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December 7, 2013

Daily News Field Hockey All-Stars


Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

Amanda Schell

Amesbury, Sr.

Midfield

Along with being a captain and scholar with a 4.3 GPA, Schell was selected for the “Best of 60” game. She scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Georgetown. She cites her mother as her role model for being her biggest fan.

Maddie Severance

Amesbury, Sr.

Forward

Severance maintains a 4.84 GPA. On top of that, she was named a CAL All-Star. She cites her game-winning goal against North Reading as her season highlight. Her role model is her Mom, who always encourages her to work hard.

Meghan Stanton

Newburyport, Jr.

Midfield

Stanton credits her success on and off the field to coach Lauren Hefferan and her sister, Maddy. While maintaining a 3.87 GPA, Stanton also was named an All-Star. She plans to study nursing and play field hockey in college.

Kristen Sydlowski

Amesbury, Sr.

Defense

The CAL All-Star received the Most Improved Award for Amesbury. She maintains a 3.47 GPA and serves as a class representative for the senior class. Her season highlight was preventing goals and helping a first-year goalie. She lists her mother as her role model.