“Our team this year is tenacious. We have gotten better each year and they want to keep that trend going. … We are already leaps and bounds ahead of where we were at this point last season.”

Wilde Lake will play in Howard’s Karl Wolf Tournament. The Wildecats will face Worcester Prep in their first game.

Glenelg Country School

Coach: Paige Walton (15th year)


Sign up to receive our free daily email newsletter: Columbia Today

2013 record: 4-10 IAAM B, 4-11 overall

Top players: Seniors Mallory Pappas (MF) and Cameron Baumgardner (GK); juniors Lizzie Rice (MF) and Julia O’Loughlin (D); freshmen Rachel Hooper (D), Julia Sheehan (A) and Alyssa Arnold (A).

The tweet: “I believe our biggest asset is that we are balanced from end to end,” said coach Paige Walton. “We have good senior leadership. We have a deeper bench than last year, which is a tremendous strength.”

The Dragons are carrying a 21-player squad that includes four seniors, four juniors, seven sophomores and five freshmen, three of which are expected to contribute immediately.

The team has three goalkeepers — Baumgardner and sophomores Sophia Kalaris and Kelly Layton.

In preseason games, Pappas, Rice and Arnold accounted for the bulk of the scoring.

“We are looking for every attack player to play roles this season,” Walton said.

Chapelgate:

Coach: Colleen Norton (fifth year)

2013 record: 9-4 IAAM C, 12-5 overall

Top players: Seniors Christina VanWingerden (MF) and Hailee Winand (D); juniors Emma Rufolo (MF), Casey Garlic (D) and Julia delCarmen (A); sophomore Katherine Cameron (MF); freshman Abby Heffler (MF).

The tweet: Eight starters return, but the Yellowjackets are very young. There are four sophomores and seven freshmen on the team.

“We have a very talented freshman class,” said coach Colleen Norton. Adding, “a lot of the players that are freshmen and sophomores are great athletes and have years of experience in regards to playing lacrosse.”

The younger players are also blending well with the seasoned players both on and off the field.

“The whole team is working extremely well together and progressing quickly,” Norton said.

Chapelgate has proven scorers in midfielders Rufolo, VanWingerden, delCarmen and Winand. Their efforts will be supplemented by Jenna Winand (A) and Heffler.