Senior captain Caitlin Harty, who has a chance to help Beverly High earn a share of the Northeastern Conference girls soccer title against Peabody this afternoon, was named the Northeastern Conference’s Most Valuable Player yesterday.
The Holy Cross-bound striker leads the Panthers in scoring for the second straight season with 41 goals.
The NEC is now combining both the Large and Small divisions to choose one most valuable player, name an All-Conference team and a Second Team list of all-stars.
Harty is joined on the NEC All-Conference team by Beverly teammates Diandra Crowley, a senior defender, and Casey Cook, a senior midfielder. Other locals on the All-Conference squad include Kylie Plaza and Erin Loehner of Danvers, as well as goalkeeper Caitlin Lodi and midfielder Madison Doherty of Peabody. Salem High senior captain Alix Bryant was also named to the All-Conference team, as was Marblehead’s Mia Bongiorno and Kelly Mealey, Mackenzie Robertson of Swampsscott and Frankie Galeazzi of Lynn Classical.
Peabody’s Caroline Colbert, Katrina Silva and Erika Nelson were chosen to NEC Second Team. Senior midfielder Kristen O’Connor and junior forward Eva Gourdeau of Beverly were also named all-stars, as were Salem’s Deema Hijleh and Hayley Jellison; Danver’s Shannon Pohle, Stephanie Kowalski and Delaney Zecha; Shauna King and Leah Dawley of Swampscott; and Lucy Poulin and Lauren Unterborn of Marblehead.
Jillian Strileckis and Krista Cuozzo (Lynn Classical); Karissa Burton (Lynn English); Cassandra DiBella (Revere); Rachel Wadkins (Wintrhop) and Kenna O’Maley (GLoucester) rounded out the NEC Second team.
Peabody head coach Dennis Desroches was chosen as the NEC Coach of the Year after leading his team to a share of its sixth consecutive NEC Large title.
C.J. Alimonti and Ben Manoogian of Peabody High were both chosen as All-Conference selections as well as Eastern Mass. All-Stars. Local goalkeepers Cam Bornstein of Danvers and Justin Carnavale of Beverly were also chosen to the All-Conference team, as was Swampscott’s Neil Lahrizi.