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April 4, 2014

MVC Girls Lacrosse: Hiller, new staff to lead Knights


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.”

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