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Spring preview: Staples girls water polo eager to return to full strength

Updated 11:25 am, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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  • At left, Mary Harrigan, # 9, of Greenwich, puts a hand in the face of Sarah Banbury # 6 of Staples during girls high School water polo match between Greenwich High School and Staples High School at Greenwich, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time
    At left, Mary Harrigan, # 9, of Greenwich, puts a hand in the face of Sarah Banbury # 6 of Staples during girls high School water polo match between Greenwich High School and Staples High School at Greenwich, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Photo: Bob Luckey

 

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Mike Laux believes that the Staples High girls water polo team will be "pretty good" this season once healthy.

In the meantime, the Wreckers are focused on returning to full strength.

"We have a number of experienced players," said Laux, the team's coach. "We're solid all the way through, which is a good thing, especially if they're all healthy. Right now, we're an unhealthy team."

Slowed in the preseason by injuries to starters, the Wreckers have a busy start to their schedule with four matches over the season's first 10 days. Laux is hopeful that the lineup will be intact soon.

"They should be healthy this week. They should be in the water this week, but we won't know," Laux said.

Staples opens Tuesday at perennial power Greenwich High.

Captaining Staples this season will be four seniors: Rebecca Raab, Sarah Cooperman, Alex Greene and Emily Garber.

The Wreckers have strong depth and experience with juniors Julia Woods, Sara Banbury, Maddie McCartin, Evie Papstein, Rachel Goldstein, Sarah Fox and Grace Meehan. Sophomores Sophie Mafilios and Stacy Kaneko are also expected to contribute.

Garber will likely share duties in goal with senior Amelia Green.

Laux is confident that his team will be strong, mentioning that several players trained in the offseason with the YMCA program in Greenwich.

"The strength of our team historically has been its speed. This year we had a number of girls," he said, "playing with Greenwich Aquatics over the winter, and they improved a lot."

Staples' schedule features road matches against a collection of prep schools, including Choate School (April 4), Hopkins School (April 5), Williston Northampton School (May 4) and Suffield Academy (May 6).

"A lot of players have been training over the winter for this, just trying to keep in shape," Raab said. "I feel like they're pretty prepared right now."

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