With North Andover, Masconomet’s Cape Ann League rival, now in the Merrimack Valley Conference, and a strong core at midfield in senior captains Amy Arnold , Becca Phillips, and Zoe Cennami , who are being joined by junior Kathleen Gillespie, the Chieftains are poised for another deep run.
“I talked with the captains at the beginning of the year about building upon last season’s success and have no let-up,” McCarthy said. “If they give 100 percent in practice, that translates into success on the field.’’
It’s possible to get complacent, he said, “depending on the team, but on this team, everyone is really dedicated and there’s good team chemistry.”
With the graduation of three defenders, McCarthy has turned to senior Marylee Hutchinson and junior Sarah Yeakle .
“The biggest thing is to get us to jell quickly on defense,” McCarthy said. “We have to get that communication going and playing together as one unit.
“Hutchinson has had a really strong preseason, and I see her being a really big help.”
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