The Lions have a great deal of depth up and down the line-up with seventh and eighth graders who have been called up to the team from neighboring St. Francis Xavier School also making contributions. “Having the chance to have (students from St. Francis Xavier) combined with St. John Paul II is huge, because we have seventh and eighth grade players who are playing for us, and playing very well,” Tierney noted.
In one glowing example, eighth grader Maggie Crofford caught the eyes of the coaching staff during a JV game against Archbishop Williams.
“We watched her in that JV game, and she impressed us so much that we moved one of our better midfielders to high attack put Maggie at midfield,” he said. “That’s worked out very well.”
Tierney also enthused over the strong numbers in the first-ever JV program for the school, a group that will undoubtedly pay dividends in the seasons to come.
“We have three or four eighth and ninth graders who are really stepping up, and they’re definitely the future of our program,” he said, noting there are presently 33 girls in the program.
Also contributing are eighth-graders Hadley Crosby, attack/midfielder, Lexi Farrell, defense, Emily Gorsuch, defense, Ava Navarro, defense, Ava Item, defense, Annie Kennedy, midfielder, and seventh-grade midfielder, Ella Bartolomei.
“If they work hard and do their thing, I think these girls can beat anybody,” he said. “The way this team is, if they have a seventh or eighth grader come in, they treat them like a sophomore or junior. They accept them right into the program.”