"Only knows how to play sports at one
speed—fast.” This quotation personified Hilary as people at SHS began to
see her play. Hilary was a 3-sport captain and star at Stoneham High
leading the Spartans in soccer, basketball, and softball.
soccer, where she had never played the sport until her sophomore year,
she instantly became an outstanding goalie leading the team to a
tournament berth. Her junior year, she led the team to another
tournament berth with that same outstanding goaltending and garnered
Middlesex League All-Star Honorable Mention. Her senior year she was
named Middlesex League All-Star goalie.
Hilary's style of play in
all sports was categorized best by Coach Chapman when she denied
Hilary's request to play in the field in a lopsided win. "I wasn’t
afraid that Hilary would get hurt; I was afraid for the other team's
Hilary demonstrated that same aggressive style in
basketball. During many games, Hilary was seen diving into the bench or
under the stands for a loose ball. Her aggressive style kept the
Spartans in many games. She was a leading scorer for the team as well as
a top rebounder and playmaker.
It was softball that was her true
passion and the sport she excelled in. In her freshman season at SHS,
Hilary played center field, batted .434 and was selected as a Middlesex
League All-Star. In her sophomore year, she switched to second base,
batted .512, had a .960 fielding average, and defensively started four
double plays. Stoneham made a deep tournament run losing to eventual
champion Concord -Carlisle in Hilary's junior year, paced by the "hit
sisters" (Jennye Nolan and Hilary) and strong pitching. She hit over
.500 with a couple of home-runs. Her senior year, she hit over .600 and
added a few more home runs. She was a 4-time Middlesex League All-Star,
league MVP, and a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Scholastic.
Hilary went on to complete a very successful four-year career with
the UMASS Amherst Softball Program. Along with 3 Atlantic 10
Championships, she was the 2004 Atlantic 10 and New England
Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association Player of the Year. Her
senior year, she hit .341, had 11 home-runs, and was named UMASS Female
Athlete of the Year. When college ended, she continued playing in the
National Pro Fast Pitch League with the Akron Racers who would go on to
win the 2005 NPF Championship her rookie season. Hilary currently
resides in Stoneham.