Spring Athletics Recap
By Eliza Statile
On Tuesday, May 17th, the Junior Varsity Boys Lacrosse team traveled to Berkshire Country Day School. The Falcons had a slow start, and were down early in the first quarter 0-3. Both Cormac and Reece Eckert, as well as Papa Kofi contributed goals in the first two quarters with the falcons fighting back to tie the game at half time. With momentum heading into the second half of the game and goals from Leo Berger, Aidan Perkins, and Will Soja, the boys were able to push on to a 6-4 win. The comeback would not have been possible without the strong efforts on the defensive end with Wally Rollins in goal, and the “defensive iron curtain” of James Vasquez, Matteo Mariscal Borrego, and Rocco Sorriento.
The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team put on a show on their home field against Albany Academy on Wednesday, May 18. With many players contributing on the offensive end and strong ball movement, the falcons secured a 10-0 win over the Cadets. An impressive shutout for Russell Soja in net who has been a steady presence and dominant player in net for the Falcons over the past few years. The team will compete at the Junior Boys Lacrosse Tournament this weekend at Fessenden School, an annual tradition for the boys varsity team and will look to use the momentum from today’s win to find some more success.
It was an exciting weekend for the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team who competed in the first ever Junior Girls Lacrosse Tournament at Rumsey Hall School and finished in first place! Coach Toolan and Coach Statile are very proud of the team for fighting hard and securing the 1st place seed, later winning against Rumsey in a full team effort. Despite the heat and four long games, with athletes playing in different positions due to low numbers, and a few JV athletes stepping up, the team persevered to a hard fought victory over Rumsey who they faced twice, in back to back games and won 7-5 in the final game. Congratulations to Sophia Sorriento, Emma Ohler, and Sophia Dedominicis for being recognized by the Upland, Rectory, and Rumsey coaches for their well deserved efforts. Rory Perkins, Georgia Perkins, and Alexa Billo contributed significantly in the midfield and had some impressive, feeds, cuts, and goals. The defense held opponents to 23 goals over 4 games at the tournament and that would not have happened without strong play from Paisley Pecchia, Mansa Awuah, and the rest of the defensive unit.
The Varsity Golf team has shown improvement throughout each match and on each course they have played on. Their first match was against Hotchkiss JV to start the season and prepare for their second match of the season against Eaglebrook and Northfield Mount Hermon. Ninth Grader Jonah Hourihan has had a strong showing, winning all of his matches to date and pushing his team mates to improve. Best of luck to our golfers as they finish out the season against Salisbury School on Wednesday 5/25 at the Sharon Country Club.
The Varsity Softball team competed against Region 1 in a well matched game on Friday May 13th. With home field advantage the Falcons were able to earn three decently quick outs in the first inning. Harper Polson pitched four out of the five innings and has shown significant growth throughout the course of the season. With strong batting and aggressive base running the falcons were able to score 6 runs on the day. Notably, Stephanie Mo had a phenomenal pop fly catch in left field, and Frances Clark as well as Greta Dunavant stepped up behind the plate as catchers. Exhibiting the increasing chemistry of the team, Harper Polson was able to catch a pop fly and finish the second out in the double play during the second inning. Overall, the falcons have shown significant improvement and look to finish strong with four games left in the season.