EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 2, 2013

MVC Girls Lacrosse: Knights ready to challenge


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Andover

2012 season: 20-4, Division 1 North runner-up

Returning players: Meagan Keefe Sr., attack; Jaclyn Torres, Sr., attack; Bridget Morris, Sr., midfield-defense; Micayla McQuade, Sr., defense; Mackenzie Billings, Sr., attack; Anna Burkhard, Sr., defense; Hannah Bramhall, Sr., attack; Kerry Christopher, Sr., attack/midfield; Abbie Pustis, Sr., midfield; Weezie Gross, Jr., attack/midfield; Julia LeBlanc, Jr., midfield/defense; Katherine Geffken, Jr., goalkeeper; Jenny Hill, Jr., defense; Charlotte Lenes, Jr., attack/midfield; Rebecca Alois, Jr., defense; Mora Cunningham, Jr., attack; Michaela Comerford, Jr., attack; Courtney Grygiel, Soph., attack; Nikki Christopulos, Soph., attack; Talia Dellatto, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Jess Leone, Soph, attack; Veronica Alois, Frosh., attack; Jaqui Leone, Frosh., attack/defense

Captains: Micayla McQuade, Jaclyn Torres, Meagan Keefe, Bridget Morris

Candidates: 81

Returning goal leaders: Meagan Keefe 39, Weezie Gross 35, Charlotte Lenes 32

Returning honorees: Meagan Keefe and Bridget Morris, All-MVC; Micayla McQuade, Weezie Gross and Charlotte Lenes, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: The last two years have been the first times in the program’s 12-year history that Andover has made the North finals. ... John McVeigh stepped down after compiling a 168-33-2 record in eights seasons. New coach Liz Keady also is Andover’s girls hockey coach. She played five different sports, including lacrosse at Milton Academy, and then was the captain of the ice hockey team at Princeton. She played with the U.S. National hockey team and was the last forward cut from the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.

Assistants: none

Liz Keady (1st year): “I expect us to be a highly skilled, athletic team that competes every day.”

Central Catholic

2012 season: 13-6, lost Divison 1 North first round

Returning starters (8): Colleen Slein, Sr., attack; Claire Foggo, Sr., defense; Anya Housianitis, Sr., defense; Megan Helfrich, Sr., attack; Kelly Daigle, Jr., attack; Stephanie May, Jr., defense; Ashley Masucci, Jr., defensive wing; Jenna Palmisano, Soph., attack

Returning lettermen: Anna Scionti, Sr., defense; Alicia Bilsky, Jr., attack; Deanna Savary, Soph., goalkeeper

Promising newcomers: Hannah Benjamin, Soph., attack; Aideen Chapman, Soph., attack; Emily Frocione, Frosh., attack; Mara Bergin, Frosh., attack; Rachel Lewis, Frosh., attack

Captains: Colleen Slein, Anya Housianitis, Megan Helfrich

Candidates: 52

Returning goal leaders: Kelly Daigle 30

Returning honorees: Claire Foggo, Colleen Slein and Kelly Daigle, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: Maeve Holland (48 goals last year) transferred back to Londonderry High. ... New JV coach Katie Helfrich (Class of 2010) is the sister of tri-captain Megan Helfrich and played for Central. She is a junior at UNH.

Assistants: Ashley McDonald, associate head coach; Katie Helfrich JV

Coach Phil Rowley (6th year, 60-28-1): “We’re a young team but we have a lot of (talented) kids.”

Haverhill

2012 season: 5-12, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (7): Kristy Robertson, Sr., midfield; Mallory Gmelch, Sr., defense; Whitney Milewski, Sr, midfield; Maia Johnson, Sr., attack; Devin Groark, Sr., defense; Abby Nauffts, Jr., attack; Holly Pereira, Soph., attack

Returning lettermen: Hayley Duquette, Sr., attack; Jaime Martel, Jr., defense; Sam Zukofski, Jr., defense; Angela Tricomi, Jr., attack; Allie Simmons, Jr., defense; Holly Pereira, Soph., attack; Julia Rankin, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Brooke Martel, Frosh., midfield, Alex Comeau, Frosh., goalkeeper

Captains: Kristy Robertson, Devin Groark

Candidates: 32

Returning goal leaders: Kristy Robertson 85 goals

Returning honorees: Kristy Robertson, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Devin Groark, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: Kristy Robertson, who erupted for eight goals in the season opening 17-15 win over Triton, is committed to Southern New Hampshire. ... Devin Groark is committed to play at Southern Connecticut. ... Jaime and Brooke Martel are sisters.

Assistants: Alli Brooks

Coach Mindy Cripps (7th year, 24-80-1): “The captains are strong when it comes to looking at the game from a technical viewpoint, and because of this, it has pushed the entire team to raise their lax IQs.”

Methuen

2012 season: 3-11

Returning starters (11): Abby Galloway-Burke, Sr., midfield; Jenna Risacher, Sr., goalkeeper; Becca Anketell, Sr., defense; Alex Comerford, Jr., midfield; Ashley Horan, Jr., attack; Shaley Horan, Jr., defense; Courtney Brennan, Jr., attack; Kristen Keenan, Jr., attack; Samantha McGovern, Jr., midfield; Aryanna Poirier, Soph., midfield; Kristi Coutu, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: Jenna Flood, Sr., defense; Kristina Cottone, Sr., defense; Sabrina Aakil, Sr., defense; Christine Crowe, Jr., attack; Kayla Mendoza, Jr., defense; Lauren Arsenault, Soph., defense; Megan Bruneau, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Meghan Bistany, Sr., attack; Bryanne Papadakis, Sr., midfield; Caroline Crowe, Jr., midfield; Miranda Smith, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Jenna Risacher

Candidates: 46

Returning goal leaders: Abby Galloway-Burke 27

Returning honorees: Jenna Risacher, All-MVC; Abby Galloway-Burke, Ashley Horan and Aryanna Poirier, MVC All-Stars

Fast fact: Last year Methuen went varsity without first playing a sub-varsity schedule ... The team has two sets of twins, Christine and Caroline Crowe and Ashley and Shaley Horan.

Assistants: Stephanie Chaisson, JV

Coach Krystal Ortiz (2nd year, 3-11): “Everyone is more motivated than ever to improve.”

North Andover

2012 season: 16-6, lost in Division 1 North semifinals

Returning starters (7): Audrey Samuelman, Sr., midfield; Pam Coufos, Sr., center; Fran Ventola, Sr., midfield; Kaileigh Rogato, Sr., defense; Michaela Mello, Sr., defense; Erin Kelley, Jr., midfield; Leah Chittick, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: Amanda Coppa, Sr., midfield; Olivia Manning, Sr., defense; Catherine Coleman, Sr., low defense; Summer Fahey, Sr., low defense; Julie Gallant, Sr., midfield; Danielle Cosgrove, Jr., midfield; Emma Noga, Jr., goalie

Promising newcomers: Nicole Ayres, Soph., attack; Lauren Hiller, Frosh., goalie; Michelle Poirier, Frosh., Midfield; Abbie Karalis, Frosh., midfield; Emma Johns, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Audrey Samuelman, Pam Coufos, Michaela Mello, Kaileigh Rogato

Candidates: 76

Returning honorees: Pam Coufos, All-CAL; Audrey Samuelman and Leah Chittick, CAL All-Stars

Fast facts: Before leaving for the MVC, the Knights won their sixth straight CAL Division 1 title. .. Audrey Samuelman will play at Quinnipiac ... Fran Ventola returns after sitting out last year with an ACL tear. She will play at San Diego State ... Last year’s goalie Sarah Keith transferred to Governor’s Academy. ... UNH hockey player Katie Kleinendorst of North Andover will work with the team three days a week.

Assistants: Kerry Rogato-Perry, Meredith Prior, varsity assistants; Lee Arakelian, varsity and JV; Kara Rogato, freshmen

Coach Karen Lahey (11th year, 151-50-3): “There’s some great depth in each area of the playing field. We have some great returning players and some newcomers with great potential.”