Windham assistant Paul Cino, Melissa’s father, is the longtime director of Windham Youth Lacrosse. He starred at Pinkerton then was a second-team and a third-team All-American at Army in the early ‘80s.
“We started picking up the stick (because of her dad), and I think we started U9 co-ed when we were really young and we ended up loving it,” Sweeny said. “We played with the boys for a couple of years.”
Windham also has been strong on defense, allowing just nine goals in four Division 3 games, behind strong goaltending from Tori Cipollone. The junior who was all-Division 3 last year.
“We definitely knew we lost some talent (including two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star Kayla Breton), but we knew that during the season we’d be able to build it back and as a team get to where we were last year,” Connors said.
A complete player
North Andover attacker Nick Pino had a very good season last spring. But the returning Eagle-Tribune All-Star knew from a quick look at his stats (65 goals, 16 assists) there was one area in which he needed to improve.
“Something I worked on over the summer and stuff is moving the ball, looking for my teammates more and more assists,” Pino said. “Last year I only had (16) assists and I had 65 goals. So that doesn’t really add up too well. So I worked on that this summer and in the preseason — looking for my teammates when double-teams come.”
So far, so good. Pino had four assists in a 10-4 win over Haverhill.
Pino hopes to play at Assumption and Plymouth State.
Pino’s brother, who is 10 years older than him, got him interested in lacrosse at a young age. But his sister Jenn, who was the Eagle-Tribune Athlete of the Year in 2009 and plays at Merrimack, is the one who really motivates him.