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Locals still on outside looking in at divisional frontrunners

High School Field Hockey Preview

Bishop Guertin coach Steve Duprat may have summed up the state of New Hampshire field hockey for years to come.

“It seems that year-in and year-out the top teams really don’t change,” the seven-year Cardinals coach said. “Pinkerton and Winnacunnet would be the tops on paper right now, but Exeter could make noise like last year. Timberlane, Salem and Merrimack will also be there.” ...

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Bishop Guertin coach Steve Duprat may have summed up the state of New Hampshire field hockey for years to come.

“It seems that year-in and year-out the top teams really don’t change,” the seven-year Cardinals coach said. “Pinkerton and Winnacunnet would be the tops on paper right now, but Exeter could make noise like last year. Timberlane, Salem and Merrimack will also be there.”

Exeter won last year’s title out of the four seed, beating No. 2 Pinkerton Academy 2-1.

Nashua High School South coach Meg Ackerman thinks that Nashua North and Bishop Guertin can make a splash this fall. North is coming off it’s best finish in program history at 3-10-1, and with a strong group of returners – led by senior forward Jexi Williams – anything is possible.

For BG, it’s about how quickly its young midfield unit can get acclimated to the varsity game. Until then, the Cardinals will rely heavily on pressure being applied on the opposition’s net by senior forwards Kristin Cameron and Carly Caveny.

“We have some talented goal scorers back who will need to put the ball in the net to take some pressure off our young midfielders,” Duprat said. “Our defense continues to improve but will have to be very good this year.”

In Division II, defending champion Windham, led by Taylor Powell, and runner-up Merrimack Valley are the teams to beat. Goffstown is also knocking on the door to the final, while Derryfield, of Manchester, moves up after making the Division III final for five straight years.

In Division III, Berlin is again the favorite this season, after beating Derryfield for the title in 2013.

DIVISION I

Bishop Guertin

COACH: Steve Duprat (seventh year).

2013: 8-8; lost in the quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Carly Caveny, sr., forward; Kristin Cameron, sr., forward; Abby Collins, sr., defense; Rachael LaPolice, sr., midfield; Erica Chareth, jr., midfield; Dakota Bilodeau, so., midfield; Kate Bradford, so., midfield; Caroline Boudreau, jr., defense; Kelly Mahoney, jr., goalie.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Holly Kathios, sr., defense; Abbey Cassidy, sr., forward; Eleanor Foltan, jr., forward/midfield; Breanna Veilleux, jr., forward/midfield.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Kayla Bednardz, so., defense; Heather Camacho, jr., forward/midfield; Brody Johnson, sr., defense; Olivia Koutsos, so., forward/midfield; Greta Reilly, so., goalie.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We have some talented goal scorers back who will need to put the ball in the net to take some pressure off our young midfielders,” seventh-year coach Steve Duprat said. “Our defense continues to improve but will have to be very good this year.”

Merrimack

COACH: Ann MacLean (eighth year)

2013: 7-6-1; lost in quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Julia Perry, sr.; Callie Dwyer jr., Dana Mendes, sr.; Rachel Schwartz, sr.; Mackensie Hennas, sr.; Charlotte Perry, so.; Jesse Londono, jr.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Victoria Currie, jr.; Kayla Londono, sr.; Hanna Smith, sr.; Lacey Lature, sr.; Shannon Leavenworth, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Emily Eckert, so.; Olivia Kapsambelis, fr.; Ally Chouinard, so.; Brianna Shelley, so.; Allyssa Jones, sr.; Jordan Fleckenstein, sr.; Julie Berberian, sr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The strength of this team is that they respect each other and enjoy working together,” eighth-year coach Ann MacLean said. “I believe the more they practice with each other the stronger unit they will be become.”

Nashua North

COACH: Kristine Tingley (fifth year).

2013: 3-10-1; did not qualify for tournament.

RETURNING STARTERS: Alyssa Bottari, sr., midfield; Gabrielle Masseur, so., forward; Jessica Schuyler, sr., goalie; Jessica Williams, sr., forward.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Victoria Grady, jr., forward; Regan Jameson, sr., defense; Olivia Krucynska, sr., forward; Michelle Ostaudelafont, sr., midfield; Hannah Shuman, sr., defense; Grace Tamposi, jr., midfield.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Alexandra Norris, so., midfield defense; Kayla Rittenberg, so., midfield; Katrina Grabeau, jr., midfield; Jenna Tingley, so., defense; Zoe Fillebrown, fr., goalie; Danielle Upton, fr., forward; Ariana Roberts, fr., midfield; Danielle Beegan, so., midfield.

COACH’S COMMENT: “These players have not only committed to work hard during the season, but they have committed in the offseason too,” fifth-year coach Kristine Tingley said. “Participating with the younger kids in all of the offseason play has made our team not only skills stronger but more accountable to themselves and the responsibilities that life puts on them to work for what you want and what you believe in. Our biggest motivator is give 100 percent and make each year better than the last.”

Nashua South

COACH: Meg Ackerman (third year).

2013: 1-10; did not qualify for tournament.

RETURNING STARTERS: Emma Loschiavo, sr., forward; Alyssa Freeman, jr., forward; Jenny Halloran, jr., defense; Sam Harden, jr., midfield.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kara Slocum, jr., forward/midfield; Haley Bender, so., midfield; Shannon Collins, so., defense.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nidhi Bhagat, jr., forward; Grace Landry, so., forward; Hannah Lambert, so., defense; Hannah Hansen, fr., defense; Nora Goldenberg, fr., goalie.

COACH’S COMMENT: “This season we aim to build our program and focus on fundamental technical training, development of team dynamic, increase athletic ability, and gain strength and power,” third-year coach Meg Ackerman said. “We worked hard in preseason and with some young promising new talent we look forward to the upcoming season.”

DIVISION II

Hollis Brookline

COACH: Jack Taber (second year).

2013: N/A; did not qualify for tournament.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Alexis Gliser, sr., defense; Amanda Kabel, sr., midfield; Alyssa Rich, sr., forward; Ashley Skey, sr., goalie; Stephanie Buchanan, jr., midfield; Nicola Chomiak, jr., midfield; Hannah MacLeod, sr., midfield; Kristen Marquette, sr., forward; Kerrianne O’Reilly, sr., midfield; Nellie Putur, sr., defense; Cassandra Reijgers, jr., goalie; Teagan White, jr., forward; Lanie Wood, jr., midfield.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Shae Berry, jr., forward; Nichole Bourque, so., forward; Stephanie Burns, sr., forward; Maggie Devlin, jr., midfield; Ceci Eliopoulos, jr., forward; Mikey Lemay, so., midfield; Natalie Lewis, jr., midfield; Alexi Migneault, jr., defense; Sierra Migneault, sr., defense; Maggie O’Hara, so., defense; Natalie Paquin, so., defense; Kelly Snyder, jr., forward.

COACH’S COMMENT: “This will be a very strong defensive team led by our goalies, senior Ashley Skey and junior Cassandra Reijgers,” second-year coach Jack Taber said. “On the offensive side we’re looking for scoring from an influx of newcomers, led by Kelley Snyder and Nichole Bourque.”

Milford

COACH: Tracie Ibarra (13th year).

2013: N/A; lost in preliminary round.

RETURNING STARTERS: Madison Gagnon, jr.; Julia mazzeo, sr.; Kaitlyn Nelson, sr.; Kelsey Poulter, sr.; Olivia Mabbett, jr.; Nicole McMorrow, jr.; Cora Rogers, jr.; Rachael Nelson, so.; Allison Betelak, jr.; Maya Flores, so.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Erin Tyrrell, jr.; Meghan Marshall, jr.; Sara Pickett, so.; Isabelle Rivas, sr.; Jenna MacKinon, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Lauren Dishong, fr.; Lilly Erdody, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Our success will lie in our ability to continue pushing ourselves both physically and mentally as a team,” 13-year coach Tracie Ibarra said. “The idea is to continue raising that bar to a higher level of intensity, skill, and strategy every day. After losing only three players, we are fortunate to be returning a cohesive, creative and much more determined team. Every time we step on the field, we will do so with a higher level of respect for the hard work and determination each team puts in, and with a clear vision of the goals we have set for success 2014 season.”

Souhegan

COACH: Kelli Warecki (third year).

2013: 11-2-1; lost in quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Lauren McCormick, sr., midfield; Madison Angulas, sr., midfield; Katie Almeida, sr., forward; Kate Heaney, sr., goalie.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kylie Charbonneau, sr., forward; Mikayla Hickey, jr., midfield; Claire Foley, jr., goalie.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Natalie Nelson, sr., defense; Steph Kimner, sr., midfield; Jaimie Cates, jr., defense; Katie Casey, jr., midfield; Kaylyn Forest, jr., forward; Caleigh Burns, jr., midfield; Gwen Hale, jr., midfield; Natalie Caraccio, jr., defense; Timber Devine, so., midfield; Maddie Boyea, so., midfield; Erica Cheries, so., forward; Erin McCool, fr., defense; Abby Cranney, fr., forward; Brigid Casey, fr., forward; Mckenzie Robinson, fr., midfield.

COACH’S COMMENT: “For us to be successful this year, we need to play a full-field, full-team game,” third-year coach Kelli Warecki said. “We have a very talented young squad who knows the game and will need to use their individual skills in our new collective unit.”