Conference 3, for girl's lacrosse, is a combination of the NAC and the Big-8. It has proven to be a highly competitive league with programs like Heritage, East Chapel Hill, Wakefield, and Chapel Hill vying for the conference title.
The Northwood Chargers are set for their first season of varsity girl's lacrosse. They will be led by coach Amanda Huegerich.
The Cougars are coming into 2019 off a 3rd place conference finish and 9-6 overall record. Wake Forest returns a large portion of last year's team, but will be without goal tender Millenia Crespo (69.4%) and attacker Hanna Ayers (35g, 15a). Most likely, junior Andrea Polacsek will replace Crespo and senior Grace Whitcomb returns as the team's leader in all fielding stats. Whitcomb will look for support from junior Olivia John and fellow senior Morgan Probasco. The Cougars also boast an experience defense that includes seniors Omari Durham, Alyssa DiMauro and sophomore Devin Fowler.
The Jaguars are going to be looking to replace the majority of their scoring from 2018. Seniors Isabelle Winans and Anna Biglaiser will have to step up to help Carborro compete in 2019.
Chapel Hill suffered only one conference loss in 2018, to arch-rival East Chapel Hill. The Tigers will be without to big-time scorers with the graduation of Shannon Wulff (Woffard) and Anne Crabill (Duke). Also gone is draw specialist Julia Ziaee. However, the cupboard is not bare in Chapel Hill. Senior Alleigh Kempf (Bryant), junior Samantha Breschi, and senior Anna Blythe return to anchor the offense, while sophomore Gabriella Psaltis returns on the defensive end.
Wakefield enters the 2019 season after a 5-6 campaign in 2018. The Wolverines will be looking to rebuild around junior midfielder Meredith Mann as they graduated the other three of their top four scorers from 2018. Junior Chandler Wadford will take over in net for Wakefield after 55 saves in limited action in her sophomore campaign.
East Chapel Hill
East Chapel Hill enters the 2019 season with their eyes set on another conference championship, and deep playoff run. Despite the loss of Maya Levin (82pts) the Wildcats are still flush with talent. Flynn Reed (East Carolina, 92pts) will combine with Talia Zuco (69pts, 74 GB, 181 DC), Riley Wernoski (35pts), and junior goalkeeper Sasha Freeland to form the core of the ECHS team. The Wildcats look poised to make another playoff run in 2019.
The Huskies are coming off a playoff birth in 2018 led by Caroline Savage, Madison Bradley, and Sydney Garff. Of those three, only Garff returns for the 2019 season. She will look to build upon her 44-point junior season and to lift up underclassmen Kathryn Cornell and Sofia Gillespie. On the defensive end Heritage is led by 4-year starter Maggie Clark (472 Career Saves).
Not a lot of information available about the Rams from 2018. They are coming off a 2-12 season and will look to build alongside some of the areas other new programs.
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