GFA roundup: Darien residents shine during homecoming
A busy week for the Greens Farms Academy varsity sports teams was capped off with the Dragons going undefeated on their home turf during Saturday’s Homecoming festivities.
Boys soccer, girls soccer and field hockey all won in front of big crowds during Saturday’s outdoor triple-header on the Dragons’ turf field.
Here’s a rundown of the week’s events:
Sean Minson (Darien) posted a personal best time and 14th-place finish and Caroline McCall (Westport) notched a top-15 spot to lead a full girls squad effort to two wins at Sherwood Island State Park.
Minson was clocked in 19:13.0 to lead the GFA effort. Connor Calzone (Norwalk) was 20th in 19:29.4 while Charlie Bohnsack (Darien) was 24th in 19:40.4.
Owen Minson (Darien) just missed out on a top-25 finish, placing 26th in 19:44 while Ben O’Brien (Stamford) was GFA’s fifth runner in 21:12.3.
The boys went 3-3 in the meet, topping King, Masters and St. Luke’s.
On the girls side, McCall was timed in 23:12.1 to lead the Dragon pack. Katherine Marcus (New Canaan, 26:41.2), Kaitlin Reed (Southport, 26:54.2), Bella Worrell (Westport, 27:26.4) all finished within nine spots of each other. Joli Rolnick (Westport) also competed the team effort as the Dragons.
The fact GFA had five girls runners gave them two wins in the meet, topping St. Luke’s and The Masters School.
It was GFA’s first dual meet victories since 2015 on the girls side.
GFA scored a goal in each half en route to a 2-0 win over The Gunnery on Homecoming Saturday.
The win came one year after GFA saw a 3-0 lead disappear in a 4-3 overtime loss to The Gunnery.
The Dragons outshot their opponent 11-5 and also won a battle of corners by a 5-4 count.
Gaolies Nikki Farber (Westport) and Rikeh Saignbe (Bridgeport) combined to make five stops.
Keely O’Shea (Darien) and Lucy Holzinger (Westport) scored goals for the Dragons. Holzinger helped set up O’Shea’s while Bryn Morrison (Weston), Alex Nesi (Fairfield) and Ryan Morris (Stamford) helped assist Holzinger’s tally on a penalty corner.
The Dragons face The Westover School for their only match of the week.
Earlier in the week, the Dragons played Greenwich Academy tough for 49 minutes, but all the Gators goals came in an 11-minute span of first and second half. GA bested GFA in penalty corners 7-2 and Shots 20-2.
Nesi and Faithe Murphy (Westport) both had defensive saves for GFA while Farber had 7 Saves and 4 GA and Saignbe had 4 saves and 1 GA.
Boys Varsity Soccer defeated Gunnery 2-0 in the late game on Homecoming Saturday.
Senior captain James Velgot (Weston) opened the scoring by driving home a cross from sophomore Charlie Benson (Darien) early in the first half.
Junior Ethan Phan (Bridgeport) concluded the scoring late in the second half with an assist from junior Miles Mcdonald (Westport).
The Dragons team defense earned them their seventh shutout of the season. Senior goalkeeeper and captain Henry Holzinger (Westport) led the defensive effort which included fellow seniors Nick Attai (Bridgeport), Ian Lee (Greenwich), Jake Sinnot (Fairfield), Jack Soper (Southport), juniors Charlie Tauck (Westport), Zach Liston (Wilton), sophomores Ethan Lior (Fairfield), Kyle Merzon (Greenwich), Liam Murphy (Westport), Connor Zaminski (Greenwich), and freshman Aiden Murphy (Darien).
GFA, now 8-3-2 overall, 7-2-1 in WNEPSSA, and 2-1-1 in the FAA, will host St Lukes on Tuesday in their next FAA matchup.
Earlier in the week, GFA trekked to Rye Country Day and came home with a 0-0 tie.
Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich) scored two goals while Ella Murphy (Darien) had two assists as the Dragons girls varsity soccer team kicked off Homecoming with a big win on Saturday.
Clare Foley (Southport) and Isabelle Jackson (Greenwich) each added a goal and an assist for the Dragons. Diana Hoffman (Westport), Elyse Kimball (Easton), and Annika White (Southport) all added singles goals while Margot Goldsmith (Darien) and Sarah Peltier (Stamford) had single assists as did van Hoesen.
Kendra Offerman (Bedford, NY) and Marygrace Dellisanti (Wilton) combined for six saves for GFA.
Earlier in the week, the Dragons made the long road trip to Suffield and fell by a 6-2 score.
Kimball scored twice, once on a penalty kick, as the Dragons fell.
The Girls Varsity Volleyball Team had a rough week, falling against two of the FAA’s stronger teams.
At Hopkins, GFA fell by a 3-0 score: 17-25, 15-25, 15-25.
The team has led by Elena Mota (Darien), who had nine kills; Alex Nason (Darien), who had 12 digs, and Kris Modzelewski (Westport), who had four blocks.
At Homecoming on Saturday, the Dragons were defeated by King by a 3-1 score: 14-25, 8-25,25-22, 17-25.
The Dragons played well but were unable to overcome the Vikings’ strong attack and sound defense. GFA was able to take set three and were able to take that momentum into the fourth set keeping it close until King pulled away at the end.
The GFA offense was led by Kirwan Carey (Westport) with 8 kills, and 8 blocks while Mota had six kills and three blocks. Jesse Boolbol (Greenwich) added 5 kills and setter Meg Nesi (Fairfield) added 15 assists.
Defensively, Nason collected 15 digs while Ililta Pina (Weston) and Tess McCormick (Westport) each added 6 digs apiece.