Weekly Athletic Update, 10/9/2018

We’ve nearly hit the half way point of the fall season and games are coming at a fast and furious pace. Early season depth issues and the injury bug have impacted a number of teams including Varsity Football who lost for the 2nd consecutive weekend.
  • On Saturday a fairly healthy Football team traveled to Deerfield Academy for a Class A encounter but by days end the injury list had grown and Deerfield had secured a convincing 34-8 home victory. The task to find the winners circle will be a challenge this weekend as the Hilltoppers travel to UMASS’ McGuirk Stadium to tangle with St. Thomas More in a 7:00 pm matchup.
  • Girls’ Field Hockey won their 3rd consecutive contest as senior Alexis Cagan (this weeks Co-Athlete of the Week) poured in 5 goals leading the Hilltoppers to wins over Wilbraham & Monson and Dana Hall. St. George’s School will provide the opposition on Wednesday as the team looks to build momentum for a strong finish. 
  • Despite a strong defensive effort (Pomfret scored late in the contest on one of their 1st shots on goal) Boys’ Varsity soccer started a challenging week on a tough note in a 1-0 loss to Pomfret. Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Morse Field over defending Class A champion Loomis gave the team the confidence and impetus required to run past a strong Avon Old Farms team on Saturday afternoon by a 4-2 count. Senior Ethan Boileau (Co-Athlete of the Week) had the game winner against Loomis and two timely scores against AOF. Exeter is up next for the surging Hilltoppers. 
  • Coach Jen Marino’s youthful squad had a terrific week starting with a 1-0 road conquest over Pomfret and then a big Class A win over NMH by a 2-1 count. Kelli Buckley had the game winner against Pomfret and scored the opening goal in Saturday’s win at Morse Field over NMH. 
  • Girl’s X-C continues their fine season finishing in 2nd place at Suffield last weekend as multiple WA runners posted PR’s in the meet.
  • Michelle Liu (6 aces) and Bella Nascimento (16 digs) led the way in a nice win over Suffield Academy on Wednesday. It was a nice response to an earlier setback at the hands of the Tigers. On Saturday the team traveled to Wilbraham & Monson and collectively rose to the challenge in securing a 3-1 win over the host squad. 
  • On the sub-varsity front, JV Volleyball split two matches, JV girls’ soccer earned 1st year coach Jacqui Feraco her 1st W as Ella Budzinski ’24 poured home the winner in a 2-1 victory at Pomfret and the JV boys’ soccer team dropped one and tied one (at Pomfret).
  • Middle School Field hockey is flying high coming off two stellar wins and the MS x-c team, despite low numbers continues to impress in early season meets including a 2nd place finish behind Bancroft in this weeks trip-match. Pete Smith’s soccer team found their 1st blemish as they dropped a 5-1 decision to a talented Rectory team, this on the heels of an impressive 2-1 win over Hillside School.
Co-Athlete of the Week
Alexis Cagan ’19 - Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Ethan Boileau ’19 - Boys’ Varsity Soccer