With the season coming to a close soon, the Falcons are really hitting their stride!
Softball has finished up a great season on a very strong note. After a very high scoring affair that ended in a loss against Mt. Everett, the girls came out victorious in two straight. Against Rumsey Hall, scoring runs early and often lead to a comfortable victory, 16-5. In a close fought game against Kent, it took some great fielding late in the game to secure a 4-3 win. With one game left, the team looks to finish strong and cap this season on a high note.
In the last three games, the Varsity Baseball had a record of 1-2. After a tight few early innings against Berkshire, the game slipped away late with some big hits by the visitors. Against Mt. Everett, Stephen Garofalo (pitcher) and Hayden Riva (catcher) teamed up for 9 strikeouts in 4+ innings of work. At the plate, the boys had a very balanced attack, knocking in a couple runs in each of the first few innings. Unfortunately, the weather played a huge part in this season, accounting for many cancellations that could not be made up. Despite the shortened season, the team was able to play some great baseball and take advantage of any opportunity they had.
JV Boys Lacrosse has had a year of huge growth and while the result has not always been favorable, the progress made is clear. A team of predominantly first year lacrosse players was able to play Rumsey to a close 7-5 loss and then follow up that performance with a 6-6 tie vs. Dutchess Day School. This season laid the foundation for a great next few years for IMS lacrosse.
Varsity Boys Lacrosse has continued playing a very tough and competitive schedule, having gone 2-3 in the last five games. The three losses have come by a combine 4 goals including an overtime loss at the hands of Salisbury. Despite going up against very large and physical teams, the Falcons have been able to play smart lacrosse and make up for what they lack physically. Against Renbrook and Masters, the boys demonstrated their offensive potency, netting 12 and 14 goals, respectively. Over the weekend, the team traveled to Boston for the annual JBSA lacrosse tournament. While the scoreboard was not in favor of IMS, the team impressed each opponent with the level of toughness and grit shown in each game. IMS came away from the tournament with the sportsmanship award, yet again showing the true spirit of Indian Mountain School.
Girls Lacrosse has been showing everyone how much improvement has happened this year. In the last six games, the girls are 5-1 including wins against Millbrook, Berkshire Country Day, Mizzentop, Hotchkiss twice and the one loss was a one goal game to Dutchess Day School. No team on campus has progressed farther from start to finish this year. A team where more than half of the girls are first year players is now playing stellar defense, running strong transition, and putting the ball in the opponent’s net with great accuracy. Cammie Hussey has been a calming presence all season in net for IMS and Ellie Traggio has lead the way all over the field with a great all around set of skills.
JV Baseball also had a shortened season due to the frequent rain. Regardless of the weather, the boys came to practice everyday to get better and made great progress. In the final three games of the season, the fielding and pitching steadily improved, while their hitting was consistent, and at times potent. Hanyan Cai was a leader all season for the team as the only returning player to the team and newcomers Jaden Kim and Fred Coulibaly picked up the game and performed tremendously.
The golf team had a great season in 2017. Paco Alonso and Marilyn Fang lead the way, winning the majority of their matches throughout the year, regardless of competition. In the most recent match, the team picked up its first overall win, 4-2 over Housatonic Valley Regional. Coach Miles and Coach Visockis continually raved about their team’s ability to overcome weather and early deficits to comeback and compete in matches.
Varsity Tennis played a very difficult schedule this year but was able to come away with some favorable results. In a recent match, Silas Bullock came away with a win in his set against his older brother at Berkshire. Daniel Cui was number one on the ladder all year and anchored the Falcons with stellar play against any opponents top players.
JV Tennis had a very successful 2017 campaign with many members of the team contributing. The team ended the season with four consecutive victories against Rumsey, Gunnery, Dutchess Day, and Kent, respectively. In the last match, with the score tied 4-4, the doubles team of Eric Zhang and Eric Zhao squeaked out a victory in a well-fought set to secure the victory for IMS. 9th graders Mason Zhao and Sally Shi lead the team on and off the court and showed many of the younger players proper work ethic and respect for the game. Many of these players will take their experience this year and carry it over to the varsity team next year.
Thirds Tennis had a very good year of intersquad competition and fun times. As a developmental program, Thirds only had one match but lead by Coach Page and Coach Knapp, the team had great energy every day at practice. A few members were 5th graders who will transfer their skills to higher levels in future years. Other, older members, used their time on the team to enjoy a less intense alternative of sport. Regardless of age, this group of students benefited from a fun and instructive spring.