High school girls' lacrosse capsules for 2017 season

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Photo - Palmer Ridge lost to Mullen 19-8 at Mullen High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge lost to Mullen 19-8 at Mullen High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Palmer Ridge

Coach: Kristy Opresko (second year)

Last season: 11-5 (lost in quarterfinals of playoffs)

Key players: Abby O'Hara, sr., attack; Sam Rippley, sr., midfield; Liz Phillips, jr., midfield

Outlook: Last season the Bears had their deepest postseason run after being eliminated in the second round the three previous years. Behind leading scorers Phillips and Rippley, who each scored 41 goals and return this year, the Bears made it to the quarterfinals where they fell to Mullen. The Bears lost six seniors from last season's team, but the star power of Phillips and Rippley, combined with a number of returning starters, could be enough to lead the Bears to another deep postseason run.

Rampart

Coach: David Shaver (first year)

Last season: 4-10

Key players: Nicole Widner, sr., attack/midfield; Katie Casey, jr., goalie; Lucy Johnson, jr., attack/midfield

Outlook: The Rams return their top two scorers in Widner and Johnson. A season ago, Widner and Johnson combined for 70 of the team's 101 goals, Widner with 30 and Johnson with 40. The Rams will be adjusting to their third different coach in three years.

Liberty

Coach: DJ Stabler (second year)

Last season: 5-9

Key players: Kaia Horaz, sr., midfield/attack; Olivia McCrary, jr., midfield; Camille Callahan, so., midfield/attack; Megan Mann, so., midfield

Outlook: The Lancers return a lot of their offense from a season ago, including leading scorer McCrary, who finished with 38 goals. Horaz had 16 goals last year, Callahan finished with 17 and Mann had 18. The Lancers are still young with just two seniors on the team, but have six players returning who scored at least 12 goals last year.

Pine Creek

Coach: Roger Wallace (19th season)

Last season: 13-3 (lost in first round of playoffs)

Key players: Morgan Miller, sr.; Beth Schwab, sr.; Kate Hatchell, jr.; Riley Hatchell, jr.; Brit White, so.

Outlook: The Eagles lost their leading scorer from a season ago to graduation, but return a roster capable of scoring. White was second on the team with 36 goals and Kate Hatchell scored 28. While the team is young, Wallace expects the Eagles to be balanced.

Palmer

Coach: Kelly Hillick (first year)

Last season: 5-9

Key players: Regan Olson, sr., attack; Annika Furman, sr., midfield; Shantae Reed, sr., goalie; Taylor Marquez-Garcia, sr., defense; Molly Weeks, jr., midfield; Arianna Christians, fr., midfield; Summer Metcalf, fr., attack

Outlook: The Terrors will be adjusting to a new defense that first-year coach Hillick is implementing. The Terrors return leading scorer Olson, who had 38 goals last year, and Weeks, who scored 18 as a sophomore. Hillick said in a preseason questionnaire that the Terrors' strength will be their speed as they work to learn the new defense.

Not reporting: Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain