"On any given day someone steps up and delivers for us,'' said Ragle. "Everybody just comes out and does their job. It's been good enough to get us where we need to be.
"We don't have any one goal scorer. We're kind of well balanced, which I think is a good thing. You can't really game plan for any of our threats.''
Junior Taylor Ellis, the second-leading scorer with 12 goals, moved from forward to defense late in the season to help stabilize a young back line.
Sophomore Sara Bodnar has seven goals, but none was more important than her tally in the 1-0 win over Princeton in the regionals.
Sophomore goalie Olivia Miller is as steady as they come with 12 shutouts, including the last three postseason games.
The backbone for the Patriots, though, has been seniors Charlie Lucente, Haley Claudio, Andrea Breeden, Stephanie Kelly and Catherine Geis, who all played at states as sophomores where they fell 2-0 to University in the title game.
Lucente is the top scorer with 13 goals, while Kelly (nine) and Breeden (seven) are threats.
"All five of them have stepped up and been leaders this year,'' Ragle said. "Without those five seniors, we're not making the trip [to the state tournament].
"When things would get tough in big games, in years past, I think the teams have panicked and this year, for the most part, have kept it pretty calm and persevered. [The seniors] step up in big moments and they're a big calming force for the girls.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.