Coach: Marc Fortin (seventh year)

Last year’s record: 9-5-1, lost in Western C quarterfinal

Returning letter winners: Seniors — Elaine Theriault (MF), Julia LaRochelle (FB), Erin Belanger (MF), Michelle Lough (G), Kelly Miles (FB), Kate-lyn Wilcox (F), Sarah Soltan (FB); Juniors — Grace Burnett (SW), Karen Rice (F), Grace Lemieux (F).

Key losses:  Katherine Fortin (F), Lindsey Gordon (F), Caitlin Raph (MF), Anna Smithgall (G), Liz Mulkeen (FB), Maura Moody (FB), Erika Rice (MF), Ashley Marcellino (FB), Emily Ellis-St. Laurent (MF).

Promising newcomers: Juniors — Sarah Hignet (MF), Lindsay Phillips (MF/FB); Sophomores — Alison Sekerak (MF), Amy Belanger (MF), Lauren Sellwood (F), Corena Richards (F), Shauna Dambois (F); Freshmen — Amber Pritchard (F), Breanna Cox (FB).

Outlook: The Ramblers graduated eight seniors and seven starters from last year. Winthrop still has Theriault and LaRochelle anchoring what should be a strong defense. Both are three-year players. The Ramblers lost their top two scorers but Rice returns to provide some punch up front. Winthrop has holes to fill and young players stepping forward, but the Ramblers should be competitive amidst a tough MVC schedule.

Coach’s comment:

“We’re going to be primarily a defense team as we always are. We’ve made the playoffs in every year of our existence, and we’d like to keep that going.”  — Marc Fortin


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