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April 4, 2014

Pentucket girls lacrosse loses big in opener

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“I live right nearby, my son goes to Pentucket, so I know a bunch of the parents,” Pike said. “I love coaching and I was taking time off, but now I’m back and it’s great.”

The top contributors for Pentucket this season will likely include the team’s three captains, Liza Brackbill, Jackie Brennan and goalkeeper Tori Ruggiero, all of whom are seniors. They will be joined by defenders Julie Stasiuk, Ana Moura-Cook and Wiles, who is a center.

Pike also pointed to Mikson as a potential breakout star, saying she has a complete skillset and could develop into an excellent player.

“I can’t wait to see how she does over the years,” Pike said.

Overall, Pike said her team’s biggest strength would likely be its ability to communicate, while its biggest weakness is probably its youth. Regardless, Pike said she’s looking forward to getting out on the field so they can move past yesterday’s setback.

“We’re hoping to make the tournament, that’s a goal we’ve talked about,” she said. “It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen a couple of these [local] teams play, but I’m optimistic about our chances and I think that would be great for them.”

Pentucket’s next game will be Monday afternoon, when the Sachems are scheduled to host Triton at 3:45 p.m.

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