Coach Dan Alexander is able to look back on his 2014 Londonderry High girls’ soccer team’s campaign with both pride and satisfaction, knowing that his charges got plenty out of playing for him and made further strides in their individual development as they strive to bounce up to the varsity level next autumn.
The Lady Lancers’ squad – which was led by captains Gianna Galluzo, Gabby Hernandez, and Maggie McAlister – posted an 11-4-1 record but finished up on a bit of a down note, tallying a sub-.500 record in the post-season JV tournament and not going as far as it would have liked at that event.
Still, positives vastly outweighed negatives for Alexander as he looked back on the campaign.
“This was a team full of heart and talent, and they loved playing the game and enjoyed every minute on the field,” said the coach. “The entire season was memorable, but the most memorable game would have to be our game against Bedford. Each and every player played their hearts out and came back from a deficit to tie the game. And in the end we lost 3-2 in the last two minutes of the game.”
Early on, Alexander and his players honed in on several areas in which they wanted to improve during the season. And when the campaign was over, everybody involved felt as though they had made strides.
“The team focused on three things this year – getting better, faster, and stronger,” said Alexander. “In all areas the team developed and became a better team, faster players, and stronger-willed.”
The LHS crew finished 1-1-2 in the JV tournament and didn’t make it out of the preliminary-round of competition.
“But they left it all on the field,” said Alexander.
Captains Galluzo, Hernandez, and McAlister were all juniors, as was Courtney Brown, and the team’s lone senior was Allison Nartiff.
The big crew of sophomores included Jordan Baronas, Ryann Boudreau, Kelsey Coffey, Katelyn DiMaggio, Hannah Donohue, Devyn Enwright, Addison Garofalo, Anna Gruchot, Hannah Hagearty, Kiersten Hoglund, Alex Laverriere, Sami Lecaroz, Stephanie Leger, Lindsey Robbins, and Madison Sullivan.
The freshmen were Isabella Bourque, Layna Holk, and Jackie Bauman.