Fall Sports Recap

Andrew Bowles, Staff Writer

  1. Football: Football had a largely successful but ultimately bittersweet season this year, going undefeated up to states where they were ultimately defeated by Xavier in a 42-7 heartbreak. Despite this, the team had a strong season, finishing fourth overall in the state with a 12-1 record. In addition to a number of second-half comebacks including Homecoming and the hotly-contested McMahon game, the team has won a number of solid victories, particularly their defeat of Greenwich on Thanksgiving in a 31-27 game and their quarterfinal victory against Ridgefield in a 48-21 game. The team looks towards even more success next year, with a number of returning sophomore and junior players on varsity.

Season Record: 11-1

 

  1. Cross Country:  Cross country had “another typically good year,” says coach Laddie Lawrence.  The team won 15 out of 17 dual meets and placed third and second at the two invitatitionals it attended (Windham and Bethel, respectively).  They placed second in the FCIAC west, third in the FCIAC, ninth in CIAC and eighth in class LL, finishing eighth in state poll. They had four all-FCIAC athletes (Henry Wynne ’13, Mikolaj Kulis ’12, Patrick Nolan ’13 and Marcus Russi ’13). Laddie said, “Overall, we were better than last year, and we look forward to continued improvement next year as well.”

Season Record: 15-2 (B) 11-5 (G)

 

  1. Field Hockey: Field Hockey went further than any Staples team in the last 15 years, doubled their scoring, and walked away with an FCIAC trophy this year, said their coach, Cecily Anderson.  They not only won the FCIAC title but finally ended Dariens 93-game winning streak.  Although they lost in the State quarterfinals, Anderson remains optimistic. “[These] Seniors have left a legacy that will propel future staples field hockey teams.”

Season Record: 5-4-0

 

  1. Boys Soccer: “We had a good season” said Ethan Bradeen ’13 of boys’ soccer this year.  The team played well, finishing the season with 12 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws, making it to the second round of states before being defeated by Farmington.  They finished second in the FCIAC, losing the title to Trumbull in a 2-0 game.  Despite this, Bradeen is optimistic.  “The team will be good next year.”

Season Record: 15-3-6

 

  1. Girls Soccer: Coach Nicole Ross said that “this season was very exciting for girls soccer.”  This was the first time in over 20 years they progressed as far as they did in the State tournament, and it surprised everyone, considering their number 20 seed.  Ross was hopeful for next year, saying, “We unfortunately will be losing ten wonderful seniors next year.  It is going to be a challenge, but considering the young talent we had on the team this year, I think they are more then ready to take on that challenge and succeed.”

Season Record: 12-3-6

 

  1. Water Polo: Water Polo had a team record-breaking season, meeting their pre-season goal of winning the Hopkins tournament and securing a 7-11 record, the best the team has seen in its four year existence. They finished second out of the two teams in the FCIAC.  Jacob Epstein ’12 said, “We had a solid team with great potential, a fighting chance against every team except Greenwich Y.” Prospects for next year look good, with a large group of juniors moving up, though the loss of senior starters David Katter, Daniel Nussbaum, Jacob Epstein, Nick Yu and Dan Haroun will be hard to make up for.

Season Record: 7-11

 

  1. Girls Swimming and Diving: Girls Swimming and Diving saw success this year, sending a number of athletes to states and having their A relay finish second at states.  The relay consisting of Verity Abel ’14, Gabby Wimer ’12, Becca Raab ‘13 and Sarah Cooperman ’13 also showcased the core of the team’s meet performance, where a number of swimmers performed better than they ever had before.  Cooperman said, “I’m proud of how we came together, especially towards the end of the season when we faced tough competition and a difficult schedule.”

Season Record: 11-4

 

  1. Girls Volleyball: Coach Jonathan Shepro of the girls’ volleyball team said that “the team did wonderfully.”  This is clearly reflected in their 16-2 record for the year and the overall success the team has had.  Although Shepro is hesitant to comment on next season so early, he said, “We will have a great group of varsity returners and a bunch of players coming up from JV.  Expectations will be high.”

Season Record: 18-4