Fall Sports Overview

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

 

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Much to the disappointment of fall athletes, their seasons and gym exemptions have come to a close. Let’s take a look back at how each sport’s varsity team performed.

Girls Tennis (13-2): The unstoppable girls tennis team put up another dominant season under coach James Cai, winning their sixth straight Morris County Tournament title. Top singles players were senior Lana DePasquale, sophomore Libby White, and freshman Cameron Sims, with seniors Tori Ankel and Elana Tognola as the first doubles team and senior Emma Sheldon and sophomore Sydney Berkson as the second doubles team. They made it all the way to the state sectional finals, where they were seeded second in their section and unfortunately lost to the top-ranked team in the state of New Jersey: Millburn.

Girls Volleyball (17-9): The volleyball team had a powerful season, tallying up an admirable seventeen wins under coach Anna Amster. Senior Sara Szalay racked up 66 service aces, and senior Mary Williams finished the season with a jaw-dropping 101 kills. Sophomore setter Brenda Jaroker was recently named the Hawk Allstate Athlete of the Week. Their season ended after a loss to Colonia in the state sectional quarterfinals.

Field Hockey (11-6-1): The young, yet talented field hockey team had an impressive season under coach Kaitlin Leyden, placing second in their division. Top goal scorers included seniors Annie Leverich and Lauren Mumby, as well as sophomore Charlotte Hamilton, with senior goalie Sarah McCabe providing 104 saves. Their season was cut short in the state sectional semifinals with a 1-0 loss to Millburn.

Boys Soccer (9-8): Boys soccer had a strong, yet difficult season under coach Mark Maka. The team was pegged with injuries to key players like senior Nick DiMaggio and junior Ian Kagan. A memorable game was the team’s 2-0 win over Mount Olive on Cougar Night, which saw the return of those two players. Top scorers include senior Aedan Joel and junior Nick Suter. Their season ended in a loss to Cliffside Park in their first state game.

Girls Soccer (6-11-2): The girls soccer team, coached by Gary Adair, may not have had many wins, but each game was competitive and close. Top scorers include senior Caroline Crouse and sophomore Sophie Straka. Senior Emma Droner provided the top number of assists, and senior goalie Olivia Mathern had 105 saves.

Cross Country: Despite the loss of strong runners, both the boys and girls XC teams had remarkable seasons. Top boys runners include junior Alec Gironda and seniors Yuwen Zhang and Pat O’Brien. Top girls runners include seniors Leigh McCaffrey and Leila Kirton, as well as juniors Ally Franz and Anya D’Costa.

Football (2-8): Judging from their record alone, it would appear that the football team did not have a successful season, but new coach Dan Czepiga insists that the team gave it their all. Top players include seniors Kristian Roos and Ryan Lonergan, as well as juniors Peter Schelling and Charles Cuneo. The team’s two wins were both against Dover. Their last game was a 27-24 loss against Johnson. Like other games, their losses were close.