The Sharks are eager to embark on the 2011 season after a challenging fall in 2010. While remaining competitive in every contest, the team fell short in the final minutes in several games, which kept them out of post-season play. The team graduated seven seniors all of whom were integral players and contributors to the program's success. Their talent and leadership will be missed, but the opportunity to have fresh faces and talent on the field is sure to keep the Sharks competitive this season.
Entering her sixth year as Head Coach, Erica Mastrogiacomo said, "Our staff is looking forward to the 2011 season. It is a new beginning and a fresh start for our team. We are confident that although we are young, the leadership within the team will create a strong chemistry while integrating 11 new players into our roster."
Leading the young team are junior captain Justine Beauchamp (Exeter, N.H.) who will continue to be a force in the midfield and co-captain Ashley Wheeler (Nashua, N.H.), who will anchor the defense with her strong play in goal. They will look to midfielder Ally Ayotte (Litchfield, N.H.) to generate intensity and aggressiveness within the team and rely on her versatility to play anywhere on the field. Defender Meredith Riker's (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) speed and fitness combined with her ability to read the game will make her a consistent defensive player for the Sharks this season.
Newcomers Kristin Moccia (Lynn, Mass.) and Katie McCarthy (Falmouth, Maine) will help solidify the defense, while Keri Acheson (Peabody, Mass.) will add speed and power on the attack. Paige Wilcox (Sandwich, Mass.), Alma-Lynn Dupont (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Melissa Rowe (Southport, N.C.) will provide tenacity and toughness and Wellie Antonellis (Ashburnham, Mass.) and Alie Hill (Cheshire, Mass.) will bring athleticism and depth to the roster.
"Our non-conference schedule will provide a strong foundation to prepare us for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference competition. Our trip to New York will be a great experience for the team to spend time together while facing tough competition we have never seen before" said Mastrogiacomo.
Simmons Soccer opens their season at home on September 1st vs. MIT at 7:00 p.m.