Quaker Valley girls out to defend WPIAL title
Though there are 12 players per side in high school girls lacrosse, Quaker Valley is ready should the sport expand that number anytime soon.
“If we could start 18, we would start 18 girls,” coach Nellie Kraus said. “We definitely have the depth.”
According to Kraus, the team likely will travel with 25 players, all capable of significant contribution.
Some returning players competed for Pennsylvania or Western Pennsylvania all-star teams in national tournaments last summer: Aubrey Bouchard, Maggie Dobbins, Sophia Poppenberg and Emily Pilewicz.
This depth exists despite the Quakers having graduated seven starters from a group that won the first WPIAL Division I title in school history and advanced to the PIAA semifinals a year ago. Those who return, like senior defender and four-year starter Emily Pilewicz, appear unfazed by the task of repeating that faces them.
“We have a huge target on our back,” Pilewicz said. “(But) our goals are exactly the same, if not bigger.”
It’s not just the numbers of talented players that has caused her and her teammates to believe, though. It’s the grade-by-grade depth.
Dobbins, an attacker, and Poppenberg, a goalie, are juniors.