September 9, 2013

Field hockey: 25 Players to Watch

Randi Albano, Wells, senior, goalie: A third-year starter who kept the Warriors close against some top Class B teams last year, she'll help make Wells a factor in Class C.

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Senior goalie Libby DesRuisseaux will be relied upon heavily by Cheverus, which could be among the top teams again in Western Class A despite the loss of eight starters from a year ago.

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Lindsey Poirier, a junior who earned all-state accolades last fall, leads a Marshwood team that hopes to challenge Scarborough for supremacy in Western Class A.

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Kaylie Andrews, Traip, senior, forward/midfielder: A skilled player coming off a 10-goal season, Andrews will be in the center of a very youthful lineup.

Elyse Caiazzo, Cheverus, senior, forward: Feisty and effective, the returning all-state and all-SMAA pick is a scoring threat who must handle a bigger leadership role, as the Stags graduated eight starters.

Libby DesRuisseaux, Cheverus, senior, goalie: The top returning goalie in the SMAA must control an all-new defense for the Stags.

Georgia Drew, Portland, junior, midfielder: Nagging injuries limited Drew as a sophomore forward. Now she'll use her fitness, stick-handling and instinct in the midfield.

Morgan Dube, Thornton Academy, senior, forward: A shortstop in softball -- her first-love sport -- she used her quick hands from left wing to score 16 goals in an all-state junior season.

Lucy Fowler, Lake Region, senior, forward: Fowler possesses one of the hardest, quickest shots in the state. The Lakers' go-to scorer in a 14-2 season as junior, she scored two goals in this year's opener.

Makayla Frost, Fryeburg Academy, senior, midfielder: A four-year varsity player who returns at center midfield as a defense-first initiator on a team working in seven new starters.

Jackie Guillemette, Massabesic, senior, forward: Extremely fast with or without the ball, the all-SMAA sniper is always on opposing coaches' radar.

Kallie Hutchinson, Yarmouth, junior, midfielder: An all-around player with a strong drive, Hutchinson scored five goals as a sophomore despite injuries and has good vision and anticipation.

Hannah Jordan, Lisbon, senior, forward: An all-state player, Jordan led the Class C state champs with 22 goals and eight assists.

Caitlin LaFountain, Mt. Ararat, senior, midfielder: LaFountain, the leading scorer from a team that tied a school record with 11 wins, has a hard drive and is aggressive near the goal.

Lindsey Poirier, Marshwood, junior, midfielder: Poirier moves the ball from the center of the field with strong drives and dribble moves. She was all-SMAA and all-state as sophomore.

Kaitlyn Prince, Scarborough, junior, back: Tall, strong and athletic, Prince has the skills and anticipation to be a force in multiple positions.

Morgan Richmond, Windham, senior, forward: Windham struggled to score in 2012, but Richmond (seven goals) is expected to change that with her speed, fitness and accurate shot.

Kayla Rose, North Yarmouth Academy, senior, forward/midfielder: Rose will play more midfield after she and sophomore Juliana Tardif led the Panthers with 12 goals and seven assists each.

Jillian Rothweiler, Falmouth, senior, forward: Rothweiler combines with senior Mikey Richards to give the Yachtsmen proven scoring options.

Lauren Russell, Thornton Academy, senior, forward: A right wing who was a second-team all-SMAA pick, Russell is adept at advancing the ball and setting up teammates.

Leika Scott, Falmouth, senior, midfielder: Extremely athletic, Scott can create for teammates or score herself from the center of a talented, experienced team.

Jun Shin, Marshwood, senior, defense: A captain and master of the low-stick tackle, she is poised in the circle and can stop onrushing attackers.

Taylor Simpson, York, senior, forward: An all-state player with superior reverse-stick skills, she led the Wildcats with 11 goals and six assists.

Hannah Southard, Gorham, senior, midfielder: A three-year varsity player with speed and a strong drive, Southard steps into a leadership role as one of two seniors.

Alex Staples, Massabesic, senior, forward/midfielder: Fundamentally sound and fast, the all-SMAA and all-state player is the pivotal link for the Mustangs.

Jackie Thorbjornson, Oceanside, junior, midfielder: Strong on the field and in the classroom, she teams with fellow three-year starter Amanda Hoppe (defense) to form one of the state's top duos.

Abby Walker, Scarborough, junior, midfielder: The top returning player for defending Western Class A champs, Walker has the skill and desire to take over a game.

-- Steve Craig, Staff Writer

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