GFA roundup: Cross country teams headed down final stretch
Boys cross country
The Dragons stand in fourth place in the FAA with one regular season meet left to go. Last Wednesday they defeated Rye Country Day school 21-39 on Rye's fast home course at Edith Reed State Park. GFA had seven boys finish in the top 20 of 55 total runners. Danny Ross clocked in at 18:11 and Alex McCall at 18:18, which gained them a third and fifth place finish, respectively. Other top 20 finishers were Charlie Coutmanche, Tyler Beider, Sam Orazem, Tyler Green (Westport) and Scott Barnet. GFA will conclude its regular season at Brunswick on Oct. 22.
Girls cross country
GFA has a 10-4 regular season record with one meet remaining, which is the best girls record in the last 10 years. Last Wednesday the Dragons defeated Hopkins 27-30, Rye 22-35 and Holy Child 22-35. Four girls from GFA finished in the top six in a field of 47. Maggie Boudreau (20:13) finished second, Madi McCreesh (20:35) finished third and Carmen Martin (20:21) was fourth. GFA will conclude its regular season at Brunswick on Oct. 22.
GFA won two games last week to improve its record to 4-4-1. Last Wednesday, GFA rallied to defeat The Westover School 2-1 in overtime. Trailing 1-0 with 1:56 left in the game, Mia Krishnamurthy (Westport) tied the score off a pass from Bryn Morrison to force overtime. Five minutes into the seven-on-seven overtime, Krishnamurthy scored again to win the game.
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The Dragons followed that up with a 1-0 win over St. Luke's last Saturday. Morrison scored off a pass by Nicole Litt to earn the game's only goal.
The team travels to Holy Child on Monday and plays at home Wednesday against Canterbury School.
GFA defeated St. Luke's 2-0 last Saturday.
Both teams traded scoring chances in an exciting first half, yet it was 0-0 at the break. Senior captain Griffin Garner (Westport) finished a pass from junior Charlie Mounts (Westport) to give GFA a 1-0 lead at 62:40. GFA's second goal came 20 minutes later when junior Stephen Gallagher scored on an assist from junior Ben Strait.
GFA, now 9-2-1, will travel to Canterbury Monday.
The Dragons played three games last week and went 1-1-1. Last Tuesday, GFA defeated Wooster 4-0.
Last Thursday the Dragons fell 4-0 to Greenwich Academy.
The Dragons rebounded last Saturday to earn a draw with St. Luke's. Holding a 1-0 lead until the final minute, when St. Luke's converted a penalty kick.
The Dragons lost a close contest to Canterbury last Wednesday 3-2 (17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 6-25, 15-4) GFA dominated the fourth set to tie the match at two sets apiece, but was unable to find a rhythm in the fifth and final set. Junior Allie Carey was a leader on the court with 23 kills and seven blocks. Senior Claire Comey (Westport) had 23 assists. Rory Shinnick had 13 digs.
During GFA's homecoming last Saturday, it rebounded from the loss with a 3-0 win over St. Luke's by the scores of 25-9, 25-20, and 25-23. Carey had 21 kills and 5 blocks, while Comey had 30 assists.
The win moved GFA's record to 5-6.