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Andover’s Liz Bruno back in NESCAC, as a coach at Tufts

LIZ BRUNO

LIZ BRUNO

Bruno joins Tufts lacrosse staff

Courtney Farrell does not exactly have fond memories of the NCAA Division 3 national semifinals in 2012, when her SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse squad was eliminated by Trinity College, the eventual national champion.

Liz Bruno , the NESCAC Player of the Year as a senior at Trinity, crushed Cortland with three goals.

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“She was certainly a clear leader on her team,” recalled Farrell, who was then the associate head coach at Cortland State.

“She led on the field, and people very much followed her lead and it was obvious as a player.”

Bruno, a two-time first team All-American, made such a lasting impression that when Farrell was hired as the head coach at Tufts, she hired Bruno, a 23-year-old Andover native, as her assistant.

“I think coming right out of Trinity, I thought I wanted to coach college right away,” said Bruno, who served as an assistant lacrosse and girls’ hockey coach at Thayer Academy in Braintree last year.

“I loved coaching high school because it was so fun to see the players grow and improve, and it was fun coaching two sports I played.

“But in the back of my head, I thought it’d be awesome to coach at the collegiate level. When I had the opportunity from Courtney, I wanted to take full advantage. But I wouldn’t have changed last year at all. It was a good stepping stone.”

Farrell succeeds Carol Rappoli , who in her 28 seasons at Tufts (1986-2013) amassed 265 victories.

But after playing at Cornell University, where she became the school’s all-time leading scorer, and coaching at Cortland, Farrell was unfamiliar with the NESCAC.

So in her mind, Bruno was a perfect fit.

“I’m a brand-new head coach at Tufts, and I was looking to bring in someone with good energy and who played in NESCAC and had been successful there,” Farrell said.

Bruno is “one of the best to come out of the conference in years. I’m extremely lucky to have her. She has a passion for coaching, and that’s very evident and she seems excited to be here.”

As a senior, Bruno scored 27 goals and 30 assists for 57 points, the fourth-highest total in the conference.

“I think I’m just looking forward to being part of the NESCAC again,” said Bruno, who attended Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

“It’s such a competitive league,” she said. “On any given day, any team can win. Every game is a close one and that’s the most exciting thing about coaching. I’m excited to work with a new program, a new coach and see where we can take the program.”

Both Bruno and Farrell hope that their success as college players will radiate energy to the team.

“Honestly, I think just having two young coaches is a way to really grow and take the program to a whole new level,” Bruno said.

Moriarty, Ortiz key
to Maritime football

The Massachusetts Maritime football team kicks off the season Thurdsay against N.Y. Maritime in Buzzards Bay, determined to improve on last year’s finish of 5-4.

Coach Jeremy Cameron has 16 starters returning to this year’s squad, including John Moriarty , a senior offensive tackle from Wilmington, and Reynard Ortiz , a junior linebacker from Lowell.

“Reynard has emerged as one of our top defenders, as he is able to use his speed and strength to read plays exceptionally well,” Cameron said. “He has had the opportunity to learn from some outstanding linebackers that have been in our program over the past two years and has become a team leader.”

Moriarty returns as a key piece to the offensive line, one that helped the Maritime offense produce 520.7 yards of offense per game in 2012.

“John has really developed into one of the best offensive linemen in our conference,” Cameron said.

“His size and quickness enable him to set a tone for what we are looking to execute on each play, and the example he has set both on the field and in the classroom makes him another solid member of our program.”

Hamilton brothers
in US polo tourney

Over Labor Day weekend, Hamilton’s Simon and Johan Colloredo-Mansfield , traveled to Virginia to compete in the US Polo Association National Youth Tournament Series.

Johan and Simon, on the Zone 4 team with Wyatt Harlow and Marissa Wells , advanced to third place match last Sunday and beat Zone 1, 6-4.

Johann, 19, is a freshman at Harvard.

Simon, 18, attends the Groton School.

Anthony Gulizia can be reached at gulizia.ant@gmail.com.
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