Spartans Poised for Strong Season
By Sean Sweeney
Oakmont Regional is one of the better teams in the north county year-in and year-out on the pitch, and head coach Randy Jepson has yet another quality squad looking to make a deep run.
Oakmont has plenty of experience returning as well as some enthusiastic youngsters, but the area where the Spartans need to be concerned about is the defensive third, where a good chunk of the graduates played a year ago. The young players will have to step in and contribute right away.
Head coach: Randy Jepson (15th season)
2017 record: 12-4-2 (sectional semifinalist)
Key losses: Gillian Dimas, Lauren D’Atillio, Hannah Jensen, Abby Tata, Leona Rameau, Nicole Berkio
Key returners: Alyssa Madden, Hannah Cravedi, Ashley Chaisson, Nicole Morin, Macy, L’Italian, Sydney Moulton, Kelley Dolan, Bella Boyack, Olivia Renda, Emma Simkiewicz, Sara Buskiewicz, Ashley McElrone
Notable newcomers: Jenna DaBrule, Lauren Sicard, Cassidie Lison, Jessica Lee, Nicolette D’Amico, Ellie Briggs, Lindsay LeBlanc
Head coach: Renee Moulton (fifth year)
2017 record: 14-3-3 (sectional semifinalist)
Key losses: Alana Carlucci, Brooke English, Ashlyn MacLure, Sarah Gillooly, Lily Hammill, Charlotte Dempsey, Meredith Goad, Sophia Gresczek, Charlotte Hatcher, Mary Wanamaker
Key returners: Taylor Rodriguez, Julia Roth, Ella Lemieux, Jayne Conry, Bella MacNeil, Hadley O’Sullivan, Adriana Valenti, Sarah Teague, Caitlin Cheung, Katelyn Keane, Brianna Ankstitus
Notable newcomers: Six players
Outlook: As usual, Nashoba’s roaring and ready to go, and with a competitive schedule (defending Division 1 state champs Wachusett, Lincoln-Sudbury, Acton-Boxboro, Holy Name, Algonquin), every game is going to be a dogfight. Moulton has plenty coming back, including Conry and Roth.
Head coach: Ethan Cheesman (3rd season)
2017 record: 6-11-1
Key losses: Sierra Champagne, Emma Houston, Elise Lilly, Kayla Gray, Shawna Hennessy, Emma Jones
Key returners: Kenzie Mannone, Brenna Wilkins, Catherine Swift
Notable newcomers: Ava Speidel, Miranda Boulay (both freshmen)
Outlook: After graduating some rather talented athletes in Elise Lilly and Sierra Champagne, the Blue Knights will look to get back into the postseason after a year’s absence. Lunenburg has quality in Mannone, Wilkins, and Swift, and Cheesman will look to the freshmen in Speidel and Boulay to make the jump to high school.
Head coach: Tim Scaduto (fourth season)
2017 record: 6-9-3
Key losses: Hannah Comeau, Molly Garner, Liz Moran, Josie Santiago
Key returners: Alyssa Ganlin (senior midfielder), Katherine Tremblay (senior striker), Ashley Girouard (junior defender), Valerie Guzan (junior defender), Ashley Femino (sophomore midfield)
Notable newcomers: Hailey Conway, Jordyn Battar, Abigail Kirrane (all freshmen)
Outlook: After injuries had their way with the Bulldogs last fall, there is a renewed energy up on the City Line. Scaduto has high hopes for this season and believes the new freshmen trio will be able to give him a solid core to work with over the next four seasons. And with Femino, already a three-sport star after her freshman year, in the midfield, great things can happen for Monty Tech. Expect Tremblay to poach loose balls in the penalty area.
Head coach: Gabor Romhanyi (second season)
Key losses: Rylee Skinner, Adeline White
Key returners: Colby Lane (goalkeeper), Gianna Salvi (midfield), Aleyna Duval (defense)
Notable newcomers: Ayanale Lopez, Alexis Melanson, Autumn Femino-McNamara
Outlook: The Blue Devils took more than its share of defeats a year ago and have dropped down to Mid-Wach B this year, but with 42 young women in the program between the two teams, the return begins now. Romhanyi believes that Femino-McNamara will be a four-year starter for LHS, with five upperclassmen bolstering the effort. Melanson and Lopez are ready to make the jump.
Head coach: Alan Millett (second season)
2017 record: 4-8-2
Key losses: Julie Erickson, Ashley Harris
Key returners: Lisbeth Hoyt, Sabrina Patton, Alyssa Thibodeau, Cali Laakso, Emily Malone, Fiona Kelly
Notable newcomers: Sophia Rosales
Outlook: With Hoyt -- the area’s top scorer with 21 goals -- returning, the Bernies have a good opportunity to reverse course. There’s plenty of quality with Patton and Thibodeau. Millett notes the returning nucleus as being a strength, along with terrific players coming off the bench.