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Falcon girls' lacrosse preview
RUMFORD -- What a difference a year makes and that’s precisely how the Mountain Valley girls' lacrosse team need to feel because it will be just like starting from scratch.
The lack of experience will be quite evident, so things will be taught on a basic level until the players gain some insights.
Prior to entering the upcoming season, the Lady Falcons have been receiving a refresher course on the fundamentals on the sport.
It was essential that every one-from limited number of veterans to the newcomers- have the time to learn the skills that are necessary to play the game, competitively. ''There are several points of emphasis,'' head coach Kristen Provencher and assistant Melissa Forbes have been repeating during preseason. 'The basics -- catching, throwing, cradling; basic defensive position, shooting, checking. Most of the girls are holding a stick for the first time this year.
The returning Lettermen will be counted on to perform dual roles, besides stepping-up out on the playing field, they will be required to mentor the remaining cast.
The trio of seniors include defensemen Abby Day and Alexa Fryover and attacker on offense Jessica Theriault. The juniors also feature three, led by Katie Puiia, midfield; Kayla Pingree, attack and Jordan True, who has been in goal since as a freshman.
Provencher said a couple strengths will be solid returners in key positions on the field, along with strong leaders. There are no returning sophomores listed.
Graduation left some big holes, including center Ayla Allen, who scored over 200 career goals and is currently playing for the University of Maine at Farmington. Chelsea Bordeau was second-leading scorer; Makayla White, defense; Emily Gallant, attack and midfielders Rebecca Maifeld and Whitney Ruff.
It will be important for newcomers to contribute: attackers Nicole Burgess, senior and freshmen Alexys Duguay and Kaitlyn Radcliffe.
''We'll have a young team, not a lot of experience," said Provencher. ''More than half of the girls have never played before. Top players will be all returning letter winners because of their experience, comfort with the sport and ability to take care of the ball.''
Puiia, Pingree, Duguay, and Burgess will be looked at to score the bulk of goals this year.
''Almost every team we play will have more experience than us, so we’ll really have to give 100 percent to every game in order to compete.''