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Monday, May 21 Sports

GFA Roundup: Dragon lacrosse teams advance to FAA semifinals

All of Greens Farms Academy’s spring sports team qualified for postseason play, which got under way on Monday through the Fairfield/Westchester county region.

The Dragons boys and girls lacrosse team hosted a quarterfinal double head and came away victorious while baseball and softball hit the road and fell in defeat.

Here’s a look at the week in results:

GIRLS LACROSSE

A balanced scoring attack helped the host Dragons defeat Hopkins in the first round of the FAA tournament on Monday.

Steph Wistreich (Wilton) scored four goals to lead GFA while Bella Litt (Darien) and Ella Murphy (Darien) had three goals each. Paige Benson (Darien) chipped in with two more and Isabelle Jackson (Greenwich) had one goal and two assists. Litt also had an assist as did Alex Nesi (Fairfield).

Goalie Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich) made 17 saves.

The Dragons exploded for 18 goals to roll to the win over Hamden Hall earlier in the week in its regular season finale.

Litt led the way with five goals while Murphy added four to lead the charge. Murphy also had a season-high four assists for GFA while Litt added one.

Wistreich added three more while Sarah Peltier (Stamford) and Nesi both scored two goals each. Benson added a goal and an assist.

Van Hoesen made 13 saves.

The Dragons started the week on the road to Ethel Walker and fell by a 20-9 score.

Wistreich led the way with four goals and one assist while Murphy added a trio of tallies for GFA. Jackson and Nesi also netted goals while Benson and Tess McCormick (Westport) had single assists.

Van Hoesen made five saves for the Dragons.

Litt and Wistreich combined to score half of the GFA goals as the Dragons coasted to an 18-7 win over St. Luke's on Senior Day.

Litt scored five times and Wistreich scored four to pace the GFA attack. Nesi tallied three more goals for GFA while Jackson added two more. Peltier, Murphy, Sarah Logan (Darien) and Benson contributed single goals. Murphy, Jackson and Wistreich all set up goals, as well.

Van Hoesen made five saves in the first half while Kaitlin Reed (Southport) stopped 11 in the second half to spark the defense.

BOYS LACROSSE

The Dragons raced out to a 5-2 halftime lead en route to a 9-3 win over St. Luke’s in an FAA quarterfinal game at home.

Charlie Benson (Darien) scored three goals while Zach Liston (Wilton) and Liam Murphy (Westport) both added two to pace the GFA effort. Adler Viton (Greenwich) and Max Yates (Fairfield) had single goals for the Dragons while goalie Jack Grills (Darien) made eight saves.

Liston and Murphy combined to score 10 goals to lead GFA past King and into the FAA tournament. Both players scored five goals with Liston adding three assists to the cause.

Benson added two goals and an assist while Will Magrone (Darien) also notched two goals. David Hoffman (Westport) added an assist.

Five different Dragons found the back of the net as GFA fell to regional power Brunswick earlier in the week.

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Liston, Murphy, Benson (1 assist), Magrone and Thomas Edwards (Darien) all scored for GFA. Grills made 10 saves.

SOFTBALL

GFA won its final two regular season games to clinch a spot in the FAA tournament for the first time in at least seven years.

The Dragons, celebrating Senior Day for Celeste Matte (Stratford) and Lydia Groves (Greenwich), trailed by four entering the bottom of the seventh inning, yet scored five runs to walk-off with a thrilling 11-10 win over Greenwich Academy.

Lucy Nelson (Westport) laced a two-run triple down the left field line to tie the game before Leah Attai (Bridgeport) laced a base hit up the middle to win the game for the Dragons.

With GFA trailing 10-6, Groves started the inning with a walk before Vivian Taylor (Easton) reached on an error. After Taylor stole second base, both runners advanced on a passed ball with Groves scoring to make it a 10-7 game.

Jess Cramer (Wilton) grounded out, driving in Taylor from third base to make it 10-8. Piper Dove (Norwalk) and Matte both singled and moved into scoring position on a double steal before Nelson ripped her triple to tie the game.

Dove, Matte, Attai and Groves all had two hits each for the Dragons. Mary Kessler (Westport) drove in two runs as did Dove and Nelson.

Maddy Canning (New Canaan) earned the win in the circle, striking out seven and walking three. Only two of GA's runs were earned.

In their first year back in the FAA, the Dragons clinched a playoff berth with a 19-1 road win at Hamden Hall on Wednesday.

GFA raced out to a 3-0 lead and put the game away in four innings as junior pitcher Canning hurled a two-hitter with three strikeouts and one walk.

At the plate, Matte had two hits while the team's two youngest players -- middle schoolers Kessler and Dove -- also had two hits each. Attai had three RBIs, Dove had two while Nelson, Cramer and Kessler drove in single runs. Nelson (4 runs) and Canning both walked three times while Groves walked twice.

After falling by 20 runs to Holy Child during the regular season, the Dragons continued to show the remarkable improvement they made this season by falling by a much more competitive 10-0 score in the FAA quarterfinals on Monday.

Matte and Janise Park (Bridgeport) had the only two hits for GFA while Groves drew a walk.

BASEBALL

Monday’s FAA quarterfinal against Rye Country Day was tied at 0-0 midway through the game before the host Wildcats scratched out a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to pull out a 3-0 win over Greens Farms Academy.

Matt Hochberg (Fairfield) and Ian Brown (Darien) recorded GFA’s only two hits. Sean Hogan (Westport) was the Dragons’ hard-luck loser, scattering nine hits while striking out eight.

Hogan fired a complete-game 5-hitter, striking out nine and lead GFA to a 4-1 win over St. Luke's earlier in the week.

Hogan also went 2-for-4 at the plate for GFA while Noah Kanfer (Westport) had two hits and scored two runs. Hochberg doubled and had two sacrifice bunts while Milo Becker (Westport) had a single.

The Dragons only managed four hits in a loss to Brunswick, which pulled away from host GFA as the game went on.

Hogan, Jackson Boolbol (Greenwich), Brown and Kanfer notched singles for GFA.

BOYS GOLF

The GFA boys golf team competed in the FAA Tournament at New Canaan Country Club on Monday and finished in fourth place.

Junior Giani Panariello (Westport) led GFA with an 83 followed by freshman Will Lodge (Darien) who turned in an 85. Those scores earned both golfers All-FAA Honorable Mention staus.

Freshman Will Paliotta (Westport), junior Ian Epps (Darien), junior Piero Panariello (Westport), and senior Ryan Ventura (Weston) rounded out the scoring for the Dragons.

GFA's fourth place finish placed them behind St Lukes, Hamden Hall, and RCDS while topping King, Masters NY, and Hopkins.

GFA boys golf had their best performance of the season with a 7-2 win over Hopkins at Birchwood Country Club to open the week.

Three GFA golfers set new standards for themselves. Ventura, along with juniors Piero Panariello and Teddy Brown (Greenwich) turned in personal bests.

Lodge earned medalist honors with a 3 over 39 while Giani Panariello and Paliotta also contributed to GFA's victory.

Midweek, the team had a solid showing in the South Kent Invitational at Bulls Bridge on Wednesday. Competing in the event for the first time, and playing 18 holes for the first time this season, the boys finished ninth out of the sixteen teams.

Lodge topped GFA's leaderboard with a 76. Giani Panariello was next with an 83, followed by Ventura's 87 and Piero Panariello's 88. Playing in their first 18 hole competition ever, Epps and Brown contributed a 93 and a 97, respectively.

GIRLS GOLF

Clare Foley (Southport) shot a 52 to place tied for ninth during the 2018 Pippy O'Connor 9-Hole New England Golf Tournament championship on Monday.

Caroline Telesz (Fairfield) shot a 60 to place tied for 24th while Sanskriti Kumar (Stamford, 68) was 42nd and Charlotte Cohen (Westport, 74) was 47th.

The team sent three golfers to compete in the Caroline Dym Memorial Tournament, aka the FAA girls golf championship.

Foley shot a team-best 52 while Kumar (68) and Telesz (69) also participated.

Earlier in the week, King eked out a 3-2 win over the Dragons.

Foley won 2 and 1 while Telesz and Beza Tessema (Bridgeport) split their matches to earn a half point each.

GIRLS TENNIS

GFA senior Devon Wolfe (Darien) advanced to the semifinals of the FAA championship singles tournament before falling.

Wolfe lost to the eventual tournament champ Marion Conklin of Hopkins by an 8-3 score.

The Bowdoin-bound player, however, did win two matches on the day, notching 8-2 wins in both to advance to the final four.

Kate Flicker (Fairfield) also competed in singles for GFA, falling 8-2 in the first round.

In doubles play, the Dragons put entered two teams and both battled heartedly before being defeated in the first round.

Avery York (Norwalk) and Ellen Burbank (Westport) lost by an 8-5 score while Dasha Timasheva (Greenwich) and Harriett Wells (Westport) went 8-6 before losing.

Earlier in the week, the Dragons fell 5-2 to Sacred Heart of Greenwich. Wolfe won 6-2, 6-1 while Flicker took a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (9-7) win.

BOYS TENNIS

The Boys Varsity Tennis Team lost a tough match to Hopkins by a score of 5-2 at Hopkins.

The Dragons demonstrated some excellent play and toughness in this match with Jack Ramsay (Darien) at No. 4 singles taking his match 6-2 6-2 and the No. 1 doubles winning 6-1, 7-5.

At No. 1 singles Connor McDonald (Westport) fought back from being down 0-5 in the second set to tie it at 5-5 but dropped 5-7. Nik Simonsen (Greenwich), at No. 2 singles, played great but lost in a 3rd set tie-breaker. Marcus Ng (Greenwich) at third singles fought hard but lost 5-7 in the second set. Jason Garrelick (Wilton) and Jordan Liu (Stamford) also played and excellent match but dropped 5-7 5-7.

The team sent six players to the Boys FAA Tennis Tournament at Hopkins on Monday. In singles, McDonald won his first match (8-0) but unfortunately played the eventual champion in second round losing 8-1. Simonsen also played well but dropped 8-2in the first round.

The Drago’s doubles teams were also involved with Liu/Will Shadt winning in the first round (8-3) but were stopped in the second round by a tough Hopkins Team.

Owen Minson/Henry Brennan were the second doubles team who faced a tough opponent from Rye and were eliminated in the first round after putting up a good fight.

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