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.