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GlobeSouth: 5 story lines to follow in field hockey

Loranger, Storms spur Apponequet to a perfect start

After the graduation of six seniors, including Globe All-Scholastic goalie Jenna O’Leary, coach Cindy Cuthbertson has guided the Lakers to an 11-0 start. Senior forward Liz Loranger, sidelined all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ranks fourth in EMass with 18 goals and seven assists, while classmate Cara Storms has totaled 20 goals and nine assists after a 25-goal junior campaign.

Senior twins powering unbeaten Duxbury

After playing on a line with former Globe All-Scholastic Hannah Murphy (school record-tying 28 goals, plus 28 assists, last season), senior twins Katie and Lily Smith have seized leading roles, contributing 31 and 20 points, respectively. Katie leads EMass in scoring. Senior center mid Ally Hammel is another key cog.

Former soccer player a nice addition at Norwood

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Kacie Smith chose field hockey over soccer this season, and the Mustangs have certainly benefitted from her decision. The junior center forward (nine goals, three assists in 10 games) and junior defender Lisa Moynihan have led a squad that graduated 13 seniors. And under the direction of first-year coach Allison Donilar (class of 2006), a three-year assistant under former mentor Allison Penza, Norwood started 6-1-3, the lone loss coming against Walpole.

Oliver Ames is acing chemistry class

Junior tricaptains Kara Arnold and Molly Cunha (four goals, seven assists) along with sisters Hannah (10 goals, five assists) and Ali Friend have sparked Oliver Ames to a 10-1-1 record. The four are also teammates on the New England Strikers 16U Elite Easton roster, and OA coach Janice Sundell credits a part of their success to chemistry. Arnold, a vocal presence, is a catalyst on defense. On the attack, the Tigers spread out the offense.

Walpole primed for a long run

The Porkers have not won a state title since 2006, but with the return of senior right wing Brooke Matherson (22 goals, five assists), a Globe All-Scholastic, fellow cocaptain Lina Feeley (10 goals, 17 assists), and the emergence of freshman center forward Melanie Weber, they have the talent to make a run. Walpole lost to Acton-Boxborough in last year’s state semifinals.

Peter Cappiello can be reached at peter.cappiello@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @petecapps.
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