Weekly Upper School Athletics Write Up 4/23/15

Girls’ Varsity Tennis – 
The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team started the season last week with two very strong wins against Bancroft and Concord Academy. The team is anchored by a strong group of seniors who have been a big part of the program’s recent success, earning a 2012 New England Championship and the EIL Championship last season. Gabby Marks, Electra Walker, Catherine Wei and Rachel Feldman have all given an incredible amount to the program, and are excited to make this season their best. The rest of the line-up is rounded out by junior Hayley Zukerberg, and two freshmen, Michaela Markwart and Lauren Morgart. This week, the team will go up against two more EIL opponents (Dana Hall and Portsmouth Abbey), and will then face a strong ISL team from Nobles and Greenough on Monday, April 27.

Boys’ Varsity Tennis –
This week the Boys’ Varsity Tennis team strung together four days of outdoor tennis winning two away matches along the way. The first against Bancroft ended 4-1 with wins at 1st and 2nd singles and 1st and 2nd doubles. Freshman starters Jason and Sam Waldman earned the game ball for their first Varsity victories, while Seniors Gabe Belkind, Noah Hyatt and Brendan Chamoun showed veteran discipline in their victories. William French earned a win at #2 singles, his first appearance in that position. Our only loss came at #3 singles where Joey Steinberg battled for 2 hours falling 11-9 in a third set super breaker.

On Thursday, the squad took on Gann Academy in an interleague exhibition and squeaked out a 3-2 victory. This time around, Drew Siegal paired up with Sam Waldman to earn his first Varsity victory. Joey Steinberg had another epic battle at 2 singles losing 7-5 in the 3rd set, while Jason Waldman, Zach Rosenberg, and Noah Hyatt secured team victory at #3 singles and #1 doubles respectively. William French fought hard but fell to Gann’s supremely consistent #1 player.

Girls’ JV Tennis – 
The Girls JV Tennis team finally got to play its first match after a rainy start to the season. It was exciting for the team to get out there and play competitively despite a 4-1 loss to Southfield on April 17th. Congratulations to Jasmin Breakstone ’16 on her win at #2 singles and to Maya Kinel ’18 for playing her first ever tennis match. The team is looking forward to three big matches this week.

Boys’ JV Tennis – 
Boys’ JV tennis played their first competitions this past week. For the first time in years, the team traveled to play Bancroft’s JV tennis team, Beaver won the overall match, 5-1, highlighted by excellent singles play from Sam Zintl ’16 and Charlie Coes ’18, and by consistent doubles play from many players, including the team of Joey Searle ’16 and Connor LaBelle ’17. In our second match, we fell to Brimmer & May’s varsity tennis team, 2-3. Zach Weiss won his match at 3rd singles, and Charlie Coes ’18 and Michael Schaff ’16 won their match at 1st doubles. The competitions continue this week with an away match at Pingree on Tuesday. Also, congratulations to newly elected captains, Sam Zintl and Joey Searle.

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse – 
The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team traveled to Landmark on April 16th to take on a strong Vikings team. The boys came up on the losing end of a 13-7 game. This week the team will host Pingree on Wednesday.

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse – 
The Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team played 3 games this past week, taking away a win against Providence Country Day School, a tough loss to Portsmouth Abbey, and a tie against Worcester Academy. Justine Hatton ’16 led the team by scoring 11 goals throughout the week, and Christine Bourdeau ’15 led the team with 5 assists.

The team had the chance to rematch Worcester Academy on Friday. The game ended with an 8-8 tie. Having lost to this same team on Saturday, the result highlights the potential of this year’s team. Sydney Brown ’15 scored a critical goal to bring the score to 8-8 with less than a minute left in the game. The defensive unit, led by Captain Sarah Thompson ’15, played well as a group. GK Julia Gatewood ’18 saved an impressive 17 shots on goal.

Varsity Baseball – 
The Varsity Baseball team split this past week dropping one to Concord Academy and earning a victory from Bancroft. Jamie Kennedy ’15 pitched a complete game vs Bancroft earning his first win of the season. Against Concord, Liam Moreno ’16 hit his first home run of the season in a hard fought game. Beaver’s record now stands at .500 with 2 wins and 2 losses. Come watch this week, Tuesday 4/21 @ Rivers with a 4:00 p.m. Start, and home Friday 4/24 Vs PA with another 4:00 p.m. start.

Varsity Softball – 
The Varsity Softball team played two league games last week against Portsmouth Abbey and Pingree. The young Beaver team continues to develop and show improvement despite early season losses. This week the girls will have two away games as they travel to Brimmer and May and then to Berwick on Wednesday.

Ultimate Frisbee – 
Beaver Ultimate is off to a strong start this season. The team had a come from behind win against Concord academy to open the season. Trailing 9 to 3, the team went on a 10 to 2 run and won the game on a diving catch by Pablo Fiori ’16. On Friday, April 17th, Beaver again emerged victorious over Boston University Academy. Beaver combined well against BUA’s man – to man defense, and played great fundamental Ultimate. the team came away with a 15 – 5 victory. This week, the team will travel to Cambridge School on Tuesday and then host Pingree on Friday on Upper Soule Field at 4:30 p.m.

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