BRIANNE SLATTERY has seven goals in North Reading’s first two games of the season. The junior led the Hornets in points last year as she was named a CAL All-Star. North Reading (1-1) traveled to Lynnfield yesterday and hosts Pentucket on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m (File Photo)


NORTH READING — Last season, the North Reading High girls’ lacrosse team went 4-10 overall as they lost to Newburyport in the first round of the Division 2 North state tournament. Nine seniors from that team graduated but fourth-year head coach Matt Costello welcomed back 11 veterans when practice began back on March 21.

Five of the girls back are this year’s captains, senior Audrey Buckley (attack), senior Megan Slattery (attack), junior Jenna DiNapoli (midfielder), junior Mia Pittore (attack) and junior Ali Labb (defenseman).

The other players back are juniors Molly Adams (defenseman), Riley Garrity (midfielder and defenseman), Colleen Gwozdz (utility), Faith Newton (attack), Brianne Slattery (midfielder) and Shea Tully (attack).

Brianne Slattery, Megan’s younger sister, led the team in points last year with 38 as she had 25 goals and 13 assists. She also led the Hornets in draw controls with 51 and was a Cape Ann League Second-Team All-Star.

The new goalie this spring is Kaitlyn Supple who is a sophomore as she replaces CAL First-Team All-Star, Emma Borland, who graduated.

The Hornets played eight schools in scrimmages at North Andover High back on March 27. They also visited Swampscott in on March 29 for their final preseason game.

“The girls have been working hard and we have been emphasizing conditioning,” said Costello, about the pre-season.

On Monday afternoon, the Hornets lost at Triton, 16-9, in their CAL opener to fall to 1-1 overall.

“Triton always has a very competitive team,” said Costello, about the Vikings. “They have a very good head coach.”

North Reading fell behind 9-2 at the half as both teams scored seven times in the second half.

“We played much better in that half,” said Costello.

Brianne Slattery led the team with five goals while junior, Jenna Mahoney, scored three. Mahoney missed last year due to an injury.

Buckley had one goal and two assists.

Supple fell to 1-1 as she made six saves.

In the season opener last Friday, the Hornets easily won at Medford, 16-3, in a non-league game.

Buckley led the way with four goals while Brianne Slattery had two goals and one assist. Garrity also had three points with a goal and two assists.

DiNapoli and Megan Slattery both found the back of the Mustang net twice.

Single goals were scored by Newton, Lindsay Rosenthal, Sophia Barker, Olivia Diorio and Callie MacLellan.

With two saves, Supple notched her first varsity win.

The next game for the team will be on April 12 as they host Pentucket at 4:30 p.m.

The Hornets dropped down to Division 3 this year with the MIAA realignment and will play a 20-game regular-season schedule.