“Everyone is really mature. Every though we’re a young team, so many of us played as freshmen and the freshman now are talented, so we were able to find some great chemistry right away,” said Valletti, who is from Peabody and attends Hamilton-Wenham on school choice. “It’s a crucial time of year now. We want to buckle down and make states.”
Valletti, Moner, Hodge and senior Danielle Teixeira are among the players that had Boepple as a coach when they were freshmen. Coming back into a situation where he knew them was certainly a plus for the interim coach, who is still on staff with the Cape Ann League contending Chieftain boys team.
“They’ve been great and the fact that they were named captains as juniors speaks to who they are as leaders,” Boepple said. “They’re definitely more vocal than they were two years ago. They know the right things to say at the right times, and the other thing I see from them is resilience. They don’t back down if we’re down behind by a goal or two. There’s a drive there to keep playing and keep working.”
Young players like Izzy Sarra, Nell Criscione and Brynne O’Connor have also contributed for Masco and junior Meagan Aponas netted her first varsity goal last week. Goalies Molly Kelley (a junior from Newburyport) and Andraya Ferraro (a sophomore from Masconomet) are doing their part.
Moner (“Someone we can play in all three zones, in all situations and know she’ll do well,” Boepple said), Valletti (who Boepple said “creates so many chances with her shot and by getting the puck to the net) and Hodge (“A leader in the locker room who knows what to say to pick the girls up and is always excited and ready to play,” the coach added) have been the glue.