Our Girls Hockey team swept through the NEPSAC Division II Hockey Tournament in grand fashion, capturing the first ever Girls Ice Hockey Championship here at Worcester Academy. On the doorstep of this magnificent accomplishment the past two years, 2017 would prove to be the charm year for Coach Kevin Zifcak’s team as they swept past the Gunnery School by a 5-3 count on Sunday afternoon in the finals. Wednesday’s quarterfinal 2-0 whitewash of the Brooks School set the stage for a Saturday rematch with Thayer Academy and the team responded beautifully to the challenge. Falling behind by a 2-1 count Emma Crocker ’17 rallied the troops with a 2-goal outburst and Molly Norton ’17 made 22 saves propelling the Hilltoppers to Sunday’s final at Phillips Andover. Sophomore Carley Daly continued her scoring spree with two goals including an empty netter to secure the win and senior net minder Julia Pelletier (Tournament MVP) came up big with a 38-save performance. The title was the first in Ice Hockey here at Worcester Academy since the 1993 boys’ team secured the Division II title with a 3-0 shutout win over Salisbury School. Congratulations to our coaches and players on this great accomplishment!
Our Swim team competed in the NEPSAC Division II Championships at Roger Williams University over the weekend and ushered 20+ swimmers into the final events. The combined preliminary events coupled with the finals makes for an exhausting day but our team prepared well and swam some amazing times throughout the meet. Overall our girls’ team finished 5th and our boys’ team 6th, however, the marked time differentials for many of our WA swimmers was a more accurate measure of just how far this team progressed during the season.
Cyrus Salmassi ’18 finished 2nd in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke
Kevin Arpin ’19 ran 2nd in the 100 freestyle
Alex Crowthers ’20 placed 3rd in the 100 backstroke
Eunice Yang ’17 finished 3rd in the 50 freestyle
The Girls Varsity Basketball team had a fabulous season finishing with an overall record of 19-3 and earning a #1 seed in the newly created Super Four Tournament. This tournament attracted the top 4 New England Prep teams (regardless of classification) and thrust WA into a semi-final matchup with the New Hampton School. The third time was a charm for our visitors to the north (WA had prevailed in two early season contests) as they were able to capitalize on some shooting woes by the hometown team, pulling away for a 53-46 victory. Despite the tough loss, Coach Levin, her staff and the players are to be commended for an amazing run. Our departing seniors will be missed, but with a solid core of players returning for action next season, we expect the Hilltoppers to be back in position to compete for yet another championship.
Senior Kyle Hackett (team leading 20 points) made three clutch, long-range 3-pointers in the game’s final three minutes helping the V2 Basketball team slip past St. Thomas More School 65-55 on Wednesday before a raucous, entertained crowd. The Hilltoppers led throughout but STM rallied behind some marksmanship of their own to grab a 3-point lead with under 4 minutes to play, setting the stage for Hackett’s heroics. Senior forward Pete Banks chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Hilltoppers gained a spot opposite the Commonwealth School in the Prep 6 League Finals. The visiting Hilltoppers ran into a tough, tenacious defensive group in Commonwealth Academy and fell in the finals, 60-44. Congratulations to the team on a tremendous season which included an undefeated slate at home and a win over every team on their schedule.
Tip of the Week It’s almost unimaginable that yet another season is by the boards and as we start the spring athletic term (always our “shortest” season), I urge our student-athletes to find that balance between short-range goals and long-term achievement. Maximize your effort and sharpen your focus every day and with every practice but remember that most victories in life are achieved through small, incremental gains developed and sustained over a long period of time. Work at it and stay the course !