GFA roundup: Fencing teams open season
Updated 2:30 pm, Monday, December 7, 2015
The GFA girls fencing team lost 14-13 to Rye Country day in its first matchup of the season. The epee squad won 8-1 against the Rye Country Day School squad. Senior captain Taiylor Nunn (Westport) went 3-0, as did senior Caroline Booth (Westport). Senior Lauren Telesz went 2-1. Foil won 5-4. Senior captain Erica Im finished the match 2-1. Senior Kate Koster (Westport) also went 2-1. Senior Kate Allen finished 1-2. The girls saber squad finished the match 0-9.
GFA lost to Rye Country Day School 16-11. The foil squad won 5-4. Sophomore Teddy Gartland went undefeated, finishing 3-0. Senior Philip Nicopoulos finished 2-1.
Epee also had a narrow 5-4 win. Senior captain Ryan Petschek, finished 2-1. Senior Alex McKenna went 2-1. Junior Luke Duffy went 1-2. Saber struggled against a strong RCDS saber team. Junior Will Whitman and freshman Alex Galik both went 0-3. Senior Matthew Litchtenberg won 5-3.
The Dragonswent 1-1 on their opening weekend of play, losing their first game to Miss Porters 58-49, but bouncing back against Westover School with a 66-60 victory.
Against Miss Porters, junior captain Lexi Kimball finished with a game-high 28 points, along with six rebounds, three steals and a block. GFA battled back from a nine-point halftime deficit to within just three points with three minutes left to play when freshman guard Katherine Marcus scored a lay-up and a 3-pointer. Marcus, along with eighth grader Ashley Humphrey combined for five steals. Marcus finished the game with 13 points and three assists. Miss Porters was able to capitalize on foul calls and closed the game out on the free throw line for the win.
The next day against The Westover School, GFA used a strong second half to prevail. Marcus finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Kimball walked out with a game-high 34 points, seven steals, five rebounds and five assists. Freshman Kelly Van Hoesen had seven steals.
The Dragons opened at Rye Country Day School and lost 7-0.
Last Saturday the Dragons lost to FAA rival Hamden Hall 80-68. GFA started well leading into the second quarter, but foul trouble proved to be their undoing. Elvin Rodriguez scored 23 points, while Dom Cristiano added 14 and eight rebounds. Isaac Manton scored 12 and had four steals.
GFAopened up its season with the Canterbury Invitational. GFA had only three wrestlers competing due to injury and illness: sophomore JC Foster, sophomore Sam Stuart (Westport) and junior Hans Forland. Stuart's only loss came in the semi-finals, 2-1, earning him a third place finish. Forland won all three matches in the 120-lb. weight class, he pinned his way through the tournament never reaching the start of a third period.