Updated 1:45 pm, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
GFA ended its season last week by losing 9-1 in the first round of the New England Tournament to Millbrook Nov. 13. Junior Griffin Garner scored GFA's lone tally. GFA played most of the second half with their seniors on the field to honor them for their commitment and dedication to the program. Although the season ended on a sour note, it was a season of success with the team finishing the regular season 12-4-1, and reaching the FAA Tournament final, along with the New England quarterfinal. Seniors Brendan Bieder and Wyatt Cook were named to several all-star teams including FAA All-League, WNEPSSA (Western New England) All-Star game, and the New England Senior All-Star game.
In the NEPSAC Field Hockey tournament No. 3 GFA Field Hockey team (13-4) fell to the Rivers School by a score of 4-1 Nov. 13. Freshman Maggie Kelly scored GFA's only goal when she deflected a cross by senior Olivia Taylor. Maggie Sherin, Juliet Fontana, and freshman Kate Paliotta were named FAA All-League. Paliotta finished her outstanding season with 22 goals, which accounted for 41 percent of the Dragons tallies for the season. Sherin and Paliotta were also named WNEPSFHA All-Stars. Junior goalie Jenny Ross was recognized for her 77.2 save percentage during FAA games-- third highest in the league.
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The Dragons, seeded sixth, upset No. 3 Wooster School 3-1 (19-25, 25-8, 25-22. 25-21) Nov. 13 in the quarterfinal of the New England Tournament. After the teams traded easy wins in the first two games, Games 3 and 4 went down to the wire. The Dragons overcame deficits in each -- 20-22 in the third and 19-21 in the fourth. Claire Comey helped rally the Dragons in the third game by serving out the final four points. It was Laura Reul who served out the final six points with GFA down 19-21 in the fourth game. Comey had 23 assists, five kills and eight aces in the win.
The Dragons advanced to face King in the semifinal Nov. 16, where they came up short losing 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 10-25). GFA captured the game after breaking a 23-23 tie with Reul hitting two straight serves for the win. In Games 2 and 3 the Dragons struggled early and mounted strong comebacks, but were unable to finish. Comey finished with 17 assists and five digs. Jenny Ball contributed 11 kills and five blocks. Comey was named to the FAA All-Star team and Ball was named an honorable mention.