EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 10, 2013

MVC Field Hockey: Central hopes to make a run at Andover


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Andover

2012 record: 14-3-3, lost in Division 1 North quarterfinals

Returning starters (5): Weezie Gross, Sr., midfield; Briana Smith, Sr., forward; Julia LeBlanc, Sr., forward; Mikayla Panneton, Sr., midfielder; Nicole Schena, Sr., goalie

Returning lettermen: Emily Gibson, Sr., back; Christine Aumais, Sr., forward; Jessica Leone, Jr., forward;

Promising newcomers: Jacquelyn Leone, Soph., midfielder; Caroline Curtin, Soph., back; Brenna Keefe, Soph., forward; Victoria Roche, Soph., forward; Megan Hartnett, Frosh., goalie

Candidates: 67

Captains: Christine Aumais, Weezie Gross, Mikayla Panneton

Returning honorees: Weezie Gross, All-MVC; Mikayla Panneton, MVC All-Star

Assistants: Sheila Salois, JV; Billy Beauchesne, Freshmen; Dan Casper, volunteer

Odds and ends: Weezie Gross is the only four-year varsity player on the team.

Coach Maureen Noone (16th year, 221-42-42): “I think if we can continue to make the growth that we made from preseason to now we’re going to put ourselves in a really good place. We have some outstanding athletes and some really good finesse field hockey players.”

Central Catholic

2012 record: 10-8-2, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (7): Molly Bryant, Sr., defender; Krista Maloney, Sr., forward; Julia Gagne, Sr., forward; Brooke Patterson, Sr., midfield; Caitlin Derrickson, Sr., defense; Jenna Palmisano, Jr., midfield; Karoline Leavitt, Jr., forward

Returning lettermen: Sarah Reny, Sr., forward; Rachel Lewis, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Sydney Thornhill, Sr., goalie; Shannon Wakeford, Sr., defense; Emma Alaimo, Jr., defense; Nicole Leone, Jr., defense; Katherine Veilleux, Jr., defense; Courtney Woronka, Frosh., forward; Alexa Plentzas, Frosh., midfield; Mary Lambert, Frosh., forward

Candidates: 47

Captains: Molly Bryant, Brooke Patterson

Returning honorees: Molly Bryant, MVC All-Star

Assistants: Liz Day; Stephanie Chaisson, JV

Odds and ends: Karoline Leavitt scored 16 goals last year to give her 28 for her career. ... Emma Alaimo is the sister of graduated standout Hope Alaimo. ... New assistant Liz Day of North Andover starred for UMass Lowell when Josselyn Wilson was an assistant there. Stephanie Chaisson, who is also new, starred at Methuen and St. Anselm’s

Coach Josselyn Wilson (5th year, 31-35-7): “The goal is to finish higher in the MVC and make the tourney.”

Haverhill

2012 record: 3-11-1, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (0):

Returning lettermen: Blase Charron, Sr., forward; Jaime Martel, Sr., defense; Kristen Melhem, Sr., goalie

Promising newcomers: Sarah Hrubo, Sr., defense; Mikaela Malone, Sr., defense; Haley Sargent, Sr., utility; Rakel Tavitian, Jr., midfield; Brianna Richard, Jr., defense; Lizzy Duchemin, Soph., forward; Liz Brady, Soph., forward;

Candidates: 34

Captains: Blase Charron, Jaime Martel, Haley Sargent

Returning honorees: none

Assistants: Kara Melillo

Odds and ends: Kerry D’Ambroise replaced Tara Early, who went 9-33-3 in three years. D’Ambroise, a Lowell High grad, has coached at South Burlington (Vt.) High and Plymouth State. She was a field hockey and lacrosse star at Plymouth.

Coach Kerry D’Ambroise (1st year): “I think that this team is full of potential. We’re pretty much starting from ground zero and trying to take it to the next level. My goal is to get these kids to love the game again.”

Lawrence

2012 record: 1-17, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (6): Bianca Rodriguez, Sr., defense; Bioribel Castillo, Jr., midfield; Delia Rhodes, Jr., midfield; Emily Castillo, Jr., forward; Rosa Segura, Sr., defense; Nashali Rodriguez, Soph., forward

Returning lettermen: Same as above

Promising newcomers: Yankelly Villa, Jr., forward; Juleysis Marrero, Jr., defense; Keysha Pereira, Jr., midfield; Ydalis Villa, Soph., midfield; Crystal Diaz, Soph., defense; Nairobi Ubilez, Soph., goalie; Casiana Dicent, Soph., forward

Candidates: 36

Captains: Bianca Rodriguez, Bioribel Castillo, Delia Rhodes

Returning goal leaders: Bioribel Castillo, Emily Castillo

Returning honorees: none

Assistants: Maureen Licciardi, Amy VonKahle (JV)

Odds and ends: The Lancers beat Rockport in their season finale last fall, snapping a 55-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 6, 2009. ... Keysha Pereira has transferred back to Lawrence from Greater Lawrence.

Kate Quinlan (3rd year, 1-35): “We are a young team but we have a lot of young talent. (Former BC All-American) Chelsey Feole held several clinics for our girls. I think the skills they have learned you’ll see come alive in games.”

Methuen

2012 record: 9-9-1, lost in Division 1 North prelims

Returning starters (4): Caroline Crowe, Sr., midfield; Christine Crowe, Sr., forward; Megan Bruneau, Jr., defense; Annie Sears, Jr., defense

Returning lettermen: Alyssa Drouin, Jr., forward; Catrina Crowe, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Juliana Zingales, Sr., goalie; Leah Ingalls, Sr., sweeper; Shannon Delaney, Soph., midfielder, Lauren McDonough, Soph., midfielder

Candidates: 58

Captains: Caroline Crowe, Christine Crowe

Returning honorees: none

Assistants: Carol Guselli, freshmen; Mary Sicard and Kelly Sicard, JV

Odds and ends: The elder Crowe sisters enter their fourth season on the varsity squad.

Karen McLaughlin (17th year, 154-107-43): “We’re one of I think two teams that doesn’t have a turf field, so every team we play on turf we’re at a disadvantage.”

North Andover

2012 record: 6-4-9, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (5): Emma Noga, Sr., defense; Jacqui Petto, Jr., goalie; Sabrina Coppa, Jr., midfielder; Emma Johns, Jr., midfielder; Danielle Jillson, Soph., forward

Returning lettermen: Shannon Cronin, Sr., forward; Morgan Coakley, Sr., defense; Piper Connolly, Jr., forward; Danielle McAdam, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Tarja Nelsen, Jr., midfield; Alyssa Dalton, Jr., defense; Olivia Moen, Jr., forward; Sarah Balaguer, Jr., forward; Anna Bennett, Jr., forward; Kristen Hoffmann, Jr., forward; Maddy Shea, Soph., forward

Candidates: 42

Returning honorees: none

Captains: Shannon Cronin, Emma Noga, Morgan Coakley

Assistants: Amy Rock, JV; Andrea Van Horn, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Tarja Nelsen’s brother, Isaiah, is playing basketball at St. Anselm’s.

Courtney Breen (6th year, 63-16-24): “Even though this is a new combination of players we’re looking to maintain our competitive edge, and make improvements everyday.”

MVC Outlook

Andover always reloads. The Warriors have a fine 1-2 punch in Weezie Gross and Mikayla Panneton. Central Catholic, with seven starters back, may give Andover a run for its money.