"She is probably our No. 1 shooter," Szymanski said. "She can hit the three. She is also good at dishing and driving."

Juniors Corinne Wood (5-6) and Kelsey Swanson (5-6), sophomores Brooke Wall (5-8), Carly Glinowiecki (5-7) and Sara Sprinkle (5-7) and freshman Ellie Mathey (5-6) provide backcourt depth.

"I feel like we don't have a vocal leader," Szymanski said. "Right now, we are struggling for a vocal leader. A lot of the girls lead by example."

Szymanski needs Albornoz, seniors Shannon McKew (5-9) and Amy Bowden (6-0) to hit the boards and score consistently.

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Sophomore Erin Briggs (5-9) and junior Nia Marrow (5-9) are also competing for time inside.


2010-2011 record: 14-5

Returning starters: Senior point guard Ella Cooper (5-5), junior power forward Molly Green (5-9), senior center Nurisha Rodriguez (5-5) and senior shooting guard Emma Sissman (5-7).

Breakdown: Losing a coach always sets a program back. And losing the team's top player can makes things even more difficult.

But new coach Mike Wall vows there will be no decline in the Quakers' play.

Wall, a varsity assistant last year who replaces Matt Lang, centers his optimism on the four returning starters.

"We had Bealela Donnelly last year and she was a dominant inside force," Wall said of a player who averaged 18 points per game. "It will take a team effort for us to be successful, but I think we have the team to do it. We have the outside shooting and the inside game. The whole package."

The backcourt — one of the best in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference — is in the hands of two: the steady Sissman and Cooper tandem.

Cooper (University of Virginia) and Sissman (Davidson College) will both attend college on lacrosse scholarships.

Sissman inflicts most of her damage from the perimeter.

"Emma can fill it up," Wall said.

Cooper sets up teammates superbly, averaging five assists last year.

"She reads the defense well and is a quick driver," Wall said.

Senior guard Caroline Stanley (5-6) should also fit nicely into the starting lineup. She worked as a top sub last year.

Wall won't just be relying on his starters. Sophomore guard Alexis Heath (5-2), junior forward Anna Mortimer (5-4), junior center Sophia Springer (5-9) and freshman guard Rachel Kehoe (5-5) will also log quality minutes.