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Friday, December 8, 2006

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CCHS girls fall sports roundup

Field hockey: a season to remember

The Patriots field hockey players started preparing for their season long before "hell week" began on August 21. Over the summer, the team attended the White Mountain Sports (WMS) Team Camp and the Harvard Team Camp. C-C went undefeated (6-0) at the WMS Camp, beating teams from all over Massachusetts and even one team from Texas. With gold medals around their necks, the girls knew that the upcoming season was going to be one to remember.

C-C hit the ground running at the start of the season. The 18 talented and spirited players were hungry for success.

Despite the team's loss to Weston (0-2) in the season opener, the girls bounced back to finish with a regular season record of 12-4-2, C-C's best record in over twenty years. Ties to Weston and LS secured the team's third-place finish in the Dual County League (DCL) behind powerhouses Acton-Boxborough and Lincoln-Sudbury. For the second year in a row, the Patriots qualified for the Division I MIAA State Tournament. C-C lost their first post-season game to Reading by a fluke goal scored in the last six minutes of the game. It was an incredible season nonetheless; one that will never be forgotten. One of the season highlights was receiving the DCL Team Sportsmanship Award.

Carlisle players dominated on the offensive, midfield, and defensive lines. Senior Eliza Jacobellis was C-C's number one scorer for the second year in a row. This year Jacobellis compiled an impressive total of 21 goals and 12 assists at right-inner, making her the number one scorer in the DCL. Not surprisingly, she was named a First Team Dual County League All-Star. Coach Smith compliments Jacobellis on "improving from a great player to a brilliant player" this season.

Senior co-captains and First Team DCL All-Stars Marissa Fabrizio and Tess Guttadauro were team leaders on and off the field. Coach Smith commends Fabrizio for being "the rock on the field." At right-back, Fabrizio was steady and reliable; she would always emerge from a sea of opponents bringing the ball up the field. Guttadauro was the link between offense and defense at center midfield. She was selected to play in the Massachusetts Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. Senior Hope MacLeod was named a Second Team DCL All-Star for her extraordinary offensive and defensive skills. Her exceptional free hits from right midfield could break through a barrage of defenders.

Juniors Lauren LaLiberte and Kate Ostrowski were elected as two of the tri-captains for next year's team. This year, Ostrowski was the team's utility player, always ready to go in and master any position. Her specialty, however, was left wing where she scored nine key goals. LaLiberte was a smooth and consistent player, adding to the strength on the right side of the field. Coach Smith praises her for "having an amazing attitude and a lot of ability to go with it." LaLiberte and Ostrowski will be essential components of next year's team as talented players and reliable leaders.

With the loss of 11 incredibly skilled and enthusiastic seniors, qualifying again for the Division I MIAA State Tournament will be no easy task. Coach Smith optimistically awaits the challenge.

Junior Nikki Wortel
Volleyball's continued success

The CCHS Varsity Volleyball team completed another successful season with an overall record of 12-8. For the third year in a row, C-C qualified for the Division I State Tournament. The team won their first post-season game against Shrewsbury, but was eliminated in their next game against Lincoln-Sudbury, the Dual-County League (DCL) champions and state semi-finalists. C-C has won three out of three of their first tournament games in the past, all of which were away games.

Senior co-captain Diane Lee was a vital component of the team on and off the court. In addition to organizing practices and running effective pre-game warm ups, Lee was a key defender at back row defense. According to Coach Fuller, in the team's most critical game against Westford, Lee came through in the fifth match with two crucial defensive plays to seal the win.

Junior Nikki Wortel's hard work and commitment during the off-season clearly paid off as she was named a DCL All-Star and was considered by Coach Fuller to be the "best all-around player on the team." Wortel started at outside hitter and received the most playing time on the team. First year varsity player, junior Elizabeth Karafotias, helped save the season after Concord co-captain Francesca Granato injured her knee. Karafotias stepped in as setter and kept the team together and moving forward. Both Karafotias and Wortel will be important players on next year's team

The long-term goal for next year is to qualify again for the state tournament. Coach Fuller notes that the volleyball program at C-C is not solely dependent on the senior class because there are always talented underclassmen ready to fill the shoes of the graduating seniors. Given the strong and ever growing program, C-C looks forward to another triumphant season next year.

CCHS senior Alexandria Alberto

Cross-country

With a grand total of 65 members, this year's CCHS Girls Cross-Country Team was the largest yet. C-C completed the regular season with a record of 5-3 and finished in third place at the Dual County League (DCL) meet, held at Great Brook Farm State Park. Coach Hart was pleased with the overall team performance despite its deviation from recent history. The Patriots have taken great pride in their four-year combined record of 29-3 from 2001 to 2005 and their reputation as a DCL powerhouse. For the first time since 1999, the team failed to qualify for the Division I State Championship meet.

An all-time high of 21 varsity letters was awarded to C-C runners this year. Carlisle varsity letter winners included seniors Alexandria Alberto, Olivia Cooney, Estelle Faulkner, Emily Fritz-Endres, and juniors Bianca Dragone, Kathryn Green, and sophomore Theresa Fritz-Endres. Cooney and Faulkner were two of this year's four co-captains. Given the size and wide-ranging abilities and personalities, their leadership was essential to keeping the team united and working hard. Alberto and Cooney were both named First Team DCL All-Stars for their consistent alacrity and endurance.

Coach Hart has no doubt that next year's team will be strong again, with four of the top seven runners returning. The team plans to work harder than ever to make it back to the State Championship meet and re-establish C-C's esteemed reputation.

Girls soccer

Senior tri-captain Sarah Robinson (right)
The CCHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team finished their season with a record 6-8-4, just one win away from qualifying for state tournament. The three Carlisle athletes made significant contributions to this year's team. Senior tri-captain Sarah Robinson was a consistent and reliable starter at right wing defense. At the post-season banquet, Robinson received the Coach's Award and was named a Second Team DCL All-Star. Senior goalie Liz Isenstein helped defend the net, making many crucial saves throughout the season. Co-captain Kathy Nyholm commends Isenstein for her standout performance in the Senior Day Game. At striker, Junior Ema Woodward used her speed and determination to create many key scoring opportunities for C-C. Woodward will see even more playing time next year.

With the loss of seven graduating seniors, the team hopes to find more depth in the 2007 season and make it back to the state tournament.

photos by Carol Bailey of Anderson Photo




CCHS boys fall sports round-up

Soccer

Junior Michael Burke (number 9) commands the ball in a game against Masconomet Regional High School. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)
The CCHS soccer team had a magnificent year this year, winning the MIAA Division 2 state title. The team cruised, and won decisively in the state championship defeating Leicester 9-1 at Cawley stadium in Lowell. The team started the year with extremely high hopes and brought CCHS to its first appearance in a state title game since 1998 when the team lost 1-0 to David Prouty. C-C finished the season with an outstanding 18-2-3 record. Senior Jean Fauchet led the team in points (goals plus assists) for the year, while the team was led in goals by junior Michael Burke.

Goals in the 9-1 win against Leicester were scored by Davis Barber, Peter Hernandez, Tony Lania, Will Kussin, and Michael Burke. Theo Terris and Matt McGinn both scored two goals on the day. This was the last game for CCHS seniors Rob Brandon, Jean Fauchet, Andrew Brown, Scott Bloom, Spencer Holland, Chris Michael, Adam Michael, Matt McGinn, Jon Fincke, Will Kusin, Mike Leonard, Jesse Levine, Peter Hernandez and Davis Barber.

Next year C-C will try to defend its Division 2 state title and looks to have a very strong team.

Football

The captains of the CCHS football team celebrate at the football banquet at the Westford Regency on November 28. Left to right are Evan Tierney, Dan Canina and Taylor Habbe, all of Carlisle, and John Flaherty of Concord. (Courtesy photo)

The CCHS football team had a great season and finished 7-3 (5-2 in DCL play), capping off the season with a decisive 29-19 win over Bedford on Thanksgiving. C-C was led by senior captains John Flaherty and Carlisleans Dan Canina, Taylor Habbe and Evan Tierney.

The team's only division losses came against Acton-Boxborough and Wayland and a non-conference loss to Lexington. Other than the victory over Bedford, C-C also beat Lincoln-Sudbury, Westford Academy, Boston Latin, Newton South, Weston and Methuen.

The seniors on the team were Conor Callahan, Cal Kennedy, John Flaherty, Evan Tierney, Mark Walton, Ted Day-Fratto, Taylor Habbe, Chris Lin, Rashad Williams, Jared Higgins, Evan Carpenito, Frank Cannon, Alex Castrichini, Dan Canina, Brown Bonsu and Shan Goldbourne.

C-C hopes to have another great year next year, led by a strong '08 and '09 class, and will hope to contend for the DCL title.

Cross-country

The Concord-Carlisle cross-country team had a solid, exciting year, which has many looking forward to the things they might accomplish in the next season. They placed third in the DCL, which was also good for an eighth-place finish in Eastern Massachusetts. Senior Dan Fidler from Carlisle qualified individually for States honors. It will be interesting to see how the team fares next year, since many members are seniors and will be heading off to college. We can be sure that the team will be a young, exciting one to watch and follow.

Golf

The young, energetic CCHS golf squad finished with a 10-3 regular season record. Their season came to an end after they lost in States to Lincoln-Sudbury and Westford Academy. Scott Jones, Garrett Arnold and Bryce Harlow will be graduating this June. It will be interesting to see how next year's team will respond after their loss in the State tournament. The team hopes to enjoy lots of success as many players will be returning as juniors and seniors looking to play the role of leaders on the team. The team is stacked with a lot of very talented kids and looks promising in the years to come.

The Mosquito thanks our sportswriters,
Tess Guttadauro and Grant mcCandless.



Middle school fall sports roundup

Boys soccer

The Carlisle boys soccer team finished their season with a 12-2 record that included wins over several area middle schools. The season was capped by a 1-0 win over the Harvard High School Freshman Team. The boys really played as a team this year and I was extremely proud of the way everyone played a role on the team.

Eighth grader Jackson Forelli was the field general on defense directing the younger players on positioning and controlling the tempo of the game. His understanding of positioning and overall knowledge of the game was one of the main reasons this team succeeded this year.

Another reason for success this season was the play of fellow eighth graders John Gillies, Cam McGrory, Bennett Simonton, Griffin Creighton, Erik Dinardo and newcomers Ben Parra, Steven Charnley and Josh Phillipou. The eighth graders were the backbone of the team and their unselfish play allowed everyone opportunities. Griffin was extremely strong in goal while scoring goals was no problem for John Gillies, Bennett Simonton and Cam McGrory.

Seventh graders Alex Horvath, Gibson Holland, Jack Ehlenbach, Jesse Zwerling, Alex Doig and Brendon Canavan all played extremely well and will be looked upon as the team leaders next season. I expect Alex Doig to step into the leadership role that we're losing this year in Jackson Forelli.

While only four sixth graders played this year, they were four of the best I could have asked for in the group. Will Young and Jonah Ahee played significant roles on offense while Alex Picard filled the middle. Dan Picard stepped up his minutes in goal toward the end of the season with high hopes to platoon next season with Brendon Canavan.

In the end the season was not about the record, it was about respect. The boys understood that no matter what the final score was, respect for one another and their opponents was what they stood for.

Girls soccer

The 2006 girls soccer season was a fantastic success. Over the past few years the team has continued to grow in their strength, ability, and team spirit. With a record of 6, 5 and 3, the sixth- and seventh-grade girls are proving to be a competitive team. Goals were scored by Forelli, Barnett, Tierney, Woodworth, O'Keefe, Hart, Sherwood, and Creighton. Clarke came through with multiple assists from the midfield. Hart and Lin shared the job of goalie. All players put in 100 percent on and off the field and it was a pleasure to watch them play and grow as a team. A special thanks to Robert Dolins who helped coach the games and taught valuable skills to our goalies and thanks to the parents for their constant support and positive attitude. I look forward to another exciting season next year.

Cross-country

The Carlisle Cross country program had an amazing season this year attracting over seventy runners equally divided between girls and boys and representing grades five through eight. There was a strong turnout from our eighth grade with 21 runners, many of whom were returning veterans. Grades six and seven were also well represented with 20 and 14 runners respectively. We are very excited about our fifteen new recruits from the fifth grade who brought great strength to the team. Once again our returning veteran runners showed great leadership as they led the team through practice drills and cheered the younger runners on during meets. Many coaches and parents from participating schools commented on the teamwork and sportsmanship demonstrated by the Carlisle runners.

Through hard work and perseverance, the boys team developed strength and speed over the season and ended with a very respectable record of seven wins, two losses and fourth place out of 11 teams at the Carlisle invitational. The girls also had a very impressive season also finishing with seven wins and two losses and taking third place out of 11 teams at the Carlisle Invitational. Every runner on the team achieved a personal best course time by the end of the season.

We are very proud of all of our runners as they represented our school with great pride. We are very grateful to our parents who supported us this year on and off the course. Without you, we would not be able to organize the events and provide for the safety of our runners. While we will miss our graduating runners, we look forward to next season.



Field hockey

The Carlisle Middle School field hockey team had a wonderful season, filled with hard work, a great deal of improvement and a whole lot of fun. With 28 girls playing this season, we had depth in all positions and we were creative when it came to increasing playing time during games and practices. Even though it took a few weeks to get our first win, the quality of play was strong from day one. Our first week of games was the chance the girls needed to get used to working together. Consequently, with the arrival of October, we had our first tie and win, and our offensive scoring increased with every game. We went on to tie two games and win four games, one by three goals and another in a penalty stroke shootout. Each game was exciting, but the second month of the season proved to be completely delightful as the girls began performing at a higher level all around. On offense, 12 girls either scored or assisted a goal in at least one of the games, and our three shutouts were a credit to our star defense and midfield.

The sixth graders and new players worked extra hard on their skills and impressed themselves and their teammates with their improvement. Together with the seventh graders, they were the heart of the team, always there to help out and ready to contribute on the field. Sadly, we are saying goodbye to 13 eighth graders who were all essential to the success of the team. They were the captains of the games and practices and helped the younger and less experienced members. The eighth graders were excellent role models for the girls on the field and will be missed next year. We wish them the best of luck in high school and hopefully on the hockey field.

Our season was a success because of the fun we had on and off the field, the increased confidence and skills, as well as four wins and two ties. Congratulations, Huskies!


2006 The Carlisle Mosquito