Boston High School: Shelby Aubin

Recap: No. 4 Needham 13, No. 3 Andover 9

April, 23, 2012
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NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Heading into this afternoon's much-anticipated showdown with Andover, Needham head coach Beth O'Brien stressed to her team the importance of getting on the scoreboard first.

But when you play for a coach as fiercely passionate as O'Brien, it turned out, one goal is never enough. Because the Rockets didn't just get on the board first -- they lit up the board in the first half, jetting out to a commanding halftime lead and making it hold up after staving off a late rally from the Golden Warriors, prevailing 13-9 in a matchup between two of the state's top five programs loaded with Division 1-caliber talent.

"That's something we've struggled on, coming out and scoring those first few goals, and then having the ability to maintain that throughout the game," O'Brien said. "That was a big step for us."

The Rockets (7-1) reeled off an 8-1 run in the first half to take a 10-4 lead over Andover (7-2) at the break, with junior Maddie Stenberg and sophomore Catherine Conley combining for seven of those scores. The duo got opportunities for points off free position shots, but also moved the ball around the attacking zone with efficiency, slipping through some of the state's most talented defenders with split-dodges, and using the space behind the net to create net-front presence.

Three straight scores from Conley with less than five minutes to go in the first half gave Needham all the cushion it would need in the end. First, Conley cut down the middle towards the net and put a one-timer from behind the net top shelf, with 4:04 to go. Two and a half minutes later, she scored on a free position shot; that was followed with 52 seconds remaining in the half with a wrap-around, for a 10-3 advantage.

Conley finished with four goals and an assist, while Stenberg led all scorers on the day with five goals and two assists.

"Cat had a great game today," O'Brien said. "She was one of our leading scorers last year as a freshman, and was suffering a little bit of an injury at the beginning of the season, so this is what we like to call a 'Coming Out Day'. She's been having some great games, but this is really the Catherine Conley that we know is there. She's a phenomenal player who is only going to continue to get better."

O'Connor Shines in Net: Sophomore goalie Annee O'Connor came up with eight saves in net, all of them seemingly brilliant with a large degree of difficulty. That included three saves on free position shots as well.

"Let's face it, she's only a sophomore...[But] those saves, she's capable of making those," O'Brien said. "She's been mentally able to get herself to that next level, as far as, 'You know what, two or three are going to go in, but I've got to make that next stop. She's just been working incredibly hard."

Lockdown D: Speaking to O'Connor's performance, O'Brien heaved plenty of praise unto the defense in front of her, calling it their best performance of the year and giving the sophomore goalie plenty of confidence. Considering the Rockets are already allowing just over six goals per game, and boast Division 1-bound midfielders in Shelby Aubin (Georgetown) and Tory Waldstein (Harvard), that praise is especially impressive.

"They were composed, they were aggressive," O'Brien said. "The referees were great. They [Needham] figured out they were being allowed to play the game, so they took some chances. They communicated well, their slides were good, their switches were good, it was just a very well-rounded game for them."

Dink and Dunk: One area the Rockets excelled at in the offensive end was with flashing towards the net, and in turn drawing defenders outward to open up diagonal lanes underneath in front of the net. That created some entry passes that were dumped off at close range from the net.

Between UConn-bound attack Ally Fazio, UMass-bound twins Anne and Kate Farnham, along with a supporting cast of scorers like juniors Jaclyn Torres and Meagan Keefe, Andover is not exactly a team where one can afford to mark a specific player. Asked if there was anything specific the Rockets were looking to exploit, O'Brien noted the Warriors' quick adjustments, pointing to Torres, who scored the team's first four goals.

"We were really more just trying to draw anybody out," O'Brien said. "Because we were just trying to create space for those lanes, to either dodge or free up that open person because they were starting to double us, so we needed to free up that person and find that open person in the middle."

Read and React: Needham won 11 of the game's first 15 draw controls, which yielded a sizeable advantage in time of possession.

"That's something that we've been working on," O'Brien said. "We've been doing reaction drills for the last week and a half, because we knew that was what would cost us as we face this tough schedule ahead. It's something that we've been working intensely on, in regards to just, getting those draw controls, working on just really that reaction time, getting off that line first, because we knew it was going to be won on the circle or on the restraining line."

Preseason MIAA All-State girls lax team

April, 2, 2012
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The high school lacrosse season kicks off this week for many top teams across the state. Here is our preseason MIAA girls lacrosse All-State Team and Watch List, as compiled by ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents.

SUPER TEAM
Madison Acton, Sr. A, Lincoln-Sudbury
Shelby Aubin, Sr. D, Needham
Ally Fazio, Sr. A, Andover
Anne Farnham, Sr. D, Andover
Megan Hennessy, Jr. M, Winchester
Rachel Massicotte, Sr. G, Wayland
Laura McHoul, Sr. M, Westwood
Anna Petrunich, Sr. M, Westborough
Kate Rich, Sr. M, Westwood
Caroline Rizzo, Sr. A, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Rachel Sexton, Sr. A, Lincoln-Sudbury
Tory Waldstein, Sr. D, Needham

WATCH LIST
Casey Blakeney, Sr. M, Wachusett
Olivia Boudreau, Sr. M, North Andover
Shelby Boudreau, Sr. M, North Andover
Mollie Brown, Sr. G, Westwood
Alexa Cambi, Sr. M, Longmeadow
Tess Chandler, Sr. M, Hopkinton
Catherine Conley, Soph. A, Needham
Elizabeth Constant, Sr. M, Ipswich
Emma Dagres, Sr. A, Weston
Natalie Devine, Sr. M, Fontbonne
Erika Eipp, Sr. A, Groton-Dunstable
Kate Farnham, Sr. D, Andover
Sara Ganio, Sr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Emily Giumetti, Jr. M, Duxbury
Rebecca Graves, Sr. M, Bishop Fenwick
Ella Hazar, Soph. A, Westwood
Emmy Horton, Sr. M, Duxbury
Christine Johnson, Sr. M, Reading
Meaghan Jane Keefe, Jr. A, Andover
Jenna Liljeberg, Sr. A, King Philip
Eileen McDonald, Sr. A, Longmeadow
Molly McNamara, Sr. M, Wellesley
Julia Meehan, Sr. M, Weston
Carly O’Connell, Sr. A, Algonquin
Maria Platsidakis, Jr. G, Mansfield
Kathryn Riley, Sr. M, King Philip
Sarah Smith, Jr. M, Acton-Boxborough
Amber Tobin, Sr. M, Minnechaug

Duryea tops locals on ESPNHS 100

November, 23, 2011
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During the past month, the ESPNHS lacrosse editors have listed the Top 25 girls' lacrosse players at every position and today unveiled the ESPNHS 100, ranking the top players in the nation.

Seven Massachusetts natives made the list, highlighted by Duke-bound Governor's Academy goaltender Kelsey Duryea who was one of three Bay State players to crack the Top 10.

The entire list can be found here.

Locals making the cut:

4. Kelsey Duryea, Governor's Academy (Beverly, Mass.), G , Duke
7. Madison Acton, Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury), M, Duke
9. Anne Farnham, Andover, D, UMass-Amherst
16. Tory Waldstein, Needham, D-M
17. Shelby Aubin, Needham, D, Georgetown
32. Hannah Saris, Moses Brown (R.I. - Sharon, Mass.), A, Dartmouth
59. Kate Farnham, Andover, D-M, UMass-Amherst

Needham's Aubin named No. 3 defender

October, 26, 2011
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ESPNHS' lacrosse section is counting down to the Girls ESPNHS 100, to be unveiled Nov. 30, by naming the nation's top 25 players at each position. Today, they are revealing their list of the top 25 defenders in the nation, and coming in at No. 3 is Needham High's Shelby Aubin.

Aubin, who committed to Georgetown last July, was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural Girls Lacrosse MIAA All-State Team last June.

Here's what ESPNHS had to say about the selection:


3. Shelby Aubin Needham (Needham, Mass.), Georgetown
The Needham senior plays both midfield and defense, tallied 55 goals and added 32 assists on offense and also collected 40 ground balls last season.


The complete list can be found here.

Needham's Shelby Aubin commits to G'Town

July, 13, 2011
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ESPN RISE lacrosse editor Mike Loveday is reporting that Needham defender/midfielder Shelby Aubin has verbally committed to Georgetown for the fall of 2012.

Aubin scored 55 goals and 32 assists on offense, while also tallying 40 groundballs, as the Rockets advanced to the Division 1 South final this spring, losing to eventual state champion Westwood.

Loveday has more on the commitment:



ESPN RISE: What other school’s did you consider?
Shelby Aubin: "I considered U Florida and BU, but Georgetown was always my top choice."

ER: What made Georgetown such an attractive choice?
SA: "I really love the girls and coach, they truly believe in being a team on and off the field. I also love the location and atmosphere of the school itself."

ER: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
SA: What surprised me the most was how quickly your school choices can change. In a instant a school can come on or off your list.


Our MIAA Girls Lacrosse All-State Team

June, 30, 2011
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THE STARTING ELEVEN

Sarah Biron, Sr. M, Westwood
Biron spearheaded arguably the state’s most potent attack, as the Wolverines scored 461 goals in a 25-0-1 season that resulted in their third state title in four years. Biron finishes with a decorated career, totaling 337 points – including an 88-goal, 31-assist campaign this year. The All-American will play at Johns Hopkins next year.

Blake Dietrick, Sr. M, Wellesley
The two-time All-American leaves as one of the best all-around athletes in school history. For her career under outgoing lacrosse coach Chris Molonea, she finishes with a school record 511 career points, including 79 goals and 45 assists this season as the Raiders lost in the D1 South semifinals to state champ Westwood. Dietrick was also a starter on ESPNBoston’s inaugural Girls Basketball All-State Team. She will continue her career next season at Princeton.

Katie Ott, Sr. A, Medfield
One of the state’s premier attackers, Ott finishes her career with the Warriors as one of the all-time leading scorers, with 329 points. She had 85 goals and 38 assists this season for the 17-3 Warriors, who lost in the D2 South quarterfinals. An All-American selection, Ott will play next year at Boston University.

Jamie Potter, Sr. M, Concord-Carlisle
One of the Patriots’ leading all-around athletes having captained three sports this year, Potter leaves behind a decorated career. Her 304 career points are most all-time in school history; this season, she registered 75 goals and 37 assists as the Patriots made the D1 North semifinals. She will play next year at Harvard.

Laura McHoul, Jr. M, Westwood
Another intregral part of the Wolverines’ multi-pronged attack, McHoul earned All-American nods after turning in a stellar junior season with an astounding 172 points (86 goals, 86 assists). In two seasons, she has 236 career points. McHoul is currently committed to the University of New Hampshire.

Kate Rich, Jr. M, Westwood
Rich was one of three Wolverines to put in 100-point seasons, registering 93 goals and 35 assists to earn All-American honors. For her career, she has 277 points. Rich is verbally committed to Boston College.

Amanda McLaughlin, Sr. M, Minnechaug
Her goal totals don’t stack up against the eye-popping numbers of her counterparts, but it would be hard-pressed to find a better set-up teammate than McLaughlin. Her 57 assists to go along with 20 goals earned her All-American nods this season. She will continue her career next season at Northwestern.

Rachel Igoe, Sr. M, Framingham
The two-time All-American led a Framingham attack that struggled early in the season, but caught steam late and made a run to the D1 North quarterfinals, losing a heartbreaker in overtime to Concord-Carlisle. For her career, she registered 238 points. Igoe will join her sister Kristin at Boston College next season.

Anne Farnham, Jr. D, Andover
A member of the Golden Warriors’ D1 state champion field hockey team in the fall, Farnham and her twin sister Kate formed one of the stingiest back lines in the state. Anne registered 17 goals and 15 assists, and led the Warriors in draw controls, earning All-American honors in the process. Both Anne and Kate are verbally committed to UMass.

Madison Acton, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
For her career, Acton has 239 points, including a 68-goal, 37-assist campaign this season as the Warriors advanced to the D1 Eastern Mass final before losing to state champ Westwood. Acton earned All-American distinction, and is verbally committed to Duke.

Liz Holmes, Sr. G, Longmeadow
Also a goalkeeper for the Lancers’ field hockey team that made the D1 West final, Holmes helped run a stingy defense that allowed 7.4 goals per game, aided by her 152 saves. Holmes will continue her career next year at Marist.

BEST OF THE REST

Katy Ananian, Sr. G, Belmont
Shelby Aubin, Jr. M, Needham
Abby Bunting, Sr. M, Wellesley
Jen Caro, Sr. A, Andover
Emma Dagres, Jr. A, Weston
Erika Eipp, Jr. M, Groton-Dunstable
Kate Farnham, Jr. D, Andover
Ally Fazio, Jr. A/M, Andover
Rebecca Graves, Jr. A, Bishop Fenwick
Emily King, Sr. M, Northampton
Megan Hennessey, Soph. M, Winchester
Cassandra McGill, Sr. A, Westborough
Mary O’Connell, Soph. A, Norwell
Anna Petrunich, Jr. M, Westborough
Kate Riley, Jr. M, King Philip
Jessica Roach, Sr. M, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Brooke Rudden, Sr. A, Hopkinton
Stephanie Sabatini, Sr. M, Longmeadow
Rachel Sexton, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Karaline Smith, Sr. M, Acton-Boxborough
Tory Waldstein, Jr. M, Needham

Westwood captures fifth straight D1 South title

June, 10, 2011
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -– Leslie Frank and her Westwood Wolverines added some more hardware to their trophy case Friday evening, as they beat the Needham Rockets, 14-8, in the MIAA Division I South Sectional Finals.

“I think absent that lead [in the first half], we might have been in trouble,” Frank said. “[Overall], I was happy with the performance in light of [Needham’s] pressure,”

The Wolverines (23-0-1) began the game quickly, as they registered seven goals in a span of 18 minutes, thanks to freshman attack Ela Hazar (2 goals, 1 assist) and junior midfielder Kate Rich (5 goals, 1 assist).

Needham’s freshman attack Catherine Conley (two goals, assist) jump-started the Rockets (21-3) with their first score at 5:35, which then led to two more goals from junior midfielder Shelby Aubin and sophomore attack Maddie Stenberg (three goals, assist). Westwood, however, regained the momentum and scored two more times before the first half concluded.

“We said six goals means nothing in the game of lacrosse,” Needham head coach Beth O’Brien said. “We always keep in our mind that any gap, we’re able to comeback from, so I thought we played pretty bad [in the first half].”

Sophomore attack Marina Burke scored the Wolverines first goal at 23:32 in the second half, before the Rockets recorded their sixth goal of the contest, which came off the stick of senior defenseman Michaela Shea.

Yet, once again, Frank’s team rebounded and scored four more goals, which helped the Wolverines earn their fifth straight sectional title.

“First half, our shots weren’t really on, but then second half, we kind of got our shots in,” Westwood junior midfielder Laura McHoul said.

“I think [Needham] was coming after harder than we were holding onto,” Frank said. “I think given a third half, things might have got a lot closer.”

Needham did attempt a small comeback during the final minutes of the second half, but only managed to record two goals thanks to Stenberg. One of the bright spots for Needham was their freshman goaltender, Anne O’Connor, who played one of her better games of the season, as she finished the with 17-saves between the pipes.

“She’s played this way the entire year,” O’Brien said. “[She had] 14-saves in the win over Notre Dame the other day and I’d say by far, [she’s] one of the best goalies in the state.”

Westwood will return to the field Tuesday for at state semifinal at Wellesley College, where they’ll face the winner of tomorrow afternoon's Division 1 North final between Andover and Lincoln-Sudbury.

“This clearly wasn’t one of our best games, but we just got to bring it next game. [We] just need to concentrate on the little things and play our game,” McHoul said.

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