The Salem News
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Last year’s record: 18-4-0 (Won Division 1 North title, fell in state semis)
Head coach: Kristin Simpson (10th season)
Captains: Casey Cook, Sr., Mid; Diandra Crowley, Sr., D; Kristen O’Connor, Sr., D/Mid; Caitlin Harty, Sr., F
Other players to watch: Eva Gourdeau, Jr., F; Rose Turner, Jr., D/Mid; Faith Piotrowski, Jr., F; Jess Goodal, Sr., D/Mid; Kadrianna Letts, Fr., D; Kyra Wolonsavich, Jr. GK.
Outlook: The Panthers return the vast majority of their goal scoring and defense from a year ago, when the team won its first Division 1 North title. Senior Caitlin Harty and junior Eva Gourdeau could form the top 1-2 scoring punch in the state; two-year captain Diandra Crowley is a rock on defense and Kristen O’Connor is one of the most versatile players in the area. Beverly has veteran leadership and experience, and having Casey Cook at midfield (she played goalie in the state tournament last year) should make their possession game stronger. The Panthers are certainly one of the teams to beat in the NEC and in the realigned Division 2 North section.
Last year’s record: 10-6-4 (Lost in Division 2 North quarters)
Head coach: Karen Guillemette (8th season)
Captains: Annette Ruggiero, Sr., F; Vicki Caruso, Sr., F; Caitlin Parrott, Sr., Mid.
Other players to watch: Merry Harrington, So., GK; Ellen Fantozzi, So., F; Jenny Nasser, Jr., D; Jackie Edgett, Jr., Mid; Danielle Deltorto, So., F.
Outlook: The Crusaders are young, but have a solid nucleus led by the captains. Ruggiero is a vocal leader up front and with Caruso and Parrott in the mix, goal scoring could be a relative strength. Five freshmen made the varsity squad and could contribute right away. An athletic, defensively sound Fenwick team should be in the mix in the always tough Catholic Central League.
Last year’s record: 14-3-2 (Won Northeastern Conference Small, fell in Division 2 North first round)
Head coach: Jimmy Hinchion (15th season)
Captains: Stephanie Kowalski, Sr., Mid; Erin Loehner, Sr., D; Kylie Plaza, Sr. Mid.
Other players to watch: Emily Murphy, Jr., D; Leah Ciampa, Sr., GK; Delaney Zecha, Sr., Mid; Shannon Pohle, Jr., F; Courtney Arnoldy, Sr., Mid; Kate Raftery, Sr., D; Nicole Belanger, Sr., D; Katelyn Bates, Sr., F; Meaghan McKenna, Jr., Mid; Meaghan McCarriston, Jr., Mid; Katherine Kowalski, So., Mid.
Outlook: With 14 players returning from a 14-win team, the Falcons should be in contention both in the NEC and in the Division 2 North sectional. Plaza, an Eastern Mass. all-star committed to URI, will set the pace and Loehner, Murphy and Ciampa are solid foundational players on defense. Leading scorers Zecha and Pohle are returning as the Falcons look to improve their timely goal scoring. Danvers also has tremendous depth with a good freshman class pushing the returnees for time. Coach Jimmy Hinchion was also impressed with the improvement of the returning players from last year’s junior varsity that will compete for minutes.
Last year’s record: 15-2-2 (Won Cape Ann League Large, fell in Division 2 North semis)
Head coach: Alvi Ibanez (2nd season)
Captains: Sam Charette, Sr., Mid; Carolyn Cook, Sr. Mid; Caroline Gribbell, Sr., D; Liz Rose, Sr., D; Sue Rose, Sr., Mid.
Other players to watch: Cassie Vitale, Jr., GK; Emma Durgin, Jr., F; Jill Kefalas, Sr., Mid.
Outlook: The Generals won the Cape Ann League for the first time in recent memory last year, and while they have to replace a strong goal scorer and all-star goalie lost to graduation, there is a very good group of seniors hoping to repeat. UMass-Lowell commit Sam Charette is a stalwart in the middle and fellow captains Carolyn Cook, Caroline Gribbell, and Sue and Liz Rose are all capable of controlling the pace of play and fostering the possession style that H-W thrived on last season.
Last year’s record: 11-5-7 (Lost in Division 3 North final)
Head coach: Nancy Waddell (6th season)
Captains: Emily Brengle, Sr., D; Emily Folan, Sr., Mid; Katie Monahan, Sr., Mid; Hannah Wallis, Sr., Mid
Other players to watch: Claire Gardner, Sr., D, Hannah Lynch, Sr., GK.
Outlook: Though seven seniors were lost from last year’s Division 3 North finalist lost to graduation, the Tigers have 11 returning 12th graders. Katie Monahan is a year older and wiser in the middle and could be one of the breakout offensive players in the Cape Ann League. Ipswich has plenty of athletes with experience like captain Emily Brengle and Claire Gardner to play the sound defensive style that’s put them in the North final in two of the last three seasons.
Last year’s record: 9-6-3 (Lost in Division 2 North first round)
Head coach: Andrew Bub (2nd season)
Captains: Sydney Cayen, Sr., Mid; Kaitlyn McCarthy, Sr., Mid; Caroline Helmes, Sr. D
Players to watch: Mia Bongiorno, Jr., F; Kelly Mealey, Jr., D; Sarah Cullen, So., F
Outlook: The Magicians made the state tournament last season, their first under coach Andrew Bub, and are hoping to carry that momentum into this year. It won’t be easy, as the team is fairly young, but veteran leadership from captains Cayen, McCarthy and Helmes has been excellent so far. Bongiorno is one of the NEC’s top returning goal scorers and Marblehead has focused the preseason on earning and keeping possession and stressing team concepts.
Last year’s record: 11-5-3 (Lost in Division 1 North first round)
Head coach: Paula Yanakakis (20th season)
Captains: Sarah Katz, Sr., D; Julia O’Reilly, Sr., F; Paige Pratt, Sr., Mid; Kayleigh White, Sr., Mid.
Other players to watch: Courtney Bouchard, Sr., Mid; Izzy Scarpone, So., D; Lexi Nason, Sr., GK; Katie Pelletier, Fr., GK.
Outlook: The Chieftains have a pair of All-Cape Ann League returnees in Paige Pratt and Kayleigh White and they’ll rely on them to control the middle of the field and the pace of the offence. Pratt, who has a good shot, is moving into a more offensive role while Sarah Katz and Julia O’Reilly are also both excellent captains. Masco has plenty of speed and is hoping to find timely scoring to contend in an improved CAL.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie
Last year’s record: 8-9-1
Head coach: Kelly Barrio (2nd season)
Captains: Audrey Hamilton, Sr., Jenny Lutes, Sr., Brooke Miles, Jr.
Other players to watch: Britney Soper, Sr., Keely Gallagher, Jr., GK; Makalya Norden, Jr., Ava Swiniarski, Sr., Lindsay McGovern, Jr., Anna Harriman, Jr., Corey Chavis, Jr; Sarah Cantwell, So., Stefany Campbell, So., Shauna Dempsey, So., Sarah Powers, So., Hannah Ciarametaro, So.
Outlook: The newly-christened Hawks had more than their fair share of injuries last year and still came within a point of making the state tournament. North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie lost a few strong players to graduation, but has a good core of returnees primed to step forward and coach Kelly Barrio was pleased with the turnout among underclassmen.
Last year’s record: 17-2-0 (Won Northeastern Conference Large, fell in Division 1 North first round)
Head coach: Dennis Desroches (7th season)
Captains: Caroline Colbert, Jr., Mid; Madison Doherty, Sr., Mid; Caitlin Lodi, Sr., GK
Other players to watch: Alex Lomasney, Sr., D; Kartina Silva, So., Mid; Sarah Godschall, Jr., D; Erika Nelson, Sr., F; Kristina Sholds, Sr., GK
Outlook: Winners of four straight NEC titles and with just one league loss since 2009, the Tanners are replacing five four-year varsity starters this fall. Providence College commit Madison Doherty and fellow mid Caroline Colbert should keep the goals coming, and Alex Lomasney is the only starter returning on the backline as sophomore Katrina Silva slides up to mid. Experienced all-star keeper Caitlin Lodi should help ease the transition on D, and Peabody has several underclassmen pushing the older players for time.
Last year’s record: 11-4-1 (EIL tournament champions, fell in New England semi’s)
Head coach: Doc Simpson (3rd season)
Captains: Hannah Becker, Sr., Mid; Kristina Carradona, Sr., D; Erin Cunningham, Sr., GK
Other players to watch: Char Esty, So., F; Kerri Zerfoss, So., Mid; Emma Whalen, Jr., F; Kasey Provost, Sr., Mid.
Outlook: : The Highlanders return eight starters from last year’s team and are hoping that experience will lend itself to a spot among the top teams in New England. Esty (19 goals), Zerfoss, 9 goals, 13 assists) and Whalen (13 goals) are the top three returning scorers in the EIL this year, and Provost and Becker give Pingree one of the top midfields in the region.
With captains Carradona and Cunningham taking care of the back end, Pingree has the chops to be one of the better private school teams in their division.
Last year’s record: 6-10-2
Head coach: Fred Day (4th season)
Captains: Alix Bryant, Sr., Mid; Brenna Burke, Sr., F; Katherine Towey, Jr., Mid.
Other players to watch: Ari Gaffney, Jr., GK; Jackie Panneton, Jr., D; Deema Hijleh, Jr., F; Gabrielle Rocheville, Jr., F; Julia Donahue, Jr., D; Sandy Pelkowski, Jr., D; Hannah Van De Stadt, Jr., F; Sydney Hanford, Jr., Mid; Tayla O’Leary, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Witches have a wealth of experience back and have the goal of reserving last year’s aggregate goal total of 26-43. Captains Brenna Burke, Alix Bryant and Katherin Towey provide solid vocal leadership and while Salem has just two seniors, many of the nine juniors are grizzled three-year varsity vets. With improved physical maturity and conditioning, the Witches hope to contend for a state tournament spot.
Last year’s record: 8-7-4 (Lost in Division 2 North preliminary round)
Head coach: Ken Leeder (1st season)
Players to watch: Sam Rizzo, Jr., GK; Leah Dawley, Sr., Mid; Meghan Hartmann, So., F.
Outlook: The Big Blue qualified for the tournament last year and are hoping to do so again in their first season under coach Ken Leeder. Swampscott boasts one of the top returning goalies in the NEC in Sam Rizzo.