Friday, December 8, 2006
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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