A Cape Ann League All-Star, Liza Brackbill was Pentucket’s top defensive player this year. Besides guarding the opposing team’s best player all season long, Brackbill also contributed 3 goals and an assist on offense. Brackbill is also an outstanding student — she maintains a 4.6 GPA and won the President’s Award for Academics. This fall she will attend the honors program at UMass Amherst.
Courtney Brown was Triton’s top defensive player this year, earning both a Cape Ann League All-Star selection and the team’s Coaches Award. She said the highlight of the season was beating Pentucket twice, and then beating Melrose to reach the second round of the state tournament. Brown has a 4.2 GPA and is also a standout field hockey player. This fall she will continue her field hockey career at Endicott College, where she will also pursue a degree in secondary education.
Coming off a Cape Ann League All-Star selection as a sophomore, Graceann Conte had a huge junior season, scoring nearly half of her team’s goals to earn a selection to this year’s All-League team. The junior captain and team MVP scored 40 goals and had 6 assists, and while her team struggled this year, she said the highlight came when she scored her 100th career goal. Conte has committed to play Division II lacrosse at the University of Findlay in Ohio after she graduates.
One of Newburyport’s defensive stalwarts, Lilly Donovan was a key piece of the Clippers’ midfield and came through with 21 goals and had 6 assists on offense as well. Donovan’s best game came in the state championship game, when she scored two goals to help Newburyport top Bromfield 7-6 for the title. Donovan was also a member of Newburyport’s state championship-winning girls soccer team in the fall, and she will continue her soccer career at Lesley University in the fall.