Top five sports moments of the senior class

Grant Sirlin

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Football upsets Greenwich on 2014 Thanksgiving Day

Led by Teddy Coogan’s ’15 three touchdown performance, Staples football upended Greenwich on their annual Thanksgiving Day game. The win was highlighted by Jake Melnick’s ’15 spectacular 40-yard catch over two Greenwich defenders. This victory crushed all playoff hopes for Greenwich, as both teams finished 7-4 on the season. After a 3-4 start, the Wreckers capped their season with four straight wins, sending their seniors off on a high note.

 

Staples girls’ soccer captures FCIAC co-championship

The Lady Wreckers’ 2014 campaign was one for the record books. This team scored 52 goals in the regular season, powering their way into the fourth seed for the FCIAC playoffs. Captained by seniors Maggie Walsh ’15 and Lauren Garcia ’15, they took the FCIAC by storm, and with senior leadership, they propelled themselves into the biggest game of their careers. Down 1-0 in the 44th minute, the equalizer came immediately from Lauren Garcia’s dazzling 35-yard rocket into the top right corner. This moment marked Staples’ first FCIAC championship since 1995.

 

Boys’ lacrosse advances to two straight state championships

The FCIAC is full of lacrosse talent and launches many kids each year to Division I schools. Yet Staples has been at the top of the FCIAC, making back-to-back state championship appearances in 2013 and 2014. With young talent from Isaac Paparo ’15, Lucas Jackson ’15 and Teddy Coogan ’15, they were an essential part of the 2013 and 2014 teams while leading this year’s 12-4 regular season campaign.

 

Staples girls’ running sprints to a Class LL and open dynasty

Whether it’s cross country, indoor track or outdoor track, Staples girls’ running has conquered it. This season, they were Class LL runner-up for both cross country and indoor track and FCIAC champions for outdoor track. Senior captains Elisabeth French ’15, Erica Hefnawy ’15, Lindsey Giannitti ’15, Elizabeth Knoll ’15, Bridget van Dorsten ’15, and Olivia Wiener ’15 have all contributed to the success, leading them to be a state powerhouse for the 2014 season.

 

Boys’ tennis goes undefeated for 42 games and counting

Boys’ tennis is the hidden gem of Staples sports. This team is unworldly good, as their most recent loss dates back to May of 2013. Winning has become customary for boys’ tennis, boasting a 18-0 record during the 2015 regular season. Captains Zach Levin ’15 and Josh Moskovitz ’15 have carried on the winning tradition, as boys’ tennis won the 2015 FCIAC title with a 4-0 victory over Greenwich on May 28 and the Class LL doubles tennis championship on June 4.

 

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