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December 7, 2013

Daily News Field Hockey All-Stars

Player of the Year

Marie Cahalane

Newburyport, Jr.

Midfield

As only a junior, Cahalane earned an All-League nomination. Her success on the field comes while maintaining a 4.3 GPA. She cites coach Lauren Hefferan and her parents, Marilyn and John Cahalane, as her role models.

Liza Brackbill

Pentucket, Sr.

Midfield

Brackbill was honored with a CAL All-Star selection. She scored on a stroke in the Manchester Essex game. Brackbill, who maintains a 4.3 GPA, cites her parents as role models. She was instrumental in starting Pentucket’s girls hockey program.

Courtney Brown

Triton, Sr.

Defense

Brown, who maintains a 4.2 GPA, received an All-Star honor and was influential in turning the Triton field hockey program around. The Triton Coach’s Award recipient credits her coaches and mother for being role models.

Kerstin Darsney

Triton, Sr.

Defense

Darsney, who maintains a 3.96 GPA cites being named a Cape Ann League All-Star as her season highlight. The reigning CAL Indoor Track Athlete of the Year will be heading to UMass Lowell next year. She cites Donna Andersen as her role model.

Emily Hirtle

Triton, Sr.

Midfield

While being named an All-Star as a junior last season, Hirtle rose her play to All-League status this season with performances such as her game-winning goal against Saugus. She thanks her coach, parents and Lyndsay Thomson for her success.

Lexi Penniman

Triton, Jr.

Goalkeeper

Penniman’s eight shutouts as a goalkeeper earned her the title of All-Star. Penniman maintains a 3.6 GPA and cites Triton coach Donna Andersen as her role model. She hopes to play field hockey in college after her 2015 graduation.

Mary Pettigrew

Newburyport, Sr.

Midfield

In Pettigrew’s senior year, she left nothing on the field. She earned an All-League honor with strong play as a midfielder, has a 3.8 GPA, and looks forward to attending college for nursing. She thanks coach Lauren Hefferan and her father.

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