The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 26, 2004


In the fall at CCHS for girls it's volleyball, cross-country, soccer and field hockey


Field hockey

Co-Captains Chrissy Lyons (left) and Katie Brown, both of Carlisle, provided the dedicated leadership in a year of rebuilding. (Photo by Marcy Guttadauro)

The field hockey team had a great season with the leadership of Carlisle captains Katie Brown and Chrissy Lyons. The talent and dedication of the captains mirrored the atmosphere of the entire team. Brown was named a Dual County League All-Star and demonstrated capability in playing her new position as right inner. Lyons was a great utility player, learning to play any position of the field. Among her many strengths were her patience and her desire to learn and improve her skills. Junior Liz Price was a very enthusiastic and energetic player on the field and scored five goals this season. Teresa Barton, also a junior, played right full back. As a result of her performance this season, she earned First Team DCL All-Star standing. Junior Vanessa Rao came to the team this season with a lot of enthusiasm after recovering from her injury last year. She played a powerful fullback, and was very skilled at attacking the ball. Sophomores Eliza Jacobellis and Tess Guttadauro had a great premiere this season and earned themselves starting positions. Jacobellis was also named First Team DCL All-Star and scored a total of 19 goals this season. Guttadauro played right half and worked well with teammates Jacobellis and Barton on the right side of the field. Guttadauro was also very skilled at strokes and corners, and was a very influencial player on the field.

Katie Brown fights for the ball as she heads down the field. (Photo by Carol Bailey)


Nicole Koehlert (front), as one of the team's top players, showed talent and energy as she covered lots of ground in each of the games. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

CCHS' girls' volleyball team had a strong lineup of six Carlisle athletes this season, including three newcomers to the varsity team. The team had a regular season record of 11-9, ending their season with a five-game winning streak that enabled them to compete in the Division II North Tournament for the second time in the team's history. In the tournament, CCHS defeated Bishop Fenwick in the first round, and fell short behind Reading in the second round. Two Carlisle seniors had a huge impact on the team this season, Nicole Koehlert and Allie Robbins. This was Koehlert's second year on the volleyball team, and first year playing the optional defensive position libero. The team has never used this position before, and Coach Jeff Fuller praised Koehlert for filling this role with a lot of talent and energy. She was also one of the team's top servers and consistently covered a lot of ground in games as an active player. Robbins came onto the volleyball team her junior year, having a limited background with the sport. Not only did she make the team in her first year, she made the varsity team and was a great addition as a strong offensive player. Her performance this year as a strong blocker and hitter made her an irreplaceable player on the team. Juniors Marie Benkley, Kate Swanson, Jenny Zywiak and Heather Risso made up a very large part of the team. Benkley received the most-improved player award, and played as a strong defensive outside hitter. Swanson joined the varsity line-up this season, and improved her hitting tremendously as an effective blocker. Risso, better known on the team as the "second coach," made great contributions as a knowledgeable and cooperative teammate. She was a very versatile player, knowing how to play each position on the court with great energy and skill. Zywiak was also a player who could play any position, specifically as a defender in the back row. Coach Jeff Fuller is very enthusiastic about the future of the school's volleyball program.


Co-Captain Sam O'Keefe (left) was one of the high scorers on the soccer team. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

Despite the small number of Carlisle girls on the soccer team, the two athletes, Sam O'Keefe and Lisa DeBruzzi, have made a great impact on this year's team. O'Keefe was a co-captain this season and demonstrated consistent leadership both on and off the field. She was the second-highest scorer on her team and was also named Offensive Player of the Year by her teammates. She was also very flexible with her playing positions, moving to left halfback this season and showing herself as a valuable goal scorer. DeBruzzi had an excellent second season on the varsity team and earned a lot of playing time in all of the games. She had a solid defensive performance during games as the stopper. Inspired by the Red Sox' eight-game winning streak, the team had a great second half of the season, having 11 undefeated games that earned them 18 points to return to the Division II MIAA tournament.


Cross-country co-captain Caitlin Holland (right) makes her way down the home stretch. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

The girls cross-country team had a great season, reclaiming their Dual County League Champion title. The team also had an undefeated regular season and placed first at both the Amherst Invitational and Bay State meets. Junior Cassi Knight and sophomore Olivia Cooney proved themselves to be crucial runners for the big invitationals. Knight had a great season, placing second in the Dual County League meet and fourth at the All-State meet. Her accomplishments not only reflected her athleticism but also her consistent hard work and commitment to the team. Cooney also had an excellent season, placing as the team's fifth runner in most meets. Senior Caitlin Holland added to the mix of the top-ten runners racing at the EMASS and State meets. Holland was a co-captain and varsity runner on the team along with Knight, Cooney and sophomore Alexandria Alberto. Alberto joined the team this season and has already shown herself as a talented runner and athlete. Carlisle teammates also included senior Jacquie O'Kelly, juniors Jill McElligott and Melissa Judson, sophomores Pami Anderson, Didi Offenheiser, Catherine O'Kelly, and freshmen Nicola Carey and Andrea Fine.

Junior Cassi Knight (center) had a winning season, placing second in the Dual County Meet and fourth at All-State. (Courtesy photo)

The Mosquito thanks Carol Bailey of Anderson Photo in Concord for the fine photographs.

The fall sports roundup for the CCHS boys will appear in next week's Mosquito.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito