Darien athletes leave mark for Dragons
Published 1:08 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Greens Farms Academy girls tennis team kicked off the weekend by posting a 6-1 win over Millbrook on Friday.
Our two lacrosse teams would later post wins on Saturday while baseball let an upset win slip from its grasp late in the game.
GFA put in great performances on all courts, notching its first win of the season with a win over Millbrook.
Devon Wolfe (Darien) completely overpowered her opponent, the match lasted less than 30 minutes.
Allie Agnew (Westport) had one of her best matches of her varsity career and won 8-1. Jesse Boolbol (Greenwich) dominated her opponent with beautiful groundstrokes in her first varsity singles match.
Michelle Fedotova (Greenwich) and Ava Ewing (Darien) paired up for the first time and were perfectly matched: Michelle’s consistency and Ava’s power proved to be a lethal combination as they overpowered their opponents.
Other winners included the doubles teams of Dasha Timasheva (Greenwich) and Harriett Wells (Westport) won 8-2 while Avery York (Norwalk) and Ellen Burbank (Southport) won 8-1.
In the team’s season-opener, the Dragons fell 6-1 to Hopkins.
Timasheva and Wells, in their first varsity match, lost the first set 0-6, stormed back to take the second set 6-2, then came from behind once again (after facing match point) to win in the third set tiebreaker.
At No. 2 singles, Kate Flicker (Fairfield) also pushed her opponent to the limit, splitting the first two sets before falling in the tiebreaker.
The Dragons fell on the road in a tightly contested game at Harvey early in the week. Mark Roszkowski (Westport) was 2-for-3 with a run scored while James Velgot (Weston) was 1-4 with an RBI.
The Dragons suffered an 8-2 road loss to Rye Country Day midweek. Matt Hochberg (Fairfield) was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The Dragons were in a position to post a major FAA upset on Saturday before seven unearned runs in the sixth inning spoiled the day and let King escape with the win.
GFA led 4-3 in the sixth when King scored twice. The Vikings then blew the game open in the seventh as the Dragons couldn’t get a third out after an error opened the flood gates.
Roszkowski reached base three times on a single, hit batsman and walk. He stole two bases and recorded a run, too. Drew Durkin (Darien) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Ian Brown (Darien) had a double while Jackson Boolbol (Greenwich) and Velgot recorded hits, as well.
The boys golf team lost to St Luke’s 9-0 at Country Club of New Canaan.
Will Lodge (Darien) led GFA with a 40 followed by Piero Panariello (Westport), Giani Panariello (Westport), Ian Epps (Darien), Teddy Brown (Greenwich), and Ryan Ventura (Weston). Team totals were St Luke’s 200, GFA 230.
The Dragons battled tough before falling to Greenwich Academy.
Clare Foley (Southport) played her match to a 4-2 result while Caroline Telesz (Fairfield) and Sanskriti Kumar (Stamford) both fell 4-3. Beza Tessema (Bridgeport) was defeated 5-4.
A balanced scoring attack led the Dragons to a 14-4 Spring Saturday win over the Wooster School at home.
Liam Murphy (Westport) and Charlie Benson (Darien) led the way with three goals apiece while Zach Liston (Wilton, 2 assists), Kyle Haas (Darien, 1 assist) and Jack Grills (Darien) had two goals each. Will Magrone (Darien) and Seb Bodian (Greenwich) had single goals.
David Hoffman (Westport) had two assists while Benson, Magrone and Thomas Edwards (Darien) had single set ups.
Ryan Pilkinton (Weston) had four saves. The Dragons also held a 15-4 edge in faceoffs.
Benson scored four goals and Murphy added three more, but the Dragons came up short on the scoreboard in a 14-10 loss to Hopkins on the road earlier in the week.
Single goals were tallied by Liston, Haas and Magrone. Murphy had an assist as did Edwards and Bodian.
Pilkinton had 10 saves while Murphy and Liston had five and three ground balls, respectively.
The Dragons hit the road on Monday, traveling to Stamford to defeat King by a 15-3 score.
Sarah Peltier (Stamford), Ella Murphy (Darien), Isabelle Jackson (Greenwich) and Paige Benson (Darien) all had three goals each while Sarah Logan (Darien) had 2 goals and one assist. Alex Nesi (Fairfield) had 1 goal and Bella Litt (Darien) had 1 assist.
Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich) made 11 saves to notch the win in goal.
The Dragons rolled to another win, this time by beating Hopkins at home.
Litt and Murphy scored four goals each while Stephanie Wistreich (Wilton) and Nesi added three goals apiece.
Single goals were tallied by Peltier, Logan and Benson. Wistreich, Litt and Logan added assists.
Van Hoesen made 13 saves for the winners.
The Dragons enjoyed a big Spring Saturday win over Miss Porter’s School, as well.
Litt and Wistreich each scored six goals for the Dragons. Murphy added three more while Peltier and Logan notched solo tallies. Logan, Benson and Jackson had assists.
Van Hoesen made six saves while Kaitlin Reed (Southport) tallied three.
Lucy Nelson (Westport) drove in seven runs with a double, triple and home run as the Dragons belted out 20 hits in a 23-6 win over Harvey on Monday at home.
It was the team’s first-ever win on their new field.
Piper Dove (Norwalk) went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored for GFA, which evened its record at 1-1. Janise Park (Bridgeport) scored four runs and had three hits, Maddy Canning (New Canaan, 4 RBIs) had three hits and Lydia Groves (Stamford) had three hits for the Dragons.
Leah Attai (Bridgeport) had two hits, including a home run down the right field line in her first at-bat of the game while Celeste Matte (Stratford) scored three times.
Canning notched the sixth win of her pitching career, giving up four hits while striking out four and walking four.
Nelson also scored four runs.
Earlier in the week, Hopkins’ bats pounded the ball to the tune of 15 hits as the Dragons only made two errors in an 18-0 defeat.
Dove almost had the Dragons lone hit, but she was robbed of a single by a great running catch by a Hopkins outfielder.
Park and Matte almost stole bunt singles, but got thrown out by nice plays by the Hilltoppers.
The Boys Varsity Tennis Team started the season with a tough 3-4 loss at home to King.
The match was extremely close with GFA loseses coming in two third set tie-breakers, a loss in a second set tie-breaker and a very close 4-6, 4-6 loss.
The players and doubles team winning today were No. 3 singles Marcus Ng (Greenwich), who won 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 singles Jack Ramsey (Darien), who won 6-3, 6-3; and the No. 3 doubles team of Jason Garrelick (Wilton) and Jordan Liu (Stamford).
The Dragons (0-1) will be looking to pick up their first win of the season next Wednesday when they host St. Luke’s in their second FAA match.