Lansdowne's Sirena Mendez

Lansdowne's Sirena Mendez looks for running room against Western Tech at Arbutus Middle School. (Photo by Nate Pesce / March 18, 2013)

New coaches take over the girls lacrosse squads at Mount de Sales, Seton Keough and Lansdowne with higher expectations, while veteran coaches for girls lacrosse squads at defending Baltimore County champion Catonsville and Division III champion Western Tech look to maintain their success.

Read on to see who plays for your favorite local team.

Catonsville

Record last year: 17-2

Coach Becky Clipp's quote: "We are stronger this year than we were last year. They have so much talent and they are so athletic. Even our bench is going to be good."

Breakdown: Catonsville came close to playing for a state championship last season, but fell one game short after bowing to Severna Park in a Class 3A-4A state semifinal.

The Comets lost only three senior starters from that squad and the remaining returning players are focused on going to the state championship — and winning it.

Although Rachel Schwaab is now starting as a freshman at Temple University, where she has compiled 20 points (14 goals, 6 assists), the Comets return several other players who will be performing at the next level.

Senior midfielders Deb Milani (University of Maryland) and Claudia Flister (Johns Hopkins University) and senior defender Maddie Hunt (University of Colorado) have some unfinished business before they head to college.

Hunt spoke about her spring season's goal during an official college signing ceremony in early February.

"I want to win a state championship more than anything, so I think we are going to go full force. I think we are going to have a great chance of winning this year, and I'm looking forward to it," she said.

After a month of preseason, Clipp knew they meant business.

"They are really, really focused and they work hard," Clipp said. "Anything I throw at them, they pick up right away."

The Comets return 16 varsity veterans, including senior goalie Grace Campbell (University of Scranton), senior attacker Rachel Saks (York College) and junior attacker Brook Stevens (High Point University).

Senior Kendall Law and sophomore Lauren McDonald also return to attack.

McDonald was a starter last season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during soccer season seven months ago.

"She is doing great," Clipp said.

Senior Sydney Corbitt also returns along with juniors Chloe Corbitt, Maddie Schwaab, Anna Higdon, Madi Lazorchak and sophomores Jenn Nonn, Natalie Croom and Catherine Sweeney.

Freshmen midfielders Andrea McTaggart, Lila Nazarian and Brianna Spinnato didn't waste any time making an impact on a team that also features sophomores Renee Gast and Emma Clark and juniors Kali Martin and Meghan Sadler.

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