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Kristen Lucido Ward
Class of 1987
A two-sport standout who was an Eastern Mass all-star in both Soccer and lacrosse, Kristen Lucido Ward was an integral part of some of the great CCHS soccer teams under Hall of Fame coach Dave Castelline.
Kristen grew up on Indian Pipe Lane, the youngest of three children in an athletic family. Brother Brad was an accomplished athlete who won a state and New England wrestling title in 1984 and was also a standout lacrosse player at CCHS. Kristen attended Willard and Peabody schools before arriving at CCHS in the fall of 1983.
Following a year on the JV team, Lucido was a three-time letterwinner at halfback for Castelline, playing on teams that won three consecutive DCL titles and advanced deep in to state tournament play, including a trip to the EMass final as a senior. A Lowell Sun All-Scholastic and DCL All-Star as a senior captain, Lucido won the prestigious Bob Gillis award for her leadership, commitment and dedication to the program.
"Kristen was a great leader and intense competitor, and she was the kind of athlete who got the most Out of her ability through dedication," said Castelline, who coached the Patriots to a pair of state titles in 11 years as head coach. "She was a dream to coach because she had the ability to make those around her better, and she would play through pain and adversity because she never wanted to come off the field. As a senior vs. Winchester she was the best player on the field, and I kept bringing her up from halfback to take corner kicks and do everything. She was the kind of kid who played her best when the games were the biggest. Kristen was one of the best kids I coached and someone who really maximized her potential through hard work and dedication."
In lacrosse, Lucido also won three letters, and earned Eastern Mass. All-Star honors all three years. A senior captain for coach Karen Miller, Lucido led the Patriots in scoring as a junior and senior year playing on teams that were embroiled in an unusual controversy over protective helmets.
"Some of my greatest memories of sports at CCHS were the pre-game meetings Mr. Castelline would have before our really big soccer games," said Lucido. "He would hand out notes on the key players from the opposing team with their strengths and weaknesses, and would always start with an inspirational quote to 'get our heads in the game.' I also think back on the final soccer game of my senior year vs. Winchester. Although we lost the game 2-1, it was an incredible game and I remember it most because it was the final game of my high school soccer career."
Following graduation, Kristen attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she was a two-time letterwinner in lacrosse. Following several years in the financial industry as a corporate trainer, Kristen and husband Steven now reside in Potomac, Maryland with their two young children - son Joey and daughter Lindsey Gail.