Spring sports previews

BASEBALL

COACH: Ryan Coulter (17th year).

2014: 15-4, lost to Plymouth in semis.

RETURNING STARTERS: Tommy Grant, sr. ss-p; Hugh Devlin, sr. c-p; David Walsh, sr. of; James McCann, sr. 1b-p.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cam Chrystal, jr. of.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nate Corsetti, so. 3B-p; Nick Fothergill, so.p/of; Kobe Popham, so.p; Jack MacLeod, so.p/of; Jack Shields, jr. 2b.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “There’s a lot of new faces but they played JV and summer ball and they’re ready to take the next step,” Coulter said. “We’re going to rely on our pitching and defense, our pitching should be deep, hopfefully.”

BOYS LACROSSE

COACH: Mike Soucy (third year).

LAST YEAR: 16-2, D-III champions.

RETURNING STARTERS: Patrick Dunn, sr., attack; Dan Ash, sr., midfield; Joe Brooks, sr., defense; Ben Lombardi, jr., defense; Jack Byrne, soph., defense; Ryan Walsh, jr., attack.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Peter Traver, jr., midfield; Peter Bertone, jr., midfield; Nick Hinchliffe, soph., midfield; Mike Buxbaum, jr., midfield; Trevor Cooke, jr., goalie.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Ryan Carr, soph., midfield; Derek Davidson, soph., midfield; Cam Tulley, jr., midfield; Nick Roberts, sr., midfield; Sam Whittemore, sr., midfield; Colin Loftus, soph., defense; Kayne Robert, jr., defense; Jack Aldana-Prould, fr. Defense; Will Crosby, soph., attack; Ryan Olson, fr., attack; Garrett Klausner, jr., attack.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “This will be the youngest and most inexperienced lacrosse team we have fielded in the last seven years,” Soucy said. “With just two returning starters on offense, we will be leaning on our returning defense through the early part of the season.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

COACH: Jack Taber (14th year).

LAST SEASON: 6-9, lost in D-I quarterfinals.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Alyssa Rich, Marin Owens, Maria Passamonte, Hannah MacLeod, CC Eliopoulus, Shae Berry, Lex Chilton, Erin Stowell.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Kaitlin Johnson, Celeste Fetters.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “There’s lots of offensive potential with many starters back,” Taber said. “The new structure of D-I will be a challenge.”

SOFTBALL

COACH: Erin Sheehan (first year).

2014: 6-10, lost to Windham in the first round.

RETURNING STARTERS:

Ashley Skey, sr., P; Victoria Sargent, sr., 3B; Celeste Marsan, sr., OF; Stephanie Buchanan, jr., SS: Kelsey Mansfield, jr., 1B; Olivia Lukovits, jr., C.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Heather Bourassa, sr., 2B; Kenzie Day, so., OF; Natalie Paquin, so., OF.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Katie Connors, so., OF; Miranda Moscatelli, so., 3B; Nichole Bourque, so., 1B; Avery Webb, fr., C/OF.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Staying focused and mentally prepared are key,” first-year coach Erin Sheehan said. “I have a feeling this season will present a lot of scheduling conflicts due to the long winter that will put stress on the players, both mentally and physically. We need to take this year one game at a time and focus on the task at hand.”

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

COACH: Ed Leonard (first year)

2014: 9-6, lost in prelims to Timberlane.

RETURNING STARTERS: Aaron Campbell, sr; Bobby Ripley, sr.; Zack Crooks, jr.; Bret Belden, jr.; Nick Wood, so.

OTHER RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Nate Thomas, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Evan Dwyer, sr.; Jacob McGettigan, jr.; Tucker McGrath, jr.; Ian Anderson, jr.; Scott VanCoughnett, fr.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “We have a great mixture of seasoned returnees and promising newcomers,” Leonard said. “We plan to stay healthy and work to take this team further into tournament this year and compete for the state title.”

Spring sports previews

BASEBALL

COACH: Nick Jaskolka (third year).

2014: 7-13, lost to Dover in preliminary round.

RETURNING STARTERS: Brendan Carter, sr. ss; Kyle Lawson, sr. p; Chad Seaver, jr. 2b; Justin Grassini, so. p/1b.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Zack Amodio, sr. p/inf/of; James Lafond, sr. p/3b; Aidan O’Brien, sr. of/inf; Ryan Slate, jr. c/of.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Austin Franzen, sr. of.; Tyler DeNeill, so. of.; Alex Murphy, jr. of.; Nick Dutton, so. c.; Tyler Rohr, so. p.; Justin Weiser, so. of.; Joe Eichman, fr. 3b.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “We’ve got a lot of new and young faces this year,” Jaskolka said. “We will need to lean on our returners early … Our pitching and defense should keep us in most games.”

BOYS LACROSSE

COACH: Brian Miller (third year).

LAST YEAR: 8-9, lost in D-II quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Matt Brewster, sr., midfield; Matt Coburn, sr., attack; Jason Fortin, sr., midfield; Trevor Lacey, sr., defense; Thomas Perkins, sr., defense; Pierre Watt, sr., attack; Connor Cyr, jr., midfield.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: James Jolly, sr., defense; Chris Nowalk, sr., goalie; Tyler Brewster, jr., midfield; Ryan Downie, jr., attack; Kyle Feeney, jr., defense; Kyle Newman, jr., midfield; Alec Bronchuk, so., midfield; Avery Paulson, so., defense; John Tiano, so., attack.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Stephen Gage, sr., defense; Joe Giampietro, sr., defense; Connor Martin, sr., midfield; Brett Smith, sr., midfield; Jacob Denver, jr., midfield; Christian Strobel, jr., defense; Alex Annutto, so., goalie.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “The Tomahawks look to their 12 seniors for leadership this season as it steps in Division I for the first time,” Miller said.

GIRLS LACROSSE

COACH: Paul Drone (third year).

LAST YEAR: 7-7, lost in D-II quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Tori Currie, jr., defense; Callie Dwyer, jr., midfield; Dana Mendes, sr. attack; Jenny Mulligan, sr., midfield; Charlotte Perry, soph., defense; Julia Perry, sr., midfield; Sarah Shaw, sr., attack.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Samantha Anderson, jr., midfield; Morgan Chantler, jr., midfield; Katie Todd, soph., defense; Renee Murray, sr., midfield.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Kayla Franklin, jr., midfield; Sydney Dubois, soph., midfield; Addie Lacy, soph., attack; Maegan Howe, sr., attack.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We’re looking forward to the challenges of competing in Division I,” Drone said.

SOFTBALL

COACH: Jim Peltak (sixth year).

2014: 10-8, lost to Dover in the quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Lauren Gerhard, jr., C; Ashley Grassini, sr., 3B; Jackson Gutekunst, jr., 1B; Sabrina Jowders, jr., OF; Alexis Kapsambelis, sr., SS; Renee LeClaire, sr., CF; Julianne Mayville, sr., OF; Caitlin Minear, sr., P.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNER: Savannah Zagwyn, jr., OF.

PROMISING NEWCOMER: Olivia Kapsambelis, fr., IF.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We have a very good retuning core that is capable of great defense,” Peltak said. “Timely hitting will be a big factor in our success this season.”