Castantini is now playing basketball at UMass Dartmouth, and Rowe just finished her freshman field hockey season with Bentley University. The departure of those two players makes this somewhat of a rebuilding season for Newburyport.
“Opening night is great as long as we don’t open with Pentucket,” Dollas said after last night’s game.
Dollas may take a page out of Pentucket coach John McNamara’s book this season by implementing more of a full-court press defensive strategy.
“I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Dollas said. “I’d like to press more. We did that at times. That’s our goal. We have some speed here and there, but we have to stay out of foul trouble.”
All 11 players on Newburyport’s roster saw playing time last night. Dollas expects to shorten his bench as the season progresses.
“I think everyone on this team has a chance to get on this court,” Dollas said. “That will be the toughest thing for me — finding that rotation while keeping chemistry. I think some of my rotations messed up our chemistry in this game. I’ll have to coach a little better to help them through that stuff.”
Newburyport 39, Amesbury 23
at Newburyport High
A — 6 2 10 5 — 23
N — 12 8 10 9 — 39
A: Sarah Abraham 3-0-6; Megan Reid 2-0-4; Julia Schlich 1-1-3; Cloutier McKenzie 1-1-3; Emily Martin 1-1-3; Janine Fatal 1-0-2; Amanda Martin 1-0-2; Totals 10-3-23.
N: Lilly Donovan 7-2-16; Mary Pettigrew 5-1-11; Emily Pettigrew 2-0-4; Aly Leahy 1-2-4; Casey Barlow 1-0-2; Morgan Johnston 1-0-2; Totals 17-5-39.
Rebounding leaders: N — Donovan 8; A — E. Martin 6.
Assist leaders: N — Donovan 4; A — Fatal 4.
Records: N — 1-0; A — 0-2.