“It’s different,” Savi said with a laugh. “It’s a lot quieter when I go home.”
But with his progeny gone — Nicole is a junior as Assumption and Jenna a freshman at Merrimack — Savi’s squad is experiencing one of its best starts in recent memory.
At 5-1, the Marauders are already halfway to their win total from last year’s 10-11 team, which was ousted by Archbishop Williams in the first round of the Division 3 South tournament.
The biggest difference, Savi said, is on defense. Twice the team has limited its opponent to 17 points, on Dec. 7 vs. Dover-Sherborn and Dec. 10 vs. Dorchester .
The defense combined with a balanced offensive attack has been a recipe for success. All five starters — senior captains Emily Hill , Ellen Masalsky , and Renee Gassler , plus juniors Libby Masalsky and Brianna Dozier — are averaging between six and 10 points per game.
The last piece of the recipe? A unique level of team chemistry. The starters, minus Dozier, play soccer for Savi in the fall.
“We’re pretty successful with soccer,” Savi said of his Bay State Conference Herget Division winning team. “So a lot of them just carry over with me to the winter. That helps a lot.”
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