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August 31, 2013

N.H. Girls Soccer: Two blue-chippers not playing

OUTLOOK: Arguably the two top girls soccer players from the area’s New Hampshire high schools will not be playing this fall.

Pinkerton goalie Emily Harris, who will be playing at Villanova, is out for the season with an ACL injury. Another two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, Providence-bound Rachel Morrier, has opted to play for her club team instead of Timberlane.

Londonderry, with 10 starters back from a 15-3 squad, is one of the top teams in Division 1. Windham, with nine starters back including Eagle-Tribune All-Star Clairee Putnam, is one of the elite squads in Division 2.

Londonderry

2012 record: 15-3, lost in Division 1 semifinals

Returning starters (10): Alexa Bedell, Sr., midfield; Merissa Brousseau, Sr., keeper; Kristen Bourque, Sr., midfield; Shannon Crowley, Sr., defender; Hannah Brownstein, Sr., midfield; Maeve Holland, Sr., midfield; Meghan O’Regan, Sr., defense; Aliza Simpson, Sr., forward; Kayleen Walberg, Sr., midfield; Jordan Marett, Sr., defender

Returning lettermen: Jamie Nesbitt, Sr., midfield; Jaimee Cava, Sr., defense; Emily Crocetti, Jr., forward; Noelle Lambert, Jr., midfield

Promising newcomers: Bethany Griffin, Sr., defense; Lindsey Michalewicz, Sr., midfield; Leanna Geiger, Jr., midfield; Kassie Moore, Jr., midfield; June Cranmer, Soph., midfield; Alex Laverriere, Frosh., forward; Gretchen McGrath, Frosh., defense; Andi Nelson, Frosh., defense

Candidates: 67

Captains: Alexa Bedell, Aliza Simpson, Kayleen Walberg

Returning goal leaders: Emily Crocetti 19, Aliza Simpson 16

Returning honorees: Maeve Holland and Aliza Simpson, second-team All-Division 1; Emily Crocetti, HM All-Division 1

Assistants: Amy Pelletier, varsity; Dan Alexander, JV; Caitlin Peters, Freshmen

Odds and ends: The seniors — 10 of which are returning starters — have made three consecutive final fours. ... Aliza Simpson is committed to play basketball at UNH.

Coach Derek Dane (6th year, 67-23-4): “We have a very experienced team. Our success will be based on how quickly we integrate the new players and how well we play in the big games.”

Pinkerton

2012 record: 12-5-2, lost in Division 1 quarterfinals

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