Weekly Athletics Update—Sept. 20, 2021

Weekly Athletics Update—September 20, 2021
Welcome back! After a lengthy hiatus, Worcester Academy Athletics has returned, and the early results are encouraging. Wins and losses aside, it has been great to see so many young student-athletes engaged again with teammates, coaches, and classmates. Each Monday, we will provide a quick summary of the previous week's contests and highlight both individual and team accomplishments. Additionally, based on recommendations from our coaches we will recognize a female and male co-athlete of the week. Finally, this space will publicize any upcoming events you may be interested in attending as a follower of WA Athletics. 
  • Girls’ varsity soccer is off to a sizzling start as it had two 6-0 shutout wins. The season opening victory over Suffield Academy saw PG forward, Ally Murphy and freshman striker, Nicole Jodoin both register a pair of goals to lead the offense. Sheridan Brummett scored 4 goals in Marion on Saturday as the Hilltoppers ran past Tabor. The team looks forward to a huge home match on Wednesday (New Balance Field, 3:30 p.m.) as it hosts ISL power, BB&N.

  • The firepower that was missing in the opening game 1-1 tie with BB&N surfaced on Saturday afternoon as varsity boys' soccer scored early and often in surging past St. Sebastian’s School by an 8-0 count. Colin Hughes had a hand in just about every scoring opportunity as the WA offensive attack operated with high efficiency. The Hilltoppers travel to Choate on Wednesday for a match-up of two Class A powers.

  • Our boys’ and girls’ cross country teams traveled to compete in the Brush Invitational Meet at Deerfield Academy on Saturday. This is an early season event designed to offer a beautiful course on an historic campus and to get runners from all over New England competing. Only individual scores and times are kept and there are no team results posted for this meet. Captain Aiden Warner ’22 was the top finisher for the boys’ and Ella Budzinski ’24 crossed the finish line 1st for the WA girls’ squad.

  • Five players broke through the scoring column – led by a 3-goal hat trick from Kendrick Dos Santos – as the JV boys’ soccer team stormed past St. Sebastian’s at Gaskill Field on Saturday. Goalkeeper, Tony Jung was a stalwart as he posted an opening shutout for the home team.

  • Varsity volleyball jumped out early in both contests taking a 1-0 opening game advantage over both Rivers and BB&N before falling in consecutive games to both. There are early signs of a formidable squad coming together under 1st year Head coach, Beth Ryder. Deerfield will provide the opposition on Wednesday and afford the youthful Hilltoppers another opportunity to grab that 1st win on the young season. Nina Gavin ’23, a newcomer to WA volleyball, has been impressive to date. 

  • The 2021 Field Hockey team ran into a buzz saw in their opening game, losing to a very talented Brooks School in North Andover on Saturday. On the heels of some encouraging play and results in their Pomfret scrimmage, the Brooks contest will serve as a barometer and a catalyst for the team to follow in preparation for Wednesday’s tilt at Rivers. 
Co-Athletes of the Week