GFA roundup: Dragons boys tennis finishes 9-2
Published 7:58 am, Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Dragons then finished their regular season with a 7-0 win over Masters. The Dragons won in straight sets, completing a 9-2 season and a second-placed finish in the FAA
GFA finished off its season with two defeats, one to St. Luke's 4-3 and a 9-0 loss to Choate. Senior Avery Wolfe finished her FAA career with a 7-6 (7), 7-5 win at No. 2 singles, bringing her four-year FAA record to a 24-3 overall and 21-0 at No. 1 doubles. The third GFA win against St. Luke's came from freshman Kate Flicker at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (5). The Dragons finished the 2015 season with a 6-8 record.
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Last Monday the GFA boys team traveled to Greenwich to compete against FCIAC teams Trumbull, Wilton and Greenwich. Senior Ben Holcomb placed second overall in the pole vault. Senior Adam Petno's times in both the 300-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash allowed him to qualify for the NESPSTA New England Championships.
Last Tuesday both teams traveled to Masters School to compete in their final meet of the regular season. Two GFA girls placed first and second overall in the 400-meter dash: freshman Maddy Abrahamson and sophomore Eva Scianna. Sophomore Olivia Sullivan placed first in both high jump and long jump.
The Division III NESTA New England Championship took place on Saturday at The Hyde School in Woodstock, with 23 schools competing. Holcomb was the top finisher in the pole vault clearing 11'6".
Last Monday the Dragons lost in the FAA semi-finals against No. 1 seed, undefeated Rye Country Day, 16-10. At the half GFA was down 9-3. The Dragons continued to chip away at the lead throughout the rest of the second half. With 12 minutes left to play, GFA fought back to a score of 12-8. Rye then continued to run out the clock and dominate possession.
GFA played their last regular-season game last Wednesday, and defeated Cheshire Academy 15-3. Kate Paliotta (Westport) and Campbell Goldsmith led the team in scoring with five and four goals, respectively. Duncan improved her career high with 14 saves. GFA finished the season 9-5.
Playing against Rye Country Day School last Wednesday, GFA had four of the six individual head-to-head matches decided by only two shots or fewer, but lost 8-1. Junior Lauren Telesz earned GFA's lone point by defeating her opponent by one stroke. It was Telesz's fourth victory on the year. Sophomores Dustin Cook (Westport), Curtis Tauck (Westport), Charlie Thompson and Jack Moley all played close matches with their opponents.
The Dragons 2015 season was punctuated by the team's finest showing ever in the league tournament. The team scored their lowest total ever, and two individual golfers, Cook and Tauck, finished in the top three for the first time in GFA's history.
The boys lacrosse team completed the 2015 season this week with two games, the first of which was a battle in the FAA playoffs against St. Luke's last Wednesday.
The score went back and forth with both teams taking the lead in the fourth quarter. With the game tied at the end of regulation the two teams entered overtime. Unable to score on their offensive possession in the extra session, the Dragons fell 7-6.
The Dragons next traveled to Suffield Academy last Saturday. Short several players, the Dragons were defeated 11-4. Down only two goals at the half, the Suffield Academy Tigers opened the game up in the third quarter and never looked back.
GFA competed against Darien, Staples and Stamford last Wednesday at Pequot Yacht Club.
Last Saturday the Dragons competed in the Silver Cup in Greenwich, finishing fifth overall. Segalla, Hobi Lew (Westport), Eliza Nixon, Green and Courtemanche competed for GFA.
GFA baseball played the No. 2 seed Rye Country Day School in the first round of the FAA tournament. The Dragons were hot on the bat, and Rye was struggling to find a pitcher to stop them. Senior Jake Berman (Westport) went 4-for-4 and senior Alex Berman drove in a run. Peter Donovan pitched all eight innings, but Rye came out on top, winning 5-4 in extra innings.