Weekly Upper School Athletics Write-Up 5/19/15

Girls’ Varsity Tennis – 
The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team wrapped up the regular season with two strong wins against Newton (5-0) and Pingree (4-1), earning them the EIL Championship with an undefeated record (8-0) in the league. This was the first time the Beaver Girls’ Varsity Tennis program has ever done this, and this was a great confidence builder for the team as they headed into the NEPSAC Class B Championships. The tournament began on Friday with the quarterfinals. The team was the third seed in the tournament and once again faced 6th seeded Newton and won decisively 6-1, earning them the opportunity to play St. Mark’s in the semifinals. The team then traveled to Wayside Racquet and Swim Club to face the #2 team, and in a grueling three and a half hour match, the girls ended up on the losing end of two out of three tie-breakers that decided the match (4-5). St. Marks then went on to win the Class C Championship against Millbrook School (NY). Overall, it has been an incredible season with the strongest team this school has ever had. Coach Butler was extremely proud of the way his girls competed all season and told them that they should have no regrets.

Boys’ Varsity Tennis –
Beaver Boys’ Varsity Tennis shocked the world on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Pingree. Pingree was victorious in the teams’ first meeting back in April giving Beaver an extra competitive spark to repay the favor in this rematch. Gabe Belkind ’15 won in straight sets at #1 singles winning minutes before Joey Steinberg ’15 closed out his match in straight sets at #3 singles. Brendan Chamoun ’15 and Marc Davis ’15 put up a 3-set fight against Pingree’s #1 doubles squad, but eventually fell 6-2 in the 3rd. This meant it might come down to Zach Rosenberg ’15/Noah Hyatt ’15 at #2 doubles. But with their score at 5-7, 2-1 all eyes turned to Will French ’17 at #2 singles who stormed back after a 4-6 first set loss to push the match into a 3 hour epic against Pingree’s famed Dan Peters. With shadows dancing lazily about the court and the stillness of dusk settling over Mt. Ida campus, Will French defied all odds, closing out the match at 6-3 in the 3rd on an errant backhand from the seemingly unbreakable Dan Peters. This win was not only sweet because of our previous loss to Pingree, but because the day marked our final regular season match and the final home hurrah for our 6 Seniors. On Saturday Beaver had to take on Pingree yet again in the Quarterfinals of NEPSACs at Pine Manor College. Despite another valiant effort by the boys, Pingree took the match to end the team’s season.

Girls’ JV Tennis – 
Girls’ JV Tennis concluded the season with 2 league matches, against Newton Country Day and Pingree. They didn’t win either one, but played some terrific matches against very tough opposition.

Boys’ JV Tennis –
The Boys JV Tennis team finished off their season with a 4-1 win over Pingree. The match was highlighted by a win at 3rd singles (Michael Schaff), doubles 1 (Zach Weiss and Charlie Coes) and doubles 2 (Matt Rosenblum and Will Ferguson). The team finished the season with a 3-2 record, and was undefeated against JV teams.

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse –
Last week the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team played two league games, home against Landmark on Wednesday and at Concord on Friday, and they won both games. Against Landmark, which was the seniors’ last home game, the team won 11-8. It was a great win, because the team previously lost when they played at Landmark earlier in the season. The leading scorer of the day was captain Jimmy Bell (2015) with 5 goals and 1 assist, and the other goals were scored by captain Nat Brown (2015) who added 2 goals and 3 assists, Grady Newberg (2015) with 2 goals, Noah Zakarian (2017) added 1 goal and 1 assist, and Jabari Johnson (2017) also scored a goal.
On Friday the team traveled to Concord and won 18 – 8. The main goal scorers were captains Nat Brown (2015) with 6 goals and 5 assists, and Jimmy Bell (2015) who had 6 goals and 4 assists. The rest of the goals were scored by Jabari Johnson (2017) who had 2 goals and 3 assists, Chris Bucking (2018) added 2 goals and 2 assists, Noah Zakarian (2017) had 1 goal and 1 assist, and Andrew Muggia (2017) also scored his first goal of the season. The defense led by captain Alex Volcy (2015), Eric LiBassi (2015) and Henry Lawrence (2018) and goalie Dan McDonald helped to shut down both of the other teams’ offenses and played well enough to secure both victories.

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse –
The Girls Varsity Lacrosse team wrapped up their season with 3 wins, 2 ties, and 8 losses. The team fought hard against Newton CDS and LCA in their final week, yet came up with two losses. Justine Hatton ’16 led the team in points with 3 goals and 2 assists. After Thursday’s game, a special celebration occurred to honor graduating seniors Jaqui Gutman, Claire Mills, Lina Sullivan, and Sarah Thompson.

Varsity Baseball –
Beaver Varsity Baseball wrapped up its 2015 spring season with a second seed in the EIL Pool B tournament. Unfortunately Bancroft bats came out hot scoring 14 unanswered runs through the fifth inning eliminating Beaver from pool play. Earlier in the week Beaver wrapped up its game vs. LCA dropping a tough one 11 – 8, and a back and forth, hard fought game versus Landmark 11 – 7.

Varsity Softball –
The Varsity Softball team ended the season with two home games this past week. On Monday, the team hosted Newton Country Day, and on Tuesday the team hosted the Woodward School. The girls lost both games, but put in solid efforts. The young team will look forward to next year with some optimism, as no members of this year’s team are graduating this year.

Ultimate Frisbee –
Beaver Ultimate ended the season this past week with a decisive 15-6 victory over Gann Academy. Not only did the Ultimate Frisbee team have a winning season, they also recorded one of the best seasons in school history.

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