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Dan Clarke
The FAA playoffs begin on Monday, November 6 and the Storm will be hosting three quarter final matches in Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer after all teams finished the regular season in fourth place.

It will be a manic Monday on the Hilltop with Boys and Girls Soccer both kicking off at 1:30pm. The Boys team faces Rye Country Day School and it was a tense affair the last time the two teams met. St. Luke’s edged the previous contest 1-0 on the road with a goal from Chris Besgen ‘18. Head Coach Ryan Fairhurst is confident heading into the quarterfinal matchup: “The boys are going into the game in high spirits after a strong finish to the regular season. We have only lost once in our last nine games so we need to keep the momentum going against a very tough opponent.”

Girls Soccer will play at the same time against Hamden Hall at Pedrick Stadium. The two teams met in Hamden just 10 days ago on Thursday, October 26 and it was the Hornets who came away with a 1-0 win. Head Coach Dan Clarke is hoping his team can use the home-field advantage to progress to Wednesday’s semi-final: “It was a very tight game the last time we met but hopefully we can reverse the result. We know they will provide a very tough challenge but we have been excellent at home this season and we aim to continue that form.”

Volleyball will complete the tripleheader with a 4:30pm match against Hopkins School. The Storm finished the FAA regular season 5-3 beating Hopkins 3-1 back on September 13. Both teams finished with an identical 5-3 record in league play with St. Luke’s hosting because of the head-to-head win. Head coach Abby Abbott is hoping the atmosphere inside Carey Gymnasium will spur her team on: “Hopkins has been steadily improving all season so it is going to be a competitive match. Our team loves to play in a packed gym and we are hoping to use that energy to put down Hopkins for a second time.”

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