The Saltamartini family name means plenty around Pinkerton Academy field hockey circles.
The third sister to go through the program, Julie Saltamartini, can walk away proud knowing she took it up a notch or two.
Saltamartini, a senior forward, led the state finalist Astros with 19 goals and 13 assists to earn our 2013 Eagle-Tribune Field Hockey MVP.
“Julie played a tremendous role on our team on and off the field,” said Astros coach Jen Resmini. “She was a great captain, whose leadership abilities grew throughout the season. She was our clutch player in regulation and overtime. Her skills are phenomenal. She has fantastic speed, and she has great vision on the field.”
Saltamartini drove that point home in the state semifinal win over Salem, netting a pair of goals including the OT game-winner. That effort came after a two-goal game in the quarterfinal win.
A National Honor Society student, Saltamartini earned first team Division 1 all-state status and is named to play on the Twin State team against Vermont. The team’s Michael Turner Spirit Award winner, this is Saltamartini’s second straight trip on our All-Star team.
LOUISA “WEEZIE” GROSS
Andover High Senior
The Merrimack Valley Conference MVP. All-Scholastic. Best of 60 All-Star. Four years varsity with a pair of state championships. Two-time All-conference choice. Elite Field Hockey Camp All-Star. Co-captain. A force in the offensive zone. Netted three goals with 14 assists. Assisted on the lone goal in 1-0 win over rival Central. “Athleticism with incredible enthusiasm,” said coach Maureen Noone. Prolific scorer in lacrosse, which she will play at the University of Colorado.
Andover High Senior
Three years varsity. Two-year starter. Co-captain. Best of 60 All-Star choice. All-conference selection. MVC All-Star as a junior. Outstanding two-way talent. Plays equally well on both ends. Reads game brilliantly. Super field vision. “Technical skills and lover of the game make her stand above others,” said coach Maureen Noone. Netted 7 goals with 3 assists. Prolific scorer and four-year varsity player in ice hockey. Will play field hockey for Merrimack College.
Brooks School Senior
North Andover resident. Repeat All-Star on our team. Two-time All-ISL choice. Four-year, three-sport varsity performer. Super scorer and setup person. Has speed and superior skills. Set tone for another solid Brooks season with two goals in the opener vs. Pingree. Beat Phillips Exeter with game-winner in a 2-1 game. Finished with 10 goals, 15 over the last two seasons. Headed to play at Boston College. Superb defender on ice hockey team. Also plays lacrosse in the spring.
Central Catholic Senior
Two-year varsity player. Started all 19 games. All-conference selection. Team MVP. Named to Best of 60 All-Star Game. “What a breakthrough season! Great kid with a big heart,” said coach Josselyn Wilson. Competed at National Festival with Seacoast United club team. Dominant defender. Uses size, strength to her advantage. Captain on the ice hockey team. Honor roll student. Both Babson and Bentley are among the schools recruiting her for field hockey.
Central Catholic Senior
Four-year starter. Co-Captain. Team Heart and Hustle Award winner. All-conference this year. MVC all-star as a junior. Dominant defender patrolling left side. Owns brilliant reverse stick sweep. “Defines what it means to love field hockey and give your all,” said coach Josselyn Wilson. Girls ice hockey captain. Played two years on boys JV team. Also plays lacrosse. Elite student. Harvard, Tufts and St. Anselm are among her top choices with an eye on nursing.
Salem High Senior
Three-year starter. Twice an honorable-mention selection for our team. Team MVP. Salem’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year. First-team Division 1 All-State. Was second-teamer as a sophomore. Netted team-high 9 goals and 12 assists. Had three-assist game vs. Memorial. Scored twice, including OT game-winner in 3-2 win over Merrimack. “Very talented player, a major force in our 13-3 season,” said coach John Gatsas. Honor roll student.
Salem High Senior
Four-year varsity player. Co-captain with twin sister Danielle. First-team Division 1 All-State selection. Salem High Coaches Award winner. Named to play in Twin State Senior All-Star Game. Keyed successful (13-3) season with transition back from forward. Netted 4 goals with 6 assists. “A very strong defensive play with great field awareness,” said coach John Gatsas. Ranked No. 6 in her class academically. Also plays lacrosse. Wants to play field hockey in college. Looking at Merrimack, Smith and Colby among others.
Pinkerton Academy Junior
Three years varsity. Two-year starter. Second on state runner-up team with 16 goals and 10 assists. First team Division 1 all-state selection. Captain-elect. Won team’s Mandy Paro Spirit Award. Clutch player. Had two assists in playoff win over Bedford. Scored in 2-1, 2012 state title win over Exeter. Skilled stick player. Worked great chemistry with E-T MVP Julie Saltamartini. “Has great ball-handling skills, sees the field so well,” said coach Jen Resmini. Plays softball and boys hockey.
North Andover Sophomore
Two years varsity. All-conference selection. Finished with 5 goals and 10 assists. Had two-goal game vs. Haverhill. Very unselfish player. Always looking to create offense. “Has become a force in a short time. Such a leader. Her strength and power in the midfield helped her teammates succeed,” said coach Courtney Breen. Already an MVC lacrosse all-star.
Pinkerton Academy Senior
Three year starter. A repeat choice for our team. First team Division 1 All-State choice. Earned spot on Twin State All-Star team. Team MVP. Finished with a goal and eight assists. Assisted on lone goal in title loss to Winnacunnet. Absolute lockdown defender. Impossible to get off the field. “Incredible vision and communication skills,” said coach Jen Resmini. National Honor Society. Ranks in top 15 percent of her class. Three-year starter and captain in lacrosse.
Three-year starter. A repeat selection to our team. Two-time Division 2 All-State choice. State champions’ go-to playmaker. Finished with four goals and area-best 22 assists. Dished out five assists vs. Bishop Brady. Had two assists vs. Plymouth in state quarters and St. Thomas in state semis. One of the top students in her class. Has already committed to playing field hockey in the Ivy League at Brown. Also runs both indoor and outdoor track.
Her second time on our team. Three years varsity. Two-year starter. Two-time All-Division 2 first team choice. The region’s top scorer with 28 goals and 10 assists. Now has 55 goals with one season to play. Blazing speed. Had four goals in three playoff victories for state champs, including OT game-winner vs. St. Thomas in semifinals. Had three hat-tricks in 10 multi-goal games. Netted the lone goal in 1-0 win over Hanover. A two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in lacrosse. Runs indoor track.
Two-year starter. Co-captain. The backbone of a mini-dynasty. Athletic keeper. She went 28-4-2 over two seasons. Allowed only seven goals this year. Posted 11 shutouts in 17 games, including a run of five straight at one point. So cool in the cage, especially in the tough situations. Amazing leadership in the run to the state title. “She showed in the playoffs what she could do. Just a great leader,” said coach Amanda Ward. Headed to play at UMass Lowell.
Andover: Emily Gibson Sr., defense; Nicole Schena, Sr., goalie; Jacqueline Leone, Soph., forward
Central: Krista Maloney, Sr., forward; Jenna Palmisano, Jr., midfield,
Georgetown: Emily Mueskes, Sr., forward; Nicole Lacasse, Sr., forward
Haverhill: Jaime Martel, Sr., defense; Rakel Tavitian, Jr., midfield
Lawrence: Bioribel Castillo, Jr., forward
Londonderry: Tianna Federico, Sr., forward; Jackie Curtin, Jr., forward; Julie Hamilton, Sr., defense
Methuen: Caroline Crowe, Sr., midfield; Megan Bruneau, Jr., defense; Juliana Zingales, Sr., goalie
North Andover: Sabrina Coppa, Jr., midfield; Danielle Jillson, Soph., forward
North Reading: Tarah Reilly, Sr., midfield; Kaylie Rogers, Sr., forward
Pelham: Kate Suprenant, Jr., midfield
Pentucket: Liza Brackbill, Sr., defense; Emily Mikson, Sr., goalie
Phillips: Lexi Davidson, Frosh., midfield; Beth Krikorian, Frosh., midfield
Pinkerton: Erin Johnston, Jr., defense
Salem: Meaghan Williams, Sr., goalie
Sanborn: Haley Dow, Sr., defense; Ally Collins, Soph., midfield; Arianna Kinsvater, Sr., forward,
Timberlane: Haley Dow, Sr., defense
Windham: Delanie Kneeland, Sr., defense; Justine Levesque, Jr., forward
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
2012: Jaclyn Torres, Andover; 2011: Jordyn Hamilton, Pinkerton; 2010: Laura Dimitruk, Andover; 2009: Emily Cannon, Timberlane; 2008: Leah Cairns, Andover; 2007: Carolyn Malloy, Salem; 2006: Liz Day, North Andover; 2005: Chelsey Feole, Brooks; 2004: Ashley Waters, Amesbury; 2003: Kadi Sickel, Timberlane; 2002: Chelsey Feole, Salem; 2001: Maureen Burns, Pinkerton; 2000: Laura Potts, Salem; 1999: Becky Valenti, Salem; 1998: Courtney Dow, Pinkerton; 1997: Elizabeth Croteau, Salem; 1996: Nichole Bukowski, Pinkerton; 1995: Tracy Brown, Pinkerton; 1994: Karrie Danilecki, Georgetown; 1993: Jen Carr, Pinkerton; 1992: Sharon Cardillo, Lawrence; 1991: Tricia Dunn, Pinkerton; 1989-90: Chris Blais, Pinkerton