Girls’ teams to watch
Andover: The Golden Warriors cannot duplicate the production of all-scholastic graduates Kate Farnham and Ally Fazio — the school’s all-time points leader — but it will be exciting to see how they reload in the Merrimack Valley Conference.
Central Catholic: The Raiders were bounced in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament after finishing 13-5. They return a pair of strong attackers in Maeve Holland, who was a league all-star as a sophomore last season, and junior Kelly Daigle.
Ipswich: Like Masconomet in the Cape Ann (Division 1), Ipswich returns as a favorite in the Cape Ann (Div. 2) after advancing to the Division 2 North final last season. An incredible amount of firepower returns in seniors Brigid O’Flynn and Natalie Soliozy, who combined for 97 goals as juniors.
Masconomet: After a 16-4 finish last season, the Chieftains return a pair of Cape Ann League all-stars in junior midfielder Kathleen Gillespie and senior midfielder Amy Arnold.
Winchester: The Sachems, a perennial powerhouse in the Middlesex League, captured the Division 2 North title and look to bounce back from last year’s 10-9 loss to Medfield in the East final.
Five players to watch
Amy Arnold , Masconomet: Always a threat to opposing defenses, the senior midfielder scored 66 goals and tallied 14 assists last spring.
Kiley Fischer , Marblehead: As a junior, Fischer tallied 61 goals and added 42 assists to lead the Magicians to the Division 2 North semifinals.
Maura Grady , Pingree: A James Madison University recruit, the senior goalie earned Eastern Independent League MVP honors last season.
Kristy Robertson , Haverhill: The senior midfielder burst onto the scene last season with 85 goals to earn Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 MVP honors.
Natalie Soliozy , Ipswich: Headed to Johns Hopkins next season, the senior is the reigning Cape Ann Player of the Year after registering 58 goals and 68 assists last season.