On the girls’ side of things, it seems the two teams to watch are Marblehead and Ipswich.
Both clubs had impressive runs in Division 2 North last year before to Winchester. Marblehead lost to Winchester in the semifinals and Ipswich fell in the final.
Each team seems primed for another solid season and a postseason meeting with a lot at stake is not out of the question.
One thing Marblehead really has going for itself is its veteran leadership. Seniors Meggie Collins, Cassie Rodgers, Allie Foreman, Tyler Phillips, Kiley Fischer, Pamela Gregory and Ali Hanratty are talented and experienced.
The Magicians are very capable on offense with dangerous scorers like Collins and Rodgers and Foreman has been solid in net for a couple of years now.
Ipswich, on the other hand, has a little less stability coming into the season because it is welcoming in new coach Nicole Linehan, who coached in Lexington for nine years.
The Tigers are experienced and talented, just like Marblehead. Natalie Soliozy, who is headed to Division 1 Johns Hopkins University, is one of the best individual talents in the area, and classmates Brigid O’Flynn, Molly Markos and Lauren Barney should help Ipswich make a lot of noise this spring.
Peabody’s Keifer Heckman, who is line to become the Tanners’ all-time leading scorer this spring, notched his 100th career goal last week.
A familiar face at Pingree took over for former coach Sarah Powers this spring. Former Highlander star Sam Taylor has stepped in to take over for her former coach.
Powers accepted a job at St. John’s Prep this year and didn’t have time to continue coaching at Pingree. That opened the door for Taylor, who graduated from Boston College last spring.
“This past year I was working in the UK for eight months,” Taylor said. “Sarah was like my mentor and I coached club with her and she decided she would be leaving. I was in education throughout B.C. and I want to work at a school and coach lacrosse. This is a great opportunity.”