Week of September 11-17

BOYS SOCCER

Boys Varsity Soccer hosted Trinity-Pawling on Wednesday, September 13 and the visitors came out strong taking a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game. Trinity was denied a third goal with an impressive save by goalie Kenny Lam ’19 before the St. Luke’s defensive team of Bear Crystal ’20, Dominic DeMarco ’18, Jack Neafsey ‘19, Desmond Pratt ’21, C. J. Woodberry ‘19, and Chase Zammit ’18 kept Trinity at bay for a score of 2-0 at the half.
 
St. Luke’s regrouped in the second half and had two goals, one by Brenden Whiteley ’18 and another by Jake Kavan ’21 ruled out for offside. Finally, the Storm got the breakthrough with a free kick opportunity for Max Mitchell ’20. Mitchell nailed the ball into the upper right corner and put St. Luke’s on the scoreboard making it a 2-1 game. Shortly after, Trinity had a corner kick, but Ryan Neafsey ’18 made an impressive save denying them the goal. St Luke’s fought hard to try to tie the game, and with five minutes left, Ajit Akole ’18 made a perfect cross to Chris Besgen ’18. Besgen delivered a shot on goal, but was stopped by the Trinity goalie, leaving the game at 2-1 for a final score.

BVS then traveled to The Millbrook School on Saturday, September 16. The Storm started the game quickly with Brendan Whiteley ’18 taking a shot on goal that just missed the top corner. Shortly after, Millbrook’s star player had a break away and Ryan Neafsey ’18 made an incredible save on a one-on-one shot on goal. St. Luke’s kept the pressure on with several shots on goal from Kavan ’21 and DeMarco ’18 but couldn’t find the breakthrough. It was a very defensive game with the Storm successfully shutting down Millbrook with exceptional ball clearing by Crystal ‘20 and Zammit ’18. The score at the half was 0-0.
 
The second half started with another save by Ryan Neafsey ’18, before Millbrook’s star striker finally got one by the strong Storm defense in the first minutes of the half making it 0-1. The St. Luke’s offense continued to press with two shots on goal by Besgen ’18, but the score remained 0-1. Millbrook continued to press hard on offense but, thanks to multiple saves by Neafsey ’18, Luke’s held them until midway through the half when Millbrook’s talented striker scored another. Despite the impressive play by the Storm’s midfielders and offense they were not able to get on the scoreboard, and the game ended with a score of 0-2.


GIRLS SOCCER

The GVS season kicked off on Wednesday, September 13 with a match at Hopkins School in New Haven on a beautiful afternoon. The girls worked very hard and made strong passes throughout the game. SLS were down by one goal at the half but quickly brought it to a 1-1 game as the second half started.

With constant pressure on the Hopkins goalie, the GVS team forced an own goal with 20 minutes left in the game giving St. Luke’s the lead. Hopkins’ corner kicks were a challenge all game and they scored a second goal from one bringing the score to 2-2. The tide quickly turned again and another Hopkins corner kick bounced off the goalpost at a crazy angle which brought the score to 3-2 with Hopkins in the lead.

The girls fought hard to the last seconds but the final score was 3-2 Hopkins.

GVS were back on the field on Saturday, September 16 against The MacDuffie School.
MacDuffie took the lead in the first half before Leah Panagiotidis ‘20 landed a beautiful shot in the top corner of the net to tie the score, 1-1.

Unfortunately, with minutes left in the first half, MacDuffie managed to get another goal.  At the half, GVS was down 2-1.

During the second half, MacDuffie managed to score twice more and the game ended 4-1.

Not the desired result but the girls worked so hard on one of the hottest September days on record.

Next game is Tuesday, September 19 at Taft School in Watertown, CT.

FOOTBALL

The Storm football team kicked off their 2017 season under a hot sun on Saturday, September 16 at home against a tough Capital Prep team.  Things started off well as the Storm deferred the coin toss and started on defense.  They quickly forced a turnover with a 3rd down interception by Shaka Moales '18.  After the Storm offense gained a first down they were forced to punt at midfield on their first possession.  Capital Prep was then able to put together a long drive converting many 3rd downs that eventually resulted in a touchdown and two point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 1:30 left in the first quarter.  Storm highlights in the first half included a Ben Joseph '18 sack and fumble recovery on separate plays. However, four Storm turnovers in the first half led to 22 points in the 2nd quarter for Capital Prep and a 30-0 Storm deficit at the half. With many new players getting valuable playing time in the second half, the Storm continued to battle to the end of a 46-0 loss.  The boys get back at it next Saturday at Wilbraham & Monson as they look to even their record.


VOLLEYBALL

Congratulations to girls varsity volleyball on winning their first regular season match on Wednesday, September 13  against Hopkins by a score of 3-1.  After losing a tough first set, the team rallied back with help from outside hitters Emma Castiglione ‘18, Courtney Newman ‘18 and captain Bridget Dalton ‘18 who showed strength and power in the their hits. Ripley Goodwyn ‘18, Sydney Cummings ‘19 and Riley Page ‘19 dominated center net with their blocks and short kills while Ali Ferris ‘18, Gabby Mitchell ‘18 and Elyse Kim ‘21 provided consistent back row defense along with other senior captain Marie Minuesa who provided great serves, sets and tips court wide.

SLS GVV followed up their win over Hopkins with a sweep of Hamden Hall on Saturday, September 16.  Ferris and Minuesa provided superb serves, sets and digs throughout all three sets.  Senior hitters Newman, Castiglione, Goodwyn and Dalton overpowered Hamden consistently at the net.  Our junior squad of Cummings, Page, Tierney Schiff, Maddie Harris and Susanna Montgomery, were all able to perform at various attacks positions and outperformed the Hornets, greatly contributing to the close-out win.

CROSS COUNTRY

The St. Luke’s Cross Country team had its first meet of the season on Wednesday, September 13 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT.  It was a beautiful afternoon with a slight breeze coming off the Long Island Sound.  The terrain was slightly hilly and it was tough running the first part of the race on the beach.

Girls Team:
St. Luke’s had Claire Wilson ’18, Carolina Warneryd ‘19, Caroline Thompson ’18, and Alexandra Schwartz ’18 running with Cam Lyman ‘18, who is injured but on the mend, cheering on the team. Warneyard and Thompson joined the team this year and competed well in their first race.

St. Luke’s Raced against Sacred Heart, Hopkins School, The Masters School, Greenwich Academy, School of the Holy Cross, King, Greens Farms Academy, and Rye Country Day School.

Results were as follows for St. Luke’s of the 99 Girls that ran today:

Claire Wilson, 4th place, 21:16.6 Final Time, with a 6:50 pace.
Alexandra Schwartz, 87th place, 32:39.7 Final Time, with a 10:30 pace.


Boys Team:

St. Luke’s had eleven boys running, Thomas Arnold ’22, Andrew Kurth ’18, Nick DiCorpo ’20, Jackson Hart ’21, Jamie Ullman ’20, Chris Walsh ’20, Mitchell Mount ’18, Elliot Howe ’19, Cole Bryant ’20, Christian Pizzarelli ’19, John Wisdom ’18.  Of this group, Andrew Kurth, Jackson Hart, Elliot Howe, Cole Bryant and John Wisdom are new to Cross Country this year, so this was their first race.
St. Luke’s Raced against Sacred Heart, Hopkins School, The Masters School, Brunswick School, School of the Holy Cross, King, Greens Farms Academy, and Rye Country Day School.

Results were as follows for St. Luke’s of the 118 Boys that ran today:

Thomas Arnold, 10th place, 19:24.8 Final Time, with a 6:14 pace.
Andrew Kurth, 31st place, 21:03.9 Final Time with a 6:46 pace.
Nick DiCorpo, 45th place, 21:33.5 Final Time with a 6:56 pace.
Jackson Hart, 46th place, 21:34.2 Final Time with a 6:56 pace.
Jamie Ullman, 48th place, 21:39.0 Final Time with a 6:58 pace.
Chris Walsh, 61st place, 22:42.2 Final Time with a 7:18 pace.
Mitchell Mount, 63rd place, 22:47.1 Final Time with a 7:19 pace.
Elliot Howe, 65th place, 22:59.4 Final Time with a 7:23 pace.
Cole Bryant, 74th place, 23:21.6 Final Time with a 7:30 pace.
Christian Pizzarelli, 76th place, 23:27.7 Final Time with a 7:32 pace.
John Wisdom, 93rd place, 25:29.4 Final Time with a 8:12 pace.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Storm began the week with an away loss against Hamden Hall on Monday, September 11.  SLS was playing on grass for the first time this season and had a difficult time adjusting to the field conditions.  Hamden Hall jumped out to a 2-0 lead and carried that into halftime.  In the second half Hannah Haden ‘18 put the Storm on the board, scoring on a corner shot with an assist from Kendall Boege ‘19 with 11:40 left on the clock.  SLS fought hard the rest of the way, but could get no closer, and fell by a final score of 5-1.

The Storm captured their first win of the season with a 4-0 victory over Kennedy Catholic on Wednesday, September 13 at home.  SLS dominated the action the whole way and jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on two goals by Haden at 13:44 and 10:01.  Sophomore Abbey O’Meara scored with an assist from Boege at 7:35, and junior Katie Barton came right back and scored at 7:06.  In the second half, Coach Ehlers subbed in freshmen Bella Martino, Jenna Volpitta, Devon Schiff, Aisha Memon, Hannah Amhar, Huntley Pizzarelli and first year junior Tyleigh Zammitt, who as a unit provided tenacious defense and several shots on goal, to preserve the shutout.  With the win, the Storm evened their record at 1-1-2.
 
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