EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 7, 2013

N.H. Girls Lacrosse: Sweeny, Windham eye repeat


The Eagle-Tribune

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Londonderry

2012 season: 12-6-1, lost in Division 1 semifinals

Returning starters (4): Sarah Ford, Sr., goalie; Julia Wasserman, Sr., attack; Alexa Bedell, Jr., midfield; Hannah Kearney, Jr., midfield

Returning lettermen: Stephanie Borjeson, Sr., defense; Emily Austin, Sr., attack; Colleen Kennedy, Sr., midfield; Molly Koon, Jr., attack; Marissa Russell, Jr., defense; Noelle Lambert, Soph., attack; Rachel Stevens, Soph., defense; Niki Skov, Soph., midfield; Chelsea Lewis, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Paige Collins, Sr., goalie; Jackie Geisler, Sr., midfield; Maeve Holland, Jr., midfield; Sarah Bell, Soph., attack

Captains: TBD

Candidates: 73

Returning goal leaders: Alexa Bedell 50, Julia Wasserman 35

Returning honorees: Alexa Bedell, second-team All-Division 1

Fast facts: Coach Bob Slater resigned after building the elite program. He went 108-25-1 in seven years and won Division 1 state titles 2009-11. ... Last year’s club slumped late when Alexa Bedell was out with a concussion. ... New coach Mike Boyle is the father of former Londonderry and current Virginia lacrosse player Dana Boyle. He has been involved in the program as a JV coach off and on since 2007 between stints in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving for the National Guard. He now is retired from the service. He played for Brian O’Reilly at Pinkerton. ... Jackie Geisler did not play last year. ... Maeve Holland transferred back to Londonderry from Central where she scored 48 goals last spring.

Assistants: Karen Wasserman, assistant varsity; Meredith Jackes, JV; Amanda Butler, Freshman

Mike Boyle (1st year): “Our major goal is to make to the final four. If we did that, that would be a very impressive season with the level of experience we have. As Bob Slater put it, we don’t have a target on our back anymore.”

Pinkerton

2012 season: 9-10, lost in Division 1 quarterfinals

Returning starters (7): Jackie Johnson, Sr., midfield; Chevy Collins, Sr., defense; Maddison Driscoll, Sr., defense; Jess Cote, Jr., defense; Kennedy Daziel, Jr., attack; Erin Coutts, Jr., midfield; Maggie McCarthy, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: Alison Deyett, Sr., defense; Julia Hoyt, Jr., goalie; Amanda Szostak, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Sarah Lambert, Sr., goalie; Michelle Barrett, Jr., attack; Maggie Mulrennan, Jr., attack; Eva Murray, Jr., defense; Sierra Sanchez, Jr., midfield; Courtney Lampert, Jr., defense; Colby Millsaps, Soph., attack; Kristen Sobolewski, Soph., midfield; Ali Davis, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Jackie Johnson, Jess Cote

Candidates: 56

Returning goal leaders: Kennedy Daziel 50, Maggie McCarthy 34

Returning honorees: Jess Cote, second-team All-Division 1; Maggie McCarthy, honorable mention All-Division 1

Fast facts: Last year was the first losing season in the program’s 14-year history. ... Senior newcomer Sarah Lambert was an All-State Division 1 first team goalie at Memorial last year. ... Sierra Sanchez also is a transfer from Memorial.

Assistants: Jackie Driscoll, assistant; Gerry Kraus, goalie coach; Jen Resmini, JV; Meagan Moran, freshmen

Coach Rob Daziel (2nd year, 9-10): “We have a solid defense with three seniors and some speed in the midfield.”

Salem

2012 season: 7-11, lost in Division 1 quarterfinals

Returning starters (9): Michayla Shay, Sr., defender; Janelle Borges, Sr., attack; Megan Zuliani, Sr., midfield; Alex Breen, Jr., defense; Ashley Hayes, Jr., attack; Kara Thomas, Jr., goalie; Shari Juranovits, Jr., attack; Erika Smith, Jr., defense; Danielle Smith, Jr., defender

Returning lettermen: Alyssa Matthews, Jr., defense

Promising newcomers: Lizzy Twomey, Soph., midfield; Kiley Keenan, Soph., attack

Captains: Michayla Shay, Megan Zuliani

Candidates: 42

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Erika and Danielle Smith are twins.

Assistants: Christina Miano, JV

Coach Faith Wahlen (10th year, 65-86):

Assistant coach Christina Miano: “We do have some young kids on the team but they’ve already stepped up and held their own and we’re excited to see them grow.”

Division 2

Timberlane

2012 season: 1-14, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (6): Aven LaRosa, Sr., goalie; Molly Dufresne Sr., defense; Becca Bassi, Sr., attack; Erin Murphy, Sr., defense; Ryleigh Goulet, Jr., attack; Erin Sullivan, Jr., attack

Returning lettermen: Paige Roberts, Sr., attack; Haley Dow, Jr., goalie

Promising newcomers: Brenna Hamilton, Sr., defense; Ciara Abel, Jr., midfield; Ryann Bailey, Frosh., attack

Captains: Molly Dufresne, Becca Bassi, Erin Murphy

Candidates: 35

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Molly Dufresne will play at Wentworth next year. ... Brenna Hamilton has returned after playing softball last year. ... New assistant Kate Keagins played at UNH.

Assistants: Kate Keagins, assistant varsity, Beth Corkum JV

Coach Heather Roy (4th year, 8-39): “I hope our seniors step up and take the lead and take control of the season.”

Division 3

Pelham

2012 season: 2-11, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (10): Becca DeBaldo, Sr., midfield; Michaela Roman, Sr., midfield; Britny Ragonese, Sr., defense; Alissa Laidlaw, Sr., attack; Lindsey Bedard, Sr., defense; Hannah Schaffer, Sr., attack; Makenzie Masiello, Sr., midfield; Amber Buckley, Sr., attack; Brianna Belley, Jr., defense; Brooke Paradis, Soph., attack

Returning lettermen: Autumn Faucher, Sr., midfield; Erica Calistro, Jr., goalkeeper; Lauren DiPrizio, Soph., attack; Heather Defranzo, Soph., midfield; Jaris Dargue, Soph., defense; Kelly Burne, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Amanda Barton, Frosh., attack

Captains: Becca DeBaldo, Makenzie Masiello

Candidates: 35

Returning goal leaders: Brooke Paradis 44

Returning honorees: Becca DeBaldo, honorable mention All-Division 3

Fast facts: Zack Kellogg, who was goalie coach last year, is playing at Southern New Hampshire. ... Freshman Amanda Barton is playing at Nationals in San Jose, Calif. this week with her Nashua Panthers club hockey team.

Assistants: Miranda Morse, JV

Coach Kaite Carmody (3rd year, 5-21): “I think we’ll be more of an attacking team than we were last year.”

Windham

2012 season: 18-0, Division 3 state champions

Returning starters (9): Jennifer Gaarder, Sr., attack; Delaine Kelly, Sr., defense; Meghan Cole, Sr., defense; Melissa Cino, Jr., attack; Tori Cipollone, Jr., goalie; Delanie Kneeland, Jr., defense; Ali Connors, Soph., attack; Sam Crichton, Soph., midfield; Courtney Sweeny, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Kaylie Apkarian, Jr., attack; Shelly Joseph, Jr., defense; Justine Levesque, Soph., defense; Lexi Lewis, Frosh., midfield; Hope Curtis, Frosh., attack

Captains: Jennifer Gaarder, Delanie Kelly, Melissa Cino

Candidates: 43

Returning goal leaders: Courtney Sweeny 62 goals, Ali Connors 56, Melissa Cino 55

Returning honorees: Courtney Sweeny, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Tori Cipollone All-Division 3; Melissa Cino and Ali Connors, second-team All-Division 3

Fast facts: Last year was only their second varsity season but the Jaguars were unbeaten state champs. ... Meghan Cole, a senior on defense who missed last year with an ACL injury, started as a sophomore.

Assistants: Paul Cino, Matt Blair; Laura Marks, JV

Coach Jill Bartlett (3rd year, 25-8): “What contributes to our on-field play is our off-field chemistry. They work hard ... Meghan Cole is going to be huge on our defense. What a great, great addition to have her back.”