As the season concludes, the Falcons finish a dominant fall season with impressive performances!
Girls Soccer finished an undefeated campaign with 6-1 and 4-1 wins against Westminster and Ethel Walker, respectively. IMS hosted a Girls Soccer tournament on our picturesque athletic fields. It was a six-team field and IMS was able to take 2nd place, losing in the championship game to a tough Bement squad. Our girls finished this season with 14 wins in 14 games. During the season, the girls gave up a total of 14 goals and without running up the score, managed to net 66 goals. They received contributions from many returning students and a few new students as well. This level of dominance is unprecedented and Coaches Halloran and O’Reilly deserve a lot of credit for keeping the team focused and motivated throughout the winning streak.
Boys Varsity Soccer also had an incredible season and impressed from the first minute to the final whistle. In an invitational match under the lights at Hotchkiss, they conceded two early goals and were held at bay by a Whitney Academy from Bermuda. They followed up that performance with a 3-3 tie against Avon Old Farms against players who were much larger and stronger. On November 4th, they traveled to Eaglebrook for the their annual tournament. Against the best competition in New England, they managed to get 6th place and were able to play the entire roster. The team, comprised of many new students who were complimented by a few returners, was able to exceed expectations against a very difficult schedule and ended the season 9-2-1.
JV Boys Soccer had a very successful fall season. Highlighted by the Dutchess Day School tournament, the boys finished the year with only two losses and many victories. With many 9th graders leading the way, this year’s team was able to win a number of close games and with their top-down approach, Coaches Perkins and Charles laid down a strong foundation for future teams.
Middle School Soccer had an outstanding season as well. Many newcomers to IMS joined a strong core of players from last year. This combination proved overwhelming as they also went undefeated. Coaches McGlone, Kokoszka, and Bush did a great job managing such a talented roster and stressing the importance of winning with class. With so many of the players being 5th graders, the Middle School will look forward to another strong year in 2018.
Cross Country finished up their season on with one last home race. The combination of conditioning and familiarity with the course led to many students running their best times of the year on the IMS course. Dominic Sessa lead the way with a 3rd place finish and a time of 13:22. Jasper Pearman, Julia Zhang, Santiago Gutierrez, and Oliver El Hadj all had personal bests by more than 30 seconds. Drew Portella, Daniel Cui, Isaac Kante, and Ben Li all had strong showings as well in their final race as IMS students.
The Mountain Biking team hosted the first race on the newly designed and finished IMS course. They hosted Kent on a cold and rainy Wednesday. While the conditions were not ideal for fast riding, everyone was able to finish the race. A rider from Kent finished the race in under 23 minutes, a time that may stand for a while as the course record. A few days later, with drier conditions, the team rode the course again and each member beat their previous time by a few minutes at least. A great season of riding has led to the Mountain Biking team establishing itself in the ranks of other schools in the Northwest corner.
Volleyball finished the season strong with a win against Oakwood Friends, 2-1. Early in the match, Kayla Cui dominated the first game by scoring on 15 consecutive serves. As a team with many 9th graders, the girls had great leadership that helped them close out the first two games. In the third game, many of the younger players were able to get on the court and get some valuable experience for future years.