Merrimack High spring teams ready for battle

Whether or not the cold, rain or messy fields cooperate, spring sports are here in the region.

Here’s a look at the Merrimack High sports teams for the upcoming 2019

season.

Boys Lacrosse

Coach: Brian Miller

2018 Results: 3-13

Returning Starters: TJ Fasano, Sr., attack; Jordan Petrocelli, Sr., attack; Jay Lanigan, Sr., midfield; Ian Covell, Sr., defense; Josh Korsak, Sr., defense; Jacob Newman, Sr., defense; Garrett Murray, Sr., goalie

Returning Letter Winners: Casey Moir, Sr., midfield; Luke Russell, Sr., defense; Stephen Petz, Soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Braden Jewett, Sr., defense; Ryan Carey, Sr., midfield; James Dowling, Jr., midfield, Harrison Faust, Jr., midfield; Sean Powers, Jr., midfield; Adam Presa, Jr., midfield; TJ Vadney, Jr., goalie; Jason Hostler, Soph., attack; Declan Covell, Soph., midfield; Connor Lanigan, Soph., midfield; Dan Best, Soph., midfield; Jake Trahan, Soph., defense; Sean Morrilly, Soph., defense; Dylan Sadowski, Soph., defense.

Coach’s Comments: “We have a mix of seniors, many of whom are 3-to-4-year varsity letter winners, who are leading a group of young players new to the varsity scene.”

Girls Lacrosse

Coach: Sarah Rothhaus

2018 Results: 11-5, Division I first round

Returning Starters: Melanie Hutchinson, Jr., midfield; Amber Brewster, Sr., midfield; Autumn Howe, Sr., attack; Erin Ortega, Sr., defense; Caitlyn Moran, Sr., defense; Bella Beaton, Sr., goalie

Returning Letter Winners: Ellie Boucher, Jr., attack; Julie Martin, Jr., attack; Sarah Islam, Jr., defense; Megan Dinsmore, Jr., midfield; Katie Cota, Jr., midfield; Lorin Wandell, Soph., attack

Promising Newcomers: Paige Rivet, Frosh., midfield; Elise Fasano, Frosh., defense; Andrea Gustafson, Jr., defense; Vanessa Kosinski, Soph., defense

Captains: Erin Ortega, Amber Brewster, Caitlyn Moran, Melanie Hutchinson

Coach’s thoughts on the team: “We’re a young, determined team. I believe our strong, experienced upperclassmen will help lead our team to a very successful season.”

Boys Tennis

Coach: Adam French (third year).

Last season: 1-13, did not qualify for tournament.

Returning Starters: Cam Wilson, jr.; Colby Benoit, sr.; Om Panwalkar, sr.; Matt Tobey, sr.; Brody Clark, sr.; Nate Livie, sr.

Returning Letter Winners: Peter Mulvey, sr.; C.J. Terranova, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Jacob Horton, sr.; Sean Trimper, so.; Nate Newton, jr.; Nolan Cummings, jr.; Sam Greenier, jr.

Coach’s Comments: “The team has been developing their skills,” French said, “and look to improve this season.”

Girls Tennis

Coach: Sue Cloutier (eighth year)

Last Season: Did not qualify for tourney.

Returning Starters: Abby Fay, sr.; Devon Mitchell, sr.; Madalyn Curran, jr.

Returning Letter Winners: Alyssa Jones, sr.; Allorah Bowen, sr.; Vitalia Brock, so.; Olivia Flewelling, so.; Sarah Hardy, so.

Promising Newcomers: Liann Grosso, fr.; Christine Jones, fr.; Julia Matte, jr.

Coach’s Comments: “The girls look forward to playing doubles,” Cloutier said. “(Grosso) comes to Merrimack bringing competitive skills and her experience on the court benefits all the girls.”

Baseball

Coach: Kevin Moyer

Last Year: 3-17, did not qualify for tournament.

Returning Starters: Bobby Bunis, sr. 2b-p; Alex Caron, sr.of; Cole Keefe, sr. 1b; Cody Pfeifer, sr. 3b-p; Eric Stack, sr. c; Keaton Miller, jr. ss.

Returning Letter Winners: Nick Demattia, jr. 1b-p; Jack Goodwin, jr. of-p; Mike Grover, jr. inf-p; Ryan Ivester, jr. 3b-p; Ben Flanders, so.c; Mike Lyna, so.of.

Promising Newcomers: Matt Dutton, jr.of; Ryan Williams, jr. inf-p; Steven Wilson, jr. of; Ayden Curren, fr.inf-p.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “We return our starting infield and look for them to help anchor behind a deep pitching staff,” Moyer said. “We’ll work to improve at the plate.”

NASHUA NORTH

COACH: Zach Harris (second year).

LAST SEASON: 10-12, lost to Concord in quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: James Bolton, sr. inf; Trevor Kelly, sr. inf; Varun Lingadal, sr. inf-p; Joe Berman, sr. p.

OTHER RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Zach Iannone, sr. p-of; Jafet Rodriguez, sr. c-of; Brian Ascani, jr.of.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Tony Gallinaro, sr. of; Corey O’Day, so. c-inf; Alex Mesig, so..

COACH’S COMMENTS: “Last season was a great start to rebuilding the Nashua North program,” Harris said. “We will be relying on a lot of new faces to step up an fill roles that were held by last year’s senior class.”

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