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:
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.
Boys 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.