FIELD HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SHANNON CONTE

Pingree Junior

Goaltender

Pingree didn't so much win the New England Prep School Class C championship this season as much as they did annihilate the competition, prevailing in their three playoff contests by a combined score of 15-0. Spearheading that stellar defensive showing was the team's backbone, goaltender Shannon Conte.

The junior from Amesbury pitched 16 shutouts in net while allowing just 17 goals the entire season. She finished with an outstanding .883 save percentage, making 128 stops on the season.

Playing like a brick wall between the pipes, she led Pingree to postseason triumphs over New Hampton (4-0), Winsor (5-0) and finally, in the championship game, Ethel Walker School (6-0). 

2019 Salem News Field Hockey all-star team 

JAIME CAMPOS/Staff photo

The Salem News 2019 Field Hockey Player of the Year, goaltender Shannon Conte of Pingree.

A field leader for the Highlanders on and off the field, Conte had a goals against average of 0.63 and her goalie games won percentage stood at a terrific 95.6 percent. The 16 shutouts she posted for the Eastern Independent League champions were a new school record.

The 5-foot-3 standout, who doubles as an all-star catcher for the Pingree softball team in the spring, is hoping to continue her career at the college level. She carries a 3.45 grade point average.

Conte said that between her two parents and her head coach, Jen Richardson, that "there was never, for even one moment, where they lost hope in me, and I love them for this.'

HAILEY ANDERSON

Beverly Senior

Right wing

Named a Northeastern Conference All-Conference selection ... Named Panthers' Offensive Player of the Year after leading her squad in scoring ... Has an outstanding 4.44 grade point average ... Hopes to study Biology in college and go into pre-med while also continuing her basketball career ... Thanked her parents for always supporting her as well as her coaches for pushing her to be her best every day on and off the field. 

JESS BACELAR

Peabody Senior

Center midfield

Tanners' captain was an All-Northeastern Conference selection for her stellar field play ... Helped generate chances for her team by moving the ball upfield adroitly while also preventing scoring plays from going the other way ... Said her favorite game of the season came on Senior Night vs. Revere ... Is ranked 7th out of 358 students in her senior class and carries a 3.92 GPA ... Looking into attending a four-year university in New England. 

SAMMI BENDICKSEN

Marblehead Senior

Right halfback 

Received the prestigious Brenna Carey Outstanding Player Award, the highest honor a Marblehead field hockey player can receive ... Speed, stickwork, aggressiveness and defensive play both on and off the ball earned her a spot on NEC All-Conference team ... Magicians' captain ... Was the rush on corner situations, breaking up numerous scoring opportunities from Marblehead's foes ... Would like to play club field hockey in college ... Thanks her coaches and fellow captains for being dedicated to the sport as well as forever supportive.

ELLA BRINKLEY

Danvers Senior

Midfield

Precise execution and patience with the ball were hallmarks of this senior captain ... Had six goals and seven assists for the Northeastern Conference champions ... NEC All-Conference choice ... Scored game-winning goal vs. Beverly to clinch the league title for Falcons ... Finished her career with 19 goals and 22 assists ... Created many scoring opportunities for her teammates with a give-and-go or aerial pass ... Head coach Jill McGinnity said she was "the player behind the assist" and that "her impact was immeasurable" ... Ranked 12th in her senior class with 98.6 weighted average ... Would like to study chemistry in college and continue her field hockey career. 

MAEVE CLARK

Hamilton-Wenham Freshman

Goaltender

Earned the varsity starting job in net and kept the Generals in most games with her spectacular play ... Finished with an eye-popping 45 saves in a 1-0 loss to perennial Cape Ann League power Ipswich ... Named All-League as a 14-year-old, one of the few players to ever accomplish this ... Finished the season with three shutouts, including a win over Amesbury and a pair of scoreless ties with Rockport ... Steady presence between the pipes.

KATELYN CLARKE

Pingree Senior

Left wing

University of Michigan-bound superstar helped Highlanders win the Eastern Independent League title and New England prep school crown ... Led the North Shore with 31 goals and added six assists ... Had four goals in a win over New Hampton ... Hamilton resident was a team captain ... Has been able to excel as a lefty in a righty-dominated sport ... Carries 3.4 grade point average ... Said her head coach, Jen Richardson, is the biggest reason she is where she is as a player today.  

RILEY DALY

Ipswich Junior

Midfield

All-Cape Ann League selection was leader for the Tigers in the middle of the field ... Strong sense of anticipating the play ... Helped jump start the offense with leading passes to her teammates ... Also scored a pair of goals this fall ... Said her favorite game of the season was a 4-0 victory over non-league foe Marblehead ... Carries a 3.4 grade point average ... Hoping to play college field hockey ... Said her parents and sister have shaped her into the person she is today. 

MADDY DiMARE

Marblehead Senior

Left midfield

Senior captain was named Magicians' MVP ... All-Northeastern Conference selection ... Controlled the middle of the field, with her vision and anticipatory skills setting her apart ... Spread out the field with an innate ability to find open teammates with hard-leading passes ... Marked opponents' leading scorer within the circle in every game ... Cited wins over Gloucester, Beverly, Tewksbury and arch rival Swampscott as season highlights ... Plans on playing club field hockey in college.

  

NATALIE DOMENICONI

Swampscott Senior

Forward

Four-year varsity standout led the Big Blue in scoring this fall ... Team captain ... All-Northeastern Conference for the past two seasons ... Had her team's goal late in the second half to tie up undefeated and eventual NEC champion Danvers, 1-1 ... Led Swampscott in scoring the last two years ... Would like to study to become a speech pathologist ... Thanks her parents for their constant support and encouragement. 

ADDY FENTON

Pingree Senior

High back

Team captain was immense from tryouts to her team's New England prep school title-clinching win over Ethel Walker School ... Had her best individual performance against Phillips Exeter in a 4-3 win ... Chipped in with an impressive 11 goals while adding four assists ... Said her mom has always been influential in her athletic career and pushes her to do her best.  

MAKAYLA GRAVES

Masconomet Senior

Finished her fantastic four-year varsity career by being named the Cape Ann League Player of the Year for the second straight season ... Finished her senior season with 27 goals, nine assists and 63 points ... Had three goals and assist in win over Lynnfield ... Captain from Topsfield won her third straight team MVP award ... Four-time All-Cape Ann League choice ... Best of 60 all-star ... One of the few players to have ever been chosen as a Salem News all-star all four years of high school in field hockey ... Carries a 4.1 GPA ... Will continue her field hockey career while studying at Northeastern University.

JANESSA MARCHEGIANI

Danvers Junior

Defense

Anchor of a Falcons' defense that surrendered a mere two goals against in Northeastern Conference all season ... Terrific anticipatory skills enabled her to deny would-be goal scorers in their tracks ... Quick decision making skills also has a powerful drive ... Also helped start the team's offensive push ... Smart, strong and always hustling ...  Best performance came in team's triumph over non-league foe Newburyport ... Has a weighted GPA of 96.288 ... Would like to study nursing in college.

HEATHER MILANO

Ipswich Senior

Midfield

Team captain was among the Tigers' leaders in assists ... Added three goals on the season ... Member of the All-Cape Ann League team ... Had a goal and an assist in a win over Rockport while having two other goals called back ... Wants to study computer science in college ... Owner of an impressive 3.9 grade point average ... Said that her teammates have been her biggest athletic influence, as they constantly push her to play her best while supporting her on and off the field. 

ISABELLA MODICA

Swampscott Sophomore

Center midfield

Transitioned into Swampscott seamlessly after transferring from Bishop Fenwick and made an immediate impact on the field ... Key member of the Big Blue's offensive corner unit ... Led the squad in assists ...  Named All-Northeastern Conference ... Said that she was able to maintain a good sleep schedule and practicing all the time, even outside of scheduled team practices ... Used her powerful shot on corners all season, even scoring a goal on one of those ... Would like to study neuroscience at a big university ... Terrific 4.2 grade point average ... Her sister has been her biggest athletic influence.

GRACE MOREY

Bishop Fenwick Sophomore

Forward

Strong ballcarrier created many opportunities for both herself and her teammates in the offensive end ... Was the Crusaders' second-leading scorer with 16 goals, 12 assists and 44 points ... Has two-year varsity scoring totals of 25-14-64 ... Had game-winning goal in Division 2 North first round playoff victory against Weston ... Finished with a hat trick and three assists for career-high six points in another contest ... Danvers native also plays ice hockey and softball ... Is an honor roll student.

MADELINE MULLANEY

Pingree Junior

Midfield

Boxford native had her team's second goal, coming at a critical juncture in Pingree's eventual 6-0 championship victory over Ethel Walker School in the NESPAC Class C title game ... Finished as Pingree's second-leading assist maker (15) while also producing nine goals ... Wants to play Division 1 college field hockey ... Said her parents have always pushed her in a positive way to be her best both on and off the field. 

ALANA RICHARDSON

Pingree Junior

Midfield

Standout for the Highlanders has played the sport at its highest levels both locally and nationally for her age group ... Had 22 goals and an area-best 29 assists for 73 total points this fall ... Hoping to play in college at a Division 1 school ... Her mother Jen, who is Pingree's head coach, has "formed me into the player I am today and has pushed me to be the best version of myself on and off the field." 

STEPHANIE STERITI

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Defense

Three-year varsity starter was named the team's most valuable defender for the second straight year ... Team captain ... Part of a defensive unit that allowed just 13 goals in 20 games ... Big contributor to the Crusaders' 13 shutouts ... Scored her first varsity goal this season ... Stepped up and stopped multiple breakaways, guiding Fenwick to a 4-2 win over Medfield ... Outstanding 4.5 grade point average ... Wants to study Engineering in college ... She she played field hockey because her older sisters loved it and always encouraged her to with their love and support.

MAGGIE STURGIS

Masconomet Freshman

Forward

Burst onto the high school scene with 17 goals, seven assists and 41 points ... Chosen as All-Cape Ann League ... Extremely fast and has terrific stick skills ... Topsfield resident had a stellar 5-goal performance in a win over league rival Amesbury ... Goal is to one day play college field hockey ... Started playing the sport in first grade ... Said that her mom inspires her each and every day to better herself and hopes that "one day I can be half the woman she is." 

AVA TELLO

Masconomet Sophomore

Defense

Sweeper was named All-Cape Ann League for the conference champion Chieftains ... Saved many potential goals from going into her team's net ... Also finished the season with a pair of assists ... Middleton native felt her best game came in a 6-1 road triumph over Ipswich ... Won Team Award ... Would like to play college field hockey ... Said "with both of my parents' love and support, it has made me become a stronger and more confident athlete."

EMMA THIBODEAU

Danvers Senior

Forward

Falcons' captain was chosen as Northeastern Conference Player of the Year ... Had 19 goals, 12 assists and an even 50 points for NEC champs ... Best of 60 participant for the top field hockey players in the state ... Played both offense and defense with the same amount of intensity and skill ... Had game-winning goal vs. Newburyport ... A smooth playmaker who also possesses a rocket of a shot ... Finished her career with 36 goals and 30 assists for 102 points ... Averaged better than two points per game while playing multiple positions ... Committed to Southern New Hampshire University to continue field hockey career.

CAILYN WESLEY

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Attack

Set a new single season school scoring record with 28 goals this fall ... Three-year varsity starter also added 18 assists, giving her 74 points on the year, which was best on the North Shore ... Team captain had four hat tricks ... Finished her Fenwick career with 43 goals, 29 assists and 115 points ... Also had multiple game-winning assists, including in her team's first round state tournament victory over Weston ... Had three goals and an assist in team's season opener after missing half of last season with a broken ankle ... Peabody resident also plays ice hockey and lacrosse ... Owner of a 3.9 GPA ... Wants to study Nursing while playing field hockey and lacrosse at a Division 3 college.

Honorable Mention

BEVERLY: Tori Shea, Sr. defense; Julia Otterbein, Jr. goaltender.

BISHOP FENWICK: Cat Elias, Jr. goaltender; Kat Clancy, Sr. midfield; Isabella Marashi, Sr. midfield.

DANVERS: Ashley Curcuru, Jr. forward/midfield; Grace Brinkley, Soph. midfield; Ashley Clark, Soph. defense.

HAMILTON-WENHAM: Sarah Cooke, Jr. midfield; Ronni Flanagan, Jr. midfield; Brynn McKechnie, Soph. forward.

IPSWICH: Tatum Galuski, Sr. forward; Rowan Galanis, Jr. forward.

MARBLEHEAD: Lydia Hurley, Sr. defense; Julie Art, Sr. defense; Callie O'Neill, Sr. forward; Emma Ferrante, Sr. midfield.

MASCONOMET: Lily Conway, Soph. forward; Cally McSweeney, Jr. midfield; Kate Zamagni, Jr. midfield.

PEABODY: Lily Bromberger, Jr. midfield; Sophie Izzo, Jr. middie/forward.

PINGREE: Sophie Shuman, Jr. defense; Olivia Donahue, Fr. midfield/defense; Nina Husak, Fr. defense; Grace Mullaney, Fr,. defense.

SWAMPSCOTT: Hopper Clopton, Jr. defense; Jordan Waters, Jr. midfield; Olivia Passalacqua, Soph. midfield.

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