SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 9, 2014

MARBLEHEAD MAGICIANS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014


The Salem News

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Last year’s record: 5-15

Head coach: Jason Tarasuik (9th season)

Players to watch: John Cavolina, Sr., P; Matt Koopman, So., IF; Tom Koopman, Sr., C; Trey Blackmer, Sr., OF; Jordan Chmara, Sr., P; Jake Marsden, Jr., IF; Kyle Maulden, Sr., P.

Strengths: Pitching. John Cavolina was reliable and strong in the majority of his outings last season and will give the Magicians a chance every time he’s on the bump. Kyle Maulden and Jordan Chmara provide depth after playing a variety of roles last year.

Concerns: Run production. The Magicians graduated one of the better on-base guys in the NEC in Connor Green and will need to find a leadoff replacement. Speedy outfielder Trey Blackmer is a candidate, and if Marblehead gets runners on base, catcher Tom Koopman is more than capable of knocking them in.

Coach’s Outlook: Marblehead made the state tournament two straight years before last season’s speed bump. With a little more clutch hitting and pitching that comes through, they could be back in the state tourney this spring and may even contend for the Northeastern Conference Small crown.

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 14-7 (Lost in Division 2 North first round)

Head coach: Johnny Gold (9th season)

Captains: Michaela Leblanc, Sr., P; Olivia Vener, Sr., SS; McKenna Barrett, Sr., 1B; Rachel McKay, Sr., CF.

Key returnees: Allison Kapoll, So., LF; Sarah Bornstein, So., 3B; Emily Messinger, Jr., C; Emily Promise, So., 2B; McKensie Joyce, So., OF; Taylor Bouchard, Jr., OF.

Strengths: The Magicians return two-time Northeastern Conference and Salem News all-star Michaela Leblanc, who became the all-time winningest pitcher in school history with 32 victories last season. Marblehead also has strong defense and welcome a solid group of freshmen players.

Concerns: A strong conference and the six non-league opponents the Magicians face this season.

Coach’s Outlook: “We have excellent group of players led by the four senior captains. The NEC has some very good teams with strong pitching. Weather has made it difficult to get outside, and this slows down your preparation.”

BOYS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 17-4 (lost to Medfield, 16-6, in the East Division 2 quarterfinals)

Head coach: John Wilkens (13th season)

Captains: Liam Gillis, Sr. D; Crandall Maxwell, Sr. D; Dean Fader, Sr. A.

Key returnees: Brooks Tyrrell, Jr. M; Nathan Maselek, Jr. G; Alex Conn, Sr.; Ben Anderson, Sr.; Brad Knittle, Sr.

Strengths: Defense. The Magicians look good in the back with a talented, experienced crew returning. Gillis and Maxwell are tough in front of the net with Maselek, one of the best goalie in the NEC, back in goal.

Concerns: Finding the right combination of players in the midfield after losing two key starters to graduation.

Coach’s Outlook: “We have a healthy mix of players returning with some new faces as well. We’re working to get everyone on the same page. So far in practice it has been very positive and everyone is looking forward to this upcoming season.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 18-6-1 (lost to Winchester, 17-9, in the Division 2 North final)

Head coach: Annie Pugh (4th season)

Captains: Sydney Cayen, Sr. M; Caroline Helmes, Sr. D; Emily Freedland, Sr. A/M.

Key returnees: Cayen, Helmes and Freedland.

Strengths: Leadership and experience from the captains. Cayen, Helmes and Freedland have a lot of playing experience and they know what it means to be a part of the Marblehead program.

Concerns: Losing seven seniors from last year’s team. Even with that gaping hole, however, Pugh feels the underclassmen have already started stepping up and are ready to take on the challenge.

Coach’s Outlook: “We are a young team this year with a lot of potential. The future of Marblehead girls lacrosse is bright.”

BOYS TENNIS

Last year’s record:14-4

Head coach: Elisabeth Foukal (7th season)

Captains: Miles Barry, Sr., singles/doubles; Jason Frost, Sr., singles/doubles; Chris Wigglesworth, Sr., first singles.

Returnees: Dimitri Vlassov, Jr.; Griffin Butterfield Jr.; Michael Forte, Jr.; Jon Suydam, Sr.

Coach’s Outlook: “We have a full schedule of league and non-league matches and expect our toughest league opponents to be Danvers, Swampscott and Beverly. We’re preparing for tough matches throughout the season. We have a good influx of new players with 14 freshmen, two new sophomores and two new juniors trying out for the team for a total of 35 participants.”

GIRLS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 20-3

Head coach: Tim Stonecipher (10th season)

Captains: Amanda Gilberg, Sr., Eliza Fitzgerald, Sr.

Returnees: Kelly Mealey, Jr., Meagan Hanratty, So.

Coach’s Outlook: “Five out of our top eight (players from last year) have moved on and this season will provide a lot of opportunity for newcomers. I am excited to see how things turn out.”

BOYS TRACK

Last year’s record: 7-0

Head coach: Brian Crowley (14th season)

Team captains: Conrad Rousseau, Sr., Hurdles/Long Jump; Ian McIver, Sr., 400/800/Javelin; Dave Burdick, Sr., Shot Put/Discus

Other key returnees: A.J. Ernst, Soph., Mile/4x400 Relay; Dan Marino, Jr., Shot Put/Discus; Chris Brady, Jr., 400/4x400 Relay; Adam Linsky, Soph., Two Mile; Jason Lopez, Fr., 100/4x100 Relay; Jakob Wikar, Soph., 200; Mitch Norcross, Soph., High Jump

GIRLS TRACK

Last year’s record: 7-0

Head coach: Brian Crowley (1st season)

Team captains: Lily Cummings, Sr., High Jump; Monica Thorne, Sr., 200 Meter/Long Jump/4x100; Paige Ferrucci, Sr., 800/Mile; Janaya Randall, Sr., Mile/Two Mile

Other key returnees: Carlyn McGrath, Jr., 200/Long Jump/4x100 Relay; Sarah Oliver, Soph., Mile/Two Mile; Kat Huber, Jr., Mile; Anna Barrell, Jr., Mile; Alyssa Nye, 100/200/4x100 Relay

Coach’s outlook: “We want to live up to the high standards we’ve set for our program and compete for the league championship.”