GFA roundup: Darien athletes make impact
Published 12:17 pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Girls Varsity Field Hockey
Varsity field hockey kicked off their 2015 season with a 5-0 shutout against Cheshire Academy on Thursday, Sept. 24. Sophomore Devon Wolfe (Darien) and junior Claire Jansen (Wilton) each scored twice and freshman Bryn Morrison (Weston) knocked in her first varsity goal. In their second game of the season, GFA fell to Millbrook School 0-1. Now at 1-1, GFA faced Convent of the Sacred Heart on Monday after press time, and will play Rye Country Day School on Thursday, and Miss Porter's School on Saturday.
Girls Varsity Volleyball
The girls varsity volleyball team defeated Masters, N.Y., at home Monday with a 3-0 victory by the scores of 26-24, 25-12, 25-13. The Dragons started the first set taking an early lead but Masters fought back and took the lead 24-23. GFA responded winning the rally and senior Nina Rodgers (Fairfield) hit two aggressive serves giving the Dragons a 26-24 win in the first set. In sets two and three GFA came out with a purpose dominating the net with senior Allie Carey (Ridgefield) collecting 11 kills and 4 blocks followed by junior Olivia Sullivan with 8 kills and 2 blocks. Sophomore setter Ililta Pina (Westport) also did a great job getting the ball to our hitters picking-up 12 assists. Defensively the team was led by senior Rory Shinnick (Darien) with 13 digs and freshman Nicole Humphrey (Darien) with 9 digs.
On Thursday, girls varsity lost on the road to defending New England champs Cheshire Academy 3-0 by the scores of 17-25, 26-28, 9-25. The Dragons started strong in the first set up 17-16 but missed out on a few chances and dropped the first set. In the second set GFA found themselves up 24-21, but a few errors crept in and the Dragons dropped that set 26-28. The offense was provided by our middle hitters Carey with 8 kills, 4 blocks; and Sullivan with 8 kills, 3 blocks. Shinnick had 14 digs continues to provide stability and junior Megan Sinnott (Fairfield) had her best game with 9 digs. The volleyball team's record is now 2-2 and faces The Wooster School Wednesday after press time.
Varsity Boys Soccer
Varsity Boys Soccer went 0-2 this week, dropping games to Hopkins and Marianapolis Prep. The loss to Hopkins was a 4-1 defeat in their first home game of the season.
In the first game, Hopkins had an early goal and a 1-0 lead at halftime. The second half started out with senior captain Charlie Mounts (Westport) scoring early to get GFA back into the game at 1-1. GFA kept pressing, only to give up 2 counter-attack goals to give Hopkins a commanding lead before they scored their last goal in the final minute of the game. GFA's defense was led by senior captain Bryan Matte (Stratford) with senior Matt Allen (Norwalk), junior Rocco Babun (Weston), and sophomore James Velgot (Weston) in front of sophomore goalkeeper Henry Holzinger (Norwalk). Senior captain Ben Strait (Stamford) led GFA's midfield along with senior Stephen Gallagher (Fairfield), senior Will Logan (Darien), sophomore Jake Sinnott (Fairfield), junior Mike Medvedev (Stamford), sophomore Nick Attai (Bridgeport), freshman Zach Liston (Wilton), junior Hobi Lew (Fairfield), and junior Sami Canaan (New Canaan). Senior Elliot Beckert (Westport), senior Patrick Friend (Darien), and senior Paul Bozzella (Westport) all contributed.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, GFA traveled to Marianapolis Prep and lost a very physical game 1-0. Holzinger (Norwalk) made 10 saves behind a strong defensive effort led by Matte, Allen, Babun, and Velgot. Mounts and Strait led a midfield with Gallagher, Medvedev, Attai, Liston, and Jack Murray (Westport), with contributions by Beckert, Friend, and Bozzella. GFA now 1-2-1 on the season will host Wooster School on Wednesday after press time.
Girls Cross Country
On Saturday, Canterbury School’s Cross Country Invitational in New Milford hosted more than 30 schools from New England. Looking to defend their title, the girls’ varsity cross country team did not disappoint and took home the Division II Championship for the second year in a row. Four GFA girls finished in the top seven: senior captain Maggie Boudreau (Wilton) ran her first race of the season and took the second spot with a time of 20:22, while senior captain Carmen Martin (Easton) was third at 20:42. Keeping it a tight race right behind Martin was sophomore Maddy Abrahamson (Fairfield) at 20:48 and grabbing the number seven slot was freshman Madi McCreesh (Southport) at 21:01. Senior Caroline Eckert (Wilton) secured the team's win with a strong finish.
The Dragons hosted an all-FAA league meet at Sherwood Island on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after press time.
Boys Cross Country
The cross country team traveled to Rye to compete in a FAA league meet on Thursday. Four of the five boys who ran improved their times from this past Saturday. Sophomore Connor Calzone (Westport) improved by 1:40, with a time of 22:44, while junior Robert Marcus (New Canaan) took off 1:03, finishing with a time of 23:20. Freshman Mike Pratt (Stamford) shaved off :47 with his 24:56, and junior Jack Sondag (Riverside) erased :33, crossing the line at 26:33.
The boys surprised the field in the Canterbury Invitational on Saturday where it all finished with a tiebreaker finish. Senior Alex McCall (Westport) finished 4th overall with 18:12, sophomore Charlie Courtemanche (Norwalk) was a close 5th at 18:15. Sophomore Sean Minson (Darien) placed 21st with 19:10. The final two GFA runners to factor in the scoring were junior Scott Barnet (Ridgefield) at 29th and Tyler Green (Westport) at 30th. These five held top-30 runner positions, which earned the Dragons third place overall. The Dragons hosted an all-FAA league meet at Sherwood Island on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after press time.
Girls Varsity Soccer
The Greens Farms Academy girls' varsity soccer team is undefeated at 5-0 after a 3-0 week. On Monday the lady Dragons traveled to WNEPSSA opponent Cheshire Academy, coming home with in a 7-0 victory. The offense was led by junior midfielder Clare Mengel (Fairfield) and eighth grader Reese Sutter (Westport), who combined for 6 goals in addition to an own goal by Cheshire. Freshman Sophie Staeger (Westport) had an assist. Defensively, tri-captains Erin Reilly (Fairfield), Ingrid Backe (Fairfield) and Ellie Wong (Darien) held down the other team's advances, giving up just three shots the whole game.
Thursday the Lady Dragons hosted their first FAA League game against Rye Country Day School, and won 1-0, with Mengel scoring with only 4 seconds left to play. Defensively, senior captains Wong, Reilly, and Backe kept the attacking Wildcats from getting too many solid looks at the goal. Eighth grader Elyse Kimball (Fairfield) and Sutter kept the opponents on their toes, while Allie Agnew (Westport) remained unscored upon in the net. To close the half, Kimball scored off a rebound from Mengel's shot.
GFA completed its week shutting down FAA opponent The Masters School by a score of 4-0. The Dragons' first goal of the game came from Sutter just 90 seconds into play. The next score came from Murphy from outside the box. Kimball put one more in net to finish the half. Entering into the second half, the Dragons came out strong and continued to defend their goal with Wong, Backe and Reilly leading the pack. Agnew maintained a perfect record and finished with 13 saves. The final goal of the game came from sophomore Isabella Litt (Darien). GFA traveled to The Hopkins School on Wednesday after press time and will finish the week playing FAA rival St. Luke's at home on Friday.