GFA roundup: Track team kicks off inaugural season
Published 1:30 pm, Monday, April 13, 2015
The GFA track team began its inaugural track and field season with a meet last Saturday at Masters School. First place in the long jump and high jump belonged to sophomore Olivia Sullivan. Her personal best of 15'10" on her last long jump earned her the gold, and reaching the height of 5'5" won her the high jump.
The relay team of Maggie Boudreau, Carmen Martin Maddy Abrahamson and Madi McCreesh placed second in the distance medley relay and came back to finish first in the 4x800.
Sophomore Thomas McGrade (Weston) placed second of 14 boys in the shot put, with a distance of 33'8".
The team will return to the track on Saturday in Woodbridge for the Monica Hargrove Invitational.
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GFA opened up its season last Thursday with a win at home against Christian Heritage. After swapping the first two points, GFA made a run to go up 4-1, and never looked back on their way to a 14-6 victory.
In what looked to be a rebuilding year for the squad, which returns only two seniors from last year's 1-3 team, several newcomers turned in strong performances. Sophomore Gabe Dumolin led the way with five assists, sophomore Robbie Marcus assisted on the first three points and scored another, and junior Bryan Matte came up with an assist and three scores. Senior co-captain Andrew Davis anchored the defense when Christian Heritage threatened to make it close in the second half, and contributed an assist and two scores. Sophomore Anish Oksana logged heavy minutes, netting an assist and two scores.
The team will play the Wooster School on April 22.
Last Wednesday GFA lost its first match of season 6-3 against King.
In blustery, frigid conditions, sophomore Dustin Cook (Westport) shot even par 36 to capture Medalist honors for the day. Cook's head-to-head victory added to the Medalist honors earning two points for the Dragons. Sophomore Cutis Tauck (Westport) also won his head-to-head match to garner GFA's third point. GFA's team aggregate was 260 on the day.
The team will play Masters on Tuesday.
The Dragons defeated Stamford last Thursday.
Charlie Courtemanche, Jack Sondag, Hobi Lew, Lily McGonagle, Eliza Nixon, Griffin Segalla, Josh Gleason, and Tyler Green (Westport) were instrumental in GFA's victory.
The team competes against Greenwich Academy, Brunswick School and Mamaroneck on Wednesday.
The Dragons started out the season on a four-game winning streak, including wins last week over King 15-4, Hopkins 12-6, and Miss Porter's 17-6.
Senior captain Campbell Goldsmith led the team in scoring for all three games. She scored a career high seven goals against Hopkins and added five each in the following two games. Senior Charlotte Kreitler also added four goals in each game. Nine players tallied goals for the Dragons in the past three games.
During each of the three games the defense did not allow the opponent to score more than two goals in the second half. GFA looks to continue the winning streak this Thursday at home against Holy Child.
The Dragons routed Cheshire Academy 9-0 in the opening match of the season.
Playing a six singles, three doubles format, GFA grabbed the lead early with three victories in doubles. Senior Captain and three-time FAA doubles champion Avery Wolfe teamed up with her freshman sister, Devon Wolfe, to win 8-2.
At No. 2 doubles, junior Kate Allan and sophomore Alexis Messina partnered for the first time and posted a score of 8-1.
The third doubles win came from senior Maya Ebbesen (Westport) and junior Isabella Kallassy, who posted an 8-0 win.
In singles, freshman standout Devon Wolfe didn't drop a game in her No. 1 singles match, winning 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles junior Lydia Picoli and at No. 3 singles freshman Kate Flicker both tallied 6-0, 6-1 wins. Winning at No. 4 singles was Allan with a score of 6-1, 6-4.
Wins at No. 5 and No.6 singles rounded out the rout with strong performances from sophomore Katie Metro (Westport) and junior Faith McDermott with scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-3, respectively.
Next up for the Dragons was Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. Hotchkiss handed the Dragons a 9-0 defeat.
The Dragons defeated Storm King School 7-0 last Saturday, bringing their season record to 2-0. All seven players won in seven sets.
Junior Cole Rummelsburg won at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-2. At No. 4 singles, senior Danny Ross had to grind out his match winning in a second set tie-breaker.
In doubles, freshman Sean Minson and sophomore Sam Orazem (Westport) in their first varsity match as a team won 8-0.
GFA defeated Kingswood-Oxford last Monday 9-5. The Dragons came out strong and took a 7-0 lead and were able to hang on in the second half.
Leading the scoring for the Dragons was junior Isaac Manton had four goals. Senior goalie Riley Grady had 16 saves.
The Dragons then fell 7-1 to Hopkins before rebounding to defeat Hyde 11-6 on Saturday. Manton who scored three goals and had an assist while Grady had 14 saves.
GFA went 1-3 last week, dropping tough games to Hamden Hall, King, and Hopkins. According to Head Coach Robert Cote, he will look to sophomore Tim Mira, senior Jake Berman (Westport) and senior Alex Berman to lead the team during this rebuilding season.