The team is 7-8 with seven starters and 14 letter winners back from last season. Graves plays attack and has five goals and an assist. She missed part of fall ball because of tendonitis that required a cortisone shot.
“I do what I can with my playing time and go out and work as hard as I can at every practice,” she said. “We didn’t have a lot of openings this season with so many returning. I’m really hoping we can get hot before playoffs.”
The America East championship will be held at the beginning of May at the highest seed.
A year ago Beverly’s Rich Tabbut thought it would be his last Boston Marathon, but after the tragic events he decided to return one more time and cross the finish line. He was a member of the Franklin Park Coalition that raised money to improve, beautify, and attract more people to the spacious urban park area.
“This marathon was a wonderful event,” said Tabbut. “I was in the third wave that left at 11:15, and I couldn’t believe the crowd that kept getting bigger and bigger as we approached Boston well after the top group crossed the finish line. Everyone was so supportive and gave us high fives. There were bands and bagpipes. It was warm and I did get a little dehydrated, but I ran in the last four miles with family and friends cheering me on.
“I thought of the victims of last year’s marathon, and there were a lot of tears shed, especially as I made the turn toward Boylston Street. I saw Governor (Duval) Patrick standing all alone at the finish line and shook his hand. I’ve been running for 40 years, and I never saw such emotion and celebration. People stopped to help each other all alone the route. It shows that we are stronger than ever, and we’re not going to bow to terrorism.”