Record breaking temperatures swept across the region last week making things difficult for players and coaches alike. Training sessions were cut back and our Sports Medicine group worked diligently to ensure our student-athletes were well hydrated. A special thanks to our parent group who ably assisted our efforts supplying water, Gatorade, and in many instances, post-game food to keep our athletes nourished!
Boys Varsity Soccer went 2-0-1 on the week including a come from behind 3-1 win on Sunday at the Showcase event at the Loomis-Chaffee School, Winsor, Ct. The team earned a 1-1 tie on the road on Wednesday at Choate after starting the week with a 6-0 shutout victory at Morse Field over Thayer Academy. St. Paul’s School, a recent add on to the varsity schedule, will provide the opposition Wednesday afternoon, 3:30 pm at the New Balance Field.
The Football team travelled to Exeter New Hampshire Friday evening, overcame an early 7-0 deficit, and roared to an impressive 33-21 win over the Big Red. Zev Motew led the offensive surge scoring 4 TD’s including an impressive, game-changing 87-yard touchdown off an errant Exeter throw late in the 1st half. Sophomore Asa Floyd’s 42-yard touchdown scant provided the initial sparkplug and a stingy Hilltopper defense early on kept the hometown team at bay for much of the contest. The Hilltoppers will host Suffield Academy Saturday evening at Morse Field with a 6:30 pm kick-off.
Record shattering performances seem to be the norm for our talented junior cross-country performer, Coco Arcand, who ran the sweltering New Balance Emmons course in a record-breaking time of 21:15. Our Emmons course is as challenging and rigorous a layout as you will find here in New England and Coco’s 1st place finish against the likes of NMH and Williston is commendable. The next 5 WA runners all finished with times enabling them to slip past Williston (39-56) and come up just a bit short (39-33) against NMH. Congrats to all who battled the extreme heat and hilly course!
Our boys’ team ran hard as well, but fell in the quad meet to Suffield Academy, NMH and Williston.
Field Hockey was happy to finally host a team at Morse Field on Saturday and took advantage of the friendly confines in eking out a 3-2 win over the Southfield School. Back-to-back road losses had the team reeling a bit, but a strong performance got the team back in the winner’s circle. Cheshire Academy will provide the opposition on Wednesday afternoon, 4:00 pm at Morse Field.
Games with perennial power Nobles are always a must see and Saturday evening’s tussle under the lights was no different. Despite a 2-1 setback, our Varsity Girls Soccer team came away with a sense of just how good they can be as they battled one of the region’s premier teams. A Lily LaGrassa strike late in the game made things interesting but on this night the hometown team was able to prevail. The week started with a solid 2-0 road win at Rivers as senior strikers, Nilou Asdigha and Anisha Hill, scored for the Hilltoppers. The early season challenges continue for the team on Wednesday as they host Andover, 3:15 pm at Morse Field on Wednesday.
Volleyball has a front end schedule that is extremely challenging and as they navigate the 1st month of the season with a new team there may be some tough outcomes. Deerfield and Suffield’s size and athleticism proved to be the difference in last week’s matches. The team remains optimistic that a mid-week encounter at Wilbraham & Monson will be the start of good things to come!
On the sub-varsity level, the Volleyball team is off to a 2-2 start off a convincing 3-0 win over Suffield on Saturday. JV Girls Soccer (1-1) rode the 3-0 shutout performance from goalie Melissa Macri in pushing past Noble and Greenough and the Boys JV Soccer team tied St. John’s (2-2) in their lone encounter to date.
Co-Athletes of the Week
Zev Motew ’18 – Varsity Football
Gabrielle Coco Arcand ‘ 19 – Varsity Cross Country