Darien's Rooney Leads GFA boys cross country to first place finishes
Boys Cross Country
On Wednesday, September 21, GFA hosted the Fairchester League's first ever regular season meet to include all of the league's teams. GFA took first place, narrowly defeating Brunswick 26-30 and Hopkins 25-32. Finishing first for the boys was senior captain Wills Rooney (Darien) with a time of 16:07. GFA's other top-ten finishers included senior captain Peter Maturo (Darien) at 18:06 and sophomore Andrew McCarthy (Fairfield) at 18:23.
The team returned to action on Saturday at the Canterbury Invitational at the Canterbury School in New Milford. The boys took the top place of 19 teams racing in the Division-II race. The team had four runners finish in the top 10 in a field of 126 competitors. Rooney took top honors at 16:41.
The GFA field hockey team (2-1) went 1-1 this week in league play losing to Convent of the Sacred Heart 2-0, but defeating the Masters School 3-1.
Against Convent, freshman goalie Jenny Ross (Darien) was stellar with 15 saves.
Against Masters, the Dragons had the advantage in shots, 14-3. Nicole Litt (Darien) for her first goal of the season to give GFA a 2-0 lead. Litt found the cage again on a loose ball in front of the cage to secure the 3-1 victory for the Dragons.
The GFA boys soccer team went 2-1 this past week defeating both Chase Collegiate 7-0 and Wooster 4-0 but losing a tough match to Hopkins 2-0.
Against Chase Collegiate, Senior Seb deGoeijen (Norwalk), juniors Clay Garner (Westport), Charlie Salmans (Darein), Anders Forfang (New Canaan), Ryan Eckert (Wilton) and sophomore John Lawrence (Southport) all played well defensively in front of junior goalkeeper Ryan Friend (Darien), who registered eight saves in his first shutout of the season.
Against Hopkins, Friend played well behind an effective defense.
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In GFA's third game of the week, the Dragons defeated Wooster 4-0 in their inaugural game on the new turf field. Friend made five saves, recording his second shutout of the season.
The GFA girls soccer team went 0-1-1 this week tying Convent of the Sacred Heart 1-1 and losing to Cheshire Academy 1-0.
Against Convent, GFA had trouble capitalizing on opportunities early, but ninety seconds into the second half, junior Phebe Wong (Darien) found the back of the net after being set up by senior captain defenders Sam Brown (Old Greenwich) and Kate Tomlinson (Darien).
With just under three minutes to play, Convent was able to find a small crack in the GFA defense to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomores Hilary Shannon (Redding) and Tia Carson (Westport) provided Wong with much support on the offensive front, while sophomore Cole Vanacore (Darien) was a stopper on defense. Junior Caroline Vanacore (Darien) shut down the strongest player on Convent for much of the game.