Darien athletes leave mark in GFA season
Published 3:08 pm, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Murphy scored six goals to lead the Dragons to an 11-8 win over Holy Child in a league semifinal showdown last week.
Goalie Kelly Van Hoesen (Greenwich) made 12 saves in the game, six in each half.
GFA traveled to Sacred Heart of Greenwich to play for the league championship on Friday, falling by an 18-5 score.
Murphy had two goals and an assist while Paliotta and Nesi had a goal and an assist each and a single goal was scored by Bella Litt (Darien).
Van Hoesen made 14 saves.
TRACK AND FIELD
Olivia Sullivan (Norwalk), a senior at Greens Farms Academy, won a New England title in the high jump and added two more top-three finishes to lead the Dragons at Saturday’s NEPSAC Division 3 championship meet at Cheshire Academy on Saturday.
Sullivan defended her title in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches to win the event. Last year, she won with a jump of five feet.
In addition to her second straight NEPSAC crown, Sullivan placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 34-51/2, and was third in the long jump with a jump of 15-71/2.
Also scoring in the meet for GFA was sophomore Kristiana Modzelewski (Westport). She placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.34), and ninth in the 300 hurdles (53.40).
GFA’s 24 points placed the Dragons eighth out of 21 schools.
Also competing for the GFA girls were: Caroline McCall (Westport), who was 15th in the 1,500 (5:31.21), Clare Mengel (Southport) was 15th in the 3,000 (13:24.58), Jasmine Joseph (Bridgeport) in the 100 (22nd, 14.64 seconds); Eva Scianna (Trumbull) in the 200 (23rd, 30.22) and 400 (16th, 1:07.64); and Kyra Inston (Norwalk) competed in the javelin and discus.
In the boys 400, senior MJ Freeman (Shelton) placed fourth overall in 51.12 seconds, becoming the first GFA boy to score points in a track event in a New England championship meet. The Dragons had scored in a field event two years ago.
He also placed eighth in the 100-meter dash in 12.08 seconds.
Other boys competing were: Will McCall (Westport), who was 11th in the 1,500, winning his heat in 4:36.13; Ethan Phan (Bridgeport) , who was 16th in the 100 (11.92) and 17th in the long jump (19-7 ¾); Charlie Bohnsack (Darien) was 17th in the 800 (2:19.2); Scott Barnet (Ridgefield) was 20th in the 800 (2:20.96); JT McAllister (Norwalk) was 18th in the 1,500 (4:40.57), and Nick Attai (Bridgeport) was 13th in the 3000 (10:20.24).
The Dragons 4x400 relay team (McCall, McAllister, Phan and Freeman) were 13th in 3:51.60.
On Sunday, the Ultimate Frisbee team took on public schools in the Division II High School State Championships, beating Oxford High School in the finals to win the tournament.
The boys varsity tennis earned a bid the New England Prep Tennis Tournament at Roxbury Latin (Mass.). The Dragons were the eighth seed and faced the No. 1 seed, host Roxbury Latin.
The players for GFA that went to the tournament were seniors Matt Smith (Purchase, N.Y.) and Will Wappler (Rowayton), junior Sean Minson (Darien), sophomore Jack Wolfsohn (Easton), freshman Aidan Helfant (Riverside), Jack Ramsey (Darien), Marcus Ng (Greenwich), Niklas Simonsen (Riverside) and eighth grader Connor McDonald (Westport).
The players knew going in and facing the No. 1 seed would be a tough battle but to their credit they played strong in the double, especially Ramsey/ Ng at No. 3, who were tied at 6-6 when the doubles play ended.
Helfant was in a battle at No. 6 singles dropping the first set 5-7 when all the matches were stopped after Roxbury clinched.
The Dragons traveled to New Canaan Country Club to play 18 holes in the season-ending FAA Tournament. GFA finished fourth of seven teams by shooting their best ever tournament score, while missing out on third place by three strokes.
Sophomore Giani Panariello (Westport) followed Lodge with a 91. Senior captains Charlie Tauck (Westport) and Charlie Thompson (Southport) finished their high school careers with a 95 and 96, respectively. Sophomore Piero Panariello (Westport) rounded out GFA's scoring with a 102.
The Dragons team total of 450 is their finest, easily besting last year's record setting performance.
The GFA boys lacrosse team saw its season end on Monday with a 17-4 loss to King Low Heywood Thomas in the FAA quarterfinals.
The Dragons were the sixth seed while King was seeded No. 3.
Ryan Pilkington (Weston) made eight saves for GFA, which ended its season with a 3-9 record.
The Dragons' bats came alive in its season finale as the team secured a winning record with a 16-4 win over Christian Heritage.
Janice Park (Bridgeport), Lucy Nelson (Westport), and Maddy Canning (New Canaan) all had four hits. Canning also had a 3-run home run over the left field fence to stake GFA to an early lead in the first inning.
Celeste Matte (Stratford) also had three hits while Leah Attai (Bridgeport) had two.
The Dragons finished the season 5-4.
The Dragons saw two rough innings to turn into 12 runs, but outscored Masters 4-2 over the other four innings in dropping a road game in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Park had two hits and two runs scored while Canning doubled. Lydia Groves (Riverside), Jessica Cramer (Wilton), Nelson and Matte also had singles. A base hit by Hannah Calzone (Norwalk) out of the No. 9 spot in the order started GFA's three-run rally in the second, turning a 6-0 deficit into a 6-3 game.
The GFA girls tennis team put two players in the FAA quarterfinals at the FAA championship matches hosted by the Dragons last week.
Devan Wolfe (Darien) and Sarah Wagner (Westport) both posted wins in the first round of play before falling in the next round. In doubles play, the team of Blair Marine (Darien) and Allie Agnew (Westport) fell in the first round in a tight match.
On Thursday, the Dragons traveled to Choate for their final match of the season.
Playing a 6-3 format, Choate jumped out to an early lead, winning two of the three doubles matches. GFA grabbed three singles wins and Choate won two, tying the score 4-4 with No. 3 singles still on court.
Surging from 1-4 behind, Ryan Boyle (Southport) closed out the match for GFA with an 8-6 win.
Wolfe and Kate Flicker won at second doubles while Wolfe, Wagner, Boyle and Stephanie Gentile (Westport) won at singles.