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April 9, 2014

PINGREE HIGHLANDERS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014

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Coach’s Outlook: “With the majority of last year’s roster returning we certainly should be in good position to compete for another league title. I think this year’s seniors would like to win the championship outright for the their final season.”

BOYS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 8-6

Head coach: Kevin Tersolo (3rd season)

Captains: Alex Salalayko, Sr. D; Brandon Franco, Sr. M; Chris Usseglio, Sr. G.

Key Returnees: Carter Rossano, Jr. A; Maxx Trotsky, So. A; Arjen Steegstra, So. M; Sam Ober, So. A; Tom Zaleski, So. D; Ryan Lovell, So. LSM.

Strengths: Strong sophomore class and promising freshman transfer goalie Conor White. Tersolo feels the experienced leaders mix well with the Highlanders’ young talent.

Concerns: A lack of depth.

Coach’s Outlook: “To make a competitive run at the Eastern Independent League and New England Championships.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 12-5

Head coach: Sam Taylor (2nd season)

Captains: Monica Manning, Sr. D; Blair Kaneb, Sr. A; Eliza Mead, Sr. A; Olivia Byrne, Sr. A.

Key Returnees: Mollie Smith, So. M; Kirby Heffrin, So. A; Cassidy Assad, So. M; Emma Whalen, Jr. A.

Strengths: Leadership. The Highlanders may be playing some younger players this spring, but it shouldn’t be a problem because of the excellent senior leadership surrounding them.

Concerns: The strength of the Eastern Independent League. Taylor feels the league is getting stronger every year and staying at the top will be difficult.

Coach’s Outlook: “I am excited for the 2014 season! Although it is hard to replace the eight seniors who graduated last year, I am confident that the newcomers (8 freshmen, 1 sophomore) are going to make an impact on the program immediately. Having coached the majority of the senior class for most of their lacrosse lives, I am confident that their leadership abilities on and off the field will take the Pingree lacrosse program to new heights.”

BOYS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 4-8

Head coach: Jon Gistis (1st season)

Captains: Dan Peters, Jr., first singles; Gabe Salter, Jr., first doubles.

Returnees: Jeremy Wiles, Jr., second singles; Jack Fantini, Jr., first doubles.

Coach’s Outlook: “I feel our team is going to be a tough team to play against. We’re returning six of our seven starters, giving us a deep lineup from top to bottom.”

 

 

 

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