Along with the successful youth movement, the Clippers are bolstered by the return of nine players from last year’s varsity team. Forwards Eliza Filipancic, Emma Bartol, Marie Cahalane and Caroline Marino fuel the offensive attack while Ashley Hodge, Lindsay Howard and Molly Stanton will play midfield.
Defensively, the Clippers will be led by Mary Pettigrew, Renee Vartabedian and Meghan Stanton.
“The returning players look solid and consistent. Their skills and confidence have definitely grown over the last year,” said Hefferan.
The coach added that this year’s biggest question mark is goaltending. Both Megan Desautels, who was the junior varsity netminder last year, and varsity returnee Lauren Singer, who is trying her hand at the goalie position for the first time, are the candidates to replace Dow.
Neither of them has played the position at the varsity level, according to Hefferan.
In reference to the team’s success in recent years, Hefferan was excited that four players from Newburyport are presently playing at the college level. They are Cassaundra Davis (St. Michael’s College), Molly Rowe (Bentley College), Paige Hefferan (Keene State College) and Kate McCauley (Merrimac College).