TOP TEAMS: Gloucester, Woodside, Menchville, Kecoughtan.
TOP PLAYERS: F Sarah Watson (Woodside), D Jocelyn Evans (Woodside), F Mary Williams (Gloucester), F Delaney Doyle (Gloucester), D Cierra Griffith (Gloucester), G Cheyenne Hogge (Gloucester), F Lucia Zolea (Kecoughtan), MF Madison Cobb (Menchville), F Keli Foster (Bethel), F Erin King (Warwick), D Guadalupe Almendarez (Hampton), MF Esmeralda Coes (Phoebus).
GAMES TO WATCH: Woodside at Menchville (March 23), Menchville at Gloucester (April 13), Kecoughtan at Woodside (April 20), Woodside at Gloucester (April 24).
OUTLOOK: The Dukes (10-6-2, 8-0-1) were young last year, so you know what that means: They have just about everyone back. Williams, Doyle, Griffin and Hogge were first-team all-district picks last season. Gloucester gave up only three goals through the PD's regular season. Coach Bob Fisher admits it: "On paper, promising." But in the next breath: "For success, they'll need to play as one for an entire match." … Though they lose Player of the Year Rachel Green, the Wolverines return All-PD first-teamers Watson and Evans. Coach Eduardo Timas predicts his team "should make the district final." … Under new coach Dennis Zollicoffer, the Monarchs will have a new look but should have similar success with the return of Cobb, a top-notched playmaker. .. Kecoughtan loses three All-PD players but Coach Jennifer Mangus says "the chemistry on the team has never been better." … Bethel returns Foster, a starter on the girls' basketball team, and D Rebekah Rossman. … Warwick might be improved with Symone Glover and Eliza Lavery back. "Hope the strong back line can secure tight games like they did last year," Coach Erin Wojtkun said. … Denbigh hopes to bounce back from a one-win season behind eight returning starters, including MFs Leslie Coates and Rachael Cheatham.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times