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August 14, 2013

Hamilton's Charette to play soccer at UMass Lowell

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The River Hawks are moving up to Division 1 this season and will play in the America East Conference. It is a big change, and they have a very difficult schedule with only a few home games.

Charette started out as a goalie when she was first playing the game, and then moved to defense. She was five-years old when she started, and has been playing club soccer for the SF Vikings for the past seven years.

“I didn’t like being the goalie very much, but I love defense,” said Charette, who also plays basketball for HW. “It varies, and sometimes I move up to midfield but mainly I’m a central defender. Soccer is my main sport, and I play year round. I’m glad to know where I’m going for college, and U-Lowell is the perfect fit for me. I’m interested in math and science with engineering as a possible major. They’ve got a very good program there, and it’s an up and coming school.

“I like the fact that the school isn’t too far away, and my family can see me play. I did a few clinics there and met coach (Elie) Monteiro and the team. The whole environment was very welcoming, and I knew I would like to play for coach Monteiro.”

Charette is excited about her senior year at Hamilton-Wenham, and thinks the soccer team is going to have a good year.

“We were really strong last season, and we have a good set of captains,” she said. “We’re all working hard to get ready, and I think we’re going to be a strong team again.”

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