Friday, November 19, 2010
Carlisle athletes make outstanding contributions to fall varsity sports
Concord-Carlisle field hockey finishes successful season
The girls varsity field hockey team at Concord-Carlisle High School had an excellent season, finishing sixth in Division 1 North. The team’s final record was 10-4-3, losing to Lincoln-Sudbury, Acton-Boxborough and Wayland once. After beating Natick in the first tournament game 4-1, they finally lost to Beverly 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Sunday, November 7.
The season began with promise, with the first game against state champions Acton-Boxborough resulting in only a 2-0 loss. Other early opponents included Lincoln-Sudbury and Weston. The first game against Weston was especially difficult since Weston’s penalty corners are so effective. The final score was 4-0, three of those goals being scored on corners. However, in the second-to-last game against Weston, Concord-Carlisle played strongly and came out with a tie. This contrast clearly shows how far the team had come playing together.
Varsity Carlisleans include: seniors Monica Diercks, Julia Lesses and Makayla Barton; juniors Marin Epstein, Caroline Guild and Lindsey Verrill. Goal-keeper Monica Diercks played a very impressive season with six shutouts and received a Dual County League All-Star award. Makayla Barton, number 15, played at left midfield. Also a recipient of the DCL All-Star award, she consistently aided the team in tough situations on the left side of the field by sending the up-and-over to the team’s stick-side. Number 25, Julia Lesses, carried the ball down the field quickly on the forward line. Right midfielders Marin Epstein and Lindsey Verrill did an excellent job defending penalty corners against top scorers of the opposing team, and helped transition the ball up the right side of the field. All-Star recipient Caroline Guild played at center mid and helped to keep the ball in the offensive end.
Coach Betsy Smith is optimistic about next year despite the ten graduating seniors since the underclassmen have shown such strong talent. They will be led next year by Co-Captains elect Caroline Guild and Marin Epstein.
Volleyball team makes it into the first round of the post-season tournament
This year’s Concord-Carlisle Girls Volleyball team ended its season on Wednesday, November 10, against Westford Academy in the first round of the tournament. The Patriots were seeded 14th in Division 1 Central West, and Westford’s Grey Ghosts were seeded third. The game was close with Westford prevailing in the fifth match after Concord-Carlisle had won the first two.
The Patriots’ last game of the regular season was against Acton-Boxborough, where they lost in the third match. However, the first match was very close forcing Acton-Boxborough to beat Concord-Carlisle by two points after they had tied at 25 points each. The team has improved a lot this year and worked hard to make it into the tournament. The team’s final record was 8-8 in the Dual County League small.
Each athlete has played a role in the team’s success. According to coach Liz Pedro, “Senior Stephanie Mundel, a starter and serving force, has executed 92% of her serves with 40 aces. She has also contributed 98 digs so far this season.” Sophomore Kelsey Bjornson, number 3, plays at middle and is a hitter and a blocker. Sophomore Madison Creighton has had 106 assists and 17 aces. Pedro also commented that Creighton shows great “leadership and determination.”
With eight seniors graduating, it will be difficult for the team to build back up for next year. However, with many talented athletes coming up from junior varsity, next year’s team could be just as successful. ∆
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