Greens Farms Academy sports roundup
The Greens Farms Academt baseball team (5-4) (4-3 in FAA) defeated Hopkins, 6-5, and King, 9-8, last week. Against Hopkins, junior Christian Papic (2-0) picked up the win coming in on relief, pitching 4-plus innings of shutout ball. He also had an RBI triple in the fifth inning, breaking a 5-5 tie. Junior Yang Wan and sophomore Alvin Heumann each had a hit and two RBI, while senior Rex Tavello chipped in with an RBI hit.
Against King, GFA was led offensively by freshman Ethan Friedson who had three hits. Senior Henry Van Zant (Westport) had two hits for the Dragons, along with four stolen bases, two runs and two RBI. Sophomore Brian Dexheimer (Westport) and senior Spencer Traver also chipped in with a hit and two RBI for GFA. Junior Thatcher Gleason (3-1) picked up the win on the mound, while both Wan and freshman Jeremy Platt (Westport) pitched well in relief.
The GFA girls tennis team remains undefeated after two wins last week against FAA rivals Greenwich Academy (GA) and Hamden Hall. The 5-2 win against GA was a huge accomplishment, as GFA has not beaten the legendary GA team in over a decade. GFA clinched the win by sweeping all four singles spots and winning at No. 1 doubles.
At first singles, freshman Frankie Garofalo dominated her GA opponent, 6-3, 6-0. Sophomore Kyja Kutnick had one of several nail biter matches, with a back and forth match at No. 2 singles. After winning the first set, Kutnick lost the close second in a tiebreak, then rallied to take the third, final score 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
On the No. 3 singles court, sophomore Caitlin Rummelsburg was on fire, pummeling her GA opponent with crushing serves and ferocious shots while making very few errors. She was off the court quickly, winning against a tough opponent with an impressive score of 6-1, 6-1.
A second three-setter came at No. 4 singles, where senior captain Maggie Harwood tenaciously held on in a tight match against an equally tough GA opponent, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. GFA's fifth win came at No. 1 doubles where the team of sophomore Olivia Kjorlien and junior Hayley Sanzone were stellar, winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Next up for the GFA girls was Hamden Hall, which GFA won 7-0.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Sanzone defeated a strong Hamden Hall player, 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, Rummelsburg again wasted no time dispatching her opponent, 6-1, 6-1. Harwood won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and sophomore Jessica Liu (Westport) played a beautiful match at No. 4 singles, winning 6-2, 6-0.
In doubles, juniors Taylor Schendel and Regi Monroe brought in a win with a score of 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Suzy McGrath and freshman Emily Cahill made their GFA varsity debut at No. 2 doubles and were victorious, not even dropping a game, 6-0, 6-0. Seniors captain Lexy Damianos (Westport) and Caroline Sullivan showed their experience at No. 3 doubles, winning easily, 6-1, 6-2.
The GFA boys tennis team (4-0) won 6-1 at Hamden Hall last week.
All the matches were competitive with great rallies with GFA players finding a way to win the big points. No. 2 singles player, eighth grader Jack Meyer and senior No. 3 singles player Mike Hinsta were first off the court winning in straight sets. No. 4 singles player senior Freddie Mezidor was also victories in addition to freshman No. 1 singles player Kyle Wolfe making a comeback to win the first set and followed with a decisive 6-3 win in the second set to win his match.
The No. 2 doubles team of senior Jackson Soule and junior Ben Shack Sackler (Weston) had a comeback victory winning 6-4 in the third set. Getting on the courts last was the No. 1 doubles team of senior Nate Gleason and junior Kishan Patel (Westport), who closed the match on a high note with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
The GFA golf team (1-1) defeated FAA rival Hamden Hall 51/2 - 31/2 on a tough and very windy Yale course. The Dragons won three of the six individual matches and halved another to earn 31/2 points while also defeating Hamden Hall in the team aggregate by 12 shots to earn another two points.
Hamden Hall won two individual matches and halved another while also earning low medal honors. Junior Derek Alexander, sophomore Kenner Clark, freshmen Mark Whittaker, Jack Wood, and Ethan Weinberger (Westport) along with eighth grader Ian Bell all contributed to GFA's first win of the season.
The GFA girls lacrosse team lost a tough game 9-6 to Holy Child April 21. Sophomore Meighan Grady and freshman Tia Carson (Westport) each had two goals for the Dragons while eighth grader Campbell Goldsmith and senior Elizabeth diBonaventura each added a goal. The Dragons tied up the game with six minutes to play, but Holy Child pulled away. Senior goalie Morgan Bingham recorded 10 saves.
The GFA boys lacrosse team (5-3) dropped an 8-7 heartbreaker in overtime to Hamden Hall. The Dragons battled back from a 7-3 deficit at the end of the third quarter to tie the game with 13 seconds left but a well placed shot beat senior goalie Kyle Webb (12 saves) to win the game for the Hornets.
Senior Jake Becker (Westport) had four goals and two assists on the day while senior Will Conroy (Westport) added two goals and one assist of his own. Senior Evan Bieder was again asked to shut down the opponent's best player, which he did by holding him to one goal and one assist on the day.
The GFA softball team (4-1) went 1-1 last week, losing its first game of the season to Greenwich Academy, 14-2, but bounced back to beat Hamden Hall, 17-12. GA scored first in the first inning, but GFA tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third with two doubles by seniors Idalia Friedson and Alexa Sullivan. Unfortunately a series of defensive errors allowed GA to score six runs in the fourth, and GA increased its lead throughout the rest of the game.
In GFA's 17-12 victory over Hamden Hall, sophomore Sarah Young took the mound for the first three innings and kept the game close by only allowing five hits. Friedson finished the game giving up only three hits in the remaining four innings. GFA had eight hits including doubles by Friedson and sophomore Miranda Princi. Sophomore Brooke Cirillo had two singles and scored four of the team's runs.
The GFA sailing team faced off against Brunswick and Greenwich Academy at Indian Harbor in Greenwich April 20.
Winds were moderate from the Southeast with a strong current. GFA was outsailed by Brunswick and lost, 2-0, losing the first race with finishes of a 1,5,6 vs. Brunswick's winning combination of a 2,3,4. Junior Emily Petno with crew junior Bridgette Foster sailed outstandingly to finish first but their two other teammates were held back in the race by strong offensive moves on Brunswick's part.
In the second race, Petno and Foster used a different strategy and held back, playing a more defensive game. Freshmen Jack Hall-Tipping with crew Andrew McCarthy sailed a great first windward leg and were in second place around the top mark but fouled a Brunswick boat at the offset mark causing them to have to do a penalty turn, which cost them their position in the race. Brunswick won the second race with finishes of a 1,2,4. GFA lost to GA 0-2 in light winds and a strong incoming tide.