As the midpoint in the season approaches, the various Falcons teams continue to impress.
Softball had a close fought game against Salisbury Central that unfortunately was cut short by rain. The girls had a strong frist inning, scoring 7 runs. Salisbury responded with a strong first inning, followed by a strong second inning. Due to the rain-shortened game, the girls did not have enough time to complete the comeback but showed a lot of heart.
After a few game cancellations, Varsity Baseball was able to squeeze in a last minute scrimmage against Hotchkiss. Max Kohlkins took the mound for the Falcons and pitched a dominant few innings against a much older team. The last full inning came to a close with the score standing at 3-2 Hotchkiss but in the extra half inning, Ashton Colangelo took the mound in relief for his pitching debut.
JV Boys Lacrosse had a very close game against Coach Perkins’s former team, Berkshire Country Day School. The game was back and forth all four quarters and at the end of the fourth, the score was 3-3. At the beginning of overtime, Drew Bogardus caught a pass and netted a sweet goal to give the boys the victory. I the next game, against Renbrook, the boys faced a much larger and faster team. Bronson Culver scored his first career goal with a well-placed shot. Final score: Renbrook 7, IMS 2.
Varsity Boys Lacrosse had a pair of games against high school teams with huge size advantages. Against Salisbury, the Falcons struggled to move the ball around against the fast and physical defense. While on scoring twice, the boys fought hard to show that they were not going down easily. The stingy IMS defense only allowed Salisbury 6 goals and forced many turnovers. Against Albany Academy, the boys fared very well. Going into the fourth quarter, the Falcons were carrying a small lead. Albany scored twice to tie the game but late in the game, CJ Mitchell took the ball to the cage with authority and scored his first career goal. Some stellar defense and key ground balls helped the Falcons ice the game away. IMS won, 6-5.
When Rumsey took the field against Girls Lacrosse, they were not expecting the team they faced that day. Despite losing, the girls played a tough game in a steady rain and kept the game to a one- or two-goal deficit for all but the last few minutes. The girls then faced a tough Renbrook team. The game was back and forth throughout the first half with Renbrook carrying a two-goal lead into halftime. IMS showed grit, coming up with many ground balls in the second half and tied the game up at 7-7 in the last few minutes. A late rush by Renbrook led to two goals to end the game at 9-7.
JV Baseball also got their season going with a thrilling game against Rumsey Hall. Tai McBride (pitcher) and Keenan Wysocki (catcher) provided great stability on defense while 6th graders Emile Miller and Jamie Armstrong each recorded multiple hits and scored a few runs. In the 5th and 6th innings, Wade Barillaro took the mound to close out the game. While not throwing overwhelming speed, Wade used a variety of well-placed pitches to shut down the Rumsey offense. Falcons won, 7-3.
The golf team took advantage of the drier weather to play some great matches. IMS traveled to Masters and played a thrilling match. Masters took the match 3-2 but there were some great highlights. Paco Alonso and Marilyn Fang won their head-to-head matches and Jamie Winston, Kelly Kim, and Alec Vagliano played close matches against much older players. In the second match, the kids played great, however, we lost 4-2. Some highlights: We played 6 players in Match play. Paco and Marilyn won their matches. Jamie lost by one, but his opponent confessed that it was a tough fought victory. Alec had a chip-in birdie on hole 5 in his match. The golf team shows much potential for the remaining matches and future years.