Senior Bromfield captain Montana Burke and the Lady Trojans look to build on last year’s success.
Senior Bromfield captain Montana Burke and the Lady Trojans look to build on last year's success. (Nashoba Publishing/Kent Boynton)

HARVARD -- Last year, the Lady Trojans snuck up on the rest of the league with a 17-5 overall record, and a 9-3 mark in Mid-Wach D. Bromfield finished just behind league powerhouse West Boylston, who blew through the league with a 12-0 record.

Third-year head coach Mike Dube was honored for his team's turnaround season in 2011-2012, after winning just four games the year prior. Dube was named Central Mass. Division 3 Coach of the Year in the off-season.

The Lady Trojans return four starters from last year's squad, eight overall. The graduation of Katja Leirhaus in the middle leaves Bromfield to scramble to find someone to fill the void at the center position. The Lady Trojans do not have much size on their roster, and filling the center position appears to be the biggest challenge going into the 2012-2013 season.

The Lady Trojans biggest loss will be Leirhaus. Bromfield lost four seniors from a year ago and has just two seniors on the roster in Montana Burke and Casey Magrath.

"We are so small. Right now what we are leaning towards is going with four guards and a post player," said Dube. "We will probably let Rylee Osgood be the other starter; she is so athletic and adds more speed to our team."

Bromfield is going to have to continue to work hard and push themselves behind the leadership of their hot-shooter, Burke. Burke is a returning senior varsity captain from a season ago. Burke averaged an even 12 points per game for the Lady Trojans in the 2011-2012 season. She is a slice-and-dice style point guard with strong court-awareness. Magrath, Burke and junior Suzanne Ross will be the captains for the Lady Trojans.

"Montana was a great leader last year. Casey had missed last year with a knee injury. Sue is one of our better players from last year. She is not very vocal, but she leads by example," said Dube.

Bromfield is a very athletic team that has a lot of multisport student-athletes at their disposal. The Lady Trojans fell in the second round of district play to Blackstone Valley. Blackstone Valley handed the Lady Trojans a 43-42 defeat in the Clark Tournament. The Lady Trojans came into the district tournament as an unlikely second seed, but this year's team is poised for continued success.

The Lady Trojans are a quick and athletic bunch who look to get out in transition and score baskets. Bromfield brings an up-tempo brand of basketball to the floor, and they hope to keep opposing defenses on their heels.

"I think Amy Jorgensen is primed to have a breakout year," said Dube. "I really like Kirsten Sundeen, and Amanda Accorsi down low. They work hard and will play a lot in the post."

Bromfield opens up the regular season on the road at Bartlett tonight at 7 p.m. Bartlett is coming off a 4-12 season and compete out of the S.W.C.L western division. Bromfield's first home game will be against Clinton on Sat. Dec. 29.

"We were the best rebounding team in our league last year," said Dube. "Ross is one of the best rebounders in Central Mass. I think our hustle and athleticism will make up for our lack of size."