Last year's Staples field hockey team squeaked into the FCIAC and Class L tournaments.

After being knocked out early in both tournaments, the Lady Wreckers look to make some noise and go far in the postseason.

"The season we will be a threat. This team is striving to be better. I can tell how a team will perform by the way they practice. This team works really hard and this is because of their captains," Lady Wreckers coach Cecily Cowburn said.

Senior quint-captains Callie Hiner, Emily Ashken, Misha Strage, Blaney Rotanz and Caroline Kearney lead Staples and are optimistic.

"If we can work well as a unit on the field, always strive to be better, and prove that we want to and can win, I think we definitely have the ability to go far in the FCIAC and CIAC tournaments," Hiner said.

Ashken said, "Were hoping for an incredible 2011 season. Our girls have worked really hard in the off-season as well as preseason to get where we are today," Ashken said. "We are a very young team but also an extremely dedicated team. We all share the common goal of going far in both the FCIAC and CIAC."

This team will have a different look and charisma than past squads.

"We have some really strong and talented leaders on the team. I have returning starters from every line, from the backs, midfields, to forwards: These seasoned players act as anchors on the field and infuse confidence in the other players," Cowburn said. "We've had trouble capitalizing on our opportunities in past years. I know this team can get the ball to smack that backboard."

Key losses include Elizabeth Driscoll, Erica Gendell, Ellen Kaminski, Jenn Hoets and Hannah Bjornson.