Players to Watch

Gabby Fornia, Lenape, junior, attacker. Fornia earned the ultra-rare distinction of being named the Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey girls' lacrosse as a sophomore. She scored 79 goals with 91 assists - a whopping average of almost eight points per game - while leading her team to a 20-2 record and a South Jersey Group 4 title. Her best seasons should be ahead of her.

Bridget Ruskey, Middle Township, junior, attacker. Through two years of high school lacrosse, Ruskey is scoring at a historic pace. She netted 112 goals as a freshman and 133 goals as a sophomore. With 245 career goals and two years left, she has the national record of 469 in her crosshairs.

Gab Bodine, Cherokee, sophomore, attacker. After scoring 47 goals as a freshman against one of South Jersey's toughest schedules, Bodine is on a rare trajectory. This season, she could establish herself as one of New Jersey's top scoring threats.

Liza Barr, Shawnee, senior, attacker. Barr will carry the torch for one of the state's storied programs. She netted 29 goals with 21 assists last season despite missing five games with an injury. She'll look to play an even larger role this season.

Carlee Braverman, Lenape, junior, midfielder. Along with Gabby Fornia, Braverman spent the last two seasons as part of a dynamic duo of underclassmen. She recorded 61 goals, five assists, 123 draw controls, and 159 ground balls as a sophomore. Like Fornia, it might only get better from here.

Hannah Quast, Clearview, senior, midfielder. Quast is a dynamic goal scorer and leader who netted 46 goals as a junior to give her 114 for her career. She's coming off a torn meniscus but should be healthy enough to pick up where she left off.

Samantha Budd, West Deptford, senior, midfielder. The Rutgers recruit for lacrosse is a three-sport athlete and the leader of one of South Jersey's most experienced teams. In her senior season, she'll look to build off last year's 54-goal, 24-assist season.

Peyton Sventy, Rancocas Valley, senior, midfielder. Sventy has been a goal-scoring machine. The Holy Cross recruit netted 84 goals with 44 assists last season and enters her senior year with 220 goals.

Quinn Nicolai, Moorestown, senior, midfielder. After a breakout junior season, Nicolai enters this year as the superstar of the area's juggernaut program. The Penn State recruit paired a team-high 51 goals with 26 assists last season. She also earned U.S. Lacrosse all-American honors as a sophomore.

Corri Calandra, Washington Township, senior, defender. This Longwood University recruit shone last year with the unenviable task of playing defense in the Olympic Conference, which is full of high-level scorers. She enters this year as a battle-test veteran and leader of a talented defense.

Brittany Geis, Eastern, junior, defender. Geis was one of the most well-respected defenders in the area last year as a sophomore. On a young team, this San Diego State recruit is critical to the Vikings success.

Jess Goralski, Moorestown, junior, goalie. Goralski was in net when Moorestown won the Tournament of Champions her freshman year. Since then, she has only improved and should be an elite goalie this season.

- Chris Melchiorre