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After a heartbreaking loss in the Freedom Conference Semi-Final game against Arcadia, the young Lady Colonels are ready to hit the field with avengence. The team will be led by 4 seniors who are not strangers to winning. Seniors Jessica Berkey, Lauren Cirilli, and Jessica Gannon played in the 2005 final that saw the women crowned champions. Although Chelsie Yauch was out due to injury, she knows the day to day routine to prepare, and for 3 years, she has done just that.
With only twelve returners, two key juniors will also play a major role. Ashley Deemie, who saw action in all nineteen games a year ago, is expected to be a contributor in the midfield. Junior forward, Julissa Reed, brings speed and agressiveness to the attack. She had three goals last year, all of which were game winners.
Sophomores Alison Weidman and Brittany Ely will vie for time in the midfield. Weidman will also be utilized up top for the Lady Colonels. Kiara Midkiff, Melissa Polchinski, and Taryn Hallowell will vie for time at the forward and wing positions. Hallowell had two goals and four assists a year ago. Polchinski was second on the scoring charts with four goals and 1 assist.
The defense will perhaps see the most youth. Returning first team Freedom All-Conference selection, Casandra Valentin, is expected to lead the young defense to success. With Valentin, three of four recruited defenders will possibly see a starting spot.
Coach John Sumoski feels positive about the near future stating, "Yes, we are young, but we do have experienced players and a host of new talent. We can only hope that some of our freshmen will come in fit and mentally focused on athletics and academics. I feel our upperclassmen have stayed in touch with the game over the summer and will be prepared to lead this young group."
The Lady Colonels kick off the season at the St. Lawrence University North Country Lotto Classic where they will face Clarkson University and the host.