May 21, 2024


Boston Globe 2006 Schoolastic Awards

Players of the Year

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticShaunna Kaplan, Framingham

For the second straight season, Kaplan piloted the high-octane Flyers’ offense that averaged 14.7 goals per game. The 5-foot-2-inch, 110-pound attack scored 76 goals and dished out 79 assists as Framingham (22-0) reached the MIAA Divivision 1 North championship game for the third straight season. In her career, Kaplan has 206 goals and 150 assists. She was named Framingham senior athlete of the year as well as team MVP. Kaplan, a Bay State League First team All-Star the last three seasons, will play for the Boston Renegades this summer. In 2005, she was named MVP of her soccer squad. She will bring her shopping, cooking, and yoga interests to UNH, where she will play lacrosse and soccer.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticTissy O’Connor, Winchester

This is O’Connor’s second straight year gracing this page, and rightfully so. She’s continued to be a mainstay in the Winchester (18-2) defense and her offensive production is nearly identical to last season’s output. In 2005, she had 32 goals and 10 assists. This season, her last, O’Connor added 33 goals and 20 assists for the Middlesex League champions. O’Connor was also the captain of the Middlesex League champion cross-country team. An honor roll student throughout high school, O’Connor will play for the Mass Elite team before she heads off to Cornell, where she will continue her lacrosse career.

Coaches of the Year

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticDebbie DeJesus, Lincoln-Sudbury

DeJesus said she knew her club was special from day one, adding, ”This has been a team of best friends who have given 110 percent throughout the season. They believe in one another on and off the field.” The Warriors, Dual County League champs, finished with an 18-3 record after a 12-7 loss to Framingham in the MIAA Division 1 North final. DeJesus, a 1981 graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury, played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse for the Warriors. She is 122-30-6 in eight years as head coach. DeJesus played field hockey and lacrosse at UMass and was a goalie on the Minuteman lacrosse team that won the NCAA championship in 1982. Away from the game, she loves to garden and play golf.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticJodi Dolan, Hopkinton

Talk about a turnaround. The Hopkinton’s girls lacrosse program is only six years old and Dolan has the Hillers on the fast track to success. Hopkinton was 0-17-1 in its inaugural season. In 2006, with six underclassmen in the starting lineup, Hopkinton finished 18-4 after a 15-14 loss to Duxbury in the MIAA Division 2 South semifinals. Dolan, 74-47-3 all-time, is cognizant of her players’ work ethic. ”They know I put a lot of time and effort into the program and they all give me back what I’ve given them, tenfold. This award is attributed to their hard work.” Dolan also coaches JV field hockey and has coached Hopkinton youth lacrosse for five years. She graduated from Concord-Carlisle (1981) and Tufts (1984). She loves to garden and paint.

The All-Scholastics

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticMillie Blease, Holliston

The Panthers may have lost the most versatile athlete in school history. Blease played four years of varsity lacrosse, basketball, and soccer. She was captain of all three teams. In her final go-round on the lacrosse field, she surpassed the 100-goal plateau and led the Panthers to the first round of the MIAA Division 2 South tournament. She was named a Tri-Valley League All-Star and co-MVP of her basketball team. She was a soccer TVL All-Star the last two seasons. Her peers named her ”Most Athletic Female” and she picked up the Outstanding Senior Athlete award. Blease, ranked fifth in her class, is secretary of the National Honor Society, plays the piano, and volunteers at the Hopkinton Respite Center. She is headed to Boston College.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticAnna Collins, Winchester

What else could Collins have done for this Sachem club? In her final season, she led Suzanne Ontso’s team with 66 goals and 19 assists. Collins helped the Sachems score 31 goals in their first two tournament games. And in the semifinals against Wayland, the 5-foot-4-inch attack scored six goals, with the last one coming with 25 seconds left in the game, to propel Winchester into the MIAA Division 2 North sectional title game. She finished her stint with 122 goals and 51 assists. Collins was also on the varsity soccer team. She played for Mass Elite and is headed to Babson College, where she will play soccer and lacrosse.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticJessica Crane, Lincoln-Sudbury

Crane was the driving force behind Debbie DeJesus’s Warriors, who cruised to a 16-2 regular-season record and their second straight Dual County League title. The senior captain had 78 goals and 38 assists, an improvement over her 55 goals and 40 assists last season. The 78 goals were tops in the DCL and EMass this season. She is a two-time DCL All-Star and she has played for Lower New England and the She Shells of the Top Gun Lacrosse League. Crane also captained the basketball team this winter. She will play lacrosse at Gettysburg next year.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticRachel Fox, Andover

Fox holds the recipe for success in lacrosse: speed and athleticism. Last year she led the Merrimack Valley with 54 goals and this year, as league MVP, she tallied 81 goals and 35 assists. The 5-foot-6-inch Fox has 210 career points. Fox, a two-time MVC All-Star, led the Colonials to an 18-3 record. As for the speed, Fox is the Division 1 indoor state champ in the 600 meters. She holds the Andover record in the 800 meters and 600 meters. She was named to the Lower New England lacrosse team for the second straight year. An honor roll student, Fox has been a two-year starter on the varsity soccer team. A junior, Fox will be back next season.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticAlexandra Frank, Westwood

If there were an award for most improved player in EMass girls’ lacrosse, Frank would win it – by a landslide. Frank, a 5-foot-6-inch, 155-pound midfielder, made huge improvements after her inaugural season. As a freshman, she had 24 goals and 14 assists. This year, she scored 73 goals and added 29 assists. The defending Division 1 state champs ended their state tournament run in the semifinals, losing to Wellesley, 13-10. Frank was named a Tri-Valley League All-Star, following in the footsteps of her sister, Meredith, who played on this year’s NCAA championship Northwestern women’s lacrosse team. Both are daughters of coach Leslie Frank. She plays basketball and soccer, coaches youth sports, and loves to read and travel in the offseason.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticMichelle Granara, Norwell

No All-Scholastic team would be complete without a goaltender. Granara was the best of the best this season as the Clippers beat Duxbury in the MIAA Division 2 South sectional final for the second straight year, this time by a 14-5 score. The Clippers pulled away in the second half while shutting out Duxbury. Granara, a 5-foot-6-inch senior captain, allowed just 19 goals in four tournament games to lead the Clippers into the Division 2 state championship game against Winchester. The four-year varsity starter has been the key to the Clippers’ pursuit of back-to-back Division 2 state championships. Last year, the Clippers beat Winchester, 19-6, in the final. Granara, who has a 3.35 GPA, will attend Holy Cross.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticSara Harrington, Westwood

Westwood is becoming a pipeline for Northwestern; Harrington will join former teammates Kristen Kjellman and Meredith Frank on the Division 1 champion Wildcats. In her penultimate season, Harrington had 59 points as the Wolverines lost in the Division 1 South semifinals. She had 42 goals and 37 assists, both career highs, to end her high school career with 100 goals and 66 assists. She is a two-time Tri-Valley League All-Star and helped Westwood (19-2-1) go 67-3-1 over the last three seasons. Harrington is a member of the National Art and Spanish National Honor Society.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticKristin Igoe, Framingham

Yes, the Flyers are losing leading scorer Shaunna Kaplan, but the middle of the field will be theirs next year as Igoe returns for her final campaign. The speedy 5-foot-4-inch, 115-pound midfielder is fearless as she uses her athleticism to control the field. The Flyers won the Bay State Conference championship and finished the regular season 20-0. She scored a goal in Framingham’s 7-6 win over King Philip in the semifinals of the Division 1 tournament. She has been selected to try out for the U-19 National team in August. Igoe plays basketball and was named Rookie of the Year on the soccer team in 2003. A diehard shopper and exceptional cook, Igoe relaxes by doing yoga.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticMegan MacDonald, Wayland

The versatile midfielder and defensive MVP will be crucial in Wayland’s quest for a title in 2007. The 5-foot-8-inch, 130-pound junior will captain the lacrosse, soccer, and ice hockey teams. MacDonald led the Warriors to a 15-5-1 record before they were ousted by Winchester, 15-14, in the Division 2 North semifinals. This season MacDonald had 60 goals and 35 assists to give her a career total of 161 (94 goals, 67 assists). A two-time Dual County League All-Star, she played for the Lower New England Lacrosse team in the US Lacrosse National tournament. An honor roll student, she is a member of the Community Service Leadership Club.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticTaylor MacDonald, Vineyard

MacDonald and her Martha’s Vineyard teammates nearly pulled off a first-round upset over Hingham in the MIAA South Division 2 tournament. Martha’s Vineyard tied the game at 8-8 with 32 seconds left but lost to the Harbormen in overtime, 10-8. Playing in her final game for Martha’s Vineyard, MacDonald had two goals and one assist to boost her career total to 180 points (120 goals and 60 assists). This season, she was a South Coast Conference All-Star in both lacrosse and basketball. She also plays soccer. MacDonald is in the National Honor Society and she received the Presidents Academic Achievement Award. The three-sport athlete will attend Eastern Connecticut State, where she will continue to play both lacrosse and soccer.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticKelly Pasquantonio, King Philip

Without Pasquantonio, life would have been much different for coach Mike Vitelli and the Warriors. The 5-foot-8-inch, 130-pound senior midfielder scored more than 100 points this season and was named the Hockomock Player of the Year. Pasquantonio guided the Warriors past Newton North in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Division 1 South tournament, scoring six goals and dishing three assists. In their first three tournament games, King Philip (18-0-1) has outscored opponents, 47-19. Pasquantonio, a Hockomock League All-Star in field hockey, is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of her class, and secretary of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She is headed to Merrimack College.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticKaitlyn Pettengill, Hopkinton

Pettengill was the seasoned veteran on a young Hillers club. The 5-foot-5-inch senior captain led Hopkinton to an 18-4 record and an appearance in the MIAA Division 2 South semifinals. She has increased her point total every season since 2003 and recorded 113 goals and 50 assists this year. She finished her stellar career with 284 goals and 171 assists. Pettengill, an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, will head to Babson with several records in hand: most goals in a season (113), most assists in a game (10), and most points in a game (17). She also ran indoor track.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticKate Reardon, Needham

Reardon, only 5 feet 3 inches, didn’t let her stature deter her athletic career at Needham. She led the Rockets to a first-round bye in the MIAA Division 2 South tournament before they were knocked out by Westwood, 13-11. The senior captain had 42 goals and 43 assists and 52 groundballs to earn a First Team Bay State All-Star selection. Reardon played three seasons of field hockey and one of ice hockey. During the summer months, she has played for Team Revolution twice and was on the Revolution All-Star team. Reardon is actively involved in community service operations related to autism. She will play lacrosse at Fairfield.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticBetsey Sauer, Duxbury

Sauer and the rest of the Duxbury girls’ lacrosse team have flown under the radar this year. The Green Dragons finished the regular season 12-4-1 and Sauer has been an offense force. The 5-foot-8-inch senior had 45 goals and 24 assists to lead her team to the Division 2 South final, where she had a goal and an assist in a 14-5 loss to Norwell. She is a scholar-athlete award recipient in the Patriot League as well as captain of the swim team. During the summer, she will play for the Mass Elite squad. Sauer is an avid beachgoer and loves photography. Next year you can find her on a lacrosse field in Durham, N.C., as she is headed to Duke University.

Boston Globe 2006 SchoolasticEmma Spiro, Wellesley

Spiro may have a feeling of déjà vu as her extraordinary career concludes. Last season the 5-foot-6-inch Spiro put up 68 goals and 27 assists, only to have the Raiders lose in the Division 2 South final to Westwood. This year was more of the same. Her numbers were incredible: 84 goals, 35 assists. She was named a First Team Bay State All-Star and she finished her stint at Wellesley with 262 goals and 92 helpers. However, the Raiders lost in the final again, this time to King Philip. She was a BSL All-Star three times, she played for Lower New England at Nationals, and she plays for Mass Elite. Spiro captained the soccer and basketball teams and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is headed to the University of Pennsylvania.

The All-Stars

BAY STATE: Kaley Hewitt, Braintree; Jenna Abelli, Kristin Igoe, Shaunna Kaplan, Denise Beliveau, Framingham; Ali Keller, Milton; Abby Zall, Natick; Kate Reardon, Carly O’Leary, Needham; Sally Leung, Newton North; Jesse Sheinhite, Norwood; Kerianne Murphy, Walpole; Emma Spiro, Laura Stirrat, Hannah Schwartzstein, Wellesley; Jackie Moscardelli, Weymouth.

CAPE ANN: Brittany Fraser, Brittany Boulanger, Madeline Hardy, Lauren Spenser, Masconomet; Shannon Hartford, Georgetown; Lauren McCarthy, Molly Gibbs, Jamie Baraiollo, Ipswich; Carley Corkum, Triton; Sarah Galligan, Lindsay Beaton, Pentucket; Amy Dixon, Kara Rogata, Katy Fitzgerald, North Andover; Jenny Perkins, Manchester; Sheila Serafino, Hamilton-Wenham.

DUAL COUNTY: Jess Crane, Kristin Phelps, Jess Mattioli, and Amy Daniels, Lincoln-Sudbury; Jill LaForest, Kiara Blough, Becca Goldman, Acton-Boxboro; Megan MacDonald, Olivia Shaw, Wayland; Courtney Davenport, Ellen McCurdy, Weston; Annie Gerherty, Sarah Zappala, Westford; Rebecca Jenkinson, Concord-Carlisle; Stephanie Davison, Bedford; Julia Nary, Newton South.

EMASS: Shaunna Kaplan, Kritin Igoe, Denise Beliveau, Framingham; Tissy O’Connor, Anna Collins, Winchester; Emma Spiro, Wellesley; Rachel Fox, Andover; Betsey Sauer, Duxbury; Alexandra Frank, Sara Harrington, Westwood; Jess Crane, Lincoln-Sudbury; Michelle Granara, Norwell; Kelly Pasquantonio, King Phillip; Kaitlyn Pettengill, Hopkinton; Megan MacDonald, Wayland; Kate Reardon, Needham; Brittany Boulanger, Masconomet; Millie Blease, Holliston; Allison Faiola, Billerica; Jillian LaForest, Acton-Boxboro; Taylor MacDonald, Martha’s Vineyard.

HOCKOMOCK: Kelly Pasquantonio, Kara Basque, Allie Cuozzo, Kerry Eaton, Katie Florence, Mary Pasquantonio, King Philip; Michelle Bove, Sheila Doherty, Brittany Lyons, Canton; Brittany Jamieson, Foxboro; Caileigh Grove, Kate McCarter, Franklin; Kelly Gilbertson, Hilary Turner, Mansfield; Brittany Engle, Oliver Ames.

NORTHEASTERN: Alyssa Accomando, Kelly McGovern, Liz Menesale, Beverly; Carolyn Veilleux, Reagan Grady, Ashley Sullivan, Danvers; Maura White, Emily Johnson, Colleen Allen, Sarah Caffasso, Gloucester; Sam Weinstein, Tori Snow, Annie Cohn, Kelsey Campbell, Marblehead; Kristen Wyke, Louiqinna Rijo, Courtney DeOrio, Jamie Hanson, Tricia DeOrio, Salem; Tara Driscoll, Hannah Pelletier, Swampscott.