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April 5, 2013

Girls lacrosse capsules

Georgetown

Coach: Bridget Lane

Last year’s record: 8-10

Key returning players: Grace Ann Conti, Kathryn Gibb, Marisa Agganis, Chelsea Burke, Madeline Cannon

Newcomers: Cassidy Troy, Brynn Beaudoin

Strengths: Offense. The Royals have averaged 17.5 goals per game through two games.

Concerns: Defense: The Royals have allowed 16.0 goals per game through two games.

Coach’s outlook:

First game: Georgetown beat Lynnfield 17-15 April 1.

Newburyport

Coach: Catherine Batchelder

Last year’s record: 10-5

Key returning players: Meri Adsit, Kelly Conway, Julia Kipp, Carly Kouvaris, Kate McCauley, Jill Oulette, Ali Peffer, Brenna Williams

Newcomers: Livie Couturier, Olivia Kearney, Mary Pettigrew

Strengths: Strong leadership in class, skilled new players.

Concerns: Speed and depth in the midfield.

Coach’s outlook: “The team is working very hard and despite the weather conditions we are ahead of where we started last season. We have a veteran attack and we are working very hard to improve our midfield.”

First game: Newburyport beat Danvers 19-9 April 1.

Pentucket

Coach: Rachel Abdulla

Last year’s record: 7-8

Key returning players: Tori Spofford, Kristen Fitzgerald, Julianna Grim, Tori Ruggerio, Liza Brackbill, Jackie Brennan, Audrey Moolic, Sarah Wiles, Ana Moura Cook, Samantha Fiore

Newcomers: Natalie Scott, Maddie McDonagh, Danika Bruce, Maddie Begin, Julie Stasiuk, Alyson Ruzycky, Cammie Balentine

Strengths: Strong core of returning players.

Concerns: Short roster.

Coach’s outlook: “We’re looking forward to improving on last year’s record and having some fun.”

First game: Pentucket beat Triton 13-8 April 1.

Triton

Coach: Stacey Beaulieu

Last year’s record: 1-17

Key returning players: Meg Hickey, Harley Wood, Caroline Baniont

Newcomers: Kaitlyn Muldowney, Meghan Muldowney, Nickie Sullivan

Strengths: Youth and energy.

Concerns: Lack of winning experience.

Coach’s outlook: “Our youth and energy is our strength, but it could also be our downfall. We had a tough season last year, and we are looking to make a statement that we are not that team this year. The players have been working hard, and that will show in how competitive we will be this year.”

First game: Today at Haverhill

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