GFA roundup: Field hockey splits pair to begin season
Published 3:59 pm, Monday, September 28, 2015
The GFA field hockey kicked off its 2015 season with a 5-0 shutout against Cheshire Academy last Thursday.
GFA then fell to Millbrook 1-0.
The Dragons swept the Masters School at home last Monday 3-0 (26-24, 25-12, 25-13). The Dragons started the first set taking an early lead but Masters fought back and took the lead 24-23. GFA responded winning the rally and senior Nina Rodgers hit two serves, giving the Dragons a 26-24.
Last Thursday the Dragons were swept by New England champion Cheshire Academy 17-25, 26-28, 9-25. The Dragons started strong in the first set up 17-16, but missed out on a few chances and dropped the first set. In the second set GFA was up 24-21, but errors crept in and Cheshire rallied.
The Dragons dropped a pair of decisions to Hopkins (4-1) and Marianapolis Prep (1-0) last week.
Against Hopkins, Charlie Mounts scored a goal to tie the match at 1-1 in the second half, but Hopkins found another gear and quickly pulled away.
The loss to Marianapolis dropped the Dragons’ record to 1-2-1 after four games.
Girls cross country
Last Saturday, Canterbury School’s Invitational in New Milford hosted more than 30 schools from New England. GFA took home the Division II Championship for the second year in a row. Four GFA girls finished in the top seven: senior captain Maggie Boudreau ran her first race of the season and took the second spot with a time of 20:22, while senior captain Carmen Martin was third at 20:42. Keeping it a tight race right behind Martin was sophomore Maddy Abrahamson at 20:48, and grabbing the number seven slot was freshman Madi McCreesh (Southport) at 21:01.
Boys cross country
GFA traveled to Rye to compete in a FAA league meet last Thursday. Four of the five boys who ran improved their times from this past Saturday.
The team participated in the Canterbury Invitational last Saturday where it all finished with a tiebreaker finish. Senior Alex McCall (Westport) finished fourth overall with a time of 18:12, sophomore Charlie Courtemanche was a close fifth at 18:15. Sophomore Sean Minsonplaced 21st with 19:10.
GFA placed third in the meet as a result.
GFA remained undefeated on the season with a trio of wins to improve its record to 5-0.
Last Monday the Dragons traveled to face Cheshire Academy and came home with a 7-0 victory. The offense was led by junior midfielder Clare Mengel and eighth grader Reese Sutter (Westport), who combined for 6 goals in addition to an own goal by Cheshire. Freshman Sophie Staeger (Westport) had an assist.
Last Thursday GFA won its first FAA League game against Rye Country Day School 1-0. Mengel scored the winner with just four seconds left on the clock.
Goalie Allie Agnew (Westport) pitched another shutout in goal.
GFA completed its week shutting down FAA opponent Masters School 4-0. The Dragons' first goal of the game came from Sutter just 90 seconds into play.