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September 3, 2013

Field hockey capsules

Amesbury

Coach: Bethany Noseworthy (5th season)

Last season: 7-8-3

Key players: Ali Debastis, sr.; Sarah Donohue, sr.; Amanda Schell, sr.; Maddie Severance, sr.; Kristen Sydlowski, sr.; Caroline Conte, jr.; Autumn Kligerman, jr.; Audra Tamburello, jr.

Impact newcomers: Ashley Grandmaison, jr.; Kiarah Loh, sr.; Abbie Sartori, fr.

Strengths: Leadership, desire and experience on defense.

Concerns: Graduation of key players and readjusting the team to cover that loss.

First game: Wednesday, Sept. 4 (3:45 p.m.) vs. Ipswich

Coach’s outlook: “Last year was very successful for us, coming just one point shy of the tournament. My returning players possess the desire to qualify (for the playoffs) this season, and have already passed the desire down to the younger players on the team. We completed a very successful preseason with the highest numbers we have had in the past five seasons.”

Georgetown

Coach: Nicole Garry (8th season)

Last season: 2-11-4

Key players: Forward Emily Mueskes, sr., capt.; midfielder Nicole Lacasse, sr., capt.; defender Katherine

Caraglia, sr., capt.

Impact newcomers: Goalkeeper Molly Jannell, soph.; forward Margaret Noelk, soph.

Strengths: Offensive potential with forwards Mueskes and Noelk, who are working well together on the right wing.Goalie Jannell is also looking strong in net.

Concerns: Small roster, just 12 players on this year’s varsity team and only 13 on the JV squad. So there is a lack of substitutes.

First game: Wednesday, Sept. 4 (3:45 p.m.) vs. Rockport

Coach’s outlook: “We want to earn as many wins as possible, be as successful as we can be, and try to make the postseason. Scoring was a weakness for us last year but, with this year’s forward line, we have the potential to score a lot of goals this season.”

Newburyport

Coach: Lauren Hefferan (7th season, 75-27-20)

Last season: 13-3-3

Key players: Defenders Mary Pettigrew, Renee Vartabedian, Meghan Stanton; midfielders Ashley Hodge, Lindsay Howard, Molly Stanton; forwards Eliza Filipancic, Emma Bartol, Marie Cahalane, Caroline Marino.

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