GFA Sports Roundup; Girls tennis claims FAA title
Published 5:10 pm, Thursday, May 26, 2011
The GFA girls tennis team clinched the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) title with a win against St. Luke's last week. GFA is 11-1 overall, 7-0 in the FAA including wins over Greenwich Academy and Convent of the Sacred Heart as well as St. Luke's. The team's only loss was a 4-3 verdict to a strong Hotchkiss School squad in a non-league match. The Dragons have seven shutouts and are 72-12 in individual matches.
Against a strong St. Luke's team, GFA won 6-1. At first singles, freshman Frankie Garofalo won in three sets (6-4, 1-6, 10-1). Sophomores Kyja Kutnick (6-2, 6-2) and Caitlin Rummelsburg (6-7, 6-1, 10-6) and senior captain Maggie Harwood (7-5, 6-1) triumphed at second, third and fourth singles, respectively.
At first doubles, Sophomore Olivia Kjorlien and junior Hayley Sanzone remained undefeated at first doubles (6-4, 6-3). Sophomores Jessica Liu (Westport) and Suzy McGrath won at third doubles (6-3,2-6,10-3). Senior Caroline Sullivan and junior Isabelle Canaan won an exhibition match, 8-6.
GFA won 7-0 at Canterbury in the regular-season finale. Kutnick bageled her opponent at first singles, 6-0, 6-0. Rummelsburg (6-0, 6-3), Harwood (6-1,6-0) and freshman Emily Cahill (6-1, 4-1) at second, third and fourth singles, respectively. Kjorlien and junior Taylor Schendel served bagels at first doubles. McGrath and Canaan (6-1, 6-0) won at second doubles while Sullivan and senior Alison Hutchison (Westport) prevailed at third doubles (6-1, 6-0).
Garofalo, Harwood, Kjorlien, Kutnick, Rummelsburg, and Sanzone received All-FAA honors. Schendel was Honorable Mention.
The GFA softball team defeated Christian Heritage (CH) 13-8 in its last regular season game last week. The Dragons scored seven runs in the first inning. In that inning, senior captain Idalia Friedson hit a double to start things off and senior captain Alexa Sullivan hit a three-run triple. Friedson was 3-3 on the day with two doubles and a triple. Sophomore Jacqui Young, freshmen Alyssa Matte and Helen Filanowski made catches to rob CH of hits.
Last weekend, GFA lost 12-1 against Canterbury in the semifinals of the Western New England Prep School Girls Softball Association (WNEPSGSBA). Friedson was 3-3 at the plate.
The GFA sailing team finished fourth in the Gold Cup in the last race for the Fairfield County Sailing League at Grass Island in Greenwich last Saturday. GFA came out strong in the morning races, finishing with solid winning combinations of a 1,2,3 over Fairfield Ludlowe and Greenwich and a 1,4,5 over Fairfield Prep. The Dragons lost both of their races to Darien and Staples. GFA went 5-5 on the afternoon and ended its season with a 5-9 record.
The GFA boys lacrosse team lost to St. Luke's 10-7 last weekend and ended its regular season at 8-7. Senior Jake Becker (Westport) led GFA with three goals and two assists. Becker finished the regular season with 61 goals and 33 assists for 94 points, a school record. The team qualified for the New England Small School Lacrosse Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight seasons and will be seeded fourth, the highest seed in school history.
The GFA girls lacrosse team went 1-2 last week, losing to King 14-7 and St. Luke's 22-16, but ending with a 17-5 victory over Cheshire Academy. Against St. Luke's, sophomore Meighan Grady and Nikki Bergschneider each had three goals. Junior Morgan Bingham recorded 9 saves.
In the game with St. Luke's, six different players scored for GFA. Grady contributed six goals, eighth grader Campbell Goldsmith and senior captain Nikki Bergschneider each has a hat trick. Bingham had another solid performance in goal with 11 saves.
In GFA's 17-5 victory over Cheshire Academy, Bergschneider, senior captain Elizabeth DiBonaventura had five goals each. Grady contributed another four goals.