MONROE, CT — Led by a group of college-bound players and some strong returnees, Masuk High’s girls lacrosse team expects to again be in the mix to contend for a South-West Conference championship this spring.
The Panthers will have to overcome the loss of six starters to graduation and, Coach Rob Troesser believes, will be looked at as a rebuilding team by defending champion New Fairfield-Weston — which defeated Masuk in last year’s semifinals — and perennial rival Newtown.
Strengths of the squad will be speed and youth, said Troesser, adding, “we look to surprise many teams with our ability.”
Captains are senior attacker Amelia Logan, senior defenders Ella Picci and Karlisse Wills and junior midfielder Sam Henry.
Other key players are goalie Sophie Clark, attack player Lilly Cameron and midfielders Bailey Bajda and Charlotte Pinto.
Four of these Panthers are set to continue their careers at the collegiate level within the next couple of years. Logan is headed to Wagner in the fall and juniors Henry (Rhode Island), Clark (Lafayette) and Cameron (Xavier) all have their collegiate plans set for the following year.
Masuk opened this season with a 15-8 loss at Daniel Hand of Madison on April 1. The Panthers will host Pomperaug Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.