THE NRHS girls’ lacrosse team celebrated their season at their annual banquet recently. (File Photo)



NORTH READING — Last week, the North Reading High girls lacrosse team had its awards banquet at the school. Several players went home with awards.

The Co-MVP’s were juniors Brianne Slattery and Jenna DiNapoli who were also both Cape Ann League All-Stars. Slattery, who made the CAL First-Team All-Stars, is an attacker while DiNapoli, who made the CAL Second-Team All-Stars, is a midfielder and goalie.

The Family Award for team cohesiveness went to senior attacker Audrey Buckley.

Megan Slattery, a senior attacker and Brianne’s older sister, took home the Positive Leadership Award.

The Speaker Box Award, for vocal leadership, went to junior defenseman Ali Labb while the Hard Hat Award for blue-collar type work ethic, went to junior attacker Faith Newton.

Junior utility player, Colleen Gwozdz, received the Unsung Heroine Award.

The Coaches Award went to senior team manager Megan Madden who was manager for three years as there was no season two years ago.

North Reading will lose just two senior players to graduation, Buckley and Megan Slattery.

“I want to thank them for their years here,” said Hornets head coach Matt Costello, who just completed his 4th season at the helm. “Don’t forget, they had to miss their sophomore year due to the pandemic. They will be missed and they left something behind that will make our program better.”

Next spring, the team will have around 15 veterans bask, which is one of the most in the CAL.

“We will have a lot of talent and good leaders coming back,” pointed out Costello, spearheaded by the return of his two All-Stars.

The Hornets finished 11-10 overall as they lost, 12-8, at Pembroke in the MIAA Division 3 Round of 32  state tournament two weeks ago. They were 3-9 in the league as they finished in fourth place in the CAL Kinney Division.