July 25, 2024


2005 Boston Globe All Scholastics

Coaches of the Year

aLeslie Frank, Westwood

Frank sums up her team nicely for her opponents: ‘‘Our defense is formidable and our offense intimidating.’’ As Coach of the Year, she heads an undefeated powerhouse that stars her daughter, Meredith. A recipient of this award in 2002, Frank has a career record of 130-15-4. She is also the Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year. She went to high school at Kingswood-Oxford in West Hartford, Conn., and attended college at Dickinson and UConn. She played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Frank, who enjoys traveling, has coached the sport for seven years. ‘‘The 2005 Westwood girls’ lacrosse team is by far the most talented team in my coaching history,’’ she said.

aJennifer Kent, Norwell

Working from the ground up, Kent has guided a five-year-old program to a Division 2 South sectional title. A graduate of Thayer Academy and Colby College, Kent started the Norwell girls’ lacrosse program in 2000, and now the team is the South champion for the first time after beating Duxbury, 14-11. Kent played four years of varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school and captained each team. She was all-league in all three sports, bringing an impressive background to Norwell’s new lacrosse program. She commends her team for having ‘‘excellent work ethic and team spirit.’’ She enjoys spending time outside with her six children and playing lacrosse and soccer.

Players of the Year

aMeredith Frank, Westwood

Daughter of Division 1 Coach of the Year, Leslie Frank, this 5-7, 135-pound senior made sure she kept the Player of the Year honor in the family. Her 113 points (67 goals and 46 assists) made her the Tri-Valley League MVP and a first team All-American, both for the second year in a row. Even as a freshman, Frank was a league all-star and made the Lower New England third team. She then began her string of three All-Scholastic honors as a sophomore, when she made the All-American second team. In addition to being on the soccer team, she is an all-star in basketball. A member of both the National and Spanish Honor Societies, she will play lacrosse for Northwestern.

aAlexie Marrocco, Duxbury

Duxbury’s record books will never be the same after what the 5-7, 120-pound Marracco did to them. She tallied 447 points for her career on 274 goals and 173 assists. As senior captain and first team All-American, she scored 70 goals this season and collected 120 points. She led the team in scoring all four years. She also put a reverse spin on the old saying that bad things come in threes: She is a three-time All-Scholastic and a three-time Pilgrim Conference All-Star. She has won three conference championships and three gold medals at the Bay State Games. Marrocco will take her 3.4 GPA to the University of Richmond.

The All-Scholastics

aJulie Baskind, Framingham

The 5-4, 135-pound Baskind is the epitome of a ‘‘student-athlete.’’ Among honors for her athletic mastery, she is a first team Bay State League All-Star and league MVP as well as the MVP of her team. Teamed with All-Scholastic Shaunna Kaplan, she made the Flyers an offensive force. She was an all-star as a junior and a second team all-league player in soccer. She is also a standout as a student. She is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors in math, science, history, Spanish, and English. She will take her considerable athletic and academic accomplishments to the University of Michigan. She lists reading and listening to music as her hobbies.

aLauren Fitzpatrick, Westwood

With the help of Fitzpatrick’s stellar defense and scoring ability, Westwood’s record this season is unblemished. A first team TriValley League All-Star, she scored 42 goals and dished out 41 assists for the 22-0 Wolverines. She played on the varsity team for four years and was an all-star in three. As a junior, the 5-7, 135-pound Fitzpatrick had 49 goals and 25 assists, earning a spot on the Lower New England first team. A multi-sport athlete who plays basketball and cross-country, she participated in the Bay State Games last summer and is a member of the Mass Elite club squad. An honor roll student, Fitzpatrick will play for Boston College.

aEmily Hannigan, Needham

This Boston College-bound senior was the captain of a 15-4-1 Needham squad that won nine straight games to enter the tournament. Hannigan scored 58 goals and 50 assists for 108 points. An All-American nominee, she established herself as a top scorer and was named a first team Bay State League All-Star. She was on the second team as a junior. Last summer, she made honorable mention for the All-Galaxy team, played on the gold-medal team at the Bay State Games, and played on the Mass Elite team. The 5-5, 130-pound senior won the unsung hero award for her play on the varsity soccer team. She is on the high honor roll at Needham.

aAlexandra Hulme, Framingham

The captain of the 21-1-1 Division 1 North semifinalists, Hulme’s defensive play makes her stand out in a sport that loves flashy offensive numbers. A 5-5, 140-pound senior, she helped Framingham gain a rematch of last year’s Division 1 North final with Winchester. She is the Framingham High School Flyer of the Year and an Academic All-American. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a two-time Bay State League All-Star and plays varsity lacrosse as well. Along with many of her fellow All-Scholastics, she plays for Mass Elite. She will attend Bucknell University to continue her lacrosse career.

aShaunna Kaplan, Framingham

Kaplan provided the offensive punch for a 20-1-1 Framingham lacrosse team that scored a combined 34 goals in its first two tournament games. She was an easy choice for first team Bay State League All-Star honors, with 65 goals and 38 assists. Last season, as a sophomore, she was a second team league all-star. In two years, she has 190 points. In the fall, she plays soccer, and has been an all-league player for two years. She also plays for the Boston Renegades, and was honored with the title of team MVP last season.

aMaura Mahoney, Westwood

Like many of her Westwood teammates, Mahoney had an excellent year. Teaming up with fellow All-Scholastics and tricaptains Meredith Frank and Lauren Fitzpatrick, she scored 64 goals and had 66 assists. She is a three-time Tri-Valley League All-Star and a first team All-American. Last season, Mahoney had 149 points, and earned a nod for the All-American second team. She started her lacrosse career with a bang, scoring a combined 215 points in her freshman and sophomore seasons. She also plays soccer and basketball and she is an honor roll student. She is a member of the Mass Elite club team. She will play lacrosse at Boston College with Fitzpatrick.

aTissy O’Connor, Winchester

The 5-4 junior is the defensive star of a Winchester program that has won four of the last five MIAA Division 2 North sectional titles. The Sachems (19-2) were undefeated in the league, with O’Connor leading the defense of Winchester’s zone and adding 32 goals and 10 assists. She is first-team Lower New England and a Middlesex League All-Star. She is the captain of Winchester’s cross-country team and a member of the Mass Elite lacrosse team. During her spare time, she helps teach lacrosse to inner-city youth as a member of the Street Team for Metro Lacrosse. An honor roll student and member of the Spanish Honor Society as a junior, she is hoping to play lacrosse in college.

aHeather Popp, Peabody

As the sport of girls’ lacrosse grows, new programs lead to new stars. North Shore fans got a close look at one of the sport’s best the past two years: Popp finished her career as the leading scorer in school history with more than 200 goals. She also holds the school record for the most goals in a game with 10 and goals in a season with 72 in her sophomore year. Led by Popp, Peabody went 32-4 in the last two seasons. A member of the National Honor Society, Popp was a Greater Boston League All-Star in soccer. She spends July and August playing in Mass Elite Summer Leagues and she will attend Ithaca College in the fall.

aAlyssa Ritchie, North Andover

This 5-6, 130-pound senior is very active, on and off the field. As a cocaptain, she notched 68 goals and 40 assists, propelling her team to its second straight Cape Ann League championship and repeating as league MVP. The Knights were 16-5, reaching the Division 2 North sectional final. A Massachusetts Women and Girls in Sports recipient, she has 180 career goals and 87 career assists. She has played in the Bay State Games for two years. She is a member of the spirit club at school and participates in a church group. Ritchie volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is in the top 25 percent of her class. She will be attending Bentley College.

aMargot Spatola, Hingham

Spatola scored 59 goals and assisted on 21 others to lead Hingham (12-8). A senior, she led the team in scoring for the last two seasons and was a Patriot League All-Star for the last three. She is a National Women in Sports Day honoree and was named Hingham’s best offensive player in 2003 and 2004. She played on Hingham’s inaugural girls’ hockey team and is an all-star in soccer. She received the HHS Hall of Fame scholarship and the US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award. She will attend Boston College.

aEmma Spiro, Wellesley

Spiro was the MVP of the 17-2 Wellesley Raiders this season as a junior, scoring 68 goals and dishing out 27 assists. She played valiantly in a 20-4 loss to Westwood in the Division 1 South final, scoring twice. A two-time first team Bay State League All-Star and a member of the Lower New England second team as well as the Mass Elite club team, she will captain her Wellesley team next year. She is also going to be captain of the basketball and soccer teams next season. Her leadership skills have been recognized off the field as evidenced by her election to the National Young Leaders Conference this summer. Spiro is a member of the National Honor Society.

aLauren Strazzula, Norwell

Captain of the Division 2 South champions, this 5-4, 125-pound senior earned her spot as one of the elite players in the state. She scored 60 goals this season and added 47 assists, showing a steady improvement on her junior year numbers of 77 goals and 46 assists. As a sophomore she netted 46 goals and assisted on 30 others. She has twice played in the Bay State Games and is a member of the Mass Elite team. A member of the soccer and basketball teams, she was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman, an award that recognizes scholarly achievement. She made the honor roll every year and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will play lacrosse at Colby College.

aNina Tedeschi, Duxbury

A first team All-American, this senior captain has made winning a hobby. She guided her team to the Division 2 South final, tallying 58 goals and 51 assists along the way, earning Patriot League All-Star honors as the Green Dragons won the league title. For her efforts, she was awarded the Duxbury High School Athletic Achievement Award. She has 272 points in her career and is a two-time All-Scholastic and three-time league all-star. She enjoyed similar success in field hockey, winning a league championship and two gold medals at the Bay State Games. She also has medaled for Mass Elite. After a year at Northfield Mount Hermon, Tedeschi hopes to play Division 1 lacrosse.

aAlyssa Vecchione, Lincoln-Sudbury

Lincoln-Sudbury went undefeated (18-0) in the regular season, in no small part because of the rock of their defense, the 5-5, 125-pound Vecchione. A first team Dual County League All-Star the last two seasons, she averaged seven ground balls and five interceptions a game. She was named Most Valuable Defender last season. She also plays Mass Elite. In 2003, she started on the state championship soccer team and was a captain last year. She has also been a member of the varsity swim team for three years. She was awarded the Beth Heppenstall Soccer Scholarship. She will study nursing and play lacrosse at Fairfield University.

aaJamie-Lee Whiteway, Billerica

With Whiteway in the goal, Billerica could always rely on its last line of defense. The 5-5, 140-pound senior was the Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year and Billerica Memorial’s Female Athlete of the Year. She captained a 12th-seeded team past fifth-seeded Masconomet, 6-5, in the first round of the Division 1 North bracket, before the Indians lost to Peabody. She was an All-Scholastic last spring and an all-conference player for three years. She also runs cross-country and track. Whiteway will attend UMass-Amherst.