Varsity Field Hockey
The Storm traveled to Greenwich on Tuesday, October er 31 to take on Sacred Heart School. St Luke's was playing on an elite-quality water based pitch surface for the first time this season and the lightning fast conditions took time to adjust to.
SLS got down early, giving up the first goal at 25:53 of the first half. The Storm gave up several more goals and went into halftime trailing 5-0.
In the second half both teams made several changes with freshmen Jenna Volpitta, Hanaa Amhar, Huntley Pizzarelli, Devon Schiff, sophomore Ali Riley and first year junior Tyleigh Zammitt working hard to hold Sacred Heart scoreless for the entire period.
The Storm hosted Millbrook on Wednesday, November 1 and gave up a quick goal just 1:32 into the game to fall behind 1-0.
After that the defense settled down and SLS went into halftime trailing 0-1.
In the second half, Millbrook scored early again at 28:11 to take a 2-0 lead. SLS battled back when Katherine Pellegrino ‘19 scored on Hannah Haden ‘18 assist at 12:22 to pull within a goal, 2-1.
St Luke's fought hard the rest of the way, but Millbrook scored again with 5:11 remaining and the game slipped away by a final of 3-1. Sophia Feldman ‘18 was awarded the game ball for her relentless defense throughout the game.
The Storm capped off a busy week on Friday, November 2 when it traveled to Somers, NY to take on JFK Catholic in their final game of the season.
St Luke's jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Katie Barton ‘19 passed the ball to Abbey O'Meara ‘20 for the goal at 19:00.
JFK came right back to tie the game 1-1 with a goal at 16:16 before SLS took the lead for good when Lucy Ehlers ‘21 scored at 13:12 to make it 2-1. Kendall Boege ‘19 scored on a long corner shot at 10:57 to put SLS on top 3-1.
However, JFK wasn't done yet scoring at 10:02 to make it 3-2 going into halftime.
In the second period a goal by Pellegrino at 10:25 put the game out of reach at 4-2 before Haden capped off an outstanding FH career at St. Luke's by scoring at 3:51 to put SLS on top by a final of 5-2.
With the victory the Storm became the winningest St. Luke's field hockey team since 2008.
The Storm football team played their final home game of the 2017 season on Saturday, November 4. Keeping with Storm tradition, this final home game was celebrated as Senior Day for the four current seniors on the squad Brendan Casey, Ben Joseph, Jamie Krill and Shaka Moales. All four seniors and their proud parents were honored at halftime for their special contributions to St. Luke's and made big plays on the field but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they fell 44-6 to a tough Kingswood Oxford team that evened the Storm record at 4-4 on the season.
After falling behind 21-0, the Storm got on the board with a 40-yard touchdown drive that ended with 46 seconds left in the first half. Key plays on the drive included a 28-yard hookup between quarterback Michael Hage ’19 and Moales and later a 12-yard pass from Hage to Ryan Higgins ’21 that set up the Storm with a first down on the KO one-yard line. Moales capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run up the middle behind a big push from the offensive line that cut the lead to 21-6.
With numerous Storm starters sitting out the second half, many younger players got valuable experience and contributed big plays. One of the many second half highlights was a nice 35-yard completion from Kenny Soares ’21 to Andrew Lau ’21.
For the game, Moales led the Storm offense with 105 total yards (42 yards rushing and 64 yards receiving on 4 catches). Hage led the team in passing with 75 yards while the versatile Soares added 64 yards passing along with 26-yards rushing. On the defensive side, celebrated seniors Joseph led the team with six tackles while Brendan Casey (one pass block) and Krill anchored the defensive line and provided a strong pass rush.
Next up: St. Luke’s looks to cap off their successful season with a 5-4 winning record as they hit the road to take on rival King on Saturday, November 11 at 1pm.
On Tuesday, Varsity Volleyball celebrated Senior Day in a match against Sacred Heart. The team honored their manager Hope Jackson, and 7 players: Gabby Mitchell, Ripley Goodwyn, Courteney Newman, Bridget Dalton, Ali Ferris, Maria Minuesa and Emma Castiglione.
The team fell quickly to the Tigers in the first set 13-25 with little offensive opportunities.
The Storm attempted to come back in the second and third sets and performed much stronger, but still fell short. Seniors Castiglione and Dalton led the team with seven and five kills respectively. Opposite hitter Newman had three kills in the match, while middle hitter Goodwyn assisted the team by demonstrating her power at the net with three blocks (one solo and two assist) and a first set kill. Mitchell assisted in defense in the back row with five digs, while our libero Ferris stepped up to help offense with a kill and three aces in the second set. Setter Minuesa covered the court gracefully and was able to secure points with a tip, two aces and a solo block and a block assist.
Final score 0-3, 13-25, 24-26, 20-25.
The team hosted Wooster School on Thursday, November 2 for its last regular season game. The Storm swiftly secured the 3-0 win 25-9, 25-12, 25-5. Hitters dominated the net with almost half the match points gained in kills. Juniors Riley Page, Susanna Montgomery, and Tierney Schiff all secured these unreturnable hits, while other junior Sydney Cummings had three kills.
Power hitter Castiglione had nine kills while other powerful outside hitter Dalton secured six. Other senior hitters Goodwyn and Newman each had four kills with Newman clutching four aces in the match and serving 10 straight service points in the final set.
Ferris also shined in her defensive specialist position with several digs, three aces and a kill.
Athletic setter Minuesa continues to run the court, and placed perfect sets allowing for the hitters to slam their hits into the opponents. Minuesa also secured a block, and two aces in the match.