Foxcroft School

Coach: Cricket Winter, fifth year.

Last year: 4-5-2, tied for seventh in Independent Schools League.

Top returners: Charlotte Baptiste, Soph.; Carolyn Larrenzano, Sr.; Amy Marino, Soph.; Katherine Mauzy, Sr.; Melissa Noe, Sr.

Outlook: Last year, the all-girls private school team had its best record under Winter, who said she is expecting more improvement. Foxcroft began its season with a 5-0 nonconference win over St. James last week. On attack, Mauzy is being counted on to complement Larrenzano, the team's leading scorer during 1998. Winter is looking for Noe--her steadiest player--to patrol center-half. The defense also will be helped by Marino at sweeper and Baptiste. The pair gained valuable experience last year, but Winter said with that comes added pressure.

Liberty

Coach: Stacy Irvin, first year.

Last year: 2-10.

Top returners: Christy Amato, Sr.; Kelly Bennett, Sr.; Jessica Freil, Sr.; Heather Martin, Soph.; Rachel Willis, Jr.

Outlook: This is the first time that Irvin, a teacher at Cedar Lee Middle School, has coached at any level. Over the summer, she consulted with Linda Lee, her coach at Fauquier from 1989 to 1991. Irvin said she thinks there is decent talent at Liberty, which features a strong, quick forward line consisting of Freil, Amato and Martin. Sophomore Teresa Strickland is being counted on to play center-midfield. On defense, Irvin has confidence in Bennett, who should provide strong play at sweeper. Willis is in her third year as the starting goalkeeper.

Fauquier

Coach: Linda Lee, 15th year.

Last year: 11-5, won AA state invitational.

Top returners: Katherine Dart, Sr.; Tana Hernandez, Sr.; Alison Lamberth, Sr.; Landis Sargent, Sr.; Cathleen Sienkiewicz, Sr.

Outlook: Fauquier graduated its entire starting lineup--then moved up to the more-competitive AAA state level during the offseason. Still, Lee feels comfortable with the seven returning lettermen and several new players. Sienkiewicz, a forward, tied for second on the team last year with six goals. Dart and Sargent should play key roles on the attack, while the midfield is run by Hernandez and Lamberth. The big question mark is the defense, where even the reserves graduated. The Falcons will be counting on sophomore Stephanie Tabb at goaltender.