Eyeing up another shot at the league championship is undoubtedly a goal for this year’s Lady Lions field hockey squad.
The memories of last year’s dramatic overtime loss to Dallastown in the YAIAA championship game is still resonating for many of the returning players.
Regardless of the past, players are very familiar with the high standards head coach Carol Gillmen demands. It is these standards that have given the program tremendous success in the past and has laid the path for the future.
“Last year is in the past,” says Gillmen. “The loss to Dallastown is motivation for our team, especially to those who were out on the field at the time then.”
An early loss to Dallastown this season may have taken place, but the team realizes it takes a whole season to work toward a goal of another championship.
It all starts with senior Ali Posey, a commit to West Chester University, who brings a strong and familiar presence to the field and a threatening agile ability to get to the goal.
“Some teams will double team or even triple team her because of the ability she brings to the field,” Gillmen says.
Morgan Kuehne will also return as a tremendously strong forward, another big threat to the opponents’ defense. Formerly playing forward, Alyssa Castle moved to a critical center mid-field role, a role that Gillmen feels may give her an opportunity to be one of the best at in the league.
Defensively, Olivia Uberti will play a vital part as an agressive and vocal shrine of the dark side. Jess Everett now stands inside the cage as goalie, a position she has been mentored in under last year’s graduating Gabby Uberti.
Gillmen still has six other positions on the field to fill, but it is a number she doesn’t show too much anxiety about. “We have a talented group coming through and they should be able to do big things for us,” she said.