Cape-Atlantic League

Absegami

Coach: Judy Callahan

2013 record: 4-14

Players to watch: The Braves have their first four-year players in attacker Nicole Goodwin and midfielder Morgan Millar. They also have junior Gabby Ojeda, a junior midfield who is expected to improve.

Coach's comments: "I think we have a nice amount of experienced players coming back. I feel my girls will be more competitive. They're very excited and looking forward to this season coming up."

Egg Harbor Township

Coach: Jonelle Scardino

2013 record: 5-12

Players to watch: The midfield is led by senior Mackenzie Meyer and juniors Rachel Lucia and Abby Umphlett. Senior Courtney Richard is the anchor on defense. Lauren Angelo will lead the attack.

Coach's comments: "I would say we have our most experienced group right now. We're running with eight returning seniors. We're hoping to be pretty successful and turn our record around from last year."

Lower Cape May Regional

Coach: Nikki Wright

2013 record: 12-6

Players to watch: Lower has some youth in sophomore attack Ashely Hunt, a smart passer, and junior midfielder Madie Gibson, a tall, aggressive player. Senior Morgan Hart will lead the defense. Senior goalie Gabby McKeown is playing her first year of lacrosse.

Coach's comments: "We're young, only a couple of seniors, so I think they need to step up and step into the positions of the girls who graduated. If they do that and take the game seriously, we'll be a team to beat."

Mainland Regional

Coach: Bernedette Daley

2013 record: 16-3

Players to watch: The Mustangs are returning senior midfield Riley Dolan and senior attack/midfielder Kailey Stangle, who were 2013 CAL first-teamers. The defense will be anchored by senior Megan Kelly and junior MaryKate Flynn.

Coach's comments: "We expect to be a competitor for the CAL title and hope to work hard all season against (the top teams in the CAL)."

Middle Township

Coach: Jacqueline Scuderi

2013 record: 9-8

Players to watch: Senior forwards Maddie Anagnou and Amanda Barcha have good placement on their shots and are good defenders that can force turnovers. Senior defender Sara Bright is a vocal leader in the backfield.

Coach's comments: "We're going to have a strong senior core. We're very optimistic and looking forward to the season. We have a good conference and any game could be anyone's game."

Millville

Coach: Claudia McCarthy

2013 record: 7-12

Players to watch: Seniors Corrine Etter, Megan Hoffman and Kiara Brown are the key returners for the Bolts. The Bolts will play junior Savannah Huff in net to start the season.

Coach's comments: "We should be better than last year. My top three players are back while other teams have graduated their top players."

Oakcrest

Coach: Abby Mullen

2013 record: 7-11

Players to watch: Sophomore midfielder Alexis Sutley is young but experienced. Junior Dominique Barber is a sharp shooter in the attack position. Senior Cassidy Mancella will provide leadership on defense. Junior midfielders Courtney DeFalco and Jamie Hutter are good playmakers.

Coach's comments: "I expect us to compete with everyone in the CAL. I want to improve and take the program in the right direction."

Ocean City

Coach: Alyssa Preis

2013 record: 15-3

Players to watch: Ocean City is looking to get everyone on the same level. Seniors Julie Cusack and Abby Lyons will lead the attack. Kelly Hanna is an experienced junior center. Kristi Rohrer will provide experience in the midfield.

Coach's comments: "People always say it's a rebuilding year when you lose a lot of talent, but I didn't want to hear that. I want to call this a re-creation year and pick up where we left off. This year our scoring, assists and turnovers are going to be well spread out."

Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Coach: Tom McCarville

2013 record: 1-15

Players to watch: Senior center Jackie Battaglia is a two-way player. Seniors Alexa Sporano, Sydney Aulffo and Olivia Josephsen will lead the attack. Freshman Ashley Mannion is quick with raw ability.

Coach's comments: "It'll be an uphill battle due to our numbers. If our seniors can play strong and keep us in the game, I'm thinking we could be competitive in many games."

Shore Conference

Barnegat

Coach: Jessica Casamento

2013 record: 11-8

Players to watch: Junior midfielder Nicole Federovitch is just two goals shy of 100 for her career. She is joined in the midfield by fellow juniors Brittani Tompkins, Sophie Beyer and Hanna Fahringer. A pair of seniors will anchor the defense in Carissa Shearer and Steph Kostka.

Coach's comments: "We're hoping to have another winning record this season and hopefully win the B South."

Lacey Township

Coach: Aimee Del Vento

2013 record: 13-5

Players to watch: Lacey is returning a strong senior class in midfielders Brittany Biele, Holly Brewster and center Rebecca Martin. The defense is anchored by Morgan Wohlers and Rachel Scafuro as well as goalie Lauren Miklosey.

Coach's comments: "Our team has been working hard during the offseason and came in prepared to begin their season. With a large amount of perseverance we are looking forward to being competitive and dominating. We have a large amount of skill, talent and dedication."

Pinelands Regional

Coach: Paul Millar

2013 record: 8-10

Players to watch: Pinelands is led by senior midfielder Kelly Byrnes and senior attackers Zeo Sillipoe and Ericka DeWeever. A pair of sophomores will start in the midfield this season: Brittaney Corti and Alexis Hawkins. Junior Stephanie Schnabel will help out in the midfield.

Coach's comments: "We should have a good season. We're looking to fill in the void left by Alicia Herbert (Chestnut Hill College) to score more goals."

Southern Regional

Coach: Joanna Fierro

2013 record: 9-9

Players to watch: Senior Victoria Mancini will anchor the defense. Seniors Marina Felmly and Shana Hayes along with juniors Audrey DeCore, Lisa Stango and Morgan Von Schmidt will provide experience in the midfield. Christina Frangione will provide offense on the attack.

Coach's comments: "We'll be competitive this season because we play as a team and they're all motivated as well as the coaching staff."

Independent

Cedar Creek

Coach: Megan Hallman

2013 record: no record; first year

Players to watch: Freshman attack Ashley Emmel has the most experience of the new players. The rest of the Pirates are learning the game pretty quickly, including sophomore center Alina Melson and junior forward Claire Glenn. Both are athletic and developed an understanding of the game.

Coach's comments: "We have a lot of girls who are athletic and learning the sport."