I’m starting to put together my first Super 7 of the year (yes, already!) for our preview and it had me thinking. Who’s the best team in Delco, at least to start the year?
Cardinal O’Hara brings back a lot, namely senior All-Delcos Marissa Cicione and Grace Boston. All Cicione did last year was tie for the Delco single-season goals record with 45 and both she and Boston collected 55 points. Defensively, fellow seniors Gabby Rowe and Lauren DelRomano will be a wall in front of a very good goalie in senior Liz Piszker. But it remains to be seen whether the Lions can finally get over the hump put up by a certain rival in Radnor. Archbishop Carroll brings back standout senior defender Becca Zamojcin and have had the Lions’ number in recent years. Does that trend continue again despite another coaching change?
Should Notre Dame be at No. 1? They bring back a player you may have heard of a time or two in three-time All-Delco and reigning Daily Times Player of the Year Moira Putsch. The senior already holds the county career goals mark with 86 and co-holds the single season record with Cicione despite only playing 2 1/2 seasons. Yes, we’re certain that this is her final season. No, seriously. For real this time. She did lose All-Delco running mate Emily Faught, but with a more than capable goalie in junior Gabby Carlini, maybe the Irish can make more noise in the Inter-Ac.
Maybe Episcopal Academy is more your cup of tea. EA got hit hard by graduation, but coach Gina Buggy is one of the area’s best and always has talent at her disposal. Sophomore Margaux Paolino figures to improve on last year’s 17-goal, 13-assist rookie campaign and senior All-Delco goalie Gianna Pileggi led Delco with 15 shutouts last year. The Churchmen always play stifling defense and seem to peak at the right time.
Maybe one of the public schools is the team to beat. Haverford lost three-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy and fellow midfielder Morgan Druce, among others, but Tess Horan is back for her sophomore season and junior goalie Katie Wyman is looking to build off of a fantastic postseason run.
Garnet Valley is a force to be reckoned with, too. Senior Katie Keyser has been one of the area’s top scorers for the past two years and junior goalie Hailey Valerio blossomed down the stretch last year. Strath Haven took a shot from graduation, but big things are expected from Kristen Baschoff and goalie Caroline Boyd. Might the Panthers be the team to beat? Will someone unexpected show up and spoil everyone’s party?
You tell me in the vote.