Capsule outlook of the area’s high school field hockey teams

  • Gilford’s Nicole Berube (9) takes control of the ball during a contest at Gilford High School last season. Monitor file

Published: 8/27/2018 10:28:47 PM
CONCORD

Division: I

Coach: Andrew Briers (2nd year)

Last year: 3-10-1, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Maria Armaganian, so., M; Erin Reed, sr., D; Ella Doherty, jr., M; Erin Doherty, jr., M; Sam Ossoff, jr., D; Carly Torrance, sr., F

Top newcomers: Julie Auld, jr., M/F

Outlook: The Crimson Tide has some solid players dotting the field and Briers likes his team’s willingness to listen and take coaching. Those strengths will have to offset Concord’s small roster and some inexperience at a few key positions.

Teams to beat: Pinkerton, Timberlane, Winnacunnet

BOW

Division: II

Coach: Rebecca Cleary (2nd year)

Last year: 6-9, reached first round in D-III

Returning starters: Courtney Baer, sr., G; Charlotte Clement, sr., F; Isabelle Dolcino, sr., F; Brenna Novakoski, sr., F; Chiara Petretta, sr., D; Faith Walmsley, sr., M; Elizabeth Guertin, jr., M; Emma Hilton, jr.; Megan Lavigne, jr., M; Maddie Tibbetts, jr., D

Top newcomers: Angie Cericola, jr., F; Skye Nieves, jr., F; Maddy Smith, jr., F; Maddie Soucy, jr., G; Amelia Coe, so., D; Barrie Guertin, so., F; Falon Labrecque, so., M; Lauren McKeen, so., M; Rylee Constant, fr., D; Sarah Guerrette, fr., M; Jocelyn Webber, fr., D

Outlook: “Bow’s feeder program has had an effect of the level of players we field in the past few years,” Cleary said. “There are three freshman on the team this year who have good experience and remarkable enthusiasm. Added to the solid players returning from last year, I believe the Falcons will be competitive this season. We have moved back to D-II, so I cannot predict how many games we may win, but I am confident that we are on an upwards trajectory as a program.”

JOHN STARK

Division: II

Coach: Dennis Pelletier (3rd year)

Last year: 3-11, did not make tournament in D-III

Returning starters: Kasey Arnold, sr., capt.; Tyler Descouteau, sr.; Elizabeth Aubin, jr., capt.; Olivia Desainde, jr.; Skyler Rousseau, jr.; Meg Girardet, so.

Top newcomers: Gracie Bolduc, fr.; Sydnee Pelletier, so.

Outlook: The young Generals (just three seniors) will step up to Division II this season, but they feel good about the move after two seasons of player development. Arnold will lead the offense and provide some leadership for young forwards like Bolduc and Girardet, both of whom possess excellent skill, determination and athletic ability. Juniors Rebecca Wetherbee (team leader with 3 goals last season) and Lauren Zervos, and sophomore Delaney Forrestall will also be counted on offensively. The midfield will be led by Aubin, a Second Team D-III pick last year, along with Rouseau and sophomore Kacie Weston. look to help Aubin hold down the middle. Stark has solid experience on defense with seniors Descouteau and Ali Burkhamer and juniors Desainde and Anna Salisbury. Pelletier takes over the reins as the Generals netminder after a solid JV season in 2017.

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Souhegan, Hanover

MERRIMACK VALLEY

Division: II

Coach: Jen Otis (1st year)

Last year: 1-12-1, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Amy Bardsley, sr., F; Reilly Swislosky, so., F; Alexa Prewitt, so., F; Molly McLaughlin, jr., D; Lauren McLaughlin, jr., M; Alani Ramas, sr., D; Taylor Bailey, so., M

Outlook: After a tough campaign a season ago, the Pride returns with the intent of improving and competiting with a high level of energy. “We have a young group that works hard everyday to improve both individually and as a team,” Otis said.

PEMBROKE

Division: II

Coach: Aimee Monterio (3rd year)

Last year: 5-10, reached first round in D-III

Returning starters: Maddie Gaskell, sr., G, capt.; Alysse Cleasby, sr., F, capt.; Ali Corriveau, jr., F, capt.; Laurel Klawes, sr., D; Maddie Bennett, sr., F; Josie Stottlar, sr., G

Top newcomers: “Juniors Alex Bonacorsi and Katie Jameson are new defenders to the varsity team. They have always been great leaders in the past on JV. They are definitely ready for their new roles this year on varsity,” Monterio said. “Senior Mirium Kafkoulis comes in with a unique style of play that is successful. She is smart with the ball. Rachel Clark and Leah Lacross are both sophomores ready to step in any role and consistently work their hardest to improve each day.”

Outlook: “We are working on finding success during a rebuilding year after graduating eight seniors,” Monterio said. “This is a very new team still building chemistry on the field. They are hard-working kids and will do anything we ask of them. I look forward to watching them grow as a team.”

Teams to beat: Windham, Hanover

BISHOP BRADY

Division: III

Coach: Kelly Owen (25th year)

Last year: 7-9, reached quarterfinals

Returning starters: Abigail Tremblay, sr., D; Emma Windsor, sr., G; Riley Marsh, so., F; Halle Laramie, so., F/M/D; Kathryn Weed, so., D/M; Abby Shagena, so., F

Outlook: “Every season has a new look. With six returning starters and a few new additions we look to be competitive with everyone in Division III,” Owen said. “We are still very young. The returning sophomores have a season under their belt and all the returners have a clear understanding of what is a head of them. We are looking forward to this season as a team.”

Teams to beat: “Everyone,” Owen said.

FRANKLIN

Division: III

Coach: Shelby Joyce (1st year)

Last year: 4-10, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Clarissa Martin, sr., D/GK; Ryley Haskins, sr., M; Lauren Croteau, sr., M/D; Courtney Defosses, sr., D; Halie Turner, sr., F; Emma LaPierre, jr., D; Jada LaPierre, so., M/F; Jillian Weaver, so., F; Elizabeth Guillotte, so., D/F

Top newcomers: Maja Veletanlic, so., F; Ryleigh Seufert, so., F; Alyssa Cornell, so., F/D; Jasmyn Long, fr., GK/D

Outlook: The biggest concern for the Golden Tornadoes is their youth. Franklin has a small roster and a handful of players new to the game, but has nine returning starters to fall back on. “Despite the odds, the girls are strong and determined athletes who have put in tremendous work during the preseason and more than excited for the season to start,” Joyce said.

Teams to beat: Gilford, Newfound, Mascoma Valley

GILFORD

Division: III

Coach: Dave Rogacki (8th year)

Last year: 13-3-1, reached semifinals

Returning starters: Bri Salanitro, sr., F; Nicole Berube, sr., F; Randi Byars, jr., D; Emily O’Connor, jr., M; Sydni Lehr, jr., M; Laurel Gingrich, jr., F; Jenna DeLucca, jr., G; Kolbi Plante, jr., D; Taryn Fountain, so., M

Top newcomers: Shea Brown, fr., F; Reese Clark

Outlook: The Golden Eagles have just two seniors on the roster (Salanitor and Berube), but they do have experience with nine returning starters.

Teams to beat: Newfound, Hopkinton, Winnisquam, Stevens, Berlin

KEARSARGE

Division: III

Coach: Dianne Chadwick (5th year)

Last year: 3-11, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Audrey Kenyon, sr., F; Chase Lennon, sr., M; Jordan Pollard, sr., D; Lily Woods, sr., D; Hannah Tockman, so., D; Abby Nadeau, so., F; Megan Norris, so., M; Marissa Pickman, jr., G

Top newcomers: Eliza Cardillo, fr., M; Kate Cochran, fr., F; Paige Hoegler, fr., M; Brier Roberts, fr., D

Outlook: “It feels as though Kearsarge field hockey has hit the reset button,” Chadwick said. “An incoming freshmen class with great game sense and strong skills has joined the ranks of our returning senior and sophomore starters, and we have a second line with greater strength than years prior.”


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