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Spartans Poised for Strong Season

September 11, 2018

Oakmont's Sara Buszkiewicz looks to make a pass as Gardner's Savannah Pineda, left, closes in during Thursday's game in Westminster. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Sean Sweeney

Correspondent

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

Nashoba

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.

Lunenburg

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.

Monty Tech

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.

Leominster

Head coach: Gabor Romhanyi (second season)

Record: 0-17-1

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.

St. Bernard’s

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.

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