EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 4, 2014

MVC Girls Lacrosse: Hiller, new staff to lead Knights


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Andover

2013 season: 9-9-2, lost in Division 1 North quarterfinals

Returning Starters: Weezie Gross, Sr., attack; Katherine Geffken, Sr., goalie; Jenny Hill, Sr., defense; Charlotte Lenes, Sr., attack; Rebecca Alois, Sr., defense; Mora Cunningham, Sr., attack; Courtney Grygiel, Jr., attack; Nikki Christopulos, Jr., defense; Talia Dellatto, Jr., defense; Jess Leone, Jr, attack

Returning lettermen: Colleen Caveney, Jr., defense; Veronica Alois, Soph., defense Jaqui Leone, Soph., attack, midfield

Promising newcomers: Julia Manty, Jr, attack; Carissa Remming, Jr., defense; Caroline Curtin, Soph., midfield

Captains: Charlotte Lenes, Jenny Hill, Weezie Gross

Candidates: 86

Returning goal leader: Weezie Gross 52

Returning honorees: Weezie Gross, All-MVC; Charlotte Lenes and Katherine Gefken, MVC All-Stars

Fast fact: Katherine Geffken earned a lacrosse scholarship to the University of Michigan.

Assistants: Briana Gross

Liz Keady (2nd year, 9-9-2): “I’m very excited for another successful season. We have a great deal of depth, leadership and speed.”

Central Catholic

2013 season: 10-8-1, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (8): Kelly Daigle, Sr., midfield; Stephanie May, Sr., midfield; Ashley Masucci, Sr., midfield; Alicia Bilsky, Sr., attack; Molly Bryant, Sr., defense; Shannon Wakeford, Sr., defense; Jenna Palmisano, Jr., attack; Deanna Savary, Jr., goalie

Returning lettermen: Hannah Benjamin, Jr., attack; Aideen Chapman, Jr., attack; Emily Frocione, Soph., attack; Mara Bergin, Soph., attack; Rachel Lewis, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Erin Berube, Sr., defense; Vanessa Pino, Jr., attack; Jessica Carnevale, Soph., attack; Emma Daly, Soph., defense; Cara McCarthy, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Kelly Daigle, Stephanie May, Ashley Masucci

Candidates: 43

Returning goal leaders: Kelly Daigle 48, Ashley Masucci 19, Alicia Bilsky 12

Returning honorees: Kelly Daigle and Ashley Masucci, All-MVC; Deanna Savary and Jenna Palmisano, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: Phil Rowley stepped down after going 70-36-2 in six seasons. Ashley MacDonald, a Billerica High graduate, has taken over as head coach. She was a Central assistant for four years. In just three years at University of New England (UNE ‘08), she scored a school record 249 points including 170 goals. ... New JV coach Kathleen Ragan played at Masconomet and was a co-captain at William Smith College last spring. ... Emily Frocione missed last year with a stress fracture she sustained during preseason.

Assistants: Kathleen Ragan, JV

Coach Ashley MacDonald (1st year): “We’re really optimistic. We have a solid group in the midfield. The team chemistry has been phenomenal so we’re really looking forward to what we can show the conference.”

Haverhill

2013 season: 10-9, lost in Division 1 North prelims

Returning starters (6): Abby Nauffts, Sr., midfield; Angela Tricomi, Sr., midfield; Jaime Martel, Sr., defense; Holly Pereira, Jr., attack; Brooke Martel, Soph., defense; Alex Comeau, Soph., goalie

Returning lettermen: Sam Zukofski, Sr., midfield; Allie Simmons, Sr., defense; Julia Rankin, Jr., defense; Elizabeth Brady, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Kertrina Caruso, Sr., defense; Sydney Demaris, Soph., attack; Ciara O’Neill, Soph., attack

Captains: Jaime Martel, Abby Nauffts

Candidates: 29

Returning goal leaders: Abby Nauffts 46

Returning honorees: Abby Nauffts and Jaime Martel All-MVC; Brooke Martel and Alex Comeau, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: Jaime and Brooke Martel are sisters. ... New assistant Christina Lynch played at Triton and teaches at Haverhill. ... Graduated standout Kristy Robertson scored an area record (boys and girls) 121 goals last spring.

Assistants: Christina Lynch

Coach Mindy Cripps (8th year, 34-89-1): “They have come back in better shape than they ever have been in and with more skill than they ever have had.”

Methuen

2013 season: 14-6, lost in Division 1 N

orth first round

Returning starters (8): Ashley Horan, Sr., midfield; Shaley Horan, Sr., midfield; Samantha McGovern, Sr., midfield; Alex Comerford, Sr., midfield; Kristen Keenan, Sr., attack; Aryanna Poirier, Jr., midfield; Kristi Coutu, Jr., attack; Megan Bruneau, Jr., defense

Returning lettermen: Christine Crowe, Sr., attack; Caroline Crowe, Sr., attack; Lauren Arsenault, Jr., defense; Miranda Smith, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Erin Driscoll, Sr., midfield; Sophia Tiar, Jr., goalkeeper; Liana Nguyen, Jr., goalie; Nan Williams, Jr., attack; Jamie Moynihan, Jr., midfield; Nicole Hering, Soph., midfield; Victoria Bundzinski, Soph., attack; Veronique Major, Soph., midfield; Emma Papadakis, Soph., defense

Captains: Ashley Horan, Shaley Horan, Kristen Keenan

Candidates: 45

Returning goal leaders: Ashley Horan 72, Aryanna Poirier 52, and Kristi Coutu 32

Returning honorees: Ashley Horan, All-MVC; Shaley Horan and Aryanna Poirier, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: Christine and Caroline Crowe as well as Ashley and Shaley Horan are twins. Kristen and Alison Keenan also are sisters. ... Ashley Horan has 95 career goals.

Assistants: Stephanie Chaisson, JV

Coach Krystal Ortiz (3rd year, 17-17): “Our 2013 season was an amazing step forward for our program. Everyone is excited to see what the 2014 season will bring for us. We hope to continue where we left off.”

North Andover

2013 season: 18-6, lost in Division 1 North final

Returning starters (12): Emily Carney, Sr., attack; Erin Kelley, Sr., midfield; Julie Gallant, Sr., midfield; Emily Sauls, Jr., defense; Leah Chittick, Jr., midfield; Nicole Ayres, Jr., defense; Lauren Hiller, Soph., goalie; Michelle Poirier, Soph., attack; Abbie Karalis, Soph., midfield; Emma Johns, Soph., defense; Dominique Goodman, Soph., defense; Colleen Chittick, Soph., attack

Returning lettermen: Kelsey Cusak, Sr., attack; Kaitlyn Dolan, Sr., defense; Emily Kilcoyne, Sr., defense; Piper Connolly, Jr., attack

Promising newcomers: Becca Riedel, Soph., midfield; Courtney Karelas, Soph., attack; Oliva DiMarzo, Soph., attack; Sarah Waldrep, Soph., defense; Julia Morandi, Soph., attack

Captains: Erin Kelley, Julie Gallant

Candidates: 58

Returning goal leader: Leah Chittick 75

Returning honorees: Lauren Hiller, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Leah Chittick and Abbie Karalis All-MVC; Erin Kelley and Emma Johns, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: Karen Lahey stepped down after going a 169-56-3 in 11 seasons. New coach Meredith Prior, 25, a Spanish teacher at the high school, was promoted from assistant coach. She heads a very young staff. Prior played at Merrimack with new assistant coach Jenn Pino (MC ‘13), the former Knights star.... Prior’s cousin, assistant Jordy Shoemaker, played at Andover and Notre Dame (ND ‘12). .... Leah Chittick is committed to play at UMass Amherst. ... Lauren Hiller made 203 saves and had a .533 save percentage last year.

Assistants: Jordy Shoemaker, Jenn Pino, Kara Rogato (JV), Caitlin Enright (freshmen)

Coach Meredith Prior (1st year): “We’re looking for a lot of assisted goals and for the defense to anchor our team.”