“I look at my older sister, she kind of showed me the way — that you’ve got to work hard to get where you are,” Pino said. “We’ve always been competitive from playing knee hockey, street hockey outside, lacrosse and everything. Even kickball and Wiffle Ball.”
The Scarlet Knights are 6-2 after going 10-10 last year.
“We had a better start because we have a lot more experience,” Pino said. “Our attacking is working well. We’ve been playing together for three years.”
Windham’s Ali Connors, grew up playing softball but switched over to lacrosse in fifth grade with the help of her cousin.
“Originally, I didn’t want to play but she convinced me. I tried it and I love it,” Connors said. “She talked about it all the time when I was younger because she had played for so long.”
Connors has had some huge games, including netting eight goals in a recent 23-16 victory over Billerica.
From JV to varsity star
Pentucket sophomore Connor Beaton spent last year on JV and played on varsity only sparingly.
This year, is a much different story. He leads the Sachems in points (11 goals, seven assists).
“He’s really come out this year and taken a leadership role on attack,” Pentucket coach Dan Leary said. “He moves the ball well and does a lot for us offensively.”
Leader on defense
Senior defender Conor Murnane is a big reason North Reading is 7-2.
“He clears the ball incredibly well, he gets the ball in transition,” North Reading coach Chuck Campobasso said. “He can take the ball and lead the way in transition. He’s vocal. He gets everyone in position. We have young guys back there and he’s constantly telling others where to get into position.”