GFA roundup: Dragons girls lacrosse defeats Millbrook
The Dragons split a pair games last week, losing to Convent of the Sacred Heart 14-13 and winning against Millbrook 11-7.
Against Sacred Heart, GFA was down 6--4 at the half. Sacred Heart started the second half scoring three goals in less than two minutes, but GFA chipped away at the lead throughout the rest of the half. With 7:30 left Dragons were down 13--9. Convent tried to run out the clock but the Dragons' defense, led by Campbell Goldsmith, Nicole Litt, Bella Litt, and Caroline Rintoul, applied enough pressure to cause turnovers. In the last three minutes of the game, GFA scored four goals to get within one with seconds left to play.
Against Millbrook, GFA held Milbrook scoreless in at 17-minute stretch in the second half to earn the victory. Paliotta scored four goals while Backe had a hat trick.
The Dragons defeated Hamden Hall 7-2 last Monday. Sophomore Dustin Cook (Westport) won his match and secured Medalist Honors with a 36. Fellow sophomore Curtis Tauck (Westport) and junior Lauren Telesz also won their head-to-head matches.
On Wednesday the team traveled to Sterling Farms in Stamford and lost 7-2 to the King School. Cook shot an even par 36 to take Medalist Honors and earn GFA their two points on the day.
The Dragons, now 2-5, will compete in the FAA tournament Monday.
Last Wednesday the Dragons traded goals with Cheshire the entire game, but found themselves down two goals with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. GFA came back with one quick goal, and with 46 seconds left called a timeout to set the play that tied the game. GFA won 8-7 in the first minute of overtime.
Senior goalie Riley Grady had 12 saves in the cage.
Last Saturday the Dragons traveled to Rye Country Day School and lost 13-6. After the Dragons kept the game close the first three quarters, the Wildcats pulled out the lead in the fourth quarter. Grady had 16 saves,
Senior Rachel Garofoli set her personal best record in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday night, running an 18.10, then came back Saturday and broke that with a 17.79. Sophomore Olivia Sullivan also set her long jump record at 17 feet and took home second place out of 29 jumpers.
Sophomore Thomas McGrade set two person bests on Friday night, his shot put of 34-6.5 and discus throw of 109-06 earned him ninth and fifth, respectively in a very competitive meet.
GFA races next on May 12 at Masters School in New York.
The Dragons had a busy week with four matches and went 2-2.
First up was Kingswood-Oxford, the defending New England NEPSAC Class A champions. Despite strong play, the GFA girls were unable to get a match win.
The Dragons then hosted Greenwich Academy and came within a few points of defeating this perennial tennis powerhouse and FAA rival. With straight set wins from both junior Lydia Picoli at No. 3 singles and freshman Kate Flicker at No. 4 singles, the Dragons had the chance to take the match with two more wins. Losing all three doubles matches, GFA's hopes rested on the Wolfe sisters, Devon at No. 1 singles and Avery at No. 2 singles. Devon faced a veteran Garos player and stayed close in both sets but couldn't get the break she needed, losing 6-4, 6-4. Greenwich Academy held on for a 5-2 match win.
GFA rebounded to defeat King School 4-3 on Friday and Miss Porter's on Saturday.
The Dragons upset Rye Country Day at home Tuesday 4-3. GFA took a 3-1 lead with three matches remaining. Rye fought back winning the next two matches bringing the match to a deadlock at three matches each. The only match remaining was No. 4 singles with senior Scott Brown taking the first set 6-1, only to drop the next set 7-5, forcing a third set to determine the entire match. Brown was able to grind out a tough 6-4 win, cementing a 4-3 victory for the team.
The 5-1 Dragons get back into action Wednesday, May 6, when they host Hopkins, another FAA team with only one loss.
GFA competed against Darien last Wednesday in Southport. The Dragons lost before strong winds came through that made the conditions too dangerous to sail. Eliza Nixon, Lily McGonagle, Charlie Courtemanche, Alex Wagner (Westport) and Hayes Marcus and Josh Gleason competed for GFA.
GFA then competed last Thursday against several schools, defeating Fairfield Prep 2-1, defeating Greenwich Academy 2-0 and losing to Greenwich High School 0-2.
On Sunday the Dragons traveled to New London for the Connecticut State Championship. The day had great racing with winds out of the south at 5-10 mph. The Dragons finished in 11th out of 20 schools.
Last Tuesday GFA lost to St. Luke's 2-1 on a hit in the bottom of the ninth. Senior Alex Berman drove in the only run of the game on a ground rule double. He has raised his average to. 380 on the season. Sophomore Peter Donovan threw the best game of the season, allowing one run through seven innings.
The following day the Dragons traveled Hamden Hal and lost 11-3.