Last year’s record: 6-14
Head coach: Gardy O’Flynn (11th season)
Captains: Henry Sacco Sr., C; Alex Amoroso, Sr., INF/P
Key Returnees: Josh Guertin, Sr., 3B; Kyle Barber, Sr., 1B; Ryan Law, Sr., OF/P
Strengths: Left-handed hitting. Both Guertin and Barber are returning starters that have grown and gained strength in the offseason. They could be a true matchup problem swinging with power from the southpaw’s side of the dish.
Concerns: Pitching depth. The Tigers are confident in Amoroso and Law on the hill and have a solid group of young arms. A few of them will be called on to fill out the rotation and bullpen duties — and they’ll need to be ready.
Coach’s Outlook: “We have a strong senior core that’s working hard. Our hitting should be better this year, and with the number of 2-1 and 1-0 games we last year, we could turn those around. We have 4-5 kids that can really drive the ball to the gaps. We should be competitive.”
Last year’s record: 3-14
Head coach: Doug Woodworth (28th season)
Captains: Sami Brouillette, Sr., P; Emily Sadoway, Sr., P; Jessica Spencer, Sr., IF.
Key Returnees: Carolyn Lynch, Jr., SS; Jill Lombard, Jr., 1B; Molly Mello, So., C, Meredith Kercher, So., OF.
Strengths: Depth. Woodworth said the Tigers have some good, young players that can play multiple positions.
Concerns: Offensive production and lack of power.
Coach’s Outlook: “We would like to get back into it and be competitive at .500 again. We’re also hoping to qualify for the tournament.”
Last year’s record: 4-12
Head coach: Glenn Foster (29th season)
Captains: Chris McCormick, Sr. M; Peter Moutevelis, Sr. M; Jamie Iwanicki, Jr. M.
Key Returnees: John Elnagger, Sr. D; Mike Dillon, Sr. D; Connor Killian, So. A.
Strengths: Midfield group and a natural goalie. Ipswich’s group of captains have a lot of experience, and Foster expects McCormick to be one of the best faceoff specialists in the league. That trio should produce most of the Tigers’ offense as well. Sophomore Jeff Statile will be the goalie, and it’s the first time in a long time that Foster has a trained netminder between the pipes.
Concerns: Inexperience and numbers. It’s the same story this season for Ipswich as many of the players are inexperienced and Foster has to find second midfield line. Obviously, all the lack of numbers creates a lack of depth.
Coach’s Outlook: “I always shoot for the league title first and on the way obviously try to get into the state tournament. I think if you’re good enough to win the league and win some outside games, you should be able to do a little in the tournament.”
Last year’s record: 16-4 (lost to Winchester, 21-9, in Div. 2 North final)
Head coach: Nicole Linehan (1st season)
Captains: Natalie Soliozy, Sr. C; Brigid O’Flynn, Sr. M; Molly Markos, Sr. A; Lauren Barney, Sr. D.
Strengths: Individual talent. Soliozy is one of the best players in Eastern Mass. and will continue her career at Division 1 Johns Hopkins University next year. The core group of players from last year’s team that made it to the Div. 2 North final is back to lead the way again.
Concerns: Goalie. The Tigers already have one goalie out for medical reasons, so they have an inexperienced player stepping into the net.
Coach’s Outlook: “Our goals are really to come together as a team, stay positive on and off the field. We would like to repeat for the Cape Ann League Small title. That would make it a third year in a row.”
Last year’s record: 6-8
Head coach: John Tracy (5th season)
Captains: Dana Reid, Sr.; Mike Prine-Robie, Sr.; Murali Prasad, Sr.
Key Returnees: Ryan Davis, Jr.; Sam Benford, Soph.
This season will be successful if: “All the returning kids play up to their potential.”
Last year’s record: 10-4 (Lost in Division 3 North final)
Head coach: Kathy Simms (16th season)
Captains: Ashley Sulkin, Jr., singles; Hannah Lynch, Jr., singles; Lexi Lopez, Jr., singles.
Key Returnees: Abby McCarthy, Soph.; Kristin Klimowicz, Soph.; Heather Sweeney, Jr.; Lizzy Gray, Soph.; Anna Gibbs, Soph.
This season will successful if: “My young team works together and plays hard throughout the season.”
Last year’s record: 5-4
Head coach: Marty Binette (1st season)
Team captains: Robby Fay, Sr., 200/Jumps/Relay; Derek Chamberlain, Jr., Shot Put/Javelin; David Dick, Jr., Pole Vault/400/Relay.
Key returnees: Alex Jean-Charles, Jr., 100/Jumps/Relay; Michael Riddle, Jr., Distance; Matt Jaeger, Jr., 200/Jumps/Relay; Ryan Bahar, Jr., Hurdles.
Coach’s outlook: “There’s a nice mix of experience and some new athletes, who could score points. We’ll be especially strong in the sprints, long and triple jumps, and distance. We have holes to fill in the throwing events, especially discus. Overall, I’m excited about the talent.”
Last year’s record: 6-3
Head coach: Marty Binette (4th season)
Team captains: Tina Keiran, Sr., Mile/Two Mile/800; Sarah Keiran, Sr., Mile/Two Mile/800; Shey Coughlan, Sr., 800/Relay.
Key returnees: Hannah Steele, Sr., Jumps/100/Relay; Devin Smith, Jr., Jumps/400/Relay; Jill Calvani, Jr., Jumps/400/Relay; Katie Monahan, Jr., Hurdles/Relay.
Coach’s outlook: “We’re strong in the middle distance events, but have holes to fill in the throws. Our distance runners and hurdlers have a lot of experience, but we’re young in the sprints. It should be a good season.”