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September 3, 2013

Field hockey capsules


Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

Impact newcomers: Freshmen Michaela Corvi, Olivia Thirkell, Meagan Bragole, Madeline Green.

Strengths: Speed and defense.

Concerns: Two new goalies who have never played at the varsity level.

First game: Thursday, Sept. 5 (3:45 p.m.) at North Reading

Coach’s outlook: “I’m very excited about this year. The returning players look solid and consistent in their play so far. Their skills and confidence have definitely grown over the last year. I’m very happy about how quickly the freshmen are adjusting to playing at the varsity level. The freshmen’s enthusiasm and drive and the leadership of our tri-captains is pushing the team to work harder. Although we lost nine players from last year’s team, I’m very optimistic about our upcoming success.”

Pentucket

Coach: Ruth Beaton (20th season)

Last season: 9-9

Key players: Captains Liza Brackbill, Mary Kate Corrado, Tori Ruggiero; seniors Carley Desjardins, Rachel Perry.

Impact newcomers: Senior Emily Mikson; junior Tyler Feeney; sophomore Emmy Mae Desjardins.

Strengths: Versatility and athleticism. We have many young ladies who are capable of playing anywhere on the field. Strong leadership from captains and senior players.

Concerns: We are young. Although we have a roster that includes 10 seniors, only three had considerable varsity playing time last year.

First game: Wednesday, Sept. 4 (3:45 p.m.) vs. Saugus at Amesbury Sports Park.

Coach’s outlook: “As always, we strive to improve with each practice and each game, and to achieve our ultimate goal of qualifying for the state tournament.”

Triton

Coach: Donna Andersen (20th season)

Last season: (1-17)

Key players: Senior captains Courtney Brown, Michaela Dunn, Emily Hirtle; seniors Kerstin Darsney, Kylie Gilroy, Peyton Hunt, Kaelyn Mercer, Mckenzie Smith; juniors Sarah Duncan, Cailin Fraser, Leah Marshall, Jeanne Martin, Lexi Penniman, Julia Reynolds, Jessica Savage.

Impact newcomers: Sophomores Emma McGonagle, Jackie Robert.

First game: Wednesday, Sept. 4 (3:45 p.m.) vs. Hamilton-Wenham.

Coach’s outlook: “We graduated only two seniors and have a good group of returning players. The team has worked very hard this preseason and had good showings in our scrimmages.”