The Fairfield co-op girls ice hockey team is looking to rebuild in 2010-11.

The Mustangs lost five seniors from Fairfield's most successful co-op year to date. Fairfield won four games as compared to the 2008-09 year when Fairfield went winless.

Fairfield's coaching staff is concerned with growing the program and trying to find girls who are interested in playing hockey.

"We're rebuilding," Fairfield assistant coach Katie DeForge said. "We've got a bunch of girls who came out who have never played before and are trying to learn the game."

The team will benefit from the skill of sophomore goalie Steph Gabriel, who DeForge and head coach Paul Kelly are very high on.

"She keeps us in games," DeForge said of Gabriel.

Fairfield will be led by its three seniors, and its two senior captains. Defenseman Jamie Mercado and center Molly Claflin will be the captains who will provide Fairfield with leadership and experience. Senior Ashley Kim will also be in the mix.

"We're hoping that the people that we have that do have experience will help us stay competitive," DeForge said.

Claflin will center Fairfield's top line, and will be accompanied by junior left wing Ashley Lasota to create a potent top line.

"We have some good first line players," DeForge said.

If Fairfield is going to have a really successful year, though, it'll have to get contributions from its younger classes. Included in that are freshman Tabbey Cascella and sophomore defense Lindsay Babbington.

With the team that it has, Fairfield is mostly interested in staying with its opponent, and getting better every day.

"We have some tough games ahead," DeForge said. "We're looking to be competitive in all of our games."