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Conditioning key to Lady Warriors taking next step

New coach stressing stamina as WA returns six starters

Wyoming Area Field Hockey Captains are, Katie McGuire, Ally Adonizio, and Olivia Adonizio. Absent from photo, Jenna Skrinak.

Photo by Tony Callaio

The past two seasons, the Lady Warriors field hockey team enjoyed first-round District 2 playoff victories only to be knocked out in the second round by Wyoming Valley Conference powerhouses.

This season, the Lady Warriors will look to advance past that point under new head coach Megan Krebs, who believes that conditioning is the key to taking the next step.

"I’ve been telling them from the get-go, it’s all about conditioning. They have the all the skills they need, if they have the stamina to finish," said Krebs. "As long as they work hard and they keep it up… we should have a great season."

Wyoming Area returns seven seniors and six juniors - including all-state selections Brionna Murray, a senior, and Serra Degnan, a junior.

Seniors Ally and Liv Adonizio, Morgan Kane, Kaitlin Maguire, Sam Shiner and Jenna Skrinak along with junior Alexis Coolbaugh round-out the upperclassmen who will look to make an impact on the field this season.

Degnan paced the Lady Warriors scoring last season by putting the ball into the cage 17 times. Shiner followed with nine goals and five assists, Ally Adonizio added seven goals and Skrinak tallied four goals and six assists. Murray found the back of the cage only once but dished out seven assists and her speed and ball skills caused problems in the midfield for opposing defenses.

One position to watch is goalkeeper where sophomore Nicole Cumbo and freshman Emily Wolfgang looking to replace all-state selection Kourtny Schwerdtman who was lost to graduation.

Krebs - multiple time all-conference and all-state selection during her career at GAR - will pass along the drills, tactics and nuances that she learned while playing with and against Division I talent during her four years at Bucknell where she was a member of the All-Patriot League squad as well as a Longstrength/NFHCA Division I All-Mideast team selection.

Wyoming Area should be able to improve on their 10-5 record from 2010 with some solid defensive and goalie play. And if that happens, the Lady Warriors will be a serious threat to make a run in the playoffs.

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