Friday, June 27, 2008
The CCHS Girls Varsity Tennis team finished another arduous season with a record of 7-12. The team ranked second in the Small Dual County League (DCL), earning the 26th seed in the MIAA Division 1 North tournament. However, the team was defeated in the first round by Reading, the 17th seed. Although no Carlisle athletes played on the varsity team, Carlisleans Emma Materne and Olivia Arnow contributed on the junior varsity squad, gaining experience in preparation for future varsity participation.
After graduating eight starters, the CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse team worked diligently to earn their 11-7-1 regular season record. Senior Kate Ostrowski was one of the few returning players who helped lead the girls defensively. Ostrowski earned the Coach’s Award for her inspirational work ethic in games and practices, her passion to learn, and her “great athletic sense.”
With so many open spaces, Coach Alison Furey was able to take a large group of first-year players who “will learn, practice, and get ready to contribute to the team next year.” Among them were Carlisle juniors Siobhan Galigan and Amy Seifert, sophomores Hillary Cook and Krista Stengrevics, and freshmen Lindsey Cook and Melissa Mariano. According to Coach Furey, Hillary Cook had some of the best stick skills on the team, which earned her a starting role on the team. With 50 goals, Hillary was the second highest scorer on the team and was selected as a second team Dual County League (DCL) All-Star. Her sister Lindsey Cook also started in several games, thanks to her aggressiveness and readiness to play.
After starting off the season with a record of 1-4-1, the team worked very hard to bounce back. Eventually, they won six games in a row. Although they never beat powerhouses Lincoln-Sudbury or Acton-Boxborough, CCHS lost by only two goals when they played these teams for the second time. The team ultimately qualified for the MIAA Division 2 State Tournament, but was knocked out by Masconomet 14-16 in a back-and-forth battle during the first round of the tournament.
This year five seniors will retire, leaving a large gap in the defense; however, Coach Furey is confident that the team will step up and work together to continue to win. Next year CCHS hopes to not only win the small DCL, but also get past the first round of the state tournament. Coach Furey believes it is important to start strong in the season to achieve these goals.
With only three returning starters, the CCHS Girls Varsity Softball team did not let the lack of experience stop them from having another incredible season, finishing first in the Dual County League with a regular season record of 19-1. Coach Lisa McGloin emphasized teamwork during the preseason to prepare the team for their regular season. The team started strong and never looked back, using their superior offense to their advantage by ending almost half their games early due to a mercy-run rule.
The team suffered their only regular season loss against Division 1 powerhouse Reading late in the season, which taught them that although they dominated in the Dual County League (DCL) there were things they needed to improve upon before entering the MIAA Division II State Tournament. The team, seeded first in the North Division, faced Bedford in the first round, beating their DCL counterpart 5-0. In the second round, the team endured their second loss of the season to Amesbury who beat CCHS in nine innings with a score of 7-6, ending the Patriots post-season earlier than expected for the second consecutive year.
Carlisle’s lone returning starter, sophomore first-baseman Georgia Guttadauro, brought her prior year’s experience back to the infield. She was named a DCL All-Star for her contributions to the team. Sophomore junior varsity player Erica Pernice gained experience with the varsity team throughout both the regular and post-season as an outfielder and pinch runner.
Freshman Monica Dierks was also pulled up after the regular season to practice with the team as the back-up catcher during the post season. With only three departing seniors, the team hopes to come back stronger than ever for the 2009 season.
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