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Our spring preseason previews are sponsored by the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, your sports medicine resource in Morris-Sussex with locations conveniently located in Cedar Knolls, Roxbury, Newton, Hackettstown and Sparta. OINJ also has urgent care hours on weeknights till 8pm and weekends from 8am to noon to care for athletes who suffer sports related injuries. If you need to see an orthopedic specialist, OINJ is your place!

Team: West Morris Mendham Girls Lacrosse

Coach: Ali Cassera

Season’s with the Team: This will be my 4th season at Mendham as head coach

2019 Record: 19-4 (County Champs, lost in Group III State Championship game by 1 goal to Moorestown)

Anticipated Varsity Players: (returning varsity) Carleigh Mahoney, Megan Graziano, Mia Martini, Jackie Egerter, Regan Hakes, Sloane McDonald, Shannon Timoney, Juliana Morgan (seniors); Ashley Peck, Melanie Peck, Megan McIntyre, Adrienne Impellizeri, Lindsay Kupka (juniors)

Players on the Rise: Nikki Pio, Katie Parker, Erin Duffy, Kate Duffy, Emily DeCottis, Maddy Eisenhardt (juniors); Sam Cardella, Kate Chittenden, Amanda Pio (sophomores); Alexa Kupka (freshman)

Coach’s Outlook: We are returning a very strong group (13 returners) and will be able to replace the major senior contributors we had last year. We are looking to build on our success from last season. We won the MCT for the first time since 2011 which was huge for us. We also won our section and played against Moorestown (lost by one goal) in the Group III state championship. The girls are hungry to get back to where we were last year. Our biggest strength by far is that we are very deep, especially in our midfield. We pride ourselves on our fitness. Last season, we had the ability to run two midfield lines and I feel that we could do that again this season. I think this is a huge strength for us to get up and down the field faster than our opponents and have constant fresh legs.

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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