While the remaining snow has caused problems and delays for spring sports, their seasons are now a week in and underway. All teams have anticipated postponements of their early games. The MIAA has pushed back the end of the regular season by a week for every sport except Track and Field, who only got pushed back to May 28th. Despite the logistical headaches of a winter that won’t go away, spring sports will try to carry on the prosperity experienced by winter and fall teams. Here’s a brief rundown:
Track and Field
Track and Field lost a large crop of seniors and will be somewhat inexperienced. They still have a large team including plenty of experienced runners from last year. Emma Buckley is back after placing in 6th in the 200 meter at States. Steph Flynn returns after her own 6th place in the mile at States last year. Niamh Kenney also returns after finishing 8th in the 2 mile. Matt McGillivray resumes his role in the 4 by 1 relay team the competed at sectionals. The team should be able to compete very strongly in many events and hopes to have a good season. They are led by head coaches Pete Harrison and Tim Brown, as well as assistants Kevin Perry and Steve Capone.
The past few years, the boys lacrosse team might have been the most competitive statewide in the school. Yes, the hockey team reached the Garden but they couldn’t hang with a high-level D1 team. The past few years, the lax team has been consistently ranked in the high teens of the ESPNBoston.com poll. Now all that talent that got them there is gone, off playing lacrosse or another sport somewhere at the next level. This year’s will still be a very good team that competes well. It’s relatively senior barren, with Mike Martino and Christian Sarruda, two of the captains, the only seniors with Varsity experience. Mitch Maver made the transfer from baseball to lax, and Tom Martin and Chase Coogan are returning to the turf for the first time in awhile. Junior Joe Byrne was also named a captain and has good experience. Dan McDougall, who has seen varsity time going back to his freshman year, will be ready to contribute. The team will have a tough schedule per usual, and that’s not including league powerhouses like Duxbury, Hingham and Scituate. No matter what, Coach Paul Zaylor will have the boys on the right side of the .500 line when it comes to the end of the year.
Glax has been another one of the most talented teams around recently. They’ve rattled off successful seasons for a couple years in a row now and are capable of being a powerhouse this season. It won’t come easy because the South Shore has some good lacrosse. They have a dynamic duo of juniors who will lead the way in Chachie Smigliani and Brielle Prouty, both committed to play at D1 schools after graduation. Senior Molly McMahon is on her fourth varsity year and will be a leader and top contributor. Seniors Marissa Nimeskern and Sydney Lambert had excellent seasons last year and will carry that over to this year. Hannah Joy, Liz Gallagher, Hannah Mischler and Holly Welch are also back for their last year and aiming to make it a successful one. Rachel Keating returns as coach and the team has all the qualities to find themselves as one of the top teams in the league and in the South Shore.
The Boys tennis team had a nice season last year, qualifying for the tournament and succeeding in the Patriot League. The team was also very senior-laden, and very experienced. That will change this year. Junior Nate Hanrahan is back from 2nd singles last year and was named captain for this year. Alex Zwart, also a junior, was a varsity contributor in different roles last year and will step up to become one of the Indians’ top players this year. Expecataions are high for Junior Max Bruchowski as well. Doc Defranzo will lead them through what will be an interesting year for the team.
The Hanover Girls Tennis team is set up for a good year. Hanover coaching legend Jim Sylvia is back at the helm. Seniors Bryanna Gillis and Elisa Sandonato were named captains and they have a good amount of varsity experience. Juniors Chrissy Greco and Greta Barry are also back after successful sophomore years in big roles. If all four of the girls mentioned above have good seasons, girls tennis might be one of the most successful representations of the athletic department this spring.
Last year the softball team had an excellent season despite a very youthful roster. This year many of the same big contributors are back. Steph Spitz is on her fourth varsity season and is the team’s only senior. She is a huge asset to the team both at the plate and in the infield. Junior Callie MacDonald is back on the hill after two dominant seasons and will be a huge key to their success. Junior Caroline O’Rourke is back at catcher after a good year last year. Alissa Tofuri and Abby Harrison were huge contributors from the outfield last year as freshmen and are back in action.They’ll still have to take down an incredible Silver Lake program if they want to be top dog in the league. Still, this returning talent and experience has put Coach Joe Messina in a great position for a dominant year.
The baseball team had a good season last year in a brutally tough Patriot League. The team had a good deal of experience mixed with youth and an excellent pitching staff, keeping them competitive in nearly every game last year. This year will only get tougher as perennial Massachusetts juggernaut Plymouth North has entered the league along with typical tough teams in Duxbury, Silver Lake and Hingham. Senior Justin Paskell is back after a very good year at shortstop and at the plate. He’ll also be expected to be the ace of Hanover’s pitching staff this year. Seniors Shane Fallon and Tyler Balzarini, both regulars in the lineup card last year, will provide the bats for Hanover and both can play 3rd and outfield and may see time on the mound. Junior Sean Cornell was reliable at second base and rarely struck out at the plate, Hanover is hoping he can keep it going. Sophomore Matt Lanagan was on the team as a Freshman last year and at times was overwhelmed, but he comes back stronger physically and is sure to be in the lineup consistently, bringing strong defense and a solid bat. Senior Mike McLeod is back after being the backup catcher last year, he had some good pop in his bat and will be a good DH. Senior Pitcher Matt Holland was injured for most of last year and never got to see the varsity mound, but with the inexperienced staff, he will be needed to contribute big time. Seniors Jack Buckley, Jack Phelan, and Evan Elkhill are back after hiatuses of different lengths, but are expected to contribute along with a host of other Juniors. Head Coach Mike Patch will be tasked with filling some of last year’s holes, but this Indians group still has good talent to win in this league.