Saturday, February 28, 2015

Girls' Lacrosse Players to Watch

Shawnee´s Caroline Shinske leaps into to the air after scoring a goal last season. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Shawnee's Caroline Shinske leaps into to the air after scoring a goal last season. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Attack

Caroline Shinske, Shawnee, Sr. Shinske is a tenacious and feisty leader for one of the state's traditional powerhouse programs. The Johns Hopkins recruit recorded 75 goals and 18 assists last season during Shawnee's run to an appearance in the Tournament of Champions final.

Gianna Bowe, Clearview, Jr. As a freshman, Bowe established herself as one of the state's top players, netting the winning goals in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals and championship game and setting a school record for draw controls. She continued to make strides as a sophomore. And she should be among the state's elite players again this season.

Rena Carabases, Lenape, Sr. Carabases, a St. Joseph's recruit, was the top player on a Lenape team that was among the area's elite last season. She paired 22 assists with 53 goals, giving her 115 goals for her career. She is a fierce competitor and one of the top overall athletes in South Jersey.

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Midfield

Kristen Kelbon, Bishop Eustace, Sr. Kelbon, a St. Joseph's recruit, led Bishop Eustace in scoring as a sophomore before a torn anterior cruciate ligament spoiled her junior season. She'll be looking to make up for lost time, and again should be among the area's top players.

Megan Drum, Seneca, Jr. Drum was a prolific scorer as a sophomore, netting 60 goals. That gave her more than 100 in just two years of high school lacrosse. Paired with senior attack Ellie Blythe, who netted 53 goals last year, Drum should be one of the area's most dangerous players.

Paige Paratore, West Deptford, Sr. The Rutgers recruit is one of the area's most versatile players. Paratore is a dynamic goal scorer, netting 49 goals as a junior, but she is also the team's best one-on-one defender and will regularly mark the opponent's best offensive player.

Kierstyn Voiro, Moorestown, Sr. Voiro emerged as a solid, all-around contributor for the Quakers en route to their Tournament of Champions victory. She recorded 28 goals, 21 assists, and 21 ground balls. The Lehigh recruit should be even more important to her team this year.

Marie McCool, Moorestown, Sr. The North Carolina recruit is the clear-cut superstar on arguably the best high school girls' lacrosse team in the nation. McCool comes off an 86-goal, 25-assist season in which she led the Quakers to the Tournament of Champions title. Her athleticism and quickness are off the charts. It is unlikely any team will stop McCool this season.

Defense

Anne Keim, Moorestown, Sr. With the graduation of defender Megan Kelly, last year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey, a new leader must emerge in the Quakers defense. Keim, a Delaware recruit, is a leading candidate.

Dana Spires Shawnee, Jr. Spires was a key piece to a defense that allowed double-digit goals just four times in 22 games in 2013, as Shawnee advanced to the Tournament of Champions final. Glade Nugent, the anchor of that defense, now plays for Southern California, leaving a role open for Spires to fill.

Goalie

Lily Argyle, Shawnee, Jr. The 2013 postseason was a revelation for Argyle. Her acrobatic, lightning-quick reflexes and innate skill helped carry the Renegades to the Tournament of Champions final. She again should be among the state's top goalkeepers.

- Chris Melchiorre

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