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Girls Lacrosse: Previewing the area's girls lacrosse teams

The St. Charles co-op lacrosse team hopes to build off last year's sectional championship in the first year of the IHSA state series.
The St. Charles co-op lacrosse team hopes to build off last year's sectional championship in the first year of the IHSA state series.

GENEVA VIKINGS

Coach: Kailey Robbins

2017-18 record: None

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Alyssa Davidson, sr., MF

Julia Rein, jr., MF

Grace Sowers, so., MF

Outlook: Interest is high for girls lacrosse at Geneva, which is a good thing as the Vikings will field a varsity team for the first time.

“We had a great turnout at tryouts with over 50 girls expressing interest in girls lacrosse this spring at Geneva,” coach Kailey Robbins said. “Because of the interest, we can roster a very competitive and selective varsity team to compete for our first year as a varsity program.”

The Vikings will be young as Robbins acknowledged that she only has two seniors and a lot of underclassmen, including sophomore goalie Taylor Berg.

“In seasons past our focus has been on the development of the girls lacrosse program as a whole,” Robbins said. “We focused on laying a solid foundation as a team to grow and spread the game at Geneva. It is now our third season [overall] and our focus remains the same as in years past.”

Last season, the Vikings fielded two JV squads, which combined to go 17-6-2.

ST. CHARLES CO-OP

Coaches: Ronni Kluener, Jordyn McFarlane

2017-18 record: 15-3

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Morgan Curzon, sr., D

Lexi Kiefer, sr., MF

Makayala Thomas, sr., MF

Maddie Wiltrout, sr., MF

Outlook: Last season ended with a gigantic, painful sting, as St. Charles co-op lost a heart breaker in overtime to Naperville North in the supersectional of the inaugural IHSA state series. While that loss can certainly serve as motivation for this year, that’s easier said done when a lot of the players are no longer with the program. Fortunately for St. Charles, it returns 10 seasoned varsity players with playoff experience, although the team did lose Mackenzie Wells, a four-year starter, two-time captain and the 2018 Kane County Chronicle Player of the Year.

First-team all-state midfielder Makayala Thomas returns along with fellow senior midfielders Lexi Kiefer and Maddie Wiltrout, both who were all-state honorable mention selections a year ago.

“We once again boost a well-rounded team,” said co-head coach Jordyn McFarlane. "“Outlook for this season is overwhelmingly positive. We are looking forward to earning our spot as a top team in the state. We plan to be in the playoff conversation once again this year.”

Wiltrout and senior deender Morgan Curzon have already committed to St. Ambrose and McFarlane said that other commits are forthcoming.

The program has gone 15-3 the past two seasons and appears primed for similar success again this spring.

ST. FRANCIS SPARTANS

Coach: GeorgieTowa

2017-18 record: 3-14

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Sabrina Eichenberger, sr., MF

Elyse Monma, jr., GK

Outlook: The Spartans have solid numbers with five seniors, including midfielder Sabrina Eichenberger and junior goalkeeper Elyse Monma as part of 16 upperclassmen. So the program is hopeful to turn things around after combining to only win four of 34 games the past two seasons. After all, it was just a few years ago that St. Francis was dominant during a 16-3 campaign.

Georgie Towa takes over the head coaching duties from Natalie Nesbitt.

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