They came about as close as you can get to a championship, without really getting there. The Governor Mifflin High School girls' lacrosse team made it to the championship game last year, a game against Exeter that went into overtime. But Exeter's Hailey Leister scored the game-winning overtime goal to give the Lady Eagles a championship.
It was very frustrating way to end a season, but in the end, it was still a very good season for the Mustangs. They would like to get back to the championship game once again, only this time, they want to win that game.
"We're looking forward to another highly competitive lacrosse season in Berks County,' said head coach Christine Allen. "We have a number of returning players with some highly skilled new additions this year.'
Among those coming back are midfielders Emma Jones and Sarah Leporace. Jones, a senior co-captain, uses her speed and stick skills to move the ball effectively up the field for the Mustangs. Leporace, a junior, contributes to the team mostly through her ability to create turnovers.
Returning to the team on defense is Sian Carter and Sam Dotterer. Carter, a senior head captain, will bring leadership to the team. Dotterer, a senior co-captain, has been very good at doing the things that need to be done, but aren't noticed much by the average fan.
Caroline Kallos, a senior, will be back at the attack position, and will be counted on to score a lot of goals.
Caitlyn Laffey, also a senior, will be the goalkeeper. "She has excellent game sense, and has improved her out-of-the-crease defensive skills,' said Allen.
This will be a very experienced squad and is definitely a real contender for the league championship. A lot will have to go right for that to happen, but that's true of any team.