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We had a great spring athletics season this year at SSFS! Below are season highlights and summaries from team coaches:

Womens LacrosseWomen'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!

We had a great spring athletics season this year at SSFS, including an undefeated season by both our boy's and girl's lacrosse teams! Below are season highlights and summaries from team coaches:

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Middle School Baseball: Coach Matt Hyland
2017 Middle School Baseball was filled with excitement after a nail biting, walk off, victory for our first win in three seasons! We beat Washington Waldorf in dramatic fashion with an 8-7 win! There were many newcomers who came to practice eager to play, and many familiar faces back from last season to lead the team. We look forward to next season when we can continue to develop our baseball program and keep a close-knit group who can be mentored by our veteran varsity team!

Middle School Softball: Coach Aimee Farley

Middle School softball is BACK!! We had 15 girls come out this year and we had a productive season! Each practice was filled with drills, conditioning, scrimmages, and of course fun! The girls represented SSFS well while competing, producing hits, runs, and defensive plays! GO BEESTS! It was a pleasure to come out to every practice and work with this enthusiastic, dedicated, and determined group of young players.

MS LaxBoys MS Lacrosse: Coach Mark McAlonan
The 2017 Sandy Spring Friends Middle School Boys Lacrosse team overcame obstacles with heart and maturity on the way to an undefeated season. We had a couple of first-year players who worked hard to improve quickly, and they received help from the veterans who showed great leadership. Teamwork and playmaking ability lifted the 'Beests to a 6-0 record, including two 2-goal wins. The highlight of the season was a 4-2 home win over St. Patrick's Episcopal School, a good team that won the matchup in 2016. All spring the 'Beests focused on getting better and encouraging each other. Congratulations to the boys, and thanks to the school, families, and friends for making a great season possible.

Girls MS Lacrosse: Amanda Hill
The 2017 Girls Middle School Lacrosse team truly had a remarkable season and one to remember for a very long time! Finishing the season unbeaten with a record of 6-0-2, with the two ties coming against ISL Middle School team opponents, I was incredibly proud of how hard the team worked together and fought each and every game. Every one of the 27 members of the team was a contributing factor to the overall team's success, and the way in which this team embodied the Middle School athletics philosophy is something a coach dreams of! With the inclusion of all the girls, and the incredible growth over the past few seasons, especially with a very big and talented 8th grade group, the future looks bright for Sandy Spring Women's Lacrosse. All members of the team deserve a huge congratulations! In addition, I am extremely appreciative of the help Assistant Coach Karen Cronin brought to the team, and the overall support of all of our parents. It was truly a team effort amongst everyone involved! The 2017 Middle School Girls Lacrosse Team Members that deserve recognition are: Juliana B., Quinn B., Revati B., Co-Captain Jensen C., Justine C., Elena D., Irene D., Co-Captain Allison D., Esther F., CJ G., Miriam G., Ella G., Co-Captain Maya G., Riley H., Co-Captain Kendall M., Lilly N., Taryn S., Meghan S., Lilli S., RIcha S., Lucy T., Sara T., Katie V., Mia V., Babido W., Jade W., and Grace W.

Due to many family conflicts, and with a desire to capture as many student-athletes and their families as possible, the Upper School Sports Recognition Night, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 21, will now take place on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:15-7:15 pm. The event will take place in the PAC at SSFS and will include highlights of the season, as well as a celebration of our seniors. The evening will conclude with a slideshow of the year in sports. Hope to see you there!

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