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December 11, 2012

2012 Salem News Field Hockey All-Star team


The Salem News

---- — FIELD HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NICOLE WOODS

Beverly Junior

Beverly head coach Tricia Murphy has so much respect for Nicole Woods that she named the midfielder a captain last year when Woods was only a sophomore.

This past season as a junior captain, Woods was the pivotal piece in Beverly’s 16-1-1 campaign that saw the Panthers capture their fifth straight Northeastern Conference championship.

A Northeastern Conference all-star, Woods makes everything go for the Panthers. She can find the back of the cage when she needs to, scoring 11 goals this season including a pair in the Panthers 2-1 win over Peabody. But where Woods is truly gifted is in her ability to facilitate play and set up her teammates. She averaged over an assist a game, with 21 total.

Field hockey is a major part of Woods’ life, as she plays throughout most of the offseason for the Northeast Elite field hockey team. Her maturity and ever-growing talent led her to make the decision to play on a 19U team in order to face tougher competition. Over Thanksgiving, Woods traveled to West Palm Beach, Fla., for USA Field Hockey’s National Festival.

A standout in ice hockey and lacrosse as well, Woods will once again be a captain for Beverly next fall.

TESSA BEANE

Swampscott Junior

Right Halfback

A Northeastern Conference all-star she was named the Swampscott defensive MVP this past season ... Hopes to play field hockey in college ... Anchored a stout Big Blue defense that helped the team finish 15-2-2 and reach the Division 2 North semifinals ... A gifted transition player helped the Big Blue score on a 75-yard drive in a game.

JOANNA COLEMAN

Salem Junior

Midfield

A mature leader, Coleman was named team captain as a junior and will again be a captain next fall ... Named to the Northeastern Conference all-star team ... A strong two-way player ... Gave the absolute fullest effort every time she touched the field for the Witches ... Considers her mother to be her biggest athletic influence.

MIMI GOETZ

Marblehead Senior

Midfield

A team captain, Goetz was named the Magicians’ Most Valuable Player ... Was also in the running for the Northeastern Conference MVP ... Was extremely aggressive in a road game against Swampscott in what she referred to as her best performance of the season ... Holds a 3.3 grade-point average ... Was named a Northeastern Conference all-star.

KATIE HART

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Center Forward

A truly gifted playmaker, Hart had five assists and a goal in one game this fall against Dracut ... Holds a 4.2 GPA ... Team captain ... Hopes to study nursing in college ... Finished the season with four goals and 12 assists ... Developed a passion for athletics from her older cousins, whom she watched play field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Bishop Fenwick.

ISABELLE IVES

Masconomet Junior

Forward

Considers her older sister to be her biggest athletic influence ... Was the Cape Ann League’s top goal scorer (27), assist maker (16) and leader in total league points (43) ... Helped Masco take the Cape Ann League championship ... Had her best game in a 3-1 win over Manchester Essex ... CAL All-League selection will be back for her senior season.

HALLIE MAHONEY

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Defense

Defensive anchor for a Crusaders team that finished the season with seven shutouts ... Won the Northeastern Elite Field Hockey 7v7 Best Player Award ... Holds a 4.35 GPA and hopes to pursue political science and play field hockey in college ... Had her best game in the playoffs against Notre Dame Academy.

BECCA PHILLIPS

Masconomet Senior

Defense

Was named an All-League player in the Cape Ann League and made the Best of 60 senior all star team ... Was the Masconomet Student-Athlete of the month in September ... Team captain ... Will play lacrosse at Wesleyan University ... Had her best game in the Chieftains’ 3-1 victory over previously unbeaten Manchester Essex.

TYLER PHILLIPS

Marblehead Senior

Midfield

A Northeastern Conference all-star, Phillips finished the season with four goals and seven assists ... Had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Saugus, a contest in which she was playing with an injured ankle ... Holds a 3.4 GPA ... Hopes to either dive or play lacrosse in the college ... Played one of the toughest positions at left link in the midfield for Marblehead.

KATIE PIETRINI

Beverly Senior

Left Wing

Was the leading scorer in the Northeastern Conference for the second straight season after pouring in 27 goals as a senior ... Named to the North squad for the Mass State Field Hockey Coaches Association Best of 60 games ... Named Beverly’s Offensive Player of the Year ... A two-time NEC all-star ... Hopes to major in Early Childhood in college.

SABRINA RIZZO

Peabody Senior

Center Halfback

Ranks 34th in her class with a 3.67 GPA ... Hopes to play field hockey in college, where she plans to study to be a high school algebra teacher ... Provided the assist on the game-tying goal that sent the Tanners’ playoff game against Newton North into overtime ... A team captain, Rizzo was also the Peabody MVP and was named to the Northeastern Conference all-star squad.

LAUREN ROMANO

Danvers Senior

Defensive Sweep

Team captain with tremendous knowledge for the game, Romano is one of the few players head coach Barbara Damon says she can talk strategy with ... Was the Falcons’ team MVP ... Was the vocal leader on the Danvers defense, making sure everyone else knew their assignments ...Excels bringing the ball out of her defensive zone.

ALLIE SARDO

Pingree Senior

Midfield

Was the Pingree team MVP the past two seasons ... Named the 2012 Eastern Independent League MVP ... Had 25 goals and 35 assists this fall, including the game-winner in overtime against Governor’s Academy ... Has committed to play at the University of Michigan next fall ... Was a team captain.

NATALIE SHEA

Beverly Senior

Midfield

A Northeastern Conference all-star ... Named Beverly’s Unsung Hero ... Tallied six goals on the season ... A senior captain on the Panthers ... Holds a 3.9 GPA and hopes to attend either the University of Wisconsin (Madison) or Boston College ... Had her best game recording an assist against defending state champion Andover.

ALEXA STERITI

Swampscott Junior

Midfield

Scored five goals and had 11 assists ... Was named Northeastern Conference MVP for her efforts ... Is ranked 39th out of 196 in her junior class ... Hopes to play field hockey in college ... Was a team captain ... Helped Swampscott beat Beverly by locking up the Panthers’ Nicole Woods defensively ... Two-time NEC all-star was named MVP of the Big Blue.

TORI THISTLE

Swampscott Junior

Center Forward

Finished the season with 22 goals and 9 assists ... Had two different hat tricks that came in Northeastern Conference games against Salem and Marblehead ... A Northeastern Conference all-star ... Credits her parents for their support as her biggest influences athletically ... Was named the Big Blue’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.

JILLIAN WITWICKI

Pingree Junior

Forward

Was the 2010 Pingree Rookie of the Year before claiming Eastern Independent League Honorable Mention honors last fall ... Named to the Eastern Independent League all-star team this season ... Had her best game in a 2-1 overtime win over Governor’s Academy ... Hopes to play either ice hockey or field hockey in college.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beverly: Camden Vitale, Jr., D; Felicity Otterbein, Jr., GK; Kate Silvestri, Jr., F.

Bishop Fenwick: Jen Jordan, Sr., F.

Danvers: Sarah Potter, Sr., LW; Nicole Pszenny, Sr., Wing; Hanna Salmons, Sr., D.

Hamilton-Wenham: Catherine Martin, Sr., F; Olivia Ambrose, Sr., F.

Ipswich: Carolyn Lynch, Soph., F.

Marblehead: Maggie Forbes, Sr., M; Eliza Fitzgerald, Jr., F; Abby Nye, Sr., F

Masconomet: Ali Neuenhaus, Sr., G; Julianna Kostas, Jr., M.

Peabody: Holly Smith, Sr., GK; Joanne Frangias, Sr., Wing.

Pingree: Solina Powell, Jr., D; Kelsey Dion, Soph., G; and Caroline Winslow, Sr., M.

Salem: Samantha Mento, Sr., D; Sarah Keiler, Sr., F; Lucie Capolla, Sr., D.

Swampscott: Lisa Vu, Sr., D; Nora Walker, Jr., Sweeper.