2016 Field Hockey All-Scholastics

Kourtney Kennedy never lost a high school game, going 91-0.
Kourtney Kennedy never lost a high school game, going 91-0.(Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)

Players of the Year

Division 1: Melanie Weber, Walpole

The Bay State Herget MVP tallied 29 goals and 27 assists to lead the conference in scoring and her assist in overtime gave the Porkers the state title. She finished her career with 72 goals and 65 assists and she’ll play at Northeastern.

Division 2: Kourtney Kennedy, Watertown

Kennedy never lost a high school game, going 91-0 and leading the Raiders to four straight Division 2 state titles. She had 43 goals and 27 assists and was the Middlesex MVP. She had career numbers of 112 goals and 92 assists.



Anna Battista, Silver Lake, senior

The Patriot League Keenan Division MVP had four goals and five assists as the Lakers’ captain. She’s a two-time Patriot All-Star and led the team in scoring as a junior. The National Honor Society student also plays softball.

Deirdre Burchill, Braintree, senior

Burchill ended her career as the Wamps all-time leading scorer with 50 goals and led the team to its first postseason appearance. The team MVP had 13 goals this fall and finished as a three-time Bay State All-Star.

Angela Connolly, Stoughton, senior

A repeat All-Scholastic selection, the Hockomock League All-Star midfielder led her team to three straight postseason appearances. The team captain had 12 goals and 25 assists in her career and she played in the Best of 60 game.

Emily Devine, Lexington, senior

A three-time Middlesex League All-Star, Devine had 22 goals and 14 assists this fall to finish her career with 44 goals and 22 assists. She was named to the Best of 60 All-Star team and will continue playing field hockey at Holy Cross.

Kate Gregory, Andover, junior

The junior midfielder tallied nine times for Andover and led the Golden Warriors to a 17-2-1 record and the top seed in Division 1 North. For her efforts, she was named to the Merrimack Valley All-Conference team.


Natalie Guarino, Hopkinton, senior

The Tri-Valley League MVP had 12 shutouts in goal, making 97 saves on 107 shots for Hopkinton (13-4-4). She was named to the Best of 60 All-Star team as well as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic squad.

AnnMarie Habelow, Belmont, senior

A repeat All-Scholastic and two-time Middlesex Liberty MVP, Habelow had 22 goals and 16 assists from midfeield to finish with 121 career points. Habelow led the conference in total points and was a four-time league all-star.

Jonna Kennedy, Watertown, junior

The Boston College-bound goalkeeper allowed just seven goals in 23 games. She was nearly flawless during Watertown’s run toits eighth straight Division 2 state title. Kennedy is a two-time Middlesex League All-Star.

Carly LaCasse, Bourne, junior

With 30 goals and six assists, LaCasse was the top scorer in the South Coast Conference this fall. The two-time SCC All-Star also plays ice hockey and lacrosse and has the Bourne field hockey scoring record with 57 career goals.

Kelli McCarthy, Foxborough, junior

The future Navy goalkeeper was named Hockomock League MVP after making 115 saves with 15 shutouts in 23 games. Led by their junior keeper, the Warriors advanced to the Division 2 South semifinals.

Julia Neyland, Acton-Boxborough, senior

The senior midfielder had six goals and 11 assists as the Colonials captain. A Dual County League All-Star, she played in the Best of 60 All-Star game. A 2-time DCL All-Star in lacrosse, she’ll play lacrosse at New Hampshire.


Samantha Souke, Sandwich, senior

A repeat All-Scholastic selection, Souke led Sandwich with 17 goals and nine assists and was an Atlantic Coast League All-Star. The Sandwich captain is also a lacrosse and ice hockey player but will play field hockey in college.

Casey Thompson, Central Catholic, junior

With 38 points, the junior midfielder is a 3-time Merrimack Valley All-Conference player. She led Central Catholic to its deepest tournament run and most wins in a season. She will play for Boston University.

Caroline Walsh, Needham, senior

Walsh recorded 17 goals and 11 assists to lead the Rockets to a 16-1-3 season. The Bay State Conference All-Star led Needham to the Division 1 North semifinals. She also plays lacrosse and will play that sport at Bucknell.

Celia Walsh, Walpole, junior

Walsh was second on her team in points with 43, just behind All-Scholastic teammate Melanie Weber. Led by the duo, the Porkers won the Division 1 state title. The junior is an all-star in lacrosse and will play at Georgetown.

Coaches of the Year

Division 1: Mary Kate Callahan, Braintree

The Wamps made their first ever tournament appearance this fall and finished 12-4-3, the first winning record for Braintree since the 1980s. The Wellesley High and Holy Cross grad is 29-47-15 in her five-year career.

Division 2: Melissa Bordieri, Foxborough

The Hockomock champion Warriors (19-3-1) won a Division 2 South title. In her 15 years coaching field hockey, Bordieri is 167-90-48. She played at Northeastern and made the Division 1 Final Four in 1995 and ’96.



Bay State — Braintree: Deirdre Burchill, Julia Vaillancourt. Brookline: Emma Ewas. Dedham: Rosin Glynn. Framingham: Kate Puma, Kara Wright. Milton: Devin Coulter. Natick: Allie Collins, Kayleigh May. Needham: Kendall Milligan, Stephanie Vallace, Caroline Walsh, Gabby Walsh. Newton North: Olivia Ferry. Norwood: Nichole Hayes, Erin Murphy. Walpole: Sophia Giovaniello, Christine Murray, Celia Walsh, Melanie Weber. Wellesley: Cat Donahue, Alex Ramsden, Lexi Why.

Big Three — Brockton: Linsey Francois, Sarah Kilsby, Maddie Marchand. Durfee: Katelyn Banalewicz, Mikella DaSilva, Kylie Dias, Brittney Tabicas, Jamie Taveres. New Bedford: Marissa Aguiar, Lizzie Blanchard, Skylah Reis, Erin Rezendes.

Cape Ann — Amesbury: Mya Kermelewicz; Georgetown: Dana Edwards; Hamilton-Wenham: McKenzie Plante; Ipswich: Izzy Primack, Julia Glavin; Lynnfield: Lilli Patterson; Manchester-Essex: Chanel Bullock, Robert Carter; Masconomet: Mak Graves, Zoe Shibel; Newburyport: Kaitlin Ahern, Meagan Bragole; North Reading: Julia Perrone; Pentucket: Jenna Fiore; Rockport: Miranda Roller; Triton: Samantha Brown, Erin Savage.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Jacklyn Hickey, Caitlin Little, Nicole Mansfield, Anna McCarthy, Julia Neyland. Bedford: Izzie Henderson, Julia Medwar, Mykia Washington. Concord-Carlisle: Jess Aldous, Nikki Spada, Payton Vaughn. Lincoln-Sudbury: Caitlin Carter, Caroline Kenney, Alanna Semerjian, Bri Stokes. Newton South: Allison Arruda, Ruslan Crosby. Waltham: Nina Cristofori, Emily Doherty, Julia Jones. Westford: Britta Cianciolo, Colleen Ellis, Morgan Freud, Juliette Noone. Weston: Katrina Angelucci, Kylie Burkus, Naomi Cutter, Caroline Donahue, Meg Preacher.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Mariss Dias. Canton: Emily Campbell, Julia Ezepik, Maggie Malloy. Foxborough: Meredith Cronin, Emma Daly, Lily Daly, Kelli McCarthy. Franklin: Kayla Marshall, Kate Morse, Cassi Ronan, Annie Walsh. King Philip: Caitlin Donahue, Christina Hathaway, Alli Meehan. Mansfield: Emily Lerardo, Jen McCabe, Caitlin Whitman. Milford: Shannon Cormier. North Attleborough: Mary Kummer, Liz Morehouse. Oliver Ames: Kendall Clifford, Dimitra Efremidis. Sharon: Georgia Salvatore. Stoughton: Angela Connolly, Kayla Oliveira. Taunton: Breanne Conlon.


Merrimack Valley — Andover: Katherine Devaney, Emma Farmham, Katherine Furry, Kate Gregory, Meghan Hartnett, Jordan Torres. Central Catholic: Arianna Coletti, Mary Lambert, Serena Rousseau, Casey Thompson, Courtney Woronka. Chelmsford: Isabelle Danahey, Emily Dionne, Stephanie Gillet, Jessica Hopkins, Rachel O’Connell, Julia Squeri. Dracut: Chloe Hudzik, Sarah Wilson. Haverhill: Tamara Hoar, Nicole Martin, Jordyn O’Boyle. Lawrence: Lisberth Carpio, Romina Tozzi. Lowell: Lindsay Golden, Courtney Latta, Shy Mwai. Methuen: Claudia Crowe, Sophie Derepentigny, Kacy Florence, Rachel Zins. North Andover: Sarah Bagley, Casey Conwell, Katie Hartford, Keelin Rogers, Dana Swartz. Tewksbury: Katie Garcia, Jess Liggiero, Nicole Liggiero.

Middlesex (Freedom) — Burlington: Carolyn Bonetti, Meghan Murray. Melrose: Yvane Ngassa. Stoneham: Sophie Antoniou, Nina McCarthy. Wakefield: Megan Horrigan, Alexis Truesdale. Watertown: Jonna Kennedy, Kourtney Kennedy, Maddie Leitner, Sydney Poulin, Gabby Venezia, Olivia Venezia. Wilmington: Rose Cuozzo, Jill Miele, Mia O’Connell, Danielle Silva.

Middlesex (Liberty) — Arlington: Katherine O’Brien, McKenzie Steuve. Belmont: Julia Chase, Morgan Chase, Molly Goldberg, AnnMarie Habelow. Lexington: Alexandra Aquilina-Piscitello, Emily Butcha, Emily Devine. Reading: Courtney Cutone, Julia Hand. Winchester: Madison Micciche, Charley Miller, Mariah Redler. Woburn: Nora Newman.

Patriot — Duxbury: Kelsey Cox, Abby Hickey, Keely Smith, Seton Swiderski, Hannah Zimmer. Hanover: Maegan Amsler, Morgan Foley, Abby Harrison, Jennifer Rosinski. Hingham: Nikki Brennan, Rachel Jensen, Maddy Young. Pembroke: Kelly Cunningham, Tyler Spellman. Plymouth North: Isabella Balboni, Caroline DiGravio, Julia Zaniboni. Plymouth South: Jordan Colbert, Molly Costello, Kayla Donovan. Scituate: Ally Irish, Teenie MacCune, Evan McCormack, Lulu Sweeney. Silver Lake: Anna Battista, Kayla Brookshire, Julia Gillis, Kaylan Hakins, Mary Kate Webb. Whitman-Hanson: Emily Cook.

South Shore — Carver: ReAnna Kenyon, Holly Lauzon, Jake Sanson, Ashley White; Cohasset: Lauren Cunning, Elle Hansen, Halle Pratt, Charlotte Morrison, Katie Talacci (MVP); East Bridgewater: Courtney Footte; Kayla Nilson, Meghan Scully; Mashpee: Chayna Hendricks, Chyla Hendricks, Cecelia Piermattei, Emma Wise; Middleboro: Carla Pelton, Lindsay Woodward; Norwell: Lauren Arapoff; Aly Moore.

Tri-Valley — Ashland: Lexi Maher, Lexi Tirabassi. Bellingham: Jessica Kilduff, Blake Silvestri. Dover-Sherborn: Jackie Mountford, Colleen Raferty, Tara Raferty, Maddie Shue. Hopkinton: Natalie Guarino, Beth Koeller, Ally Scimone, Megan Sheeran. Medfield: Tess Beardsley, Naomi Lau. Medway: Rachel Gittings, Mackenzie Quigley, Tessa Scheid. Westwood: Emily Dukeman, Georgia Salvatore.

How we picked the team

The All-Scholastic field hockey team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass. leagues. Text by Marisa Ingemi. Photos by Mark Lorez.