The Lady Trojans have been regulars in the final four since Faith Harmeyer took the reins three years ago. Last year, they took a journey upward when they made their first appearance in the championship game before falling to powerhouse Milton.
Now, as it prepares to maintain that rise, Lassiter has the benefit of having lost just one scorer - Hannah Sullivan - to graduation and the return of many of the key components from last year.
This may be the Lady Trojans' most compete team to date, and there's enough talent on the roster for them Trojans to take that final step and compete their mission. Even though Lassiter knows that Milton - which has won five of six state titles since girls lacrosse was first sanctioned by the GHSA - has had the ability to reload year after year, this could be the Lady Trojans' best shot if the teams were to meet again in the finals.
"This team, I would honestly say that it's the best team we've ever had," Harmeyer said. "We are very deep. I'm feeling very comfortable. We can probably throw in different lineups every game. We have seniors that have played together since they were freshmen."
Those seniors are expected to be instrumental to Lassiter's success, and they're spread out all over the field. Hayley Schneider and Spencer Hanson are attackers who will account for much of the scoring. Celia Bouton is back to keep the midfield intact, and defender Briana Williams and goalkeeper Allison Senft will be responsible for keeping their opponents' goal count to a minimum.
There will also be other contributors, such as sophomore defenders - and twin sisters - Molly and Mallory Zimmerman, junior attacker Ashton Thomas - who was injured all of last season - and sophomore midfielder Johnna Fusco.
The Lady Trojans will still have their work cut out for them this year, and it starts with the regular season. They still have to defend a tough Area 2AAAAA that has Walton, Etowah, North Cobb and newcomer Kennesaw Mountain.
Like Lassiter, Walton is trying to fight its way to the state finals. And, like Lassiter, Walton has a deep team.
The Lady Raiders made it to the semifinals last season before falling to Milton, and Walton has every intention of advancing to the final four - and maybe further.
While Walton did lose 87 goals from last season when Erin Cobb graduated, the Lady Raiders have plenty of scorers who can take over the mantle.
Junior midfielder Maddie Seiloff is the one producing the bulk of the goals for Walton, while sophomore midfielder Kathryn Caish has shown she could score as well. Senior midfielder Chandler Tates and senior defender Rachael Goldberg also bring experience to Walton.
With Cobb having moved on, Walton is expecting to have as many as 10 players score on a regular basis.
"This is the deepest team I've had in a long time, and our goal is to finish were we were last year and see what happens from there," Walton coach Mandy Ryan said. "Our big focus is more team play and to distribute the ball around. We'll have a different look (this season)."
Kennesaw Mountain is also an experienced team full of players not afraid to score in bunches, with seniors Jenna Dreyer and Mary Kate Minick coming to mind. Dreyer totaled 84 goals last season and Minick once had nine goals in a single game.
Another postseason regular, Harrison, led by senior goalkeeper Nikki Hannah, will miss having Kennesaw Mountain in Area 1AAAAA, but the Lady Hoyas will still have McEachern and newcomer Hillgrove on their area slate.
Kell and Pope will find themselves in different territory this season as it joins Sprayberry in Area 2AAAA-A. While Kell and Sprayberry are no strangers to making the playoffs, Pope is looking to fight its way back, and it has the potential to do with a senior-laden roster led by goaltender Lea Ponticelli.
Kell has experienced midfielders and defenders this season, led by senior Morgan Geiger, but are still experimenting at attack.
Sprayberry's goal this season is to win at least one playoff game this season after coming so close to upsetting Marist in the first round a year ago. Senior midfielders Brooke Haley and Ashley Davis are expecting to be the cornerstones for the Lady Yellow Jackets.