Cann started 16 games and played nearly every minute, earning praise from Capobianco for her tremendous improvement after not playing much as a college freshman.
“Rebecca stepped it up this season above any other player on the roster,” Capobianco said. “She fought very hard for her starting role and was a key to our team defense and midfield transition. She’s a role model for the underclassmen, as her work ethic is second to none and she’s like a sponge, soaking up everything whether from her coaches or her teammates.”
Cann said she was determined to do whatever it took to get on the field this season. She had been a midfielder, but wasn’t afraid to change positions when the team needed more help on defense. Both Guinee and Cann took draws for the Greyhounds, then moved back to defense.
“I love defense now and I’d like to stay there, but I’ll go where the team needs me again next season,” said Cann, who is majoring in biology.
“My coaches helped our defense become one, and it was awesome playing with Mary and Allison because we’re such good friends. I had to change my mindset to be more aggressive on defense and do everything quickly.”
Guinee played field hockey and ran track at Masco. The history major with a concentration in secondary education and minor in human services/rehabilitation studies received an academic scholarship to the Worcester institution.
As someone who has gone from attack wing to defensive middie in her career, Guinee has already has put her name in the Greyhounds’ record books as the all-time leader for draw controls in a single season (64).
“Mary is the heart and soul of our team, works harder than anyone else on the field, and I just cannot say enough good things about her,” said Capobianco. “She was unanimously voted captain for next season, has the top GPA on our team and is our constant pulse.