While the boys’ side is wide open, it looks like the girls’ may be dominated by the usual suspects in Algonquin, Shrewsbury and Westboro.
I’m sticking with Westboro as my pick and the Rangers look even stronger this year with a 4-0 mark with wins over Shrewsbury, Wachusett, Nashoba and North Middlesex. Westboro returns all-stars Dani Petrunich, Cassie McGill and Becky Mongeau, while Anna Petrunich will help make the Rangers incredibly tough to beat.
Algonquin has a tremendous goal scorer in Carly O’Connell, while Ashley Armstrong and Heather McDonald have helped the Tomahawks out to a 3-0 mark with wins over Wachusett, Marlboro and Nashoba. Algonquin has outscored its opponents 46-14, and head into a big match next week against Shrewsbury.
After a 14-9 loss to Westboro in its opener, Shrewsbury rebounded with a 25-6 win over Wachusett. The Colonials have arguably the best player in Michaela Tinsley, who led Central Mass. – and maybe the state – with a staggering 112 goals last year.
There are a handful of other teams that could make a run at the title, as St. Peter-Marian looks strong with Lindsey Maynard leading the way. Emily Anderson should have Grafton in many games and Nashoba’s Brittney Wuorio is one of the top young scorers in the area. Bromfield looks strong with Lauren Tower and Lindsey Hazel returning from the Mid-Wach all-star team and Oakmont has a string of returning all-stars in Emma Brillon, Amanda Gauvin, Michelle Boudreau and Kelli Pawelski.
I’m interested to see who else make the leap this year, as the girls’ lacrosse scene in the area is closing the gap on the rest of the state. The feeder programs and other youth lacrosse leagues are really making it possible for athletes to excel at lacrosse now, rather than it being a sport athletes play to keep in shape during the spring. Who do you think will be there at the end of the season. Leave a note in the comments to discuss it.