Kaitlyn Hart of Mount St. Mary looks to scoop up one of her 30 ground balls on the season for the Thunder. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Mount Mercy has 11 returnees from last year's team that won the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association championship.

Key players for coach Beth Schroeder's crew include Arielle Brown (16 goals), Brigid Lempko (12 goals, 20 points) and Mary Barnes (13 goals).

Last year's runner-up Mount St. Mary is off to a 7-5 overall start (7-1 in league) under first-year coach Mackenzie Berger.  The Thunder also have 11 returnees with midfielder Molly Meegan leading the charge (28 goals and 26 draw controls). She recently scored her 100th career goal. Kaitlyn Hart has 25 goals, 30 ground balls and 32 draw controls.

Sacred Heart also has just one league loss, as Gina Perna (20 goals and 30 points) leads the offense.

Nichols update

The Nichols Vikings look to make it consecutive Midwest Schoolgirls Lacrosse League titles and three in four years when they head to the tournament at Western Reserve Academy in Ohio this weekend.

Senior returnees who are key to the team's transition game include midfielders Kendra Jones, Kaela Parentis and Leeanne Jones. TaNia Cunningham is a fast defender and quick on draw controls. Junior goalkeeper and Niagara University verbal commit Maren Geiger anchors the defense for coach Beth Stone's crew.

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