Greens Farms Academy sports roundup
Published 2:25 am, Friday, May 13, 2011
The GFA softball team (5-3) lost 16-6 to Masters and beat Holy Child 15-11 last week. Against Masters senior Alexa Sullivan hit a two run home-run and senior Idalia Friedson made an excellent catch in centerfield. Sophomore Sydney Huffman tagged a Masters runner at second base off a throw by classmate Brooke Cirillo. Eighth grader Molly Murphy, sophomore Miranda Princi and junior Jacqui Young also made defensive plays.
Against Holy Child, sophomore Sarah Young had an RBI single and Jacqui Young was 4-4 with an RBI single. Classmate Avery Swett executed a stellar bunt. Friedson's grand slam home run in the sixth was the difference. Alexa Sullivan made a putout behind the plate on defense.
The GFA baseball team defeated Brunswick 4-3 and Rye Country Day School 5-4 last week. Against Brunswick, GFA was trailing 3-0, but fought back to take a 4-3 lead in the third inning. Senior Henry Van Zant (Westport) threw a complete game, allowing no earned runs and only four hits, while striking out eight. Senior Rex Tavello led the Dragons offensively going 2-2 with a double. Van Zant and junior Christian Papic each doubled for GFA.
Against Rye, Dragons senior Spencer Traver had an RBI triple and Tavello hit the game-winning single. Junior Christian Papic pitched five strong innings and freshman Jeremy Platt (Westport) picked up his first varsity win in relief. Traver led the Dragons offensively with two hits and two RBI. Sophomore Alvin Heumann had a triple and Papic had an RBI double for GFA.
The GFA golf team (3-3) lost to St. Luke's 6 ½ to 2 ½ and defeated King 7 ½ to 1 ½ last week. Against St. Luke's, freshman Jack Wood topped all GFA scorers with a 43. Freshman Mark Whittaker also won his match while junior Matt Fenster tied. Junior Wills Rooney, sophomore Kenner Clark, and freshman Ethan Weinberger (Westport) all played well in their matches.
Against King, Rooney shot a 42 for GFA's low score. Whittaker shot a 43 to defeat his opponent while Fenster halved his match for GFA's points. Wood and Weinberger, along with senior Nikhil Lai also played well.
The GFA boys tennis team three singles players along with three doubles teams FAA Tennis Tournament held at Yale University. In the first day of pla,y the doubles team of senior Nate Gleason and junior Kishan Patel (Westport) advanced to the second round defeating a solid King team (6-4) (6-1), but were defeated in that round by a hard hitting RCDS team. In the singles draw freshman Kyle Wolfe was impressive the first day defeating two strong players, both from King and advancing to the semi-finals on Saturday, May 7. Wolfe played outstanding tennis in the semi finals but eventually dropped his match to the No. 1 seed from Brunswick 3-6, 4-6 who eventually went on to win the tournament. The Brunswick senior Kyle Wolstencroft was the eventual winner of the tournament.
The GFA girls lacrosse team lost 12-8 to Convent of the Sacred Heart and 12-9 to Ethel Walker. Against Sacred Heart, the Dragons had six different goal scorers. Senior Nikki Bergschneider and sophomore Meighan Grady each had two goals and an assist. Junior goalie Morgan Bingham had seven saves. Against Ethel Walker, Bergschnedier and Grady led the offensive attack again adding four and three goals respectively. Sophomore Katherine Jack and Bingham spilt time in goal and had a combined eight saves.
The GFA boys lacrosse team (6-5) ended its three-game losing streak in impressive fashion with a 20-7 win over Wooster at home last Saturday. Senior Jake Becker (Westport), sophomore Justin Arzi (Weston) and freshman Conor Eckert each had five goals. Freshman Max Tarika added three goals and sophomore Ryan Eckert and junior Will Pavlis had one goal each in the victory.
The GFA girls tennis team (6-1, 4-0 in FAA) split matches last week, losing its first match of the season to powerhouse Hotchkiss School and winning its fourth shutout of the season against Miss Porter's.
The Hotchkiss singles lineup was extremely strong, with GFA winning only one set in the four matches. However, GFA swept all three doubles matches. At No. 1 doubles, junior Hayley Sanzone and sophomore Olivia Kjorlien continued their season of domination with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. At second doubles, juniors Regi Monroe and Taylor Schendel won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Playing together for the first time, the third doubles team of sophomores Jessica Liu (Westport) and Suzy McGrath were smart, patient and got the job done winning 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.
Against Miss Porter's, GFA won 6-0, with Miss Porter's forfeiting one match and another match interrupted by rain and not completed. Singles wins came from freshman Frankie Garofalo, Kjorlien, and freshman Emily Cahill. Doubles wins came from McGrath and Liu, and junior Isabelle Canaan and senior Alison Hutchison (Westport).
The GFA sailing team competed against Staples, Prep and Brunswick at Pequot Yacht Club in Southport in the Fairfield County Sailing League. GFA handily beat Prep 2-0 but lost to the other two teams 0-2, despite junior Emily Petno and Bridgette Foster's valiant effort to execute strong team-racing maneuvers to cover and push back their opponents. Sailing for GFA were Petno, Foster and Jack Kauffman, sophomore Liz McDermott and freshmen Jack Hall-Tipping and Andrew McCarthy.