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Capsule outlook of the area’s high school girls’ lacrosse teams

High school girls’ lacrosse outlook

Bow

Division: II

Coach: Alli Brooks (1st year)

Last year: 5-9, did not make tournament

Returning Starters: Kirsten Bresson, sr., D; Julia Currier, so., A; Sarah Davis, sr., D; Collette Gould, jr., D; Brooke Johnson, so., MF; Allie Krause, sr., MF; Katie Lawson, sr., MF; Amanda Murray, so., A; Sierra Welch, sr., MF

T op newcomers: Leeanna Cmar, jr., G; Taylor Darrell, fr., MF; Andrea Fortin, fr., D; Olivia Krause, fr., MF; Molly Morrison, fr., A

Outlook: The Falcons welcome a new coach into the fold, and she’s tasked with helping return Bow to the postseason after a rare year on the outside looking in. “We have a very positive outlook for the upcoming season,” Coach Brooks said. “The girls have shown a lot of defensive strengths and we have strong shots offensively. I’m looking forward to starting the season with this great group of girls.”

Belmont

Division: III

Coach: Jim Berry (1st year)

Last year: NA, first-year varsity

Returning Starte rs: First season as varsity team

Top newcomers: Alexa Robbins, jr., G; Kaitlyn Berry, jr.

Outlook: Despite this being Belmont’s first year as a varsity program, the team has seen success in its past two seasons as a club team, finishing 2012 with a record of 9-3 and last season ending with a 7-3 record. The Red Raiders will be coming into Division III with a roster of 21 girls, three of whom have never played lacrosse before. Belmont will look to make a splash during its first season.

Hopkinton

Division: III

Coach: Eric Sideleau (4th year)

Last year: 9-7, lost in quarterfinals

Returning starte rs: Callie Chase, jr., D; Isabel Gesen, jr., A; Grace Givens, jr., D; Mo Hastings, jr., MF; Sierra Schuster, jr., MF; Meg Hemmerlein, sr., MF; Sonja Leavitt, sr., G; Caroline Sweny, sr., MF

Top newcomers: Ivanna Doval, fr.; Emily Mitchell, fr.; Isabel Tobin, fr.; Josie Lavigne, so.; Catlin Reidy, jr.

O utlook: With a majority of last year’s starters back in the lineup this spring – and many of them still underclassmen – the future looks bright for the Hawks. “The goal is to improve on last year’s record and return to the final four,” Coach Sideleau said.

Teams to beat: Kearsarge, Lebanon

John Stark

Division: III

Coach: John Warner (8th year)

Last year: 8-8, lost in quarterfinals

Returning Starte rs: Elizabeth Brandt, so., MF; Danielle Galli, so., MF; Clarissa Foote, sr., G; Hailey Nase, jr., MF; Liz Neal, so., MF/D; Elizabeth Palmisano, jr., A; Gianna Pezzulo, jr., A; Casey Poirier, jr., A/MF; Samantha Valcourt, jr., MF; Katie Waligura, so., A; Stephanie Wetherbee, jr., D

Top newcomers: Emily Edwards, so., MF/A; MacKenzie Nase, fr., D/MF

O utlook: The Generals look to have a great season anchored by A strong core of varsity returners and a crew that is skilled and dedicated has the Generals looking forward to a successful season. Coach Warner will be looking for great balance on offense and for the team to work on improving defense despite the loss of two starting defenders to graduation. Stark aims to return to the playoffs despite a crowded field of strong teams. Hailey Nase and Wetherbee will lead the defense, while Pezzulo, Poirer, Valcourt, Palmisano, Galli and Brandt look to lead the offense. Foote is back in net in her fourth year as the starting keeper.

T eams to beat: Plymouth, Kingswood, Kearsarge, Lebanon, Derryfield

Kearsarge

Division: III

Coach: Scott Slogic (6th year)

Last year: 14-1, lost in semifinals

Returning Starte rs: Libby Brooks, sr., MF; Kate Scheuch, sr., D; Haley Brook, sr., MF; Jonnalyn Burt, sr., A; Geneva Heffernan, jr., MF; Lianna Blakeman, jr., A; Anna Stowell, so., A; Eleanor Angus, so., D; Kaileigh Davis, so., D

Top newcomers: Hannah Anderson, jr., A; Bryna Carey, so., G; Ellie Chadwick, so., A; Maggie Lee, fr., A/MF; Maci Hansen, fr., MF; Anya Nowicki, fr., G

Outlook: An ample amount of talent is back in the fold for the Cougars (most notably Libby Brooks, a first-team All-State selection), but after losing both the Division III Player of the Year and the starter in goal, Kearsarge has some hole-patching to do. Defense was such a strength for the Cougars the past few years, and Slogic said Scheuch and Brooks will be the cornerstones in getting a restructured unit back among the division’s best. That will also depend on who wins the starting goalie battle between Nowicki and Carey, and how well the eventual starter adjusts to the role. On offense, Haley Brook (who led the team in assists as a junior) will play a leading role at the helm of the Cougar attack.

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Hopkinton, Plymouth, Lebanon, Kingswood

Merrimack Valley

Division: III

Coach: Anna Devylder (1st year)

Last year: 2-12, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Rebekah Stearns, sr.; Lily Davis, sr.; Jordan Presby, sr.; Hannah John, sr.; Maddy Jaquith, jr.

Top newcomers: Madyn Kenney, fr.; Lauryn Masse, fr.

Outlook: The Pride is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season, having lost only three seniors from a year ago. Merrimack Valley looks to have a strong midfield with Danielle Wiley, Emily Masse, Isabel Hoyt and returning starter Davis. The attackers for MV are looking to improve over last season with returning starters Stearns and John having another season of experience under their belts. The Pride also is expecting major contributions on the offensive end from Raquel Gelinas, Karra Hebert and Sydney Rollins. Presby and newcomer Lauryn Masse will be patrolling the backfield. Jaquith is back in net and will play a large role in MV’s resurgence.

Teams to beat: “All teams will provide good competition,” Devylder said.

Pembroke

Division: III

Coach: Georgia Steese (1st year)

Last year: 4-10, did not make tournament

Top newcomers: Shania Clarke, so.; Haley Lavigne, jr.

Outlook: After finishing 4-10 and graduating five seniors, the Spartans are looking to mix some youth with experience, returning 11 players that were on Pembroke’s roster last season and adding three new players. Coach Steese is very excited about her group of girls and has some simple goals in her first season as head coach: Eliminate mistakes, stay positive and make it to the playoffs.

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