Watchung Hills Regional's field hockey team members have been working hard in the off-season, focused on improving their skills ahead of the fall campaign, according to first-year head coach Kristen D'Alessandro.
The team still faces a tough Bridgewater crew, but D'Alessandro believes her players will match up against the competition better than in recent years.
"It's a tough division," she noted.
Senior captains Claudia Emmanuel, Ashley Irving and Erin Schwartzstein will lead the team. D'Alessandro points to the improved play of junior Erin Maloney and goalies Amanda Trumpore (junior) and Rachel Toubin (sophomore) as holding the team's core, with key support coming from senior Bridget Doran and junior Carly Sinnott.
The season opens Sept. 8, at home against North Hunterdon.
2012 Roster (preliminary)Burke Julia 10 D Butler Shannon 11 D DeFabio Claudia 11 M Doran Bridget 12 F Emmanuel Claudia 12 M Fusco Celia 12 M Gallic Michelle 11 M Gallic Rachel 12 M Goldman Brandi 12 D Goldstein Chloe 11 F Irving Ashley 12 M Lane Courtney 11 M Lizza Elena 11 F Maloney Erin 11 D Pilsbury Kim 11 M Priovolos Julia 11 F Rawson Haley 12 D Ruggiero Mia 11 M Schwartzstein Erin 12 F Sinnott Carly 11 M Smith Jen 11 F Toubin Rachel 10 G Trumpore Amanda 11 G Coaches: Kristen D'Alessandro Stephanie Linder Maria Mascia Moureen Kelly
Sept. 8: Home vs. North Hunterdon, 10 a.m.
Sept. 11: at Hillsborough, 2:30 p.m
Sept. 13: Home vs. Ridge, 3:45 p.m
Sept. 18: Home vs. Pingry, 3:45 p.m
Sept. 20: at Hunterdon Central, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 24: Home vs. Somerville, 3:45 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Bridgewater, 3:45 p.m.
Sept. 28: at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2: at North Hunterdon, 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 5: Home vs. Morris Knolls, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 9: Home vs. Hillsborough, 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Ridge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13: Home vs. South Brunswick, 12 p.m.
Oct. 16: at Pingry, 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 18: Home vs. Hunterdon Central, 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 22: Home vs. North Plainfield, 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 23: Home vs. Bridgewater, 3:45 p.m.