Last year’s record: 15-4-2 (won NEC title; lost to Natick in Division 1 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Trish Murphy (12th season, 153-41-21)

Team captains: Shelby DeGrenier, Sr. forward; Tori Shea, Sr. defense/midfield

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Shelby DeGrenier, Beverly

Other key players: Julia Otterbein, Jr. goalie; Tia Bernard, Sr. midfield; Hailey Anderson, Sr. forward; Jamie Dupont, Soph. midfield; Diana Kotchian, Sr. defense; Elyse Kersten, Sr. defense.

Outlook: With a lot of new faces, it’ll take some time for the Panthers to jell, so they’re working to get the kinks out early on so that they may develop and hit their stride come midseason. Murphy’s teams traditionally improve as the season goes on, and behind a pair of three-year varsity performers in DeGrenier and Shea, she’s hoping the new players can get up to speed quickly and get used to how she wants them performing as a team. It might be an uphill battle at first, but staying on pace and remembering that it’s a team sport will benefit Beverly over the long haul.


Last year’s record: 9-9-2 (lost to Watertown in Division 2 North first round)

Head coach: Marybeth Mahoney (14th season, 112-113-28)

Team captains: Kat Clancy, Sr. midfield; Stephanie Steriti, Sr. defense; Cailyn Wesley, Sr. attack

Other key players: Grace Morey, Soph. attack; Kate Keenan, Sr. midfield; Paige Littlehale, Jr. midfield; Sophie Carmilia, Sr. defense; Isabella Marashi, Sr. midfield

Outlook: Getting back to the postseason is the team’s top priority; with a strong core of players back — including three 3-year starters as captains — how quickly they can bring the squad’s newcomers into the fold and finding team cohesiveness will go a long way towards determining that. Sophomore Abby Booth and junior Cat Elias are both battling for the starting goaltender spot and will likely split time to begin the season.


Last year’s record: 11-7-1 (lost to Newburyport in Division 2 North first round)

Head coach: Jill McGinnity (7th season, 60-32-15)

Team captains: Emma Thibodeau, Sr. forward; Ella Brinkley, Sr. midfield; Maddie Butler, Sr. forward. 

Other key players: Brigid Churchill, Jr. goalie; Grace Brinkley, Soph. midfield; Ashley Clark, Soph. defense; Janessa Marchegiani, Jr. defense; Ashley Curcuru, Jr. forward/midfield; Caitlin Hess, Jr. defense; Jenna Lowd, Jr. forward.

Outlook: Churchill missed virtually all off last season with an injury after starting as a freshman but is healthy and eager to turn away shots from the Falcons’ cage once again. With 10 varsity returnees and a quartet of talented freshmen chosen for the squad, Danvers has depth, athletic ability and drive.


Last year’s record: 2-14-1

Head coach: Leigh Shea (1st season, 0-0)

Team captains:  Maeve Folger, Sr. defense; Grace Condon, Sr. forward; Ellie Pitkin, Sr. forward/midfield

Other key players: Sarah Cooke Jr. center midifeld/forward; Maeve Clark, Fr. goalie; Neve Scheckells, Fr.

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Sarah Cooke, Hamilton-Wenham

Outlook: With 10 seniors on the roster and a new head coach in Shea (the team’s third in three years), developing team chemistry and cohesiveness early on will only help the Generals as they strive for improvement. Shea is looking to develop and grow the program while looking for improvement during every practice and game. Cooke will be looked upon as a leader both on corners and in the midfield. 


Last year’s record: 9-6-3 (lost to Watertown in Division 2 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Sarah Murphy (8th season, 78-38-15)

Team captains: Heather Milano, Sr. midfield; Amelia Krause, Sr. defense; Emma Lombara, Sr. defense 

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Heather Milano, Ipswich

Other key players: Ali Moulton, Sr. forward; Tatum Galuski Sr. forward; Rowan Galanis, Jr. forward; Riley Daly, Jr. midfield; Sam Orroth, Jr. defense.

Outlook: Many of the Tigers have been playing together for three years now, so team chemistry and cohesiveness is in abundance. The three captains and Moulton are all in the program for their fifth season, having played JVs as eighth graders. Moulton returns after missing last year due to injury and will aid the team’s offense along with Galuski and Galanis. A run at the Cape Ann League Baker division crown and an eighth straight state tournament berth while staying healthy and seeing the team’s newcomers step into new roles are all attainable goals.


Last year’s record: 9-8-1 (lost to Swampscott in Division 1 North first round)

Head coach: Linda Rice Collins (42nd season, 278-127-120)

Team captains: Sammi Bendicksen, Sr. halfback; Maddy Dimare, Sr. midfield; Emma Ferrante, Sr. midfield; Lydia Hurley, Sr. sweeper; Callie O’Neill, Sr. forward

Other key players: Bryn Burton, Sr. forward; Julie Arts, Sr. defense; Annabelle Tanger, Sr. goalie; Madi Monahan, Jr. forward; Mae Colwell, Jr. forward; Jette Arts, Soph. forward; Robin Arts, Soph. forward; Jane O’Neil, Soph. forward.

Outlook: By playing a smart, fast, offensive game and finishing in front of the net, the Magicians should have a successful season. So, too, do they want to produce a disciplined defensive game plan each time out.


Last year’s record: 19-2-2 (Division 1 North champions)

Head coach: Maggie Bridgeo (2nd season, 19-2-2)

Team captains: Mak Graves, Sr. center midfield; Orla Gauvain, Sr. defense.

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Mak Graves, Masconomet

Other key players: Andrea Walker, Jr. defense; Nina Morris, Jr. defense; Ava Tello, Soph. sweeper; Ainsley Gruener, Sr., goalie; Cecily Paglerani, Soph. wing; Lilly Conway, Soph. wing; Kate Zamagni, Jr. forward; Ava Collins, Soph. forward; Maggie Sturgis, Fr. forward; Kenzie Carey, Soph. forward; Julia Graves, Fr. defense; Liv White, Soph. defense; Ally Baker, Soph. defense.

Outlook: Depth reigns for the Chieftains, who have 64 players in the program. The defending North champions will look for their junior class to step up and provide leadership with seniors Graves and Gauvain. Speed and skill reign on a team that honed its collective game during summer camps, and they’ll strive for further excellence in both the Cape Ann League and ensuing playoffs this fall. Caroline McCormick, Julia Miller, Lilly Bruce and Maddy Pederson are other players to keep an eye on.  


Last year’s record: 3-12-3

Head coach: Tawny Palmieri (2nd season, 3-12-3)

Team captains: Jess Bacelar, Sr. midfield; Sydney Branga, Jr. goalie; Alise Maltsev, Jr. midfield

Other key players: Sophie Izzo, Jr. midfield; Dado Nasso, Jr. forward; Elise Staughnton, Jr. forward; Lily Bromberger, Jr. midfield; Bella DeCicco, Soph. forward

Outlook: The Tanners’ aims as a program are to keep improving and aim for a state tournament berth this season; should they reach the postseason, they realize that anything can happen. It’s all about one step at a time and setting realistic goals together and how they can go about achieving them. 

This season- will hopefully play out even better than last season. Our goal as a program is to keep improving and obviously make the state tournament. Once we get into the tournament anything can happen. One step at a time and setting realistic goals together is what Palmieri and her coaches have been preaching to their team. 


Last year’s record: 17-4-1 (Eastern Independent League champions; lost to Winsor in New England Class C prep school playoff semifinals)

Head coach: Jen Richardson (4th season, 39-19-1)

Team captains: Addy Fenton, Sr. high back; Katelyn Clarke, Sr. forward; Caroline Kagan, Sr. forward.

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 Katelyn Clarke, Pingree

Other key players: Alana Richardson, Jr. midfield; Shannon Conte, Jr. goalie; Maddie Mullaney, Jr. midfield; Soph Shuman, Jr. defensive back.

Outlook: In addition to repeating as Eastern Independent League champions, the Highlanders would also love to be crowned Class C New England prep school titlists this season — and have the talent to do so. Embracing all of the challenges it will take to get there — grinding, never giving up, building resilience, showing confidence, remaining supportive and working together as a cohesive unit, according to Richardson — will go a long way towards reaching their goals.


Last year’s record: 10-3-7 (lost to Manchester Essex in Division 2 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Courtney Russo (1st season, 0-0-0)

Team captains: Natalie Domeniconi, Sr. forward; Maddy O’Brien, senior midfield.

Other key players: Harper Clopton, Jr. defense; Lilli D’Agostino, Sr. forward; Nicolette Fraser, Soph. defense; Caleigh Hopkins, Sr. defense; Isabella Modica, Soph. midfield; Olivia Passalacqua, Jr. midfield/forward; Jordan Waters, Jr. midfield/forward.

Outlook: A new head coach and some new faces on the varsity will be looking to mesh with the returning veterans in what the Big Blue hope will be a successful campaign. In an interesting side note, there are five sets of siblings on the roster.


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