The Westerville North High School girls club lacrosse team has returned its top two scorers from last season, but that doesn't mean the squad will revolve around two players.

The Westerville North High School girls club lacrosse team has returned its top two scorers from last season, but that doesn't mean the squad will revolve around two players.

Coach Abby Breneman has taken the approach that teamwork, more than individual play, will get North to realize its goals.

"For this season I am really emphasizing the role that everyone can score and will score if they get the opportunity," said Breneman, who was named interim coach last year after Richard Case was dismissed midseason. "Instead of having only two main scorers as there has been in the past, I want to get the team playing more team lacrosse."

Senior Taylor Hurl was first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division last season with 63 goals and 12 assists. Senior Keama Garrett returns after scoring 49 goals with five assists.

The Warriors were 10-8 last season, including 6-1 in the OCC-Ohio. The season ended with a 17-0 loss to Hudson in the first round of the Division I North-Central regional tournament.

North beat Westerville South 17-11 in a tournament play-in game. The Warriors also beat South 21-12 during the regular season. A 16-0 win over Central gave North a perfect record against the Westerville schools.

Also returning are juniors Emily Chanak and sophomore Kelsey Kilbane, who was the starting goalkeeper last season.

The team also includes seniors Katie Antle, Nicole McCandlish and Makenzie Vail, junior Kristen Hannaford, sophomores Tricia Gerber, Miranda Goddard, Rachel Jantzen, Megan Koleski, Ashley Legin, Hayley Low, Calley Nelson and Katy Williams and freshman Nia Matsumoto.

North was second in the OCC-Ohio last season behind New Albany (7-0) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (5-2), Olentangy (4-3), Pickerington club (2-5), South (2-5), Central (1-6) and Hilliard Bradley (1-6).

"The biggest key to having a successful season this year is for the girls to learn to play together as one unit instead of being divided into offense and defense," Breneman said. "I'm stressing that they can each play every position on the field."

All three Westerville schools are playing in the OCC-Central this season with Big Walnut, Delaware, Gahanna, Pickerington Central and Pickerington North.

• South is looking to improve on its 2-14 season a year ago.

Allison Neff has returned to coach the team. She also coached South in 2007 and 2008. Much like it was then, the focus is on getting the new players up to speed.

"Since South hasn't had a j.v. program yet, we have always had to find a middle ground that allows us to teach the rookies fundamentals of the game while also being attentive to our more experienced players," Neff said. "Luckily our rookies are eager to learn and our returners are knowledgeable in explaining skills."

Leading the group of returnees is senior Tory Fitzmartin. As a center midfielder, she'll be the focus of South's offensive and defensive efforts. Junior Taelor Severing also is expected to play a key role as an attacker. Leading the defense is junior Brittany Fandrey. Sophomore Isa Rodriguez returns as the goalkeeper.

Also returning to the team are senior Devin Woods, juniors Stephanie Hull, Brittany Padgett, Sallie Mackin, Abbie Sutliff, Maggie Ven Keuls and Emily Walters and sophomore Rachel Farrow.

Junior Kara Patterson, sophomore Katie Patterson and freshmen Kieran Arens, McKenna Davis, Trista Dierston, Kayleigh Garcia and Victoria Husain also are on the team.

•With a new coach, Central is looking to move forward after a 1-11 season.

Megan Fitzmartin takes over a team whose lone victory last year was an 11-7 win over Hillard Bradley. The season ended with a 17-2 loss to Thomas Worthington in the first round of the regional tournament.

"Our key for success this season is team unity," Fitzmartin said. "The team has meshed beautifully and it is apparent. The bonding has allowed the players to have faith and trust in their teammates, which translates to smooth field play."

The defense is led by seniors Carlie Opplinger and Sammie Rothney. Junior Sage Marquardt anchors the midfield with senior Natalie Rayner as one of the offensive focal points.

Also returning to the team are sophomores Chandler Burton, Meghan Lowery, Kelsie Malloy, Allie McKahan, Madison Miles, Khushbu Patel, Andrea Robinson and Danielle Stephenson.

The newcomers are junior Katie McClellan, sophomores Kiki Hall, Courtney Norris and Stephanie Taylor and freshmen Karlene Harrison, Moushey Mackenzie, Rachel Schoeder and Brady Watson

"Our strength is endurance," Fitzmartin said. "Our fitness will enable the team to compete with intesity for the entire game. It allows the players to have confidence, which is invaluable. To face an opponent that doesn't tire is intimidating."