GFA Roundup: Dragons cross country shines at Sherwood Island
Published 5:36 pm, Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Greens Farms Academy boys cross country team ran its best meet of the season at Sherwood Island last Wednesday. GFA's top four finishers crossed the line within 25 seconds of each other. Senior captain Scott Barnett ran his best time of the season in 19:55. Freshman Charlie Bohnsack also broke the 20-minute mark with 19:58. Junior Sean Minson and freshman Owen Minson of took third and four with times of 20:02 and 20:04, respectively. GFA defeated Masters, Rye and St. Luke'swhile falling short in the points column to Brunswick, Hopkins and King.
The Dragons went 2-0 last week, starting with a 3-0 win last Tuesday over The Wooster School 25-9, 25-18, 25-16. The Dragons came out with a strong serving attack led by sophomore Kirwan Carey, who had 22 service points, nine kills and four blocks. Senior Blair Marin had 13 service points. Freshman Meg Nesi had 17 assists and senior Olivia Sullivan had 12 kills and four blocks. Leading the defense was junior Celeste Matte and sophomore Alex Nason.
Last Saturday the team got a 3-0 win over Chase Collegiate, 25-9, 25-16, 25-10. Sullivan delivered eight straight points, finishing the match with 21 service points, five aces and five kills. Carey added 10 service points and eight kills. Nesihad 10 assists and 5 aces.
GFA went 0-2 last week, starting with a 3-1 loss last Wednesday to Hopkins School. GFA controlled much of the first half, despite going into halftime down a goal. To start the second half, GFA pressed forward, finally scoring when sophomore Lil Breier (Westport) assisted a goal by sophomore Ella Murphy to tie the game. Hopkins was able to score twice more in the last seven minutes of play to grab the win.
Last Friday, the Dragons finished with a 3-2 loss to St. Luke's School. St. Luke's scored in the first few minutes of play, and added two more to make it 3-0 at halftime. In the second half, sophomore Kelly Van Hoesen moved to the middle, where she helped senior Clare Mengel control play and open up looks for the Dragons. The first GFA goal came off a pass from Mengel up the right side of the field to Murphy for the score.
The second GFA goal came with just four minutes left in the game, off a GFA free kick 30 yards out that found Van Hoesen for the goal. Senior captain Alexis Messina ( led the defense and senior captain Lexi Kimball helped keep the team in the game with a second half shutout.
The boys soccer team went 3-0 last week opening up against Christian Heritage, and came home with a 1-0 win. The Dragons scored in the eighth minute when sophomore Miles McDonald (Westport) converted a pass from senior Jack Moley.
GFA picked up their second win of the week with a 2-1 victory at home over Harvey School. Senior captain Michael Medvedev set up junior Ian Lee's pass to senior Hobi Lew who finished for the goal. Moley notched GFA's second goal by converting a pass from freshman Mitch Colonna.
The Dragons traveled to Wooster last Saturday and earned a 3-1 victory. Junior Jake Sinnott scored the first and third goals for the Dragons, while sophomore Zach Liston notched GFA's second. Assists came from McDonald and freshman Ethan Lior. GFA is now 6-1.
Last Monday the Dragons suffered a 6-0 defeat to FAA rival Sacred Heart, and lost 4-1 to Rye Countrt Day last Wednesday.
GFA then faced Miss Porters last Saturday, coming away with a 1-0 win. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie with three saves by freshman goalkeeper Nikki Farber (Westport). GFA got on the board on their third corner of the second half, when Holzingerfound senior Chloe Messina, who tipped it in with 10:40 remaining in the game. GFA's offense was led by seniors Messina and Claire Jansen, who helped create many offensive opportunities.