriors, the last team to reach the conference playoffs at the school.

Besides a stacked attack that returns three starters, the team also returns all five midfield starters and all three defensive starters. Throw into the mix a solid freshman class of five and the Warriors have one of their deepest teams since that 2010 squad.

"We are really going to look for those players who have experience in collegiate play to be leaders," Reese said. "We have a significant number of freshmen who are going to be on the field this year, so we're going to need the veterans to lead by example."

Attack
With all 11 players who scored a point during the 2012 season back, the Warriors will enter the 2013 season with one of its deepest groups at attack in the past three years, led by the team's second-leading scorer, sophomore Casey Maguire (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township).

Maguire started every game as a freshman, posting 33 goals and five assists, adding six free position goals and picking up 21 groundballs. She also caused five turnovers.

The Warriors also have a pair of juniors who have split time between the attack and the midfield that will continue to develop in the attack in Maureen Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) and Sarah Quigley (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South).

Heagy broke through with 22 goals and three assists as a sophomore, more than tripling her output from her freshman season, when she finished with seven points. She also scooped up 23 groundballs and connected on seven free-position goals, the second-best mark on the team.

Quigley recorded 13 goals and a team-high 10 assists as a sophomore while starting all 17 games, finishing fifth on the team in scoring. She also added 29 groundballs and picked up 11 draw controls during the season.

"We're going to look for those players to continue their success in finding the cage," Reese said. "I'm hoping to see some sophomores who may have been more timid last year finding the back of the net more this year. The team is starting to read each other better. I think having those upperclassmen who have played together as midfielders now in the attack is going to help them be successful."

Sophomore Taylor Wiemer (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) will also see time in the attack for the Warriors after fighting through an injury-plagued rookie season in which she appeared in just five games.

Freshman Savannah Fox (Port Deposit, Md./Perryville), a four-time all-county selection in high school, will also have the chance to earn immediate playing time in the attack rotation.

Midfield
The midfield group will be led by one of only five three-time all-conference players in school history in Strausser. Strausser led the Warriors nearly across the board in 2012, posting 52 goals, 55 points, 115 shots, 46 groundballs, 63 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers, all tops on the team.

"Brooke is going to bring her work ethic," Reese said. "She's going to see the back of the net as much this year. She'll continue to lead our midfield, help in transition and get the ball down the field successfully. It's exciting because she's going to have a bit more help in the midfield transition."

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2013-02-26



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