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Spring Sports Highlights 4.22.19

Baseball - First Boys'
April 18: Baseball - First Boys’ 0 vs Loomis Chaffee 12
 
Golf - First Boys'
April 17: Golf - First Boys’ 187
vs Kent School 197
vs Loomis Chaffee 209
vs Kingswood Oxford School 220
On a beautiful day at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, First Boys' Golf played a very strong round (187) to come away with victories over Kent (197), Loomis (209) and Kingswood Oxford (220). Justin Flaks '20 led the way for the Martlets with a superb score of 34 (-1). Other Westminster scores included Peyton Knauf '19 (38), Ned Blanchard '20 (38), Bennett Ostern '21 (38), Peter Sanger '21 (39) and Carson Roth '19 (40).
 
Golf - Second Boys'
April 17: Golf - Second Boys’ 205
vs Wilbraham & Monson Academy 228
vs Salisbury School 272
David Harris '21 led the way with a sparkling 38 on a perfect day for golf at Hop Meadow Country Club. Playing his usual impressively reliable game of hitting fairways and greens, Harris was medalist on the day as the Martlets beat both Salisbury and Wilbraham & Monson in this home three-way match. Will Scott '20, playing in his first golf match for Westminster, fired a 39; Third Former Charlie Pappas, also playing in his first match for the Black and Gold, contributed with a 44. Other Westminster scorers included Darion Benchich '20 (who had it really going for a bit before getting into some trouble on the last) with a 41, Vincent von Nordeck '21 with a 43, and Charlie von Stade '21 with a 44. All in all, the Martlet linksmen played a strong match, with all golfers doing their part to secure the double win.
 
Lacrosse - First Girls'
April 17: Lacrosse - First Girls’ 6 vs Williston Northampton School 11
The Martlets hosted a strong Williston squad for the first home game of the season on Hovey Field. Westminster got on the board first with a goal from Casey Winslow '21, but Williston quickly answered with three goals of its own thanks to strong draw controls by its midfield and efficient clears from its goalie. These clears resulted in fast breaks down the middle that the Westminster defense could not easily track which led to the home team trailing at halftime by four goals. The Martlets began to string things together end-to-end, with great saves by goalie Ellie Bailey '21 and strong defensive contributions from captain Georgia Swank '19, captain Blake Cote '19 and defender Jenny Guider '20. Westminster began to chip away at Williston's lead late in the second half thanks to notable play by Betsy Winslow '21 and captain Susie Renehan '19, but time expired before the comeback could be complete.
 
April 19: Lacrosse - First Girls’ 18 vs Kent School 12
There were 30 goals scored during the April 19 lacrosse contest between Westminster and Kent, and the Martlets came out on top of this offensive-minded game in Kent, Conn. The Martlets had a slow start and Kent stayed close, forcing Westminster to keep its passes crisp, draw controls decisive and shots well-placed. The first half was a frustrating one for the Martlets as they struggled to piece everything together end to end and Kent kept it a game, trailing only by two goals at the half. The second half, however, brought out the true Westminster lacrosse team. Captain Blake Cote ‘19, Sam DeLeo ‘21 and Shannon Keefe ‘19 were essential on the draws at midfield that ultimately led to solid transitions down the field to find the back of the net. With several different goal scorers and over half of the goals assisted, Westminster proved to be dynamic in the offense when it moved the ball quickly to create opportunities. Goalie Ellie Bailey ‘21 turned in a solid game and preventing any second half surges from the home team.
 
Lacrosse - First Boys'
April 17: Lacrosse - First Boys’ 1 vs Salisbury School 12
April 20: Lacrosse - First Boys’ 3 vs Trinity-Pawling School 6
 
Lacrosse - Second Girls'
April 17: Lacrosse - Second Girls’ 12 vs Williston Northampton School 5
Westminster had a slow start to the game but began to find is tempo toward the end of the first half. Despite this, the Martlets were able to take the lead 6-3 going into halftime. Defense held strong, only allowing two goals in the second half, with Rachel Ha '21 making eight saves. Attack found its rhythm in the second half, possessing the ball and finding the cutters in the circle. Celia Sotirhos '21 lead the way for the Martlets with five goals.
 
April 19: Lacrosse - Second Girls’ 7 vs Kent School 0
Westminster traveled to Kent with a small, but determined team. With only one substitute, players worked hard to possess the ball and come up with key defense stops. The game was marked by excellent midfield defense and numerous successful double teams. Margaret Kennedy '22 had a solid game with two goals and two assists. Campbell Swift '21 played superb in the midfield, collecting many ground balls. Rachel Ha '21 had her first shutout of the season, with seven saves.
 
Lacrosse - Second Boys'
April 15: Lacrosse - Second Boys’ 6 vs Cardigan Mountain School 7
On a cold and blustery afternoon, the Martlets started their week taking on the Cougars of Cardigan Mountain school. After a first half highlighted by stellar defense from midfielder Jordy Nelson ‘21 and close defensemen Will Mell ‘21 and Ben Michaud ‘22, the Martlets discipline faltered. In a back and forth effort, the Martlets gave up two critical man-down goals late in the final quarter to fall to CMS. Despite this, Teddy Schellbach ‘20 led scoring with his third hat trick of the season, supported by Charlie Flam ‘20, Walker Jones ‘20 and Matthew Westlake ‘22. Ben Ferrell ‘21 was once again a rock in net, making a few critical saves en route to get another 15-save game.
 
April 17: Lacrosse - Second Boys’ 6 vs Salisbury School 4
On yet another beautiful afternoon, the Martlets came out ready to play against the Knights. In a close game, the Westminster offense came to play. Four of the six goals came from the attack: Daniel Pinckney '20, Jack Roberts '20, Travis Paulsen '20 and Baker Morton '22 fueled that attack. The midfield goals game from Quinn Plumb '21 and Kellen Seeley '22. Ben Ferrell '21 tallied 10 saves in this hard-fought battle.
 
Lacrosse - Third Boys'
April 17: Lacrosse - Third Boys’ 5 vs Taft School 2
Third Boys’ Lacrosse headed out to Taft to face off against a short-handed Taft squad. After a bit of a lackadaisical first quarter, the offense exploded in the second. With two man-up goals from Tarek Mourad '19 and Hunter Hoogkamp '21 and a perfect play ride that resulted in an open net goal from Hunter Johnson '21, the Martlets pulled into halftime up 4-1. A quick goal in the third followed a series of man-down situations that forced the team to limp to the finish line, victorious nevertheless. Alex Tonioni '22 and Nate Swift '19 dominated the faceoff X, and Juan Jo Garibay '20 put in another solid day in goal, recording five saves on the day and leading a Westminster defense that cleared the ball well all game long.
 
Softball - First Girls'
April 17: Softball - First Girls’ 12 vs Taft School 11
Alayna Tawney '19 had three hits and drove in five runs to lead Westminster to a 12-11 win over Taft in extra innings. The Martlets were trailing by three runs in the seventh frame, but battled back to tie the game. Bethany Winters '20 drew a walk, and Callista Adorno '22 and Mandy Busky '21 singled. Gabby Nemarich '20 then drove in two runs with a double. Abby Munger '20 followed with a sharply hit ground ball which scored the tying run. In the ninth inning of a 10-10 game, Adorno walked and Busky was hit by a pitch. Munger moved both runners-up with a ground ball to third base. Tawney then singled, driving in two runs. In the bottom of the ninth, Abby Davis '20 made an important catch in deep right field, and Nemarich also had a nice play at shortstop. But, the Rhinos kept charging and scored a run. With two outs and runners on second and third, Adorno fielded a ground ball and the Martlets held on for an exciting 12-11 victory. In addition to the strong batting by Tawney and Adorno (three hits apiece), Busky, Munger, Nemarich, Winters and Hailey Tullo '22 each had two base hits. Busky caught a terrific game and Tullo was flawless at first base. Allie Masthay '21 (third base) and Winters (second base) each had four putouts in the field. Adorno showed grit on the mound by holding a talented Taft lineup to just one run over the last four innings.
 
Tennis - First Girls'
April 17: Tennis - First Girls’ 9 vs Williston Northampton School 0
The Black and Gold earned their second victory of the season in dominant fashion, winning all nine matches on the day. The Martlets looked strong in singles and doubles action. All three doubles teams won by the same score 8-1, playing aggressively at net and serving with a pace that was hard to return. Five of the six singles matches also concluded with the same 8-1 score. Lauren Way '20, Ellie Suit '20, Clara Ekholm '20, Alex Wolf '19 and Sasha van Vrendenburch ’21 all dispatched of their opponents in a confident display of tennis. Olivia Zhang '20 faced a determined player at No. 1 and had to remain patient yet aggressive in her play. She pulled out the 8-4 win to finish off the match.
 
April 19: Tennis - First Girls’ 8 vs Kent School 1
Despite the last-minute change in the schedule, the Martlets looked more than ready when they arrived at Kent. With concerns about the weather looming, the singles matches were played first in an eight-game pro set format. While some of these matches took place on Kent's indoor courts, the new surroundings did not phase the Martlets. In particular, Clara Ekholm '20 looked right at home at No. 5 singles. Her powerful serve and fast-paced groundstrokes took off on the indoor surface and she put away her opponent 8-1. Alex Wolf '19 at No. 6, Maggie Chaves '19 at No. 3, Lauren Way '20 at No. 2 and Olivia Zhang '20 at No. 1 also played well both indoors and out. The doubles matches, which were played inside, felt a bit closer. Zhang and Diana Tsibikova '21 got up early at No. 3 before the Lions applied some pressure and rallied. The Black and Gold recovered, won a key service game, and went on to win 8-4. At No. 2 doubles, "Way of the Wolf" seemed in control throughout their match, despite a few mental errors, and also won 8-4. The tightest match of the day came at No. 1, where Ekholm and Ellie Suit '20 found themselves in a battle. After going down a service break, the Martlets finally broke back to tie the match at 7-7. This sent the contest into a tiebreaker. After losing the first point, Westminster tied and then pulled ahead for good. Birthday girl Suit ended the match with a beautiful approach winner, and the Martlets came away with the 8-1 win.
 
Tennis - First Boys'
April 17: Tennis - First Boys’ 3 vs Suffield Academy 4
On what was the prettiest day of the spring thus far, Westminster welcomed the Tigers of Suffield Academy. The day started with a very competitive doubles round as Grant McCargo '21 and Ethan Na '19 won handily 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. But after the team of Scott Lee '20 and Scoobi Wilson '19 dropped their match at No. 3 doubles, it came down to Azat Mukhametkulov '19 and Carl Ekholm '19. The No. 1 doubles team fell behind 2-5 but evened the score at 7-7 before falling 7-9. The critical doubles point would prove to be a huge factor in the match. In singles play, Na and McCargo won in straight sets while Mukhametkulov played the match of the day with a thrilling three-set victory at No. 1. Nate Chaves '19 fought valiantly at No. 6 but could not manage to pull out his match after a third set super tiebreaker.
 
Tennis - Second Girls'
April 17: Tennis - Second Girls’ 7 vs Williston Northampton School 0
Excellent playing by all members of Second Girls’ Tennis. Mae Cilmi ’22 played a particularly tough match at No. 1 but managed to clinch the win.
 
Tennis - Second Boys'
April 17: Tennis - Second Boys’ 0 vs Hotchkiss School 7
On a nice early spring day, the team traveled to Lakeville for a matchup with Hotchkiss. All of the matches went 0-8 on the day except those in which Matt Lewin '20, and Jacob Monroe '20 played. In doubles Lewin and Monroe used an aggressive I-formation to win many points at net. A few double faults gifted the Hotchkiss team some games. Ahead 6-5, Lewin and Monroe were unable to finish on top and succumbed 6-8. In singles both boys also were competitive. Monroe used the whole court with the tactical skill of a chess master. As his skills improve, he will be a player to be reckoned with.
 
Tennis - Third Girls'
April 17: Tennis - Third Girls’ 5 vs Hotchkiss School 3
On a beautiful spring day in Lakeville, the Martlets took on the Bearcats in what would prove to be a close match. The first win was the No. 2 doubles team of Alex Buerck '21 and Annie Brewer '21. Next were successive victories for No. 1 singles Kristina Oganyan '22 and then Mairead DeFronzo '20 at No. 4 singles. The players left on the courts were locked in close battles. Playing well and consistently at No. 3 singles but eventually losing to a strong opponent was Sofia Daniele '22. Both the doubles teams of Sofia Raymond '19 and Lily Carrel '19 playing No. 1, as well as Izzy Bailey '21 and Elena McGuigan '21 playing at No. 3 were defeated in close matches. Chloe Ferro '20 and Lizzy McCoy '20 played well at No. 4 doubles and won easily. Whether the match was a tie or a win came down to an exciting match by Olivia Olney '22. The games went back and forth until an 8-8 tie forced a tiebreak. At one point in the tiebreak Olney was down 2-5, but came back to win a thriller 8-6.
 
Tennis - Third Boys'
April 17: Tennis - Third Boys’ 1 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 9
On a sunny afternoon, the Martlets headed south to play a stout Choate team. Westminster started with doubles and Ian Shane '20 and Ben Huisman '20 both played well in their match but came up short. Alec Paro '19 and Mike Wade '19 both played their opponents hard in their respective singles matches. Lastly, Lukas Dudzik '19 had a showdown with the Choate No. 1 and they had the closet singles match of the day. Overall, the Martlets came up short but it was a good battle between two teams.
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