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Friday, December 19, 2008

 

CCHS girls fall sports round-up

Field hockey

After being eliminated in the first round of MIAA Division I State Tournament for the past eight years, the CCHS Girls Varsity Field Hockey team made it to the second round in this year’s tournament. The team competed in the competitive Dual County League (DCL) against top-notch teams including 2007 state champion, Acton-Boxboro and 2008 state champion,

Co-captain Ema Woodward of Carlisle controls the soccer ball. (Photo by Anderson Photo)

Weston. C-C finished its regular season with an impressive record of 11-8-1. After defeating the 16th seed, Woburn, C-C, seeded 17th, went on to face top-seed Andover in the state tournament; however, the team fell short, losing 3-0.

During the regular season, the team worked hard to earn the title of DCL Small runner-up, behind Weston. Coach Betsy Smith strongly believed that the team’s record was not an accurate representation of how well the team truly performed because it did not show the final scores that were often differentiated by only one or two goals. The team’s solid defense was frequently responsible for the scores being so close in games against powerhouse teams. After one such game, Coach Smith noted that, “They were very solid, they were patient, and I thought they played very, very well … I think it took a while for our offense to get into gear, and I think the defense kind of saved them for most of the game.” Comprised mostly of Carlisle players, the team’s defense was led by Carlisle goalies, senior Sam Hankey and junior McKenzie Dray. Supporting the goalies on defense were Carlisle seniors, Haley George, Emma Lunig and junior Georgia Guttadauro. Guttadauro was named a DCL All-Star and also elected co-captain for the 2009 season.

Carlisle junior Grace McNally, was pulled up from junior varsity to varsity in mid- season to help augment the offense with her speed and aggressiveness. Another Carlislean who contributed to the team’s overall success was sophomore Makayla Barton who was pulled up for a few regular season games as well as the state tournament. The 12 departing seniors will be greatly missed, but the team looks forward to another successful season in which they hope to qualify for the state tournament earlier and also seed higher, entering the tournament.

Volleyball

The CCHS Girls Varsity Volleyball Squad did not let their youth or inexperience hinder them, as shown by their extraordinary record of 9-7. The 8-0 record within the Dual County League (DCL) Small, earned the team the title of DCL Small Champions. With only two seniors, the team was mostly composed of juniors and sophomores including Carlisle junior Jennifer Perugini and sophomore Stephanie Mundel. As Coach Fuller reflected, “We’ll miss [the two seniors] but we’ll have a chance to come back and continue to improve the program.” Perugini was an outside hitter who earned her spot as a starter in most games thanks to her exceptional back-row passing. Mundel contributed to the team’s success as one of the team’s back-up servers.

The team entered the MIAA Division I State Tournament seeded 12th. In the first round, C-C had an upset in which they defeated fifth-seeded Fitchburg 3-1. From there, the team went on to host a match against the 13th seed, Algonquin, whom they easily beat 3-0. For the second time this season, C-C was matched with DCL Large champion, Lincoln-Sudbury, this time in the Central/West semi-finals. Despite a hard-fought battle, C-C was defeated by L-S for the second time. The team is optimistic about the 2009 season, and they hope to build on their experience from this past season and compete further in next year’s state tournament.

Cross-country

With a history of consistently qualifying for the Eastern Massachusetts State Meet, the CCHS Girls Varsity Cross Country team took it one step further this season, and qualified for the MIAA Division II All-State Meet after a two-year absence. With a successful regular season record of 8-1, the team built up to the All-State Meet with their strong finish of third at the Dual County League (DCL) Championship meet and an even more impressive finish of fifth at the Eastern Massachusetts Division II Meet.

Senior Blair Robinson of the cross-country team contributes to her team’s success. (Photo by Anderson Photo)

Head Coach Tom Hart and Assistant Coach Hannah Bruno led the “intimate” team of just over 50 runners. Although extremely under-represented, the Carlisle runners left a significant impact on the team’s accomplishments. Senior Blair Robinson was the team’s second-best runner who went on to place 14th in the DCL meet, 25th in the Eastern Massachusetts Meet, and 68th in the All-State Meet. Co-captain senior Theresa Fritz-Endres was also one of the team’s top seven runners who competed in all three post season meets. Senior co-captain Liza Faulkner and senior Kelsey Erikson also contributed as varsity runners. Other Carlisleans on this speedy squad included juniors Kelsey Canavan, Emma Materne and Kati Lerner and freshmen Michaela Coughlin, Meg Parson and Sam Marks.

Soccer

Under new Head Coach George Kendall, the Concord-Carlisle Girls Varsity Soccer Team did not skip a beat as they entered the 2008 season. Their successful regular season record of 8-6-4 earned the team a slot in the Division II State Tournament. After placing second in the Dual County League (DCL) Small, just behind Bedford, the team was seeded 14th entering the tournament. Pitted against third-seed Reading, the team was knocked out in the first round in a 1-0 loss. However, the early tournament loss should not detract from the team’s overall success because, as Coach Kendall notes, “The growth from early September . . . has been phenomenal. They’ve had to adjust to a new coach, a new defense … We’ve had a lot of injuries. They’ve worked hard through adversity and learned a lot about themselves as a team.”

Returning varsity Carlisle seniors Alison Koning and co-captain Ema Woodward utilized their past experience as highly effective starting forwards. They received tremendous support from the midfield line behind them, composed of Carlisle wide midfielders junior Hillary Cook, sophomore Lindsay Cook, and freshman Dakota Woodworth. As the second highest scorer on the team, Hillary Cook’s outstanding work-ethic and agility has earned her the title of co-captain for the 2009 team. Nancy Slocum will return as head coach next season, hoping to lead the team to an even more triumphant season in which they will compete beyond the first round in tournament play. ∆


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