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April 9, 2014

MARBLEHEAD MAGICIANS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014

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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.”

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