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: Northern Highlands Girls LAX
Coach: Mike Menzella
Season’s with the Team: 10
2019 Record: 9-9
Anticipated Varsity Players: 20
Players on the Rise: Molly Bennett, Charlotte Fargis, Lindsay Sparago, Caroline Bodnar
Seniors that will contribute: Meg Cromie, Allie Hite – both have been staples to our defense and midfield the last three years and we will lean on their leadership to help guide us.
Coach’s Outlook: We graduated 9 seniors from last years campaign that saw key wins over Westfield, Mahwah, and Saddle River Day (twice) and finished 9-9. We can’t look in the rear-view mirror and look at what is behind us but must focus on the road ahead. We only return 3 starters so there is a ton of competition for positions as we try to replace a GK, our entire starting defense, 2 midfielders, and 2 attackers. To be successful we will need to stay healthy, and master the facets of our defensive system and offensive rotation. Everyone will have to step up and play as a unit in order to be successful.