2021 Fall Previews
Lions field hockey program is in good shape after weathering its inaugural season in COVID-19 protocols. Coach Ted Guazzaloca (aka Guazz) begins his second season as the head coach. After 15 seasons in Barnstable Red, the veteran coach of nearly 40 years (football, basketball, softball, and lacrosse) looked quite comfortable in royal blue. He is assisted by Coach Megan Shortt, who starred locally in high school and also played collegiately.
Lylah Carll returns in net. She has a strong work ethic and has dedicated herself to improving her game. Based on her progress last year and during the off-season, Coach Guazz is confident she will prove herself worthy between the pipes.
The defense will be anchored by sophomores Maya DeLanceyand Erin Hatton. These two girls have the grit and tenacity to be top-notch defenders. Chloe Lawson has been battling shoulder woes but would fit in quite nicely as the last defender. Additionally, Coach Shortt feels some of the newcomers will be strong and looks forward to them battling it out in preseason practices for varsity playing time. Some names to keep an eye on include: Hana Robinson, Riley Murphy, Shea Ryan, and Cami Ward.
The midfield will be a strength of the team. Co-captain and junior Emily Gorsuch is amazing at defensive shadowing and causes fits for the opposition. Emily is looking to up her game on the offensive end. Co-captain and senior Kellyn Thayer is an offensive threat. She distributes the ball well and also has a nice scoring touch. Armed with blazing speed and killer instincts, sophomore Maeve Shortt is a physically dominating player. Sophie Stanley, another sophomore, is also in the mix in the midfield. Although still relatively new to field hockey, you would never know it by watching her in action.
Wingers are led by 10th-grade speedsters Ella Bartolomei and Kaylee Anthony. Ella was a leading scorer for the Lions last year. An expert lacrosse player, Ella has a knack for finding the back of the twine. Her leadership skills have helped the team to develop faster than most would have expected. Kaylee has transferred from Barnstable and has a wealth of experience. Her overall skill level is unmatched, and Coach Guazz is excited to see what she will bring to the team. Maren Jones is an exciting player who brings some attitude to the game (in a good way). Mia Curley came on strong at the end of last season. She gives 100% in every practice, has a positive attitude, and improves her skills every day. Finally, Olivia Marchand has blazing speed and has the heart of a fierce competitor. Olivia is a winner in every sense of the word, and you know that she will work her tail off as she strives to earn more time on the field.
It will be competitive for the inner positions. Last year’s leading scorer, senior Lucy Barker, is ready to dominate. Lucy has tremendous stick handling skills, dishes the ball well, and is no stranger to getting the ball by the rival goaltender. Another senior, Ella Sassone, also is loaded with talent. Guazz is expecting Ella to step up her game and bring it to the next level. Pushing these girls will be Freshman Michaela Stampfl. Michaela got in quality minutes as an 8th grader, worked diligently in the off-season, and is fired up to be a key contributor during the 2021 season. Finally, sophomore Charlotte Sturgis displayed some dazzling moves last fall. Both coaches feel that Charlotte can develop into something special and look forward to her continued development.
Other returning players anxious to prove their mettle include Avery Lotuff, Lily Walker, and Madeleine Ross. These girls do not want to be denied, so given the opportunity to shine, Guazz believes they will!
The St. John Paul II Lions Girls’ Soccer team, led by 3rd year Head Coach Larry Palmer and Assistant Caitlin McPherson, open their 2021 season at Plymouth South on Tuesday September 7th. The Lions are coming off a strong fall camp and an excellent 2020 effort in which they finished 2nd in the Cape & Islands Lighthouse Division with a record of 4-2-2. This year Coach Palmer fields an extremely deep and athletic team which looks to improve upon that record and has a berth in the MIAA Tournament squarely in its sights.
The Lions return 3 Seniors, 2 Juniors, and 2 Sophomores from last year’s squad and welcome Junior transfer student Hannah Kalkus from Mater Dei High School in California. Hannah is an extremely talented center back who brings a wealth of experience and technical skill to the Lions back line. She has integrated well into her new team and is already providing confident leadership on and off the field.
Senior Captains Alexandra Palmer (Sagamore Beach), Kara Oldham (East Dennis), and Kendal O’Brien (East Falmouth) will lead the Lions on the field. Alex is a tremendously versatile center midfielder who excels at seeing the field and combines superb technical ability with strong character and leadership skills. She recently played with her club in the NPL National Championships in Denver, CO. Kara returns as leading scorer from last season as well as a Cape & Islands and Eastern Massachusetts All-Star. She is an electric player whose unique combination of elite speed and game intelligence make her a threat to score every time she touches the ball. Kendal returns as starting goalkeeper for the varsity for the third consecutive season. She is a tough, fearless, and vocal player who anchors the Lions defense and routinely makes highlight-reel plays in goal for the team.
Junior Captain Maggie Crofford (East Sandwich) and stellar outside back Sophie Menyhart (West Barnstable) round out a strong junior class for JPII. Maggie joins transfer student Hannah in the middle of the back four and uses her elite athleticism to calmly deal with threats to the Lions goal. Her leadership and mentoring of other players are also a huge benefit to the team. Sophie is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams as she flows from box to box with unmatched power and determination. She has recently taken her speed and technical ability to another level as well adding a dimension to the Lions offense that has been missing in the past. Expect a fast, fluid, and exciting game when she is on the field!
The Lions Sophomores include midfielder Ella Cheney (East Sandwich) and forward Bridget Moran (Sandwich). Ella is a dynamic and dangerous player with the ability to play the entire field and a fearsome strike in the attacking end. Bridget is a hard working forward and outside back whose quickness and tenacity give opposing teams very little room to operate.
The Lion Girls boast an impressive number of returning players in the Freshman and 8th grade classes thanks to last year’s COVID season. JPII will be featuring 5 freshman and 5 eighth graders on the Varsity roster. The Freshman players are Meah Dalrymple (Centerville), Aniela Gallagher (Yarmouth Port), Kayla Katziff (Falmouth), Natalia Traykovski (Falmouth), and Emma Tucker (West Hyannisport). The 8th grade class features Chatham Bridge (Osterville), Emma Collette (East Falmouth), Devin Crofford (East Sandwich), Raegan Dillon (East Falmouth), and Chloe Fox (Mashpee). These returning players all possess maturity and experience beyond their years and add to an extremely deep and talented Lions team.
For the first time in many years JPII will feature a JV team to further build the program for the future. Along with a few of the younger “flex” players from the Varsity, the JV team features Madeleine Boyle (West Barnstable), Anna Corsi (Yarmouth Port), Alexandra Imad (South Yarmouth), Victoria Imad (South Yarmouth), Katelyn Lawson (East Sandwich), Keira Nakachi (Yarmouth Port), Angelina Theriault (Yarmouth Port), and 7th grader Winnie Hatch (North Falmouth).
The St John Paul II Lions match season runs from September 7th through the end of October, hopefully followed by a strong run in the MIAA tournament. Home games are played at the Sandwich Water District Field in East Sandwich.
The St. John Paul II Football team is ready for a successful season. They will be looking to win games and build a successful culture. They are led by three Captains Matt Garrett senior (Offensive Guard, Linebacker), returning starter ready to lead like he did last year, Michael Spadaro, senior the quarterback of the team poised for a great year and ready to make plays in the passing game and on defense Junior Vinnie Castano (Wide receiver and cornerback). Be on the lookout for breakout seasons for some returning players, Owen Enright Running Back and LInebacker ready to run hard and play a physical brand of football. The next player to look out for is our Tight End and Linebacker Daniel Cordeiro. He loves to play the game and will do anything to help his team win. Kyle Jaquello is another Linebacker of ours and our Fullback. He is transitioning from offensive tackle last year and is ready to run the ball hard and open up the holes for our running backs to follow. Finally, Mike Hyde is our starting Wide Receiver and Safety looking to make an impact and help this team by making big plays down the field in the passing game. Our offensive line is going to be a key part to our success this season.
Our Lineman, Harry Hicks, Ryan Moriarty, John Rush, Brady Ryan, Matt Garrett, also helping those guys out will be Maki Gordon and Zach Garrett. The receiving core is young but very talented and ready to make an impact. Hyde and Castano will be leading the group; the rest of the receivers ready to help out are Shane Cummings, Brenden Franey, Jack Hyde, and a senior that will be playing some receiver, and running back will be Nat Mazzoni. Our running back depth is good this year Enright and Jaquello will be the starters, but they are followed, but Jon Grygent, Sean Downs, Henry Tatara, Nate Mazzoni, a lot of these guys will also be making an impact on the defensive side of the ball. We have been lucky enough to get some freshman A.J. Hennigan, Jasper Jarvis, Sean Willis, Harry O’Brien, David Ellis, Jack Kalkus, Nick Hynes. These guys have already stepped in and made an impact on the team. There is a lot of excitement about this team, and we are ready for the season to start Friday, September 10th at Wareham.
The Lions enter this year with great expectations and excitement for the Fall 2021 Season, welcoming seven new players to their squad and returning twelve players from the previous season. The team will be led by Senior Captain Brian Mitchell and Junior Captains Liam Powell and Nico Traykovski.
The offense looks to take advantage of Mitchell upfront working with Carlos Seguencia (10th grade). With support from Ricky Nguyen (12th grade), Jose Felicio-Netto (11th grade), and Eric Ludizaca-Muy (9th grade) coming in from reserves throughout the season.
The midfield operates through the defensive work of Liam Powell and the attacking work of Nico Traykovski, with the help of Jack Kennedy (11th grade) on the left wing and Ryan Crahan (12th grade) on the right. Erik Menyhart (8th grade) returns to his role while welcoming Donovan Hegner (9th grade) and Kevin Nuarez (8th grade) to assist in maintaining strong possession.
The defensive backs are excited to see the return of Tony Ahn (11th grade), Vinicius Bozelli (11th grade), Jay Imad (10th grade), Michael Dean (10th grade), and Kaiden Slovek (10th grade). They welcome a strong addition of Leo DeSouza (10th grade) to the Center Backs.
Jack Ellis (11th grade) returns to his second season as starting goalkeeper. After earning his first-ever career shut-out in the playoffs against Rising Tide last year, he looks to maintain a strong record and make the opposition work for even a chance on net.
The Lions look forward to their home opener against Rising Tide on Thursday, September 16th, under the leadership of George Killian, returning Head Coach, and Chris Rohrer, third-year assistant coach.