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April 10, 2013

Beverly 2013 High Spring Sports Previews

(Continued)

BOYS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 14-5 (lost to Burlington, 15-13, in the East Div. 2 preliminary round)

Head coach: John Pynchon (6th season)

Captains: Dom Abate, Sr. M; Brendan Flaherty, Sr. M; Connor Leahy, Sr. M; Ryan Shipp, Sr. A.

Key Returnees: Tyler Martz, Jr. D; Dave Rollins, Sr. M; Matt Page, Jr. A; Nick Albano, So. A; Andrew Irving, Sr. D; Kevin Lally, Jr. G; Brian Williams, Sr. M; Rick McFarland, Jr. M.

Strengths: Senior leadership. Pynchon loves the leadership that his seniors bring and they also happen to be a tremendous group of athletes. The captains alone had great success in football (Flaherty, Abate, Shipp), winter track (Flaherty), and soccer (Leahy). There has also been a lot of positive energy surrounding the Panther athletic program this year that Pynchon would love to build on.

Concerns: Defense. Pynchon is confident that this will shake itself out, but Beverly is facing the prospect of replacing starting defenders Mark Giles (graduation) and Ryan Caley (transfer to Governor’s Academy). The group of defenders fighting for the spots have looked solid and Pynchon doesn’t feel like defense will become a weakness.

Coach’s Outlook: “Our first goal every year is to win the conference, and we’re trying to be a top-five seed in the Division 2 tournament and make it to Harvard to play in the state semifinal game. Our goals haven’t changed much, but I think the expectations are a little heightened because of success in other sports.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 12-7 (lost to Masconomet, 11-6, in the Div. 1 North first round)

Head coach: Alyson Healy (6th season)

Captains: Katie Pietrini, Sr. D; Becca Kemmer, Sr. D.

Key Returnees: Camden Vitale, Jr. M; Elizabeth Musumeci, Soph. A; Ami Thompson, Sr. G; Hind Alijahari, Jr. G.

Strengths: The senior class. Healy has five seniors who have played a lot of varsity lacrosse the past few years. Those seniors are also excellent leaders, which should pay off for a team that will be playing five freshmen this spring.

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