OVERVIEW: Pinkerton is going for the three-peat in Division 1 girls lacrosse but the Astros will have to do it without graduated two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP Kennedy Daziel.
The last D1 team to three-peat was Londonderry from 2009-11 under Bob Slater, who is back in charge after coaching two years in the college ranks. Christina Miano is the new coach at Salem.
In Division 3, Pelham could surprise with 10 starters back.
The Division 2 preview with Windham and Timberlane will run later in the week.
2014 record: 10-7, lost Division 1 quarterfinals
Returning lettermen: Mariah Eacrett, Sr., defense; Noelle Lambert, Sr., attack; Rachel Stevens, Sr., defense; Annika Skov, Sr., midfield; Chelsea Lewis, Sr., attack; Sarah Bell, Sr., attack; Jenna Conroy, Sr., defense; Michaela Kewley, Sr., goalie; Michelle Hennessey, Sr., midfield; Jacqueline Curtin, Sr., midfield; Breda Holland, Jr., midfield; Sarah Jackes, Jr., defense; Gabbi Morris, Jr., midfield; Dominique Breault, Jr., midfield; Jill McIntire, Jr., midfield; June Cranmer, Jr., midfield; Samantha Lecaroz, Soph., low defense
Captains: Rachel Stevens, Noelle Lambert
Returning goal leaders: Noelle Lambert 37, Chelsea Lewis 28, Gabbi Morris 22
Returning honorees: Noelle Lambert and Rachel Stevens, second-team Division 1
Fast facts: Mike Boyle went 23-13 in two seasons as head coach. ... Bob Slater returns as head coach. He left following the 2012 season to pursue college coaching opportunities. He previously went 108-25-1 in seven years with the Lancers, winning Division 1 state titles 2009-11. He was an assistant at Southern New Hampshire in 2013 and at St. Anselm last year. ... Noelle Lambert and Chelsea Lewis will play at UMass Lowell. Sarah Bell at Queens College and Rachel Stevens at Coastal Carolina. ... Junior Gabbi Morris is committed to Assumption.
Assistants: Bob Borjeson, Meredith Jackes
Bob Slater (8th year, 108-25-1): “We are getting the program back to the way I run it. ... Our goal is the final four and anything can happen when we get there.”
2014 season: 18-3, repeat Division 1 state champion
Returning starters (6): Maggie McCarthy, Sr., midfield; Amanda Szostak, Sr., attack; Micaela Capozzo, Sr., attack; Kristen Sobolewski, Sr., defense; Ali Davis, Jr., midfield; Emily Sharretts, Soph., defense
Returning lettermen: Colby Millsaps, Sr., attack; Melanie George, Sr., defense; Morgan Hazelton, Sr., defense; Kyra Goucher, Jr., goalie; Nola Wesche, Jr., attack; Ariel Vallaincourt, Jr., midfield; Danielle Thompkins, Soph., attack, Avery Drouin, Soph., midfield
Promising newcomers: Kelsey Flannery, Sr., attack; Morgan Donahue, Sr., attack; Jacqueline Tarsook, Sr., goalie; Megan Jarvis, Soph., midfield; Carly Young, Frosh., defense; Britney Johnson, Frosh., midfield
Captains: Maggie McCarthy, Amanda Szostak, Micaela Capozzo
Returning goal leaders: Maggie McCarthy 62, Micaela Capozzo 15, Ali Davis 15
Returning honorees: Maggie McCarthy, Eagle-Tribune All-Star
Fast facts: Maggie McCarthy (Delaware), Micaela Capozzo (Gannon), Ali Davis (Lock Haven) and Kyra Goucher (Assumption) will be playing in college.
Assistants: Jackie Driscoll, Jerry Kraus, Kim Young, Jen Resmini, Meagan Moran
Coach Rob Daziel (4th year, 44-17): “I expect this team to continue to develop throughout the year and our goal is to be playing our best lacrosse heading into the playoffs.”
2014 season: 10-9, lost in Division 1 semifinals
Returning starters (6): Kiley Keenan, Sr., midfield; Lizzy Twomey, Sr., midfield; Marissa Messina, Sr., defense; Lissa Perry, Jr., attack; Ashley Matthews, Jr., attack; Rachel Amiss, Soph., defense
Returning lettermen: Shay Redmond, Sr., attack; Julia D’Onofrio, Jr., midfield; Brianna Wood, Jr., defense
Promising newcomers: Meghan Greeley, Soph., defense; Catherine Langmaid, Frosh., attack; Jill Perry, Frosh., defense
Captains: Kiley Keenan, Marissa Messina, Lizzy Twomey, Shay Redmond
Fast facts: Last year’s team made the state semis for the first time in the program’s 11-year history. ... Former assistant Christina Miano replaces Faith Wahlen, who went 80-106 in 11 years. Miano was a co-captain for the Blue Devils in 2006 and played at Southern N.H. She late was an assistant at SNHU. She is a volleyball assistant in the fall for Salem. Her fulltime job is as a social media marketing specialist.
Assistants: Hannah Moriarty, Karilyn Pilch
Coach Christina Miano (1st year): “I’m excited to lead a talented group of athletes to another successful season, picking up where we left off last season.”
2014 season: 3-13, no state tourney
Returning starters (): Ryann Bailey, Jr., midfield; Sarah Heckman, Jr., attack
Returning lettermen: Molly Wilmot, Jr., defense
Promising newcomers: Kristen Boyd, Sr.; Samantha Coryea, Sr.; Taylor Livingston, Sr.; Amanda Berry, Jr.; Emilee Nathan, Jr.; Lily Ashford, Soph.; Colleen Donnelly, Soph.; Meghan Galanos, Soph.
Returning goal leaders:
Returning honorees: none
Assistants: Beth Corkum, Meghan Hickey
Sammi Benson (2nd year, 3-13): “s.”
2014 season: 15-3, Division 2 runner-up
Returning starters (6): Courtney Sweeny, Sr., attack; Ali Connors, Sr., attack; Sam Crichton, Sr., midfield; Hope Curtis, Jr., midfield; Lexi Lewis, Jr., midfield; Emma Lindquist, Soph., attack
Returning lettermen: Julia Peet, Sr., goalie; Elizabeth O’Neill, Jr., midfield; Delaney Shea, Jr., defense
Promising newcomers: Madelyn Joanis, Sr., defense; Fallon Golden, Sr., defense; Ashley Manzo, Sr., midfield; Abigail Lagos, Jr., attack; Alexis Miedico, Jr., midfield; Abby Mitchell, Jr., defense; Sydnie Hollins, Jr., goalie; Anne MacLeod, Soph., midfield; Katie Wallace, Soph., midfield
Returning goal leaders: Ali Connors 87, Courtney Sweeny 66, Lexi Lewis 28, Emma Lindquist 19
Returning honorees: Courtney Sweeny and Ali Connors, All-Division 2; Lexi Lewis, second-team Division 2
Fast facts: Assistant Maura Murphy replaced Jill Bartlett, who went 60-13 in four years. Murphy was a co-captain at Southern New Hampshire then an assistant at SNHU for three years. She was a three-team Eagle-Tribune All-Star at Pinkerton (2003-05) while playing for her father Bryon Murphy. ... Murphy played at Pinkerton with assistants Julie Chase and Diana Kraus.
Assistants: Julie Chase, Sarah Ellins, Diana Kraus
Coach Maura Murphy (1st year): “The team is motivated and determined to secure a spot in the Division 2 championship game. An experienced senior class leads the team.”
2014 season: 4-11, lost Division 3 first round
Returning starters (10): Brooke Paradis, Sr., attack; Lauren DiPrizio, Sr., midfield; Heather Defranzo, Sr., defense; Amanda Barton, Jr., midfield; Taylor Burke, Jr., attack; Abigail Joncas, Soph., midfield; Shannon Weisensee, Soph., midfield; Sarah Morin, Soph., midfield; Lilly Shlimon, Soph., attack; Shea Kingsley, Soph., goalie
Returning lettermen: Ashley Ramalho, Jr., defense; Abby Gagnon, Soph. defense; Cassidy Corbett, Soph. defense;
Promising newcomers: Holly Feola; Frosh., defense, Hannah Flynn, Frosh., midfield, McKenna Gosselin, Frosh., attack, Caroline Joncas, Frosh., midfield
Returning scoring leaders: Brooke Paradis 48 goals, Sarah Morin 34 goals, Amanda Barton 25 goals, Shannon Weisensee 24 goals
Returning honorees: Brooke Paradis, honorable mention Division 3
Fast facts: Caroline and Abigail Joncas are sisters. ... The team graduated just one senior from last year.
Assistants: Jacqui Perry
Coach Kaite Carmody (4th year, 6-36): “I am excited to be playing some new teams this year like Bow, St. Thomas and ConVal. I have a majority of the same girls with me this year that were with me last year along with some nice young talent that I think will help us improve.”