It might serve as small consolation after losing 7-6 in double overtime to Fenwick in the York Sectional last season that LT pushed the eventual state champion Friars harder than any other team during the playoffs.

This spring, the Lions are looking to make another strong impression despite the departures of Lizzy Kosin, Kirby Kaptur and Carrie Nacht.

“This group of girls is a new team,” said LT head coach Lauren Burel. “They have not played together for very long, but show lots of potential early in the season.”

LT, which finished 29-2 overall and 5-0 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference last season, features a nice mix of veterans and newcomers. Seniors Blair Hopwood, Carly Strass and Molly McDonnell along with goalie Tegan Moore are the Lions’ leaders. Sophomores Caroline Walsh and Julia Cohen add punch on defense and offense, respectively. Juniors Meredith Land, Haley Hughes, and Frankie Delleman will also see plenty of action in the pool.

The Lions dropped their season opener 8-4 to Mother McAuley. Hopwood scored two goals while McDonnell and Walsh each netted a goal. Moore had seven saves.