The Middletown High girls lacrosse team made the playoffs last season, but knows the margin for error is always slim in Delaware's eight-team bracket.


MIDDLETOWN GIRLS LACROSSE

   Coaches Carolyn Thompson enters her second year as head coach. Jim Pantazes, Scott Thompson and Justin Comegys are the assistants.

   Last year 10-6, lost to eventual state champion Cape Henlopen, 16-3, in the playoff quarterfinals.

   Seniors Dominique Delisi; Lorraine Kingston; Emily Steffy; Alli Sain; Meredith Christian; Jackie Johnson.

   Juniors Ali Angeline; Kristen Carroll; Elaina D’Aguiar; Joeylynn Furtak; Abby Grange; Alex Kalafut; Brittany Lurty; Katie Maiorano; Cassy Olivera; Cindy Piascik; Bianca Richards; Kelsey Saylor; Taylor Smigielski; Drdlenbruch Rahel.

   Sophomores Becky Tigani; Sachi Brathwaite; Madden Elentrio; Holly Hamman; Izzy Lucia; Caitlin Reveal; Kristen Rossi; Katie Thompson; Katie Sharpe; Alexis Lum; Kaleigh Kennedy; Brittany Greb; Tinia Jeffers; Dominique Dawkins; Bree Corner; Brittany Melson; Sheilla Magarov.

   Freshman Kayla Angeline; Dominique Bivens; Alexa Canty; Mariah DelPercio; Megan Feldmann; Christina Gotthold; Kylie McKune; April Olivera; Mary Savino.

   Editor’s note varsity and junior varsity placements were not finalized at press time.

   Outlook Expectations are high for a program that made its first state tournament appearance and won nine of its last 10 regular season games. A large number of girls turned out to join the program this season, and the varsity and junior varsity rosters are deep.

   “There’s a fun factor involved even when the girls are working hard,” Thompson said. “Word spreads when the girls say it’s fun to play lacrosse.

   “Also, girls know what to expect. They know the routine of offseason condition, and things like catching with the left and the right hands and basic fundamentals.”

   Sain scored a team-best 28 goals and made second-team All-Blue Hen Conference, along with Grange (26 goals, 13 assists) and Thompson. Kingston was an honorable mention.

   Other lead attackers are Johnson, Saylor and Rossi. In the midfield are center Grange, Thompson, Furtak, Steffy and Olivera. Top defenders are Richards, Kingston, Lucia, D’Aguiar and Delisi.

   “Our greatest strengths are speed and quickness,” Thompson said. “We can move the ball from one end of the field to the other very quickly.”

   New goalie Christian showed an aptitude for the position during a brief practice appearance last season, and also played a bit there as a sophomore.