Week Of September 25-October 1

Boys Varsity Soccer

The Hopkins School visited St. Luke’s on Tuesday, September 26 and came out strong with a close-up shot on goal in the first 10 minutes of play.  Fortunately, an expert save by Ryan Neafsey ‘18 frustrated the opponent.  

However the visitors struck again a few minutes later on a breakaway and this time hit the net to make the game 0-1.

The Storm worked hard during the first half as they were forced to continually fend off the Hopkins offense.  Jack Halsey ‘18, Max  Mitchell ‘20 and Julian Velez ‘20 were a strong first line, while the defensive team worked tirelessly to clear the ball.

On the 25 minute mark Phil Platek ‘20 took an impressive shot on goal but was denied by the Hopkins goalie to leave the score at 0-1 at the break.

Hopkins kept up the pressure in the second half but the entire Storm defensive team worked hard to protect the goal, including some particularly standout ball clearing by Bear Crystal ‘20, C.J. Woodberry ‘19 and Chase Zammit ‘18.

Neafsey was again given a work out in the St. Luke’s goal but came up big time and time again including an impressive save on a high corner shot 15 minutes into the second period.

The teamwork displayed by the defense completely shut down the Hilltoppers in the second half and, as the tension built, the Storm had a couple of opportunities to score in the last minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Mitchell’s two shots on goal were saved by the Hopkins goalkeeper leaving the game at 0-1.  It was a well fought match by all of the St. Luke’s boys despite the scoreboard.

Next Up:  Boys Varsity Soccer travels to The Masters School on Wednesday, October 4 for a 4:30 game before another road trip to Wooster School on Friday, October 6 at 4pm.


Field Hockey

The Storm traveled to Greenwich on Monday, September 25 to take on historical powerhouse and reigning FAA Champions, Greenwich Academy.

St Luke's gave up two goals early in the game at but regained their composure and battled GA evenly the rest of the half.

Once again, the defense kept the game close most as Sophie Feldman ‘18 led an excellent defensive line with lots of help from center back Sophie DellaRusso ‘18 and midfielders Katherine Pellegrino ‘19 Mia Mitchell ‘20. DellaRusso also provided critical help throughout by advancing the ball with shots and air dribbling on free hits. Emma Cropper ‘18 had another excellent game in goal saving 15 shots. Despite Cropper’s efforts, GA would add three in the second half to win by a final of 5-0.

The team then traveled to Stamford on Thursday, September 28 to play FAA rivals The King School. The two teams always play exciting, competitive games, including a 1-1 overtime tie earlier in the season.

King scored quickly to jump out to a 1-0 lead after 8 minutes but St Luke's tightened up the defense and held King scoreless the rest of the half.

Freshman forward Lucy Ehlers tied the game with 4:31 remaining in the first period with the first goal of her varsity career. Kendall Boege ‘19 applied pressure on offense with several shots on goal, including corner shots and a breakaway shot that just went wide of the goal.

In the second half King scored with 22.44 on the clock to take a 2-1 lead. The Storm played hard the rest of the way but fell in another hard-fought game against their local rivals.

Next Up: Varsity Field Hockey hosts The Westover School on Monday, October 2 at 4:30 before a road trip to Wilbraham and Monson Academy on Wednesday, October 4 at 4:30.


Varsity Football

Fresh off their big win last Saturday at Wilbraham & Monson, the Storm football team had just four days to prepare for its Thursday night road game at league-leading Hamden Hall. While the final score of 48-7 was not the desired result, there were plenty of big plays from the Storm.

The Storm touchdown came on a five-yard run by Koy Price ’21, who also contributed two tackles on defense. The touchdown was set up by an excellent 36-yard kickoff return by Kenny Soares ’21 that gave the Storm good field position at midfield to start their drive.  Soares also contributed in many other ways as he led the team with 33 yards rushing, 15 yards receiving and made seven tackles, including two quarterback sacks.

The rest of the offense was led by Chandler Greene ’19 and Shaka Moales ’18 who combined for 32 yards rushing.  One potential big play that was unfortunately negated by a penalty flag was a beautiful 55-yard touchdown pass from Michael Hage ’19 to Moales.  Moales’ other highlights included an explosive 75-yard kickoff return on special teams and an interception on defense.
Other than the returns by Soares and Moales, the special teams unit also produced two tremendous punts by Brendan Casey ’18 of 55 and 50 yards.  On defense, Casey made seven tackles while Ben Joseph ’18 led the team with eight tackles including a quarterback sack. Juan Rosario ’19 also pitched in with seven solo tackles from the cornerback spot.

Next Up: The Storm will look to even their record at 2-2 when they travel to Westminster on Saturday, October 7 at 3pm.


Girls Varsity Volleyball

Girls Varsity Volleyball suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday, September 26 in a scrimmage against Stormers.  Losing by two points in the fifth set, the team wasn’t able to keep up with the quick defense of the tenacious Stormers.  

On Thursday, September 28 the team was able to come back strong by handing Harvey a quick three-set defeat.
Emma Castiglione ‘18 shined with her deadly kills and her unusual, yet incredible, float serves. The close-out win had many notable players including powerful hitting by Sydney Cummings ‘19 in the middle and with Ali Ferris ‘18 digging up every ball at libero.  Senior captain Maria Minuesa continues to anchor the team with her setting and serving.
The front row duo of Ripley Goodwyn ‘18 and the Storm’s other captain Bridget Dalton ‘18 contributed to the win with their hits and double blocks. Maddie Harris ‘19 performed consistent and powerful serves in the third set. Other players assisting in the win were freshman Elyse Kim on back row defense, and hitters Courteney Newman ‘18, Tierney Schiff ‘19 and Riley Page ‘19 all with strong front-row action.

Next Up: Varsity Volleyball is back in action on Monday, October 2 away to The Canterbury School at 4:30 followed by another road trip to Holy Child School on Wednesday, October 4. They complete a busy week with a home game against Greenwich Academy on Friday, October 6 at 4pm.


Girls Varsity Soccer

GVS took to the field on another scorching afternoon against The Masters School on Wednesday, September 27.

As the fans roasted on the bleachers, the girls were on fire on the pitch. The final score was 7-0 and every player contributed from defense to midfield to forwards. Shout out to Molly Tierney ‘18 for her two goals, Grace Kuehner ‘18 for her goal, Lea Panagiotidis ‘19 for two goals and one goal each for new players to the team this year, Caroline Lau ‘22 and Ryan Weil ‘21.

There were also some incredible saves by new goalkeepers this year Sammy Grayson ‘21 and Maya Klein ‘18.

Next Up: GVS will be on the road at Rye Country Day School on Tuesday, October 4 with kick off at 4:15 pm.
 
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