Strengths: The Falcons are stacked, returning seven starters from last year’s Northeastern Conference Small championship team. Danvers has excellent pitching and catching, with Kendall Meehan and Caitlin McBride back as the team’s battery. They have a proven ability to score runs and play solid defense and, most importantly, have strong veteran leadership.
Concerns: There will be some big shoes to fill at second base and in center field after Chrissy Gikas and Julia Saggese graduated last season.
Coach’s outlook: “Pending no injuries, it should be a successful season for us. We need to stay focused on our goals, control the controllables and not take anything for granted. This team is extremely hard working, has great team chemistry and great leadership. With last season ending rather abruptly for us, they came back in fantastic shape and are determined to play each game to the best of their ability. I have no doubt if we continue to work hard every day and stay within ourselves, things will go well for us this year.”
Last year’s record: 8-12
Head coach: Tim Murphy (5th season)
Captains: Jay Calcagno, Sr. M; Jake Allain, Sr. D; James Curley, Jr. G.
Key Returnees: Stephen Ganley, Jr. M; Dan Geary, Jr. LSM; Trevor Chasse, Jr. A; Zach Persson, Jr. M.
Strengths: Depth. Most of the Falcons’ junior and senior classes have been playing varsity lacrosse for three or four years and this is the first season Murphy hasn’t had a freshman on the varsity.
Concerns: Health. Danvers has a few players returning from serious injuries and a couple other players nursing some nagging injuries right now.
Coach’s Outlook: “Our goal is to win the NEC. The kids are hungry and they were committed all offseason. Now that they’re here, they’re working their butts off.”