EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 31, 2013

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


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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

Returning starters (7): Katyann Grochmal, Sr., midfield; Jacqui Wyka, Sr., midfield; Erin Coutts, Sr., midfield; Julie Murray, Sr., defense; Gabbie Guinto, Sr., defense; Keara Doolan, Soph., forward; Catherine Goodwin, Soph., defense

Returning lettermen: Andrea Galvin, Jr., midfield; Maggie McCarthy, Jr., midfield

Promising newcomers: Natalie Fabrizio, Sr., defense; Eva Murray, Sr., midfield; Grace DiPersio, Jr., forward; Ariela Thornton, Jr., forward; Hannah Smith, Jr., midfield; Sam Mitchell, Soph., goalie; Avery Drouin, Frosh., midfield; Mel Roberge, Frosh., forward; Reanna Romano, Frosh., midfield; Erica Parent, Frosh., defense; Courtney Velho, Frosh., defense

Candidates: 70

Captains: Katyann Grochmal, Julie Murray

Returning goal leaders: Katyann Grochmal 6

Returning honorees: none

Assistants: Danielle St. Pierre, JV; David Bulk, volunteer

Odds and ends: Awful news for Pinkerton, Villanova recruit Emily Harris, who was a co-captain and Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a junior, has a sprained ACL and won’t play this year. ... The Astros have had double-digit wins eight of the last nine seasons. ... Julie and Eva Murray are sisters.

Coach Steve Gundrum (3rd year, 23-9-3): “The four freshmen who will start are doing a great job stepping in.”

Salem

2012 record: 2-13-1, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (7): Ashley Hayes, Sr., midfield; Emily Hickey, Sr., midfield; Kristen Korbani, Sr., midfield; Harley Chute, Jr., forward; Shannon Desmond, Jr., midfield; Ari Sullivan, Soph., defense; Christina Elkhoury, Soph., forward

Returning lettermen: Shea Redmond, Jr., midfield; Lexi Longtin, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Monica Mancini, Sr., midfield; Celeste Souza, Sr., defense; Denise Renalds, Sr., defense; Emily Russo, Soph., midfield; Allie Stift, Soph., goalie; Rachel Lacroix, Frosh., forward; Meghan Mulvey, Frosh., defense; Victoria Hern, Frosh., midfield; Ashley Glynn, Frosh., forward; Jordan Shore, Frosh., midfield

Candidates: 35

Captains: TBA

Returning honorees: Harley Chute, HM All-Division 1

Assistant: Marran Ranks

Odds and ends: The two wins last year were Salem’s fewest since going 2-14 in 1998. ... Senior defender Brenna Blakslee didn’t come out to focus on basketball ... Assistant coach Marran Ranks played tennis at St. Michael’s.

Coach Kendrick Whittle (8th year, 64-50-8): “We’re heavy on freshmen and sophomores so we’re going to have some ups and downs.”

Timberlane

2012 record: 9-9, lost in Division 1 quarterfinals

Returning starters (8): Emily Jackson, Sr., midfield; Emily Barrett, Sr., goalie; Alicia Ross, Sr., forward; Caitlin Rothwell, Sr. midfield; Nicole Bruen, Sr., midfield; Danielle Gajewski, Sr., defense; Paige Watkins, Sr., back; Erin Sullivan, Sr., back

Returning lettermen: Nora Magliocchetti, Sr., midfield; Sam Coryea, Jr., midfield; Ally Heffernan, Jr., forward; Colleen Shea, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Moesha Murray, Jr., back; Maddy Kennedy, Soph., back; Kailey Ross, Soph., midfield; Amanda Berry, Soph., midfield; McLayne Manthorn, Soph., back; Sarah Barney, Soph., back; Lily Ashford, Frosh., back; Veronica Morrier, Frosh., midfield

Candidates: 41

Assistants: Meg Guanci, JV

Captains: Emily Jackson, Emily Barrett, Caitlin Rothwell

Returning goal leaders: Alicia Ross 12

Odds and ends: Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star Rachel Morrier, a midfielder who netted 13 goals last year and 23 goals the year before, is not returning for her senior year. The Providence recruit will be playing with Seacoast United. ... Alicia and Kailey Ross are sisters.

Coach Jeff Baumann (6th year, 34-46-5): “We really have a strong senior class. They want to make the most out of their senior year.”

Pelham

2012 record: 3-13, didn’t make playoffs

Returning starters (9): Alexandria Papadimoulis, Sr., defense; Elissa Mogauro, Sr., defense/goalie; Allyson Masson, Sr., defense; Brooke Paradis, Jr., center-midfield; Morgan Pinksten, Jr., midfield; Devon Sacca, Jr., striker; Jessica Coakley, Jr., midfield; Lauren Anderson, Jr., striker; Melyssa Beers, Jr., defense

Returning lettermen: Erin Long, Sr., midfield; Taylor Burke, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Faith Williams, Soph., striker; Morgan Pratt, Frosh., defense; Lindsey Niemaszyk, Frosh., striker

Assistants: Bree Caira

Captains: Alexandria Papadimoulis, Allyson Masson, Morgan Pinksten, Jessica Coakley

Candidates: 28

Returning honorees: none

Odds and ends: Pelham showed improvement after a 0-14-2 2011 campaign.

Coach Bob Keane (2nd year, 3-13): “A lot of good prospects have come in. We are looking forward to making the playoffs and making some noise in the division.”

Sanborn

2012 record: 10-8, lost in Division 2 quarterfinals

Returning starters (6): D.J. Jongsma, Sr., midfield; Hannah Nofsker, Sr., defense; Lauren Mahoney, Sr., midfield; Emily Richard, Sr., midfield; Kerri Phillips, Sr., forward; Sophie Smith, Soph., back

Returning lettermen: Deven Freihofer, Sr., defense; Emma Nofsker, Soph., forward; Jenna Nofsker, Soph., defense; Ashlyn Forbes, Soph., back; P.J. Ross, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Denae Walukevich, Sr., defense; Sophie Bortone, Soph., halfback/forward; Ellery Rasmussen, Soph., goalie; Sarah Richard, Frosh., defense; Jilyssa Bolton, Frosh., forward

Candidates: 28

Captains: Emily Richard, Hannah Nofsker

Assistants: Brian Gray

Returning goal leaders: Kerri Phillips 10

Returning honorees: Hannah Nofsker, Emily Richard and Kerri Phillips, HM All-Division 2

Odds and ends: The Indians have made the playoffs six straight years after not having qualified for at least the 18 previous seasons. ... Senior Josie Eacho is out with a shoulder injury but will stick with the team to help out... Sophomore Haley Herrmann is studying aboard and is expected to return to the team next year. ... Emily and Sarah Richard are sisters.

Eva Lang (13th year, 88-109-9): “Expectations are still high even though I lost five seniors to graduation. We have a veteran group that’s going to be strong.”

Windham

2012 record: 12-5, lost in Division 2 first round

Returning starters (9): Clairee Putnam, Sr., defense; Sarah Chau, Sr., forward; Brianna Angelini, Sr., goalie; Rachel Vafides, Sr., midfield; Danielle Fischer, Jr., defense; Haley Psareas, Jr., forward; Emily Howe, Soph., midfield; Hannah Pesci, Soph., forward; Lexi Lewis, Soph., defender

Returning lettermen: Madison Cavallaro, Sr., midfield; Zoe Goldthwaite, Sr., midfield; Selena Hansen, Jr., defense; Maggi Mazri, Jr., midfield; Sophia Tausanovitch, Jr., defense

Promising newcomers: Jenna Parsons, Frosh., goalie; Talia Giardino, Frosh., defense; Sam Mague, Frosh., defense

Candidates: 39

Captains: Clairee Putnam, Sarah Chau, Rachel Vafides

Assistant: Kayleigh Murray, JV

Returning goal leaders: Hannah Pesci 11, Haley Psareas 7, Sarah Chau 7

Returning honorees: Clairee Putnam, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Hannah Pesci, HM All-Division 2

Odds and ends: Hannah Pesci’s brother Andrew Pesci was the goalie on last year’s Windham boys state championship team. He’s playing at SNHU. ... Co-captain Clairee Putnam committed to play basketball at St. Anselm.

Coach Matt Bryant (2nd year, 12-5): “I think we’ll be right in the mix. We have a mix of skill and fitness and they are buying in.”