Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference

Division I

Egg Harbor Township

Coach: Jen Costa

2012 record: 13-6

Players to watch: Mackenzie Meyer, a Press first-team All-Star, and teammates Morgan Snodgrass (13 goals) and Lauren Angello lead the offense as the Eagles try to win their ninth straight division title. EHT looks strong defensively too with Courtney Richard, Jayme DiDomenico and goalie Brianna Magner (five shutouts) back.

Coach’s comments: “The coaching staff believes that this season will be a positive one, with almost the whole starting lineup returning.”

Atlantic City

Coach: Amy Smith

2012 record: 5-9-1

Players to watch: Riley Cahill, Jen Wolfson, Claire Corbett, Courtney Elentrio and Samantha Giaccone lead the Vikings. Cassidy Shea and Maggie Drew are goalies.

Coach’s comments: “We are still a relatively young team and hope to continue to grow and maintain a competitive squad throughout the season.”

Absegami

Coach: Kim Briles

2012 record: 3-14

Players to watch: Rachel Edwards, Nicole Goodwin and Eva Sodaitis are forwards. The Braves also have midfielders Brielle Clarke and Sara Pietropola and defender Angelie Tolentino.

Coach’s comments: “I hope our midfielders pick up for our new, young defense. This year I’d love to break .500. We want to compete and be in the game.”

Vineland

Coach: Kate Cronk

2012 record: 3-15

Players to watch: Key returnees are Brenna Mohan, Sasha Ostapenko, Nichara Condo, and goalie Angelica You.

Coach’s comments: “I’m very optimistic. We’ve done well in scrimmages. I think my girls will surprise a few people.”

Division II

Ocean City

Coach: Cory Terry

2012 record: 21-1

Players to watch: Leah Davies (13 goals, 11 assists) and Lauren McNally (18 goals, 12 assists) are returning Press first-team All-Stars. April Stein and Rachael Young are back, along with Kelly Hanna (12 goals, 17 assists), Abby Lyons and Jordan Allegretto. Caroline Bowman and Julie Campbell, and freshman Julia Herrington will help. Goalie Sarita Charap moves up from JV.

Coach’s comments: “Every day our focus is on working hard to get better. Each (Ocean City) team is different and you’ve got to get individual players to mesh together. We’ll try to be mindful of our strengths and prepare the team how to work best together.”

Mainland Regional

Coach: Jill Hatz

2012 record: 12-8-1

Players to watch: Sydney Losco, Kailey Stangle and Jeana Fitzpatrick lead the Mustangs, along with Ashley Albright and Vanessa Pagliei. Sami Lopez is expected to return soon from a knee injury.

Coach’s comments: “Overall as a team, we do not have a lot of returning varsity experience, but we have excellent leadership in our senior class and the girls are developing nicely as a team.”

Millville

Coach: Claudia McCarthy

2012 record: 11-5-1

Players to watch: Team leader Corrine Etter, a Press first team All-Star, had 21 goals and eight assists last year. Millville has Megan Hoffman and Julia Limbeck at forward. The defense looks good, with Katherine Handy, Caylin Thompson, Ki-Jana Shockley and returning goalie Kate Reed (five shutouts).

Coach’s comments: “I’ve got a good group and the freshmen are promising, but I’m not sure how we’ll do. We’ll have to see the competition.”

Oakcrest

Coach: Jamie Toy (first year)

2012 record: 8-11-1

Players to watch: Cassie Mancella and Devin Francz are the only two seniors. Other key players are Logan Day, Alexis Sutley and La’ren Dutton. Freshmen Teagan Hay and Haley Crispall are good prospects.

Coach’s comments: “I’m excited to come in as a new coach. We have a lot of young players with a lot of potential. They’re working really hard, and hopefully they’ll get their confidence going and become a strong team.”

National Conference

Division I

Middle Township

Coach: Janina Perna

2012 record: 11-8

Players to watch: Maddie Anagnou (16 goals), Summer Herlihy and goalie Annie Mallett (nine shutouts) will help Middle be a contender. Key returnees are Megan McClintock, Amanda Bartha and Devon Nagle. Freshmen to watch are Skylar Gentilini and Jenna Herlihy (Summer’s sister).

Coach’s comments: “We lost a talented senior class to graduation and will have to replace six starters. I am relying on the performances of underclassmen to help Maddie Anagnou and Summer Herlihy this season.”

Hammonton

Coach: Rosie Santiago

2012 record: 10-9

Players to watch: Jane Donio-Enscoe (13 goals) and Brianna Mortellite lead the Blue Devils offensively. Raelynn Genovese and Sierra Scola are key defenders. Freshmen Bella Turner and Ashley Ranere will help.

Coach’s comments: “We have a young team that’s small in numbers, but they’re very quick and very coachable. Originally I was hoping to go .500, but with the way they’re playing I’m hoping to do better.”

Lower Cape May Regional

Coach: Amie Hoch (first year)

2012 record: 9-10

Players to watch: Forward Carissa Scott, midfielder Laura Shriver and defenders Emily Levin and Bela Lotozo should help Lower stay competitive.

Coach’s comments: “Being a new coach, I’m looking to take it up a notch. We want to score more goals, win more games and improve our level of play.”

Bridgeton

Coach: Dannon Mehaffey

2012 record: 0-13-1

Players to watch: Claudia Hawse, Deja Mosley and Destiny Thompson are three leaders. Sydney Hall moves from defense to goalie. The Bulldogs lost only two seniors to graduation. Jaquesha Holmes will help the defense. Tajeh Moreno is a key freshman.

Coach’s comments: “I think the team has a lot of potential. This is the first year when all the starters have actually played before. I’m looking forward to the season.”

Division II

St. Joseph

Coach: John DeMarco

2012 record: 23-2

Players to watch: Emily DeMarco, The Press Player of the Year, will be a senior. She had 43 goals and 29 assists as the Wildcats won their third straight CAL National Conference title and advanced to the state Group I final. Molly Mullee, a Press first-team All-Star, scored 18 goals. Key returnees are Carlina Sacco (19 goals), Joanna Umosella, Marielena Dottoli (18 goals), Gab Dudo, Ryan Quicksill and Grace Petrongolo.

Coach’s comments: “This team has been through a lot together. The seniors have played together four years. We don’t have a lot of players, and we’ll have to sub a lot to have fresh legs.”

Buena Regional

Coach: Laurie Abbott (first year)

2012 record: 13-7

Players to watch: Forward Kaitlyn Wilson, midfielder Brianna Cerione, defender Alexandra Zanghi and goalie Elena Sneathen (seven shutouts) are the only returning starters. Other important players are Nicole Mitchell, Alaina Seyler and Samantha Monfredo.

Coach’s comments: “I’d definitely say it’s a rebuilding year, but I’d like to see us be better than .500. I feel like we have the potential. They’re working extremely hard.”

Holy Spirit

Coach: Nicole Persiano

2012 record: 8-7-2

Players to watch: Alexis Steffans (13 goals) and Kati Blanchet lead the offense. Defenders are Emily Totoro and Megan Gleason, and midfield leaders are Victoria Marchiani and Deborah Powers.

Coach’s comments: “We’re working together and developing. We want to work hard, work together and win.”

Cedar Creek

Coach: Linda Brennan

2012 record: 1-16-1

Players to watch: Playmaker Rosalie Hood, midfielder Kaitlyn Heck and forward Mary Kate Lyons will help the Pirates. Cione Gonzalez and Katherine Gulig are vying for the goalie position.

Coach’s comments: “I’m very excited for the potential and looking forward to the season.”

Shore Conference

Southern Regional

Coach: Kathy Snyder

2012 record: 19-2

Players to watch: Taylor Rossi, Brianna Angellella, Allison Spaschak and Kieran McBrien are back to lead the rebuilding Rams. Others are Shana Hayes, Renee Chambers and Lizzy Schmoll.

Coach’s comments: “We graduated a lot, but we have a lot of young talent. They’ve worked hard in the offseason.”

Lacey Township

Coach: Aimee DelVento

2012 record: 11-9-1

Players to watch: Returning starters are Holly Brewster, Lauren Miklosey, goalie Karlie McCarthy, Jourdan Ryan, Rachel Scafuro and Emily Lane.

Coach’s comments: “Our team has been working hard during the off-season and came in prepared to begin the season. With a large amount of perseverance we are aiming to be competitive.”

Pinelands Regional

Coach: Erin Neyer

2012 record: 4-10-1

Players to watch: Team leader Elisha Hartman moves from center-midfield to center-back. Forwards are Kirsten Holloway and Laura Dewey. Lyndsey McClellan returns in goal. Other key players are Noel Hartman (Elisha’s sister), Kurstin Binshedler and Erica DeWeever.

Coach’s comments: “The group has played together two to three years, for the most part, and I’m hoping the little things we’ve been missing will come together.”

Barnegat

Coach: Alyson Wrisley

2012 record: 7-12

Players to watch: Key returnees are midfielders Celia Veneziano and Abby Harr, defenders Carissa Shearer and Maura Daley, and forwards Alex Kern and Sadie Sciarillo.

Coach’s comments: “I would say we’re a young team but have a lot of fresh talent. We’re looking to have a better than .500 season.”

Tri-County Conference

Cumberland Regional

Coach: Dana Meyers

2012 record: 4-13-1

Players to watch: Forwards Alyssa Anderson and Raykena Brown are back, along with most of the team. Midfielders are Sarah Smith and Michaela Hitchner. Goalie Courtney Birdsall will be backed up by a strong defense. Freshman Jordana Ambros is a good prospect.

Coach’s comments: “We’re looking to pass more and work the ball upfield, as opposed to a hit-and-run game.”