As the girls lacrosse season gets into gear, here is a look at how the Harford County varsity teams are shaping up.
Head coach: Katie La Rue (first year)
2012 record: 10-5
Top returning players: Kayla Gardner, Sr., (Attack); Montaiju Galmore, Sr., (Defense); Emma Boyson, Sr., (Defense); Morgan Tucker, Sr., (Attack)
Key newcomers: Natalie Muneses, Jr., (Midfield); Abbey Sasdelli, Jr., (Midfield)
Outlook: "We have a great set of girls this year, everyone is devoted to making this team the best they can be and I know we can do really well this year," Eagles coach La Rue said.
Head coach: Shannon Esposito (third year)
2012 record: 9-8
Top returning players: Cassidy Jones, Jr., (Attack); Shannon Williams, So., (Midfield); Morgan Hollenback, So., (Midfield)
Key newcomers: Natalie Neff, Fr., (Defense); Katie Clelland, Sr., (Attack)
Outlook: Coach Esposito says this year's Bobcats' team is "Young but talented, with a very good group of senior leaders on the team."
C. Milton Wright
Head coach: Brent Ritz (eighth year)
2012 record: 14-5
Top returning players: Abby Smucker, Sr., (Midfield); Sarah Piazza, Sr., (Midfield); Heather McKee, Sr., (Goalie); Holly McKee, Sr., (Defense); Liz Burgee, Sr., (Defense); Brooke Williams, Sr., (Attack); Katie Burgee, Jr., Midfield); Maggie Gallagher, Jr., (Midfield); Lauren Haggerty, Jr., Midfeld); Mackenzie Cunningham, So., (Defense)
Key newcomers: NA
Outlook: "We return nine of 12 starters this season. We will look to compete for another UCBAC title and a very talented region with Hereford, North Harford and Towson awaits us in the playoffs," Mustangs coach Ritz said. "We are once again hoping to return to the state tournament and this time come away with a title. We have several players with extensive playoff experience and will look to them to lead our team this year. Players are working hard to find their new roles as we seek to develop a unified team identity. As we have just progressed through our scrimmages, several promising new faces have emerged that we hope can strengthen our team." The Mustangs main players to watch are Smucker (53 goals, 28 assists, 55 ground balls), Gallagher (28 goals, 5 assists, 25 ground balls) and defender Cunningham.