Thursday April 4, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
In her fourth varsity season, junior midfielder Alie Jimerson should again be one of WNY’s top scorers. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)
Being a younger team doesn’t mean Lake Shore will be any less the competitive group that’s taken Western New York by storm in recent seasons.
Third-year head coach Hannah Wawrowski is actually relishing in the coach-ability of her team and believes it will remain quite competitive coming off a sectional finalist season.
Even with the graduation of 10 players, many of whom where key to last season’s run and the young program’s first Section VI title in 2011, there remains plenty of talent in the green and white.
“We’ll be competitive and our goal remains to try to win the sectional championship,” Wawrowski said. “This team is very willing to listen and learn. We’ll try to be even better in several areas and we’ll look to involve more players.”
Junior Alie Jimerson should be the brightest of the team’s plethora of stars, coming off an All-Western New York First Team selection last year. After enjoying a remarkable 51-goal campaign, she enters her fourth season as a starter, the past two in the midfield.
Also starting young with the varsity and showing similar potential is Shayla Scanlan, who helped Lake Shore to a 13-5 mark last season despite being just a seventh grader. Though she is still a middle-schooler, Scanlan is developing into one of WNY’s top scorers. Scanlan will split time between the midfield and attack.
With only two seniors on a 17-player roster, Lake Shore will rely greatly on its junior class which also includes returning starting defender Darian Winters and Shelby Stevens, who has high expectations on attack. Talented freshman Jenna Haring, the sister of Marisa Haring, who’s now playing at Lock Haven, will move into the starting spot in goal.
Senior MacKenzie Cicera will share the captain role with Jimerson, while the team’s other upperclassman Courtney Black, who was formerly a goalie, will play out in the field, probably on defense.
Lake Shore should be competing step-for-step with Amherst once again for a Class C title. The two teams split a pair of regular season games and were regular season division co-champs before Amherst pulled away with a three-goal overtime surge for a 16-13 win in the championship game and an eighth straight sectional crown.
After winning Class B in 2011, the Eagles will be playing for a second season in “C.”
Known for its potent offense, Lake Shore will focus on trying to play a more well-rounded game, but Wawrowski said expect the attack to be just as strong.
After having its early-season games scheduled before spring break postponed, Lake Shore is slated to open the season in a tough non-league game hosting Frontier on April 9. The Eagles will meet Amherst at home April 15 and on the road May 3.