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Pine-Richland girls lacrosse looks strong this season

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Last year was a brilliant season for the Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team. A WPIAL silver medal capped off the season, and although the Lady Rams expected a little more, the bar has just been set that much higher this season.

Three standout seniors spearheaded the charge last season, and although coach Tori Trombetta won't be able to replace Brittany Byerly, Drew Hayden and Kat Hohos, she has 10 seniors this season who are more than up to the challenge.

Trombetta feels pretty good about this team, and why not, with a backfield anchored by goalie senior Kaelin Clogan and defenders Emily Thill and Monica Dwansik.

With a strong defense holding things together, the offense will be free to work.

Players like Taylor Thene and Hannah Christenson are solid. Add to that sophomore defender-turned-midfileder Maddy Collins, and Pine-Richland has balance.

With a strong cast, senior attacker Tess Drotar won't have to worry about defenses keying in on her every possession.

“Tess is our top player, but we have a lot of depth,” Trombetta said. “This year we are deep, and the talent is spread out. We have had 20 assists on our 27 goals through two games, so we are getting points from all over.”

Trombetta said perhaps the best thing about last season was the experience of all the high-intensity section and playoff games the team took part in.

“We were a little disappointed last year, but we are coming in with that unfinished-business mentality,” Trombetta.

Depth is something Trombetta couldn't stress enough as a team strength.

“You never know what you will face on the road,” Trombetta said. “Having so many players on the field who can do so many things really helps.

“This is anyone's year. With so many teams trying to fill in gaps, and last year's junior class being so strong, we will see who steps up and takes control.”

Trombetta is confident in her team but said teams like North Allegheny and Seneca Valley also have high expectations this season.

In an effort to be at their best, Trombetta and the Lady Rams traveled to New Jersey to play some stiff competition and get ready for the season.

“We wanted to get out of our bubble and do some team bonding,” Trombetta said. “We made some stops to see some college lacrosse games and spend some time together.”

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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