EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

N.H. Field Hockey: Saltamartini, Astros eye repeat


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — OUTLOOK: Our area has produced 13 of the last 18 Division 1 champions and four different schools (defending champ Pinkerton, Timberlane, Londonderry and Salem) have won titles in the last six years.

So don’t be surprised if we produce another champion, it’s just a question of who. It could also be upstart Windham in Division 2.

Pinkerton returns a pair of Eagle-Tribune All-Stars in Julie Saltamartini and Jess Cote. Salem, with nine starters back, appears loaded but doesn’t have a proven goalie.

Londonderry

2012 record: 10-6, lost in Division 1 quarterfinals

Returning starters (7): Tianna Federico, Sr., forward; Samantha Harris, Sr., goalie; Julie Hamilton, Sr., back; Elisabeth Caron, Sr., midfield; Jackie Curtin, Jr., forward; Janelle Magoon, Jr., back; Katie Montminy, Jr., back

Returning lettermen: Brooke Tulley, Sr., back; Emily Downing, Jr., goalie; Marissa Roger, Jr., forward; Hannah McGrath, Soph., midfield; Hannah Cohen, Soph., forward; Hailey Gilbert, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Taylor Wood, Sr., back; Alyssa Precourt, Sr., back; Mimi Coburn, Sr., back; Michaela Kewley, Jr., midfield; Jen McQueeney, Jr., back; Hanna Batchelor, Jr., back; Olivia Caruso, Soph., back; Laura Batchelor, Frosh., back

Candidates: 43

Captains: Tianna Federico, Elisabeth Caron, Julie Hamilton, Jackie Curtin

Returning honorees: none

Returning goal leaders: Tianna Federico 8, Jackie Curtin 6

Assistants: Chelsea Hennewell, JV; Chrissy McGee, goalies

Odds and ends: Hanna and Laura Batchelor are sisters. ... Goalies coach Chrissy McGee is new to the staff. She’s a UNH student. ... Tianna Federico is the president of the National Honor Society.

Coach Laura Federico (4th year, 19-24-3): “Salem will be very good and Merrimack also. I think we’ll be middle of the pack.”

Pinkerton

2012 record: 14-1-2, Division 1 state champ

Returning starters (6): Jess Cote, Sr., midfield; Julie Saltamartini, Sr., forward; Brianne Torre, Sr., midfield; Alex Albano, Sr., defense; Kaylie DeCosmo, Jr., forward; Jordan Dudley, Jr., goalie

Returning lettermen: Kinsey Manchester, Sr., midfield; Emily Needham, Jr., midfield; Erin Johnston, Jr., defense; Samantha Day, Soph., forward; Abbey Doherty, Soph., goalie

Promising newcomers: Maria Aiello, Jr., midfield; Haley Harrington, Jr., forward; Jessica McCully, Jr., midfield; Laura Moran, Jr., forward; Cecelia Sciuto, Jr., midfield; Morgan Hazelton, Jr., defense; Stephanie Modrak, Jr., defense; Gabby Guerard, Soph., forward; Elizabeth Tveter, Soph., forward

Candidates: 70

Captains: Jess Cote, Julie Saltamartini, Brianne Torre

Returning honorees: Julie Saltamartini and Jess Cote, Eagle-Tribune All-Stars

Returning goal leaders: Julie Saltamartini 12, Kaylie DeCosmo 11

Assistants: Kathie Garrish, JV; Kristen Abbott, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Last year’s championship was the Astros’ first since 2000. ... Kristen Abbott, an English teacher at Pinkerton, is the new freshman coach. She had coached with the Astros previously. ... Kinsey Manchester is ranked No. 4 in her class.

Jen Resmini (3rd year, 28-3-2): “We have some great leaders and some girls returning who understand what it takes.”

Salem

2012 record: 10-5-2, lost in Division 1 semifinals

Returning starters (9): Abbey Raymond, Sr., forward; Danielle Smith, Sr., midfield; Erika Smith, Sr., forward; Mikaela Gauvain, Sr., midfield; Rachael Denning, Sr., back; Amanda Travaglini, Sr., forward; Kerry Field, Sr., back; Chantalle Dumont, Jr., forward; Mikayla Ramsdell, Jr., midfield

Returning lettermen: Jacqui Nunnelley, Sr., back; Meaghan Williams, Sr., goalie; Kara McGuire, Sr., back; Kiley Keenan, Jr., forward; Skylah Longtin, Jr., goalie; Lizzy Twomey, Jr., forward; Kelsey Collins, Jr., forward; Marissa Messina, Jr., midfield; Allie Sirmaian, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Brianna Wood, Frosh., back

Candidates: 58

Captains: Rachael Denning, Mikaela Gauvain, Danielle Smith, Erika Smith

Returning honorees: Mikaela Gauvain, All-Division 1; Danielle Smith, All-Division 1 second team

Returning goal leaders:

Assistants: Michaela Galvin, JV

Odds and ends: Meaghan Williams has moved from forward to goalie and is battling Skylah Longtin for the starting position. ... The Smiths are twins with Danielle third in her class and Erika fifth. ... Salem returns its top four goal-scorers in Abbey Raymond, Danielle and Erika Smith and Amanda Travaglini. ... New basketball coach Michaela Galvin is the new JV coach. She won three Class L titles at Salem.

John Gatsas (22nd year, 241-78-18): “There is a lot of good competition but we have all our kids back. We’re looking for a good year. Both the goalies are working hard and have done well. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned.”

Timberlane

2012 record: 11-3-1, lost in Division 1 quarterfinals

Returning starters (5): Ariana Kinsvater, Sr., forward; Jenn Trodella, Sr., midfield; Haley Dow, Sr., halfback; Courtney Sickel, Soph., forward; Ryann Bailey, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: Maggie Bailey, Sr., forward; Alex LeBlanc, Sr., midfield; Jessica Walsh, Sr., goalie; Renee Gallant, Jr., goalie; Ally Collins, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Katie Dawley, Sr., forward; Ciara Abel, Sr., forward; Brianna Novaris, Sr., midfield; Emily Vincent, Sr., halfback; Amanda Johnston, Jr., forward; Izzy Theberge, Jr., halfback; Julia Lanctot, Frosh., halfback; Joy Steenson, Frosh., midfield

Candidates: 36

Captains: Ariana Kinsvater, Jenn Trodella

Returning honorees: none

Returning goal leaders: Courtney Sickel 3, Ariana Kinsvater 3

Assistants: Jane Clavette

Odds and ends: Jane Clavette is the new assistant coach. She’s worked with the middle school program in the past. ... Alex Leblanc, Brianna Novaris, Ciara Abel and Renee Gallant are all also in the band. Gallant is in the student council as well.

Mim Ryan (11th year, 112-45-7): “We are in a rebuilding mode after graduating 14 seniors including Masha Lange (18 goals).”

Pelham

2012 record: 4-10, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (5): Elizabeth Slattery, Sr., forward; Stephanie Mastacouris, Sr., defense; Kate Surprenant, Jr., midfield; Ashlyn Farwell, Jr., goalie; Darian Rideout, Jr., midfield

Returning lettermen: Brianna Belley, Sr., defense; Heather Defranzo, Jr., forward; Sarah Ferreira, Jr., defense

Promising newcomers: Libby Gorfine, Jr., defense; Kayla Beisang, Soph., midfield; Kaleigh Gordon, Soph., forward; Heather Snide, Soph., goalie; Sabrina Sullivan, Soph., midfield; Lilly Shlimon, Frosh., midfield; Sarah Ratcliffe, Frosh., defense; Sarah Morin, Frosh., forward; Abby Joncas, Frosh., midfield

Candidates: 30

Captains: Elizabeth Slattery, Stephanie Mastacouris, Brianna Belley

Returning honorees: Kate Surprenant, second-team All-Division 3

Returning goal leaders: Elizabeth Slattery 2, Darian Rideout 2

Assistants: Miranda Morse, JV

Odds and ends: The 2012 Pythons, who moved from Division 2 to Division 3, were much improved from an 0-14 2011 campaign. ... Brianna Belley has battled some medical issues but is now healthy and should start. ... Kate Surprenant placed sixth in the 300 hurdles at Division 2 States.

Pattie Stilphen (4th year, 5-37): “This is a great group of kids. We have a lot of freshman but they are talented. Our goal is to win another game and make the tourney.”

Windham

2012 record: 13-3-1, Division 2 runner-up

Returning players: Delanie Kneeland, Sr., back; Nicole Croteau, Sr., forward; Kelsey Federico, Sr., goalie; Rachel Lanouette, Jr., midfield; Fallon Golden, Jr., defense; Justine Levesque, Jr., forward; Taylor Powell, Jr., midfield; Casey Shields, Jr., defense (injured); Cailyn Costa, Jr., forward; Maddy Joanis, Jr., forward; Courtney Sweeny, Jr., forward; Arianna DiPietro, Soph., defense; Alexis Miedico, Soph., midfield; Natalie Boyd, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Rachel Rogers, Soph., forward; Amanda DeSimone, Soph., midfield

Candidates: 33

Captains: Kelsey Federico, Delanie Kneeland, Courtney Sweeny, Nicole Croteau

Returning honorees: Courtney Sweeny and Rachel Lanouette, Eagle-Tribune All-Stars; Fallon Golden, second-team All-Division 2

Assistants: Lauren Hall, JV

Odds and ends: Last year Courtney Sweeny had 25 goals and Rachel Lanouette contributed 5 goals and 14 assists. ... Interim coach Katie Bourque played at Pelham (Class of ‘08). She was appointed the end of June. Amanda Ward is on leave but is expected back late in the year, according to Bourque.

Interim coach Katie Bourque (1st year): “We’re looking forward to making a run. Souhegan, St. Thomas, Lebanon and Merrimack Valley will all be good.”

Sanborn

2012 record: 10-5, lost in Division 3 first round

Returning starters (6): Meghan Dolan, Sr., back; Jillian Walker, Sr., goalie; Maighan LeBlanc, Jr., midfield; Hannah Ulcickas, Jr., back; Caitlin Catalanotto, Soph., midfield; Samantha Webster, Jr., goalie

Returning lettermen: Kelsey Martin, Sr., forward; Shayla Johnson, Sr., midfield; Sara Hunt, Jr., forward; Felicia Bailey, Jr., back; Anna Dolan, Jr., forward; Kait Laliberte, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Lily Cotter, Sr., forward; Jennie Rankin, Sr., midfield; Arianna Oranczak, Sr., back; Megan Howell, Jr., back; Francesca Sciacca, Jr., forward; Taylor Smith, Soph., forward; Rachel Hurley, Soph., goalie; Jessica Michel, Soph., forward; Madison McLellan, Soph., midfield; Erin Lynch, Soph., forward; Paige Basiliere, Soph., forward; Rachel Barker, Soph., midfield; Krissa Adams, Soph., back; Abigail DesRosiers, Frosh., midfield

Candidates: 45

Captains: all seniors

Returning honorees: Meghan Dolan, second-team All-Division 3

Assistants: Vickie Ware, Amanda Ross

Odds and ends: Lily Cotter returned after missing last year with an ACL injury. ... New assistant Amanda Ross was a former Sanborn player.

Vicki Parady-Guay (12th year, 68-90-7): “The strength of our team is our work ethic.”