As the fall sports season begins to wind down, the Athletic Department honors more student-athletes with Athletic Accolades. This week’s recipients are David Price ’14, Silmar Bueno ’14, and Zack LaCava ’14 for boys’ varsity soccer; Valerie Fisher ’15 for MS field hockey; and Leo Connelly ’14 for MS cross country.
Boys’ varsity soccer head coach Steve Schechter praises each of the accolade honorees:
David Price has proven to be the most technical keeper in the league. Beyond his tremendous skill, he has stepped up as a leader on the team. His timing, remarkable and fearless saves, and communication have resulted in eight shutouts and the fewest goals allowed for our program in several years.
Silmar Bueno has stepped in as a freshman and played with great poise. His technical ability is remarkable. He currently has 13 goals and 10 assists through 14 games and is second in the EIL in scoring. Silmar not only knows how to find the back of the net and set up his mates, but he plays with unbridled passion and creativity.
Zack LaCava has been the ultimate teammate. He has scored timely goals and has provided several key assists to help his team earn wins. As the EIL’s third leading scorer, Zack has scored 10 goals and assisted 7 times. While he is a freshman, he has not backed down once against significantly bigger and older players. He clearly wants to help his team and make others around him better.
“Valerie Fisher is a worthy candidate for an athletic accolade because of her hard work and dedication to the MS Field Hockey team,” says coach Jessica Paulin. “She controls the field at center mid, and her commitment to the game during the offseason has shown through her knowledge and experience in play. On the field, Val is focused and hustles to every ball, always giving 100%. Her positive attitude and team spirit makes her a valuable asset to the Beaver Field Hockey team.”
“Leo Connelly has shown amazing talent and leadership through example on the MS cross country team this season,” coach Amy Slabich. “Leo has placed in the top 10 in all of the races the team has participated in, including an eighth place finish in last week’s Larz Anderson Invitational — the team’s most competitive race this season. More importantly, Leo leads his teammates through example by running each workout and race with great intensity and focus. He does extra strength training on his own and shows good sportsmanship by congratulating his competitors and teammates. Leo has proven that he is not only an extremely talented athlete, but also an athlete with great character.”