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April 4, 2013

Lacrosse capsules

Newburyport

Coach: Ed Gaudiano

Last year’s record: 15-3

Key returning players: Tyler Matses, sr.; Drew Bourdeau, jr.; Nick Mombello, sr.; Matt Kelleher, so.; Alex Buckley, sr.; Mike Shay, so.; Dillon Guthro, jr.; Rob Cataldo, sr.; Jared Healey, jr.

Newcomers: Jared Bradbury, jr.; Nick Federico, so.; Peter Greene, so.; George Pantelis, sr.; Brendon Barreclough, so.; J.J. Bajko, so.

Strengths: Defense. The entire defensive group returns along with goalie Dillon Guthro.

Concerns: Find a group of offensive middies, and one attackman.

Coach’s outlook: “We should be solid on defense to start the season. Offensively, we’re looking to work new players in. Replacing Sam Francis, who is injured, will be hard to do. We have a competitive group of kids who should be in every game.”

First game: April 10 at Ipswich

Triton

Coach: Sean Parsons

Last year’s record: 10-9

Key returning players: Luke Packer, sr.; Travis Kneeland, sr.; Joe Roucco, sr.; Andrew Sheerin, jr.

Newcomers: Jake Gilbert, so.; Max Madden, so.; Will McCaffrey, jr.

Strengths: Experience. Parsons’ system has been in place for a year.

Concerns: Participation numbers have dropped.

Coach’s outlook: “Even though our numbers are low, we have a group of athletes on the team this year. Everyone can play their position very well, and most of them are three-sport athletes, so being in shape isn’t going to be a problem. But our goals are simple: Make the tournament and to have double digit wins again this season. Our magic number is obviously nine to make the tournament, but our goal number is 14.”

First game: Today vs. Marblehead

Pentucket

Coach: Dan Leary

Last year’s record: 0-14

Key returning players: Sam Colombo, jr.; Brendan Sullivan, so.; Calvin Wiles, sr.; Jeff Porter, so.; Josh Wesolowski, so.; Nick Zaia, jr.; Quentin Bounsy, jr.; Mike Aiduk, jr.; Kevin Miles, sr.; Kyle Richardson, jr.; Chad Legault, jr.; Luke Strangman, so.; Brett Connolly, jr.

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