New coach, same expectations for Bulldogs
MANCHESTER — There is a new face leading the Burr and Burton Academy girls lacrosse team this season.
Jen Brenner takes the reigns as head coach of the Bulldogs this season after former head coach Dave Miceli became the school's athletic director back in the fall.
"I'm very excited and thrilled to have the opportunity to coach the team this season," said Brenner, who has coached in Equinox Lacrosse for the past few years. "I'm happy to have the support of all my colleagues and can't wait to watch the girls play this season."
Brenner takes over a BBA squad that has reached the Division I finals for the past three seasons, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, all three have ended in defeat.
With high expectations from past success, Brenner wants to keep the same principals as years past and help them fix mistakes that she sees on the field.
"Coming into the season, I wanted to keep things as normal as they were in past seasons, so the girls are more comfortable with the new coaching transition," Brenner said. "Also I have coached some of these girls in the youth leagues around the area, which has made it easier for both them and I to work together and make the transition a whole lot smoother for the team. We're just working out the kinks that happen to every team to start the season."
The Bulldogs are solid on both offense and defense, and leading the offensive attack will be senior Catherine Greenburg, who this week was named one of the team's three captains.
"We have a lot of talent at every position, so we have the ability to be a very good team this season," Greenburg said. "All our attackers on offense are very talented and can score. Our midfielders are really fast and can run up and down the field well to help out on both offense and defense. We have a lot of talent on our team that can help go far this year."
The team's other captains will be seniors Aggie Bisselle and Cali Wadsworth.
Bisselle will be an impact player for the Bulldogs on both offense and defense from her midfield position, while Wadsworth will lead the defense.
Another key player for the Bulldogs this season will be junior Jessie Forstmann.
Forstmann will be a big scoring threat on offense and help out on the defense as well from her center midfielder position.
"I'm going to try and help the team any way I can both offensively and defensively," Forstmann said. "That can be helping set up the defense or going on the attack by scoring goals on offense and helping set up scoring opportunities for my teammates as well. As a midfielder that's what you have to do and I am up for that challenge."
Even with a new coach and a couple new players in key roles, the Bulldogs still have their sights on another deep playoff run in Division I and hopefully a championship in June.
"Our goal is to make it back to the finals again and this time win it all," Greenburg said. "That's our goal and we feel we have the team to get us over that hump. To do that though, we have to take things one game at a time throughout the season and work getting better and better as a team, so that we're at our best when playoff time comes."
The Bulldogs open up at home against Middlebury.
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