Andover senior midfielder Jaclyn Torres is only the fourth player in the last decade named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star three times. She’s also a three-time All-Scholastic.
The Eagle-Tribune MVP unselfishly moved to midfield and scored 6 goals with 11 assists this fall. She finished with 48 career goals and back-to-back Division 1 state titles in 2010-11. This year she led the rebuilding Golden Warriors to a 14-3-3 record.
“I haven’t seen an athlete quite like her in my 30 years,” said Andover coach Maureen Noone.
Torres is also a standout in winter track (Eagle-Tribune All-Star in 4x400 sophomore year) and lacrosse. She’s a two-year starter in lax, which was her first love.
Her brother, Josh, plays lacrosse at Providence but field hockey appears to be her future. She’s being recruited by Northeastern, Holy Cross and Brown.
Jaclyn is one of five Torres children whose name all begin with J.
Leading scorer (17 goals, 11 assists) for 14-3-3 Golden Warriors. “She has such great hands. She can score from anywhere,” said Andover coach Maureen Noone. Tri-captain. All-MVC. Scored a whopping 33 goals as a junior. Shined in new role this year on defensive corners. Scored 39 goals in lacrosse last year and 8 for girls hockey team. Committed to UMass to play lacrosse.
All-ISL. Scored 5 goals with 14 assists. Three-year starter from North Andover. “She has phenomenal moves. She can carry the ball from end line to end line. She already has Division 1 scholarship offers,” said Brooks coach Alice Mattison. Takes team’s penalty strokes. Also plays hockey and lacrosse. Volunteers at Esperanza School in Lawrence. Her mother teaches Spanish at Brooks.
Central Catholic Senior
All-MVC. Central’s Defensive MVP. Co-captain. “She has excellent stick skills and dominating 1-on-1 skills,” said Central coach Josselyn Wilson. MVC All-Star last year. Four-year starter. Played forward first two years. As freshman scored first goal in program’s history. Being recruited by Tufts, Williams, Holy Cross and UMass Lowell. National Honor Society. Ran a speedy 16.41 in 100 hurdles in track.
Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Two-year captain. Selected to Twin State team. “She has great stick skills,” said coach Laura Federico. Four-year starter. Scored six goals this fall. Being recruited by Franklin Pierce, St. Anselm’s and St. Michael’s. Ranked in top 25 percent of her class. Managing editor of the school newspaper. Her sister Justine was a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star.
All-MVC. Tallied 13 goals with 5 assists in 16 games. Tri-captain. “She’s a key player on both offensive and defensive corners,” said Methuen coach Karen McLaughlin, who called her a role model at the school. Scored 27 goals last year in lacrosse and averaged 13.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in basketball. Ranked in top 5 percent of her class. Methuen Youth Basketball volunteer.
North Andover Senior
All-MVC. Scored 4 goals with 8 assists. “Sara is the glue on our team. She has an amazing knack to distribute the ball. She shuts down the top player on each team,” said coach Courtney Breen. Tri-captain. Made All-CAL as a junior and CAL All-Star as a sophomore. Her older sister Alison was a star goalie for the Knights. Already a three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in softball.
Might by area’s most improved player. All-Division 1 selection. Anchored defense which had two new starters and a new goalie. Astros gave up just 0.76 goals a game en route to Division 1 title. “She continually forced offensive players to make mistakes and helped our offensive transition game,” said coach Jen Resmini. Being recruited by Division 2 colleges. Two-year starter in lacrosse.
Scored 12 goals with 7 assists. Scored OT game-winner vs. Exeter in Division 1 semis. “She played opposite a freshman and a sophomore and did a great job communicating to them where to be,” said coach Jen Resmini. “We knew she’d do big things for us this year.” Third Saltamartini sister to play for Astros. National Honor Society member. Wants to become a nurse practitioner.
All-Division 1. Scored three goals and played all defensive corners. “She may have played every minute of every game. She’s the biggest hustler. She moved to center-midfield and did an unbelievable job,” said coach Jen Resmini. Two-year starter in lacrosse. Captain-elect in lacrosse. Member of National Honor Society ranked in top 15 percent of class. Cook at the school restaurant.
Team MVP. Co-captain. All-Division 1. Went 10-5-2 with a 0.76 goals-against-average and 8 shutouts, including a scoreless tie with state champion Pinkerton. Had two-year record of 22-8-3. “Brianna is a talented young lady who was an inspiration on and off the field,” said Salem coach John Gatsas.
Batted .453 for state runner-up softball team.
Ranked in top 10 percent of her class.
N.H. Division 1 MVP. “She scored quality goals when we needed them,” said Timberlane coach Mim Ryan. Netted 18 goals this year and 28 in her career. Second-team All-Division 1 as a junior. Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in softball. May play both sports in college. Also starts in basketball.
Hopes to become a veterinary assistant. At age 2, moved from Soviet Union.
Exploded for 25 goals after scoring 2 goals as a freshman. Scored four goals vs. Bishop Brady including one while rolling on the ground. All-Division 2. “She’s a phenomenal athlete. Oh, my goodness, she’s fast. I kind of had a feeling about her. She shocked us, though,” said Jaguars coach Amanda Ward. Eagle-Tribune All-Star in lacrosse.
Runs 300 and 600 in indoor track.
All-Division 2. Scored 5 goals with 14 assists. Two-year starter. “She sets up plays and makes it happen. She’s in the right place at the right time,” said coach Amanda Ward. Scored game-winner in double-OT in Division 2 semis. Top student. Could have future in Ivy League field hockey. Runs indoor and outdoor track. Won prestigious Renaissance Award. Class secretary. Studying Mandarin Chinese.
Andover: Weezie Gross, Jr., midfield
Brooks: Maddie Nash (Andover), Jr., forward
Central Catholic: Kendra Poulin, Sr., midfield; Karoline Leavitt, Soph., forward; Molly Bryant, Jr., defense
Georgetown: Kathryn Gibb, Sr., forward; Kinsey Brennan, Sr., goalie
Haverhill: Devyn Mangrum, Sr., defense; Madeline Scovotti, Sr., midfield
Lawrence: Talia Garcia, Sr., forward; Emily Castillo, Soph., forward; Bioribel Castillo, Soph., forward
Londonderry: Jessica Fleet, Sr., midfield
Methuen: Samantha Donovan, Sr., back; Brittany Getchell, Sr., goalie; Angelina Rogers, Sr., midfield
North Andover: Caroline Whalen, Sr., midfield; Kali Otis, Sr., midfield; Julie Boshar, Sr., defense
North Reading: Meghan Riley, Sr., midfield; Lauren Emrich, Sr., forward
Pelham: Hannah Schaffer, Sr., midfield; Kate Surprenant, Soph., midfield; Bobbi Hinsman, Sr., forward
Pentucket: Tori Spofford, Sr., midfield; Ellen Gulezian, Sr., midfield; Jenna Raimondi, Sr., defense
Pinkerton: Nicole Yannalfo, Sr., forward; Jordan Dudley, Soph., goalie
Salem: Danielle Smith, Jr., midfielder; Mikaela Gauvain, Jr., midfield; Kerry Field, Jr., back
Sanborn: Elyse Law, Sr., forward; Becky Laliberte, Sr., forward
Timberlane: Autumn Gilmartin, Sr., halfback; Caitlin Ferreira, Sr., midfield; Emily Calder, Sr., defense
Windham: Kelsey Federico, Jr., goalie
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
2011: Jordyn Hamilton, Pinkerton; 2010: Laura Dimitruk, Andover; 2009: Emily Cannon, Timberlane; 2008: Leah Cairns, Andover; 2007: Carolyn Malloy, Salem; 2006: Liz Day, North Andover; 2005: Chelsey Feole, Brooks; 2004: Ashley Waters, Amesbury; 2003: Kadi Sickel, Timberlane; 2002: Chelsey Feole, Salem; 2001: Maureen Burns, Pinkerton;
2000: Laura Potts, Salem; 1999: Becky Valenti, Salem; 1998: Courtney Dow, Pinkerton; 1997: Elizabeth Croteau, Salem; 1996: Nichole Bukowski, Pinkerton; 1995: Tracy Brown, Pinkerton; 1994: Karrie Danilecki, Georgetown; 1993: Jen Carr, Pinkerton; 1992: Sharon Cardillo, Lawrence; 1991: Tricia Dunn, Pinkerton; 1989-90: Chris Blais, Pinkerton