The sophomore class includes impactful players such as Elizabeth Welch, Kate Gregory, Natalie Silver, Hazel Ethier, Siobhan Morrissey and Emma London.
Barrale, who will carry her largest roster in her 20 years with 31, has 13 first years which made the squad and is convinced the group is as high on talent as it is deep in quantity. Included in the first-year class are Emily Batchelor, Bridget Bernardo, Mercedes Crestanello, Bridgett Hyde, Lauren McCarey, Kelly McCarthy, Addie Sidles, Carson Stephenson, Faith Stineman, Gates Tenerowicz, Abigail Todd, Catherine Torres, and Helen van de Broek. Do not be surprised if one or more of this group cracks the starting line-up for Barrale.
"Our first years are one of the most talented classes we have ever had," Barrale noted. "It is so refreshing to coach a group of women that have no idea how good they actually are. Most importantly, they are so fun to have on the team. I cannot wait to see the immediate impact they have."
The Ephs averaged scoring just about 2.5 goals a game in 2018 but lost their leading goal scorer in Dolan and their top scorer in terms of assists in Meredith Wright with 11. Ticknor led all returning players with seven goals, while Perry had 5 and then two players, Veale and Fitzpatrick, had three each. Fitzpatrick racked up six assists, while Ticknor and Perry had four each, so there is a core of returnees who could leading the scoring effort.
In the back, the Ephs have 6 of 7 of their critical defensive positions filled by returnees including Lloyd in goal; Feller, Weiner and Cooper in the back, and Perry and Welch at defensive midfield positions.
Barrale has high expectations for the group. The Ephs have a difficult schedule and play in the top conference in the country, but the veteran coach is confident in the group's ability to come together and be successful.
"We are always aiming to win the NESCAC championship," she said. "While that is true, we will work to stay focused on our day to day growth and enjoy our journey. At the end of every summer I know that I will be tasked to look ahead at the great things our team has to look forward to this season. For me, It is always bittersweet. I think every season does in some way, shape or form pay homage to the ones who were there before them. It is easiest to measure the success of a season on it win-loss record but in my 20 years I have come to learn that success comes in many forms."