GFA roundup: Boys basketball loses another heartbreaker
Updated 11:32 am, Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Dragons added another close loss to their 2014-15 season, falling 64-62 at Brunswick last Wednesday. Of their eight losses on the season, five have been by six points or fewer. The game was very close for most of the contest, until early in the fourth quarter when Brunswick got hot and GFA got cold. The late game double-digit deficit seemed to energize GFA senior Zach Baines, who wrapped a floater and a long jumper. Junior Chile Larraguibel made free throws, cutting the Bruins' lead back down to 59-55.
The Dragons played tough defense on the follow, but Brunswick grabbed a critical offensive rebound, allowing Brunswick to burn more clock and extend its 64-62 lead to under a minute remaining.
Baines had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dragons.
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Last Friday, the Dragons came back and knocked Stamford Academy from the ranks of the undefeated with a convincing 57-45 victory at Coyle Gym.
GFA went 1-1 last week in FAA contests, losing to School of the Holy Child, 52-20 last Wednesday, and then going on to get a hefty win of its own over Masters, 43-13 last Friday.
In the team's first match up against SHC, the Gryphons came out strong, while the Dragons were plagued with turnovers. Senior captain Campbell Goldsmith was the team's leader throughout the game, both statistically and emotionally.
After the tough lost, GFA bounced back with its first FAA win of the season over Masters. What started out as a defensive battle ended with the Dragons taking over on both ends of the floor. Senior Daly Naughton finished with a game-high 16 points.
The GFA Dragon wrestling team concluded its dual meet last Wednesday with a 49-30 win over Canterbury. Winning by pin were seniors Ben Holcomb (145 pounds), Jad Qaddourah (160) and Trent Turner (220) Also earning pins were freshman JC Foster (152) and sophomore Hans Forland (113).
GFA's girls team competed against Greenwich Academy last Tuesday and was defeated. The sabre team fenced its best meet of the season. Sophomore Shira Friendson lost her first bout 4-5, but won later bouts. Freshman Caroline Telesz and sophomore Caroline Kulak also won bouts against GA. The epee team finished 4-5. Junior captain Taiylor Nunn led the squad going undefeated against GA 3-0. Junior Maggie Boudreau also had an epee win against GA, 5-2. Junior Kate Koster (Westport) and junior Erica Im both had wins against GA in foil.
GFA's boys fencing team competed against Brunswick School last Tuesday. The foil squad won 5-4, the epee squad won 5-4, and the sabre squad lost 7-2. The five wins in foil were from junior Alex McKenna, who won two foil bouts, sophomore Phil Nicopoulos and freshman Teddy Gartland, who won two foil bouts.
GFA competed against North Haven last Thursday. The boy's team lost overall, but won in epee. In epee, Lichtenberg went 2-1, Petschek went 1-2 and Duffy went 2-1. In foil McKenna and Nicopoulos both won one bout. In sabre, Lichtenberg won three bouts.
The girls won 5-4. Nunn won three bouts and Boudreau won two bouts. In foil, junior Kate Allan and junior Erica Im each won a foil bout. Women's sabre won for the first time this season. Friendson won three bouts and Telesz won a bout 5-3.
The Dragons traveled to Brunswick last Tuesday and were defeated 4-3. The top 3 players in the lineup: No. 1 co-captain Scott Brown, No. 2 co-captain Jack Mackle, and No. 3 Duda Voldman defeated their opponents. Mackle (13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5) and Voldman (5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 11-9) both came back to win after losing the fourth games in their matches. Brown defeated his opponent 11-7, 11-0, 11-4.
GFA then hosted Rye High School last Wednesday and was defeated. The Dragons were missing some of their key players, but still managed to challenge RHS. Brown defeated his opponent 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-4). Freshman John Selkowitz also won his match, 3-1.
The girls squash team traveled to Rye Country Day School last Wednesday and lost 4-3. Junior Katherine Mackle came back from being down 2-1 to win her match 3-2 (11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8). Freshman Mia Krishnamurthy (Westport) was also back on track as she defeated her opponent 3-0 (11-9, 11-2, 11-7).