We had a great spring athletics season this year at SSFS! Below are season highlights and summaries from team coaches:
Women's Varsity Lacrosse: Coach Karin Cronin
The Women's Varsity Lacrosse team finished the 2017 season 0-11 (0-8 in the ISL). Record aside, the team improved both individually and as a group throughout the course of the season. The leadership of senior tri-captains Sammi Speight, Olivia Murray and Victoria Lyu both on and off the field throughout the season was commendable. Midfielder Sammi Speight led the team in draw controls and goals this season while Olivia Murray and Victoria Lyu, both strong and vocal leaders, played a key role in our defensive end and with clears and transitions. Rounding out the senior class and contributing in our offensive end are Bonnie Cao, Kendall Sultan, Rachel Bartley and Alice Yang. The team will be returning junior midfielders Alex Polon and Kate Gearon, each who contributed on both ends of the field this season and on the draw circle. Junior Anna Goodman stepped up in goal for the first time this year, making multiple key saves against very strong and talented league opponents. Speedy junior June Tian contributed in our attacking end and newcomer Noa Brown stepped in and made an immediate impact on defense. A determined and hard-working sophomore class of Jane Mikkelson, Evelyn Song, Sharon Xiao and Rose Hu brought positive energy and showed tremendous growth in their individual play. The team welcomed freshmen defenders Emma Black and Eleen Long along with attacker Marina Pedigo, each who stepped in and immediately showed their determination and desire to improve. The Women's Lacrosse team will continue to work on building skills and overall knowledge of the game as we look ahead to the 2018 season and beyond. Thank you to our parents and the entire SSFS community for your support this year!
Men's Varsity Lacrosse: Josh Moffatt
The Men's Lacrosse Team had a great year ending the season with a 3-5 record. The team had a laxpower.com rating of 81, which is up from last year's 78 rating. The team was led by senior captains Lundon M., Jackson B., and Justin C.
Highlights of the season included wins against MILL opponent Bishop McNamara and WILL champions, St. Anslem's Abby. Although there is no lacrosse league for the PVAC, we defeated all PVAC teams (St. Anslem's and McLean). The team also played a well fought, but eventual one goal loss to the Key School, an MIAA School. Key is currently in the top half of their division and fighting for a league championship.
Our team's offensive leaders included Jackson Byrne (11g, 13a) and Brodie Stewart (8g, 13a). David was our leading defender with 95 saves in 8 games. His average of over 11 goals is game was one of the region's best and the best since I became head coach. Justin had 41 total groundballs (most over the last 6 years) and 20 takeaways, another record since I took over as head coach.
Our team's transition was led by Lundon (10,4) and Jackson K. (7,4) in the midfield. Both of these young men were able to play long stretches on offense and defense. As a coach I always felt a little bit more comfortable with them in the game.
While a lot of wonderful players are leaving this team, there should still be plenty of excitement as we have a very strong group of sophomores. As a coach, I could not be more proud of our team and we wish the seniors, Jackson, Jaydin, Justin, and Lundon, the best in their next adventure.
Varsity Baseball: Coach Ben McClellan
The Varsity Baseball Team concluded its season on Monday, May 15, with a tough 1 – 2 semi-final playoff loss to eventual Conference Champions Saint Anselms. Senior Co- Captain Ben Deichman-Caswell pitched a complete game giving up 1 earned run. Senior Co-Captain Davy Adise drove in the loan run for the Wildebeests, and finished his career as the all time hits leader (77). Ben and sophomore Kevin Martin were selected as 1st Team PVAC All Stars, Davy and Freshman Ben Groudis-Gimbel were selected to the 2nd Team, and senior co-captain Josh Dickey was selected as an honorable mention. The team finished the season 6-6 overall and 5-4 in conference play. The team looks forward to many returning experienced varsity players for next season. Special recognition goes to our senior manager, Madeliene Denaburg. Madeliene did much more than just keep the books; she was a teammate, bench coach and leader. Thanks to everyone for a great season!
Track, JV Baseball, Golf, and Tennis summaries coming soon!