Merrimack fall preview, Part I
COACH: Dave Delisle (15th season)
2013: 15-13, did not place in state tourney
RETURNING REGULARS: Brennan Gillis, jr.; Zak Kerr, jr.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jake Chambers, jr.; Jon Dinsmore, so.; Matt Kratman, so. Nick Edgeworth, fr.; Oen Ploss, fr.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “We have a very young team this year,” Delisle said, “and time will tell how we do.”
COACH: Tim Field (first year)
2013: 10-4-2, lost in first round
RETURNING STARTERS: Sierra Erickson, sr. mf; Abby Smith, sr. def; Dena Noisuex, jr. fd; Lauren Dubois, jr. mf.
OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Shannon Healey, sr. mf; Hannah Provencher, sr. fd; Kelly Eno, jr. def; Rachel Mack, so. mf.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Keara Venne, jr. goalie; Janelle Krehel, so. fd.
COACH’S COMMENTS: “While the team graduated 10 seniors, we were left with some solid returning players,” Field said, “with a great group of reinforcements stepping up from JV.”
COACH: Ryan Farnsworth (third year)
2013: 7-9-1; lost in first round of the tournament.
RETURNING STARTERS: Matt Coburn, sr., midfield; Zachary Curran, sr., forward; Nicholas Kachmar, sr., back; Conner Pearson, sr., back; Steven Sexton, sr., midfield; Riley Clark, jr., back.
OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chase Bantham, sr., midfield; Paul Davidson, sr., back; Dylan Richardson, sr., midfield; Austin Thomson, sr., keeper; Owen Tracey, jr., forward.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Sean Courtemanche, jr., midfield; Ethan Harrington, jr., midfield; Cameron Liddell, jr., forward; Jordan Meaney, jr., midfield.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: For third-year Tomahawks coach Ryan Farnsworth, success can be built on a sense of urgency. For Merrimack that means “playing every game with the focus and determination as if it were a playoff game.”