Baseball - First Boys'
May 8: Baseball - First Boys’ 0 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 11
May 11: Baseball - First Boys’ 4 vs Taft School 17
Golf - First Girls'
May 8: Golf - First Girls’ 4 vs Ethel Walker School 1
The Martlets ventured once again to Wintonbury in Bloomfield to square off with an Ethel Walkers' team that had the upper hand May 4. While none of the Westminster players felt as if they played their best in today's matches, their collective and emerging confidence along with improved swing mechanics helped them prevail on a beautiful afternoon. Susie Mahoney '20 hung in there to secure a victory at the No. 1 spot, beating a consistent opponent 2/0. Eve Cathcart '20 struggled with her own consistency but has earned the moniker of "grinder," somehow finding a way to compete and win often as she did May 8. Elaina Comia'19 came up a bit short at No. 3 and felt off her long game that a little range time tomorrow will surely correct. And Ishika Nathan '19 continued her winning streak finding just enough to overcome her stingy opponent. The coach was glad too to have Emma Gurnell '21 and Lara Stone ' 22 play each other in a friendly exhibition on a different course.
May 11: Golf - First Girls’ 0 vs Taft School 5
May 11: Golf - First Girls’ 0 vs Loomis Chaffee 5
It was a most perfect day for golf on Saturday — there was a light breeze and full sun made for a comfortable round for the girls as they challenged Taft and Loomis. Playing the front nine of Tumblebrook, the top five players were ready to take on the Pelicans and the "Big Red." Both challenger teams proved strong but the Martlets never backed down. Captains Elaina Comia '19 and Ishika Nathan '19 played hard and never faltered. Eve Cathcart '20 had a consistently strong round, one of her best of the season. Susie Mahoney '20 finished strong and powered through against some of the top players in the league. Emma Gurnell '21, the team’s second-year player, gained more confidence and field experience participating in her second match play.
Golf - First Boys'
May 8: Golf - First Boys' vs Western New England Prep Golf Invitational
On a perfect day for golf, First Boys' Golf traveled to the beautiful Bulls' Bridge Golf Club for the Western New England Invitational. Westminster played a respectable round (401) to finish in fifth place in the 17-team field. Peyton Knauf '19 led the way for the Martlets with a score of 76 (+4), and Newt Cutler '22 shot an impressive 78 in his first varsity match. Other Westminster scores included Bennett Ostern '21 (80), Justin Flaks '20 (81), Ned Blanchard '20 (86) and Peter Sanger '21 (86).
May 11: Golf - First Boys’ 208
vs Choate Rosemary Hall 203
vs Gunnery School 211
vs Loomis Chaffee 216
On a beautiful day for golf at Tumble Brook Country Club, First Boys' Golf struggled to find its "A" game, shooting its highest team score of the season. The final results were Choate (203), Westminster (208), Gunnery (211) and Loomis (216). Bennett Ostern '21 led the way for the Martlets with a score of 40 (+4), followed by Carson Roth '19 (41), Newt Cutler '22 (41), Vincent von Nordeck '21 (42), Peyton Knauf '19 (44) and Justin Flaks '20 (46).
Golf - Second Boys'
May 8: Golf - Second Boys’ 202 vs Kent School 222
Paced by a pair of 37s from co-medalists Carson Roth '19 and Vincent van Nordeck '21, the Westminster Seconds shot its lowest score of the season to best a strong Kent team. The weather was all but perfect, with temperatures in the high 60s, a gentle wind steadily out of the northwest, and brilliant sunshine – seemingly a first this cold and wet spring. The Hop Meadow grounds crew deserves real credit for getting the course in great shape despite the uncooperative weather these last many weeks, and the course is drying out and showing its teeth a bit. Roth produced his usual steady game, leading the team off the first tee and never looking back. Van Nordeck deserves special mention: his 37 was by far his best 9-hole round of the season and a real breakthrough for him. Other Martlet scorers were David Harris '21 with a 40, Darion Benchich '20 with a 42 and Niclas Swahn '22 with a 46. Overall, this was a strong performance by the Martlets and a good measure of both their play this season and their steady improvement this spring.
Lacrosse - First Girls'
May 8: Lacrosse - First Girls’ 11 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 14
Westminster hosted Choate May 8 on Hovey Field. The Martlets got on the board in the first 13 seconds thanks to an explosive Jenny Guider ‘20 winning the first draw of the game and stuffing it in the back of the net. Choate responded, however, with two of its own off fast breaks and goals well off the 8m. It was a back and forth game until half and the score was even 7-7 for intermission. Guider lit it up again within the first minute to put the Martlets on top, but the Wild Boars stayed in the game by capitalizing on the errors committed by the home team in the offensive end. Guider notched four goals, Ridgely Green ‘20 scored three, and Georgia Nolan ‘20 and Shannon Keefe ‘19 scored two each. Captain Blake Cote ‘19 snagged nine draw controls and added two helpers and captain Georgia Swank ‘19 had an assist and added three draw controls. The Choate goalie frustrated the Martlets’ attack, saving 14 of Westminster’s shots.
May 9: Lacrosse - First Girls’ 6 vs Greenwich Academy 16
Westminster traveled to Greenwich to face a talented Greenwich Academy squad. The draw was problematic at first and GA capitalized on those wins by scoring two quick goals to start the game. Westminster took some time to settle into its own play and spent a significant amount of time on defense in the first half, but Sam DeLeo ‘21 stuffed one in the back of the net for the lone Martlet goal of the first half. Goalie Ellie Bailey ‘21 had some nice stops, particularly when a Gator from GA was coming straight into the 8m undefended. The Martlets decided to leave the first half far behind them, during which they trailed 11-1, and turned it on for the second half, scoring the first three goals of the second half to shift momentum. Captain Blake Cote ‘19 was critical in transitions in the midfield and causing turnovers in the defense. Captain Georgia Swank ‘19 was Westminster’s all-around threat during the game, playing with grit and putting two in the back of the net herself while being double teamed in the GA 8m.
May 11: Lacrosse - First Girls’ 12 vs Canterbury School 17
Westminster First Girls’ Lacrosse played its final road game of this season on a sunny day in New Milford, Connecticut against Canterbury School. The Martlets had great energy going into the first half, scoring the first two goals of the game, both thanks to Casey Winslow ‘21, within the first three minutes to put them up. The Saints then took advantage of draw controls to score three of their own. Westminster struggled to maintain possession, throwing the ball away which allowed for the home team to put a few more in the back of the net. Westminster trailed 5-8 at halftime and entered the second half with the focuses of possession, smart shots, and avoiding giving away easy shots on 8m free positions. The Martlets improved on all of these focuses in the second 25 minutes of the game and played until the final whistle, scoring the final three goals of the game within the final three minutes. The Martlets did not stop fighting, exhibiting both tremendous grit and grace during this battle between two talented squads. Joining Winslow as goal scorers were Georgia Nolan ‘20 who posted 7 points on the day (5 goals and 2 assists), Ridgely Green ‘20 (4 goals) and Sam DeLeo ‘21 (1 goal). Nina Ahl ‘22 was solid on defense and came up with two ground balls off Westminster caused turnovers in the defensive end that both were converted to Martlet goals.
Lacrosse - First Boys'
May 8: Lacrosse - First Boys’ 9 vs Berkshire School 11
May 11: Lacrosse - First Boys’ 8 vs Kent School 9
Lacrosse - Second Girls'
May 8: Lacrosse - Second Girls’ 5 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 4
Margaret Kennedy '22 collected a pass from Margaux Sorenson '22 and found the back of the cage in the first minute of play. Choate found the board minutes later. Much of the first half remained a battle of possession and neither team was able to score until four minutes left in the half. Kennedy scored on a beautiful individual effort. The game was tied 2-2 going into the second half. In a back and forth battle for the lead, the Martlets were able to clinch the win with under two minutes in the game. Rachel Ha '21 played great in net, making numerous point-blank saves.
Lacrosse - Second Boys'
May 8: Lacrosse - Second Boys’ 6 vs Berkshire School 7
The Martlets arrived in Sheffield, Massachusetts ready to play the Bears of Berkshire School. This was easily the most evenly-matched contest of the season so far. The Martlets and Bears traded two-goal leads throughout the entire game. Westminster played excellent in all facets of the game. Ben Ferrell '21 had yet another stellar game with an amazing 15+ save game to keep the Martlets in it. The offense was fueled by Teddy Schellbach '20 with two goals and he was supported by Travis Paulsen '20, Baker Morton '22, Grant Pietri '22, Jordy Nelson '21 and Theo Vandervoorn '20 each adding one tally. In the end, the Martlets could not convert in the final minute to force overtime. They should be proud of their effort and determination.
May 11: Lacrosse - Second Boys’ 15 vs Kent School 4
The Martlets took the long trek over to the Kent School on a perfect day for lacrosse. The home side came out quick and went up 1-0. Westminster players would gather themselves and jump out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter. The lead would extend to 11-1 at the half. Many players during the last 20 minutes would get to have some fun playing different positions. Ben Ferrell '21 would have four saves in the first half and Teddy Schellbach '20 would have four saves of his own in the second half. A couple of big goals in the second half by Alex Hu'19 and Ferrell.
Lacrosse - Third Girls'
May 10: Lacrosse - Third Girls’ 6 vs Loomis Chaffee 4
After a week and a half off from games, the Martlets hit the road to face the Pelicans of Loomis Chaffee on what turned out to be a nice spring afternoon. The first half was a back and forth affair as both defenses caused several turnovers. After five saves from Isabel Sanchez '20 and goals from Shelby Oken '22 and Gemma Green '21, the teams went into halftime tied at two. The Martlets set their goal for the second half to clean up the passing and attack the net. Westminster did just that and the offense came together just minutes into the half when Oken found the back of the net off an assist from Arin Goldberg '22. Green continued to be a presence in the attacking end all afternoon scoring Westminster's final three goals. India Lalor '21 did a great job on the draw while the defensive unit of Katherine Ashe '21, Michaela Crabtree-Crowley '22 and Francesca Bradley '21 came up with several big stops. Sanchez ended the day with nine saves in net.
Softball - First Girls’
May 6: Softball - First Girls’ 6 vs Williston Northampton School 4
In a terrific, well played 6-4 contest, Westminster defeated a talented Williston Northampton team on the road. Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. However, the Martlets battled back in the fourth frame. Alayna Tawney '19 led off with a single, and Hailey Tullo '22 doubled. Bethany Winters '20 followed with a base hit to score Tawney. Abby Davis '20 was hit by a pitch, and Callista Adorno '22 stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Adorno drove the ball to right field for a triple, scoring three runs for the Black and Gold. Mandy Busky '21 then singled to score Adorno, and Gabby Nemarich '20 drove in another run with a triple. Adorno pitched extremely well, allowing only four hits over the last four innings. Meg Cournoyer '19 caught a great game for the Martlets. Westminster was efficient in the field throughout the afternoon. Nemarich made a number of impressive plays at shortstop, while Busky was strong at third base. Tullo was sure handed at first base, and Winters was very solid at second. Adorno fielded her position well off the mound. Allison Kijanka '20 and Davis each made important catches in the outfield to help secure the win.
May 8: Softball - First Girls’ 9 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 5
Mandy Busky '21 had three hits and four RBIs to lead Westminster to an exciting win over Choate at home. Callista Adorno '22 pitched a strong game and also drove in two runs with a double. Meg Cournoyer '19 and Gabby Nemarich '20 had two hits apiece for the Black and Gold. The Martlets trailed 1-0 in the second inning when Busky doubled to deep centerfield with the bases loaded, scoring three runs. After Choate's Kali Lawrence homered in the top of the third, Westminster put together a successful inning at the plate. Alayna Tawney '19 walked and Hailey Tullo '22 reached base on an error. Cournoyer, Abby Davis '20, Adorno and Busky followed with base hits to extend the lead to 9-2. Choate staged a rally in the fifth frame, scoring three runs. However, Adorno finished strong, keeping the Wild Boars scoreless over the last two innings. Fielding highlights included fine plays by Bethany Winters '20 at second base and Nemarich at shortstop. Cournoyer was impressive behind the plate.
May 11: Softball - First Girls’ 20 vs Miss Porter's School 4
Westminster jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead against Miss Porter's May 10 and never looked back. Five different batters drove in runs during the first inning. In the second frame, Meg Cournoyer '19 doubled twice, and hits by Mandy Busky '21 and Gabby Nemarich '20 helped the Martlets break the game open. Olivia Chou '20 had her first RBI of the season. For the game, Callista Adorno '22 and Busky had three hits apiece, while Cournoyer drove in three runs. Alayna Tawney '19, Hailey Tullo '22 and Bethany Winters '20 each had one RBI for Westminster. Busky tripled in the third inning to plate three runs for the black and gold. Adorno threw two strong innings to begin the game and Winters pitched solidly in relief. Cournoyer played well defensively.
Tennis - First Girls'
May 8: Tennis - First Girls’ 8 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 1
On one of the nicest days of the spring so far, the Martlets hosted the Wild Boars for the first of three matches this week. With the warmer temperatures and a day off Tuesday for the Hill Holiday, the Black and Gold were a bit slow to start in some of the doubles matches. The home team earned two of three wins, however coming at No. 2 and No. 3. Ellie Suit '20 and Clara Ekholm '20 faced off against Ekholm's twin, which created a fun familial dynamic. They won 8-5. Olivia Zhang '20 and Diana Tsibikova '21 jumped out to an early lead. The visitors made a match of it, but the Martlets were able to bear down and get the 8-5 win. In the singles matches, the Black and Gold were generally in more control throughout most of their matches. Zhang at No. 1 played a hard-hitting Wild Board opponent. She matched her pace and found better placement and consistency to win 10-5. Lauren Way '20 was in control at No. 2 from start to finish and won 10-3. Recovering from injury, Maggie Chaves '19 looked super strong at No. 3 and won 10-1. Ekholm was also dominant at No. 4 as was Alex Wolf '19 at No. 6, each winning 10-2. Suit battled at No. 5. She got out to a 7-2 lead but struggled to maintain her game against her opponent. With the match at 7-4, Suit found her groove and started playing her game and pulled away for the 10-4 win.
May 9: Tennis - First Girls’ 7 vs Miss Porter's School 2
The Martlets made the short trip to Farmington to face Miss Porter's on a day that went from warm and sunny to cloudy and cool. Porter's has a strong player at the top, but Westminster proved to be the deeper team winning No. 2 and No. 3 doubles easily as well as Nos. 2-6 singles. Martlets winning 8-0 included the doubles duo of Sasha van Vredenburch '21 and Diana Tsibikova '21 and singles players Clara Ekholm '20, Ellie Suit '20 and Alex Wolf '19. Maggie Chaves '19 and van Vredenburch dispatched of their opponents by a score of 8-2. Overall, the team was in control and played dominant tennis.
May 11: Tennis - First Girls’ 9 vs Berkshire School 0
It was a beautiful Saturday for Senior Day. The Martlets hosted the Berkshire Bears with all of the pomp and circumstance that the day deserves. With two four-year players on the team, streamers were hung and flowers were handed out. After the initial celebration, the teams headed out for doubles. Clara Ekholm '20 and Ellie Suit '20 were on fire at No. 2 and didn't drop a game in their 8-0 win. Olivia Zhang '20 and Diana Tsibikova '21 also took control in their match, winning a number of points at the net, and were victorious 8-3. At No. 1 doubles Alex Wolf '19 and Lauren Way '20 jumped out to a 4-1 start. Their opponents showed some fight but the black and gold pulled away to win 8-3. The singles matches were close at both the top and the bottom of the ladder. Zhang at No. 1 won the first set easily 6-2 but the Bears settled in and became more consistent, winning the second set 6-2. Zhang battled in the tiebreak for the third set. The two players exchanged points for a while until Zhang was able to make a few good plays in a row and she won the matching hustling all over the court to strike the winner. At No. 5 singles, Suit faced a determined player but she was able to hold on to win 6-4, 7-5. And at No. 6, Wolf lost a close first set 7-5, and was down 3-0 before she had a talk with herself that got her on the right track. Her opponent did not win another game and Wolf won the tiebreaker 10-2. Gritty win on senior day for the seniors. Maggie Chaves, the other Sixth Former, had a much easier time at No. 3 singles winning 6-0, 6-1. Way and Ekholm also won in commanding fashion.
Tennis - First Boys'
May 8: Tennis - First Boys’ 1 vs Avon Old Farms School 6
Westminster made the quick trip across Route 44 to face local rival Avon Old Farms. However, the Martlets got off to a slow start and dropped the doubles point despite the debut of the thirds doubles team of Keegan Bankoff '22 and Ethan Na '19. The team was hastily put together due to the absence Grant McCargo '21 (AP Euro exam). They lost in a hard fought 7-9 decision. In singles, Carl Ekholm '19 won handily in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to secure the lone point for the team. Yet the true story is how Westminster failed to capitalize on chances late in the match. After Ekholm's victory in singles, Westminster dropped first sets at Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5. However, they dug in and held leads during the early in the second sets but were unable to close out their opponents.
May 10: Tennis - First Boys’ 4 vs Loomis Chaffee 3
Trailing 2-3 with two matches still on court, the Martlets were barely holding on. One more loss and the match would be decided. However, as the sun was setting on what turned out to be a beautiful spring afternoon, and after over three hours of tennis, Nate Chaves ’19 and Ethan Na ’19 remained on court and continued to battle their opponents. Chaves had won the first set and dropped the second 2-6. Up a set, Na led 5-4 but quickly surrendered the lead. Fortunately, he would go on to win his second set in a tie break and even the score at 3-3. Chaves, meanwhile, trailed 4-8 in the third set super tiebreaker, fought off two match balls and clawed his way back to even the score at 9-9. He surged ahead and prevailed 11-9 to seal the win. Earlier in the match Westminster earned the critical doubles point led by Azat Mukhametkulov '19 and Carl Ekholm '19 at one doubles, and Grant McCargo '21 and Na at two. Ekholm would go on to win his singles match in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 with steady, consistent play that has been his trademark in the last several matches.
Tennis - Second Girls'
May 8: Tennis - Second Girls’ 3 vs Choate Rosemary Hall 4
May 9: Tennis - Second Girls’ 7 vs Miss Porter's School 0
The Martlets managed a quick win over Porter’s on a dreary afternoon. Every player and team did well, and Westminster only dropped a total of six games out of the 78 played.
Tennis - Second Boys'
May 8: Tennis - Second Boys’ 2 vs Kingswood Oxford School 5
The day was perfect, sunny with a light breeze. Because of time constraints the coaches agreed to begin with singles and only play six game pro-sets, then to follow with doubles if possible. Every single match was close. It had the feel of a 4-3 match from the start. The only match that wasn't close was at No. 4 where Jake Monroe '20 continued his winning streak with a 6-2 victory. Monroe was first off the court. Grand Tantichot '22 followed with a 6-3 win, his first point for the team this season. Matt Lewin '20, Mac Dye '20, John Clofine '21 and Eddie Shin '21 were all in very close matches that ended up 4-6 or 3-6. With singles decided in KO's favor, the only question would be whether the final outcome would be 2-5 or 3-4. The boys played 6-game pro-sets in doubles as well and all were very close. Shin and Dye won 6-4 after trailing, Lewin and Monroe lost 4-6 to a team that dominated the net, picking off anything loose. Tantichot and Peter Barrett '22 were at No. 3 doubles in a back and forth match. Some games they led 40-0 and lost, others they trailed 0-40 and won. In the end, KO pulled it out 7-5 after a deuce game that almost produced a tiebreaker.
May 11: Tennis - Second Boys’ 4 vs Loomis Chaffee 3
On a near perfect day for tennis, Second Boys’ Tennis arrived at Loomis one day after the First Team had a dramatic 4-3 victory. Doubles was closely contested. Jake Monroe '20 and Matt Lewin '20 went down to a crafty team at No. 2 doubles. Their opponents used skyscraper lobs and vicious volleys with a player positioned right at net to frustrate Lewin and Monroe. Down 6-2, they rallied and got the match back to 6-7 before finally losing. But many lessons were gained. The other doubles teams won, earning Westminster the doubles point, meaning the team would only need to split singles to win the match. Mac Dye '20 and Charlie Crowther '21 played well with Mac hitting some laser serves. John Clofine '21 and Eddie Shin '21 also won, using consistency and precision. Grand Tantichot '22 and Peter Barrett '22 were able to play an exhibition match with many deuces that mostly seemed to go the Loomis way. To the delight of his grandmother, Will Warner '22 was able to play an exhibition singles match while the doubles matches were occurring. Singles was close. Dye took a 4-1 lead and coach Peter Doucette had him penciled in for a W, but Dye was out of gas after all the doubles work. Shin dug in after a slow start in the first set and came out strong in the second set but never found the consistency he needed to win his match. Crowther was down 0-5 before winning two games using consistent, low shots to his opponent's backhand. He carried that strategy into the second set and stayed on serve until a couple of deuce games at the end. The lower three matches all went to Westminster. Clofine was first off court. He was consistent and focused as he moved the ball left and right and used the wind to great advantage. Monroe was second off court, giving the team a 3-0 lead at that point, and giving his opponent fits as he ran everything down, jumped to avoid some long serves and found small openings to finish points. Lewin won the decisive fourth point after Loomis had closed to 3-2. After leading 5-2 in set one, Lewin lost two games before closing the set. In set two he was up 5-2 as well and then lost a game. After one particular mishit, it seemed as if he might have gotten off track mentally. With the whole team watching, he used his retrieving strength to finish the set and clinch the match. It was a great team effort with competitive matches up and down the ladder with every player in the top six winning a match in either doubles or singles or, in Clofine's case, both.
Tennis - Third Boys'
May 8: Tennis - Third Boys’ 5 vs Rumsey Hall School 4
The Martlets broke a losing streak and were able to take down junior boarding school powerhouse Rumsey Hall May 8. Even though the Martlets had a height advantage, the Rumsey coed team played with great poise. Lukas Dudzik '19 dominated his match against the Rumsey No. 1. Shane Wahlberg '19 and Alec Paro 19 both played hard to earn wins in their matches. Co-captain Mike Wade '19 is becoming a force toward the end of the season.
May 11: Tennis - Third Boys’ 0 vs Suffield Academy 7
On a beautiful sunny day, the Martlets traveled to Suffield to take on a strong JV team. Again, Lukas Dudzik '19 played well in his singles match against their No. 1. Also, Ben Huisman '20 and Ian Shane '20 showed great poise in both their singles and doubles matches. As a group, they all played hard but Suffield brought its "A" game.
Track - First Girls'
May 11: Track - First Girls' vs Founders' League Championship
Facing tough Founders League competition, the Martlets showed some grit and put up some great individual results on the day. Young athletes were key to today's success! Solveig Nycander '20 placed third in the 3000 meter where she was followed by teammate Laura Mittelman '20 in fifth. Mittelman also finished sixth in the 1500 meter. The 4-x-100 meter relay team finished fourth and the 4-x-400 meter relay team finished in fifth. Alexa Dwyer '22 ran a personal best to qualify for the finals of the 100 meter where she took sixth facing a field loaded with juniors and seniors. Also scoring for the sprinters was Dylan Foster '20 taking third in the 200 meter. Out in the field, Maya Ruffin '19 placed third in the discus, an event where Alisa Toner '21 took fifth place. Ruffin also placed third in the shot put. Toner took fourth in the javelin as well. Claire Taylor '21 placed sixth in the pole vault.
Track - First Boys'
May 11: Track - First Boys' vs Founders' League Championship
Facing tough Founders League competition, the Martlets showed some grit and put up some great individual results on the day. Kudos to these upperclassmen who led the way. Emmett de Kanter '19, who was also the leading scorer on the day, broke the school record in the 800 meter, set by Teagan Stedman '18 just last year, with a blistering 1:59.64. It was good for third place. He was followed closely by Dylan Holley '20 in fifth. De Kanter also finished fifth in the 1500 meter as he ran his season-best time. Also scoring in the distance events was Justin Schuster '19 finishing sixth in the 3000 meter. In the field events, Malik Alishlalov '20 placed second in the discus. Drew Brownback '19 placed fifth in the triple jump and fourth in the pole vault. Jalen Sears '19 also finished fourth in the high jump.