The upcoming season brings plenty of challenges to the Western Maryland College women's lacrosse team.
The Green Terrors are coming off a second straight winning season (7-3 last year after an 8-4 season in 1992) and starting to establish themselves as a team to be dealt with.
FTC The new Centennial Conference brings some of the same old rivalries from the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Green Terrors believe they will be right in the middle of things. Joining the Green Terrors in the conference are familiar foes Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins, both reached the NCAA semifinals last spring.
"Things are looking pretty good and we're real excited," said Western Maryland coach Kim Easterday.
"We have a more challenging schedule this season and are looking to up our own level of play and hope to be in a thick of the things," Easterday said.
The big question this season will be who will score. Last season, then senior Julia Migntti scored 38 goals and 14 assists to lead the team. Katie Dunn also graduated and Meghan Barry transferred -- the two accounted for 25 more goals last season.
Easterday would like to spread the scoring around some this season and is expecting a lot to come from an experienced midfield corps.
Sophomore Denise Sarver is the leading returning scorer after a 23-goal, six-assist freshman season. She had a pair of four-goal games last season against Johns Hopkins and the College of Notre Dame.
Senior co-captain Gina Cappi, a Middle Atlantic Conference All-Star last season, scored at least one goal in the Green Terrors' last six games, including seven goals in back-to-back games in wins against Dickinson and Susquehanna. She finished third on the team with 15 goals and two assists.
Sophomores Amy Eggers and Danielle Miller -- both North Carroll graduates -- will see time both up front and at the midfield position for Easterday. Eggers scored 14 times in her freshman season, and Miller had seven goals and five assists.
"We lost some key attack players, but we have a number of different people who will step up. We're fairly well-rounded offensively," Easterday said.
The defense is talented, experienced and very deep with only one player lost from last year's squad.
A big question going into last season was who would play in goal. The answer came from Marcie Delahoz (South Carroll), who had little experience in the cage but ended up having a solid freshman season playing every minute of the Green Terrors' 10 games and coming up with 101 saves.
A pair of juniors -- co-captain Stacey Baker and Heather Baily -- lead the way in front of Delahoz.
"They're both real solid and read the attack very well," Easterday said.
"Timing is so much in defense and they're both very smart and have good reaction."
Senior Jill Grosso returns as a defensive midfielder along with Jennifer Fleming. Sophomores Heather Seaburg and Anne Larson can both play midfield and defense. All four are returning letter winners.
March 23 at Notre Dame, 4
March 26 at Haverford, 1
March 29 at Bryn Mawr, 4
March 31 Gettysburg, 3:30
April 2 Goucher, 1
April 6 at Washington, 4
April 12 at Dickinson, 3:30
April 14 at Mary Washington, 4
April 16 Swarthmore, 1
April 19 Franklin & Marshall, 4
April 23 at Muhlenberg, 1
April 27 Johns Hopkins, 3:30
April 30 Susquehanna, 1
May 3 Ursinus, 4