Wyvern Nation Sports Wraps - May 23, 2019

Golf
The Varsity Golf team played in the Founders League Championship on May 18 and the results were as follows: Westminster - 388, Avon Old Farms (391), Taft (393), Kent (394), Loomis (406), KO (418), Choate (427), Hotchkiss (432), Trinity-Pawling (507). The Wyvern golf team finished sixth of nine teams in the 2019 Founders League tournament, posting a team score of 418 at Farmington Woods Golf Course. Despite the absence of injured Captain Garth Swanson'19, the squad posted some solid scores, led by Henry Krieble '21 (78), Niko Rodriguez '20 (79), Shane Dawson '20 (81), and Captain James Amenta'19 (82). Each of the team members improved from their Coppola Cup performances, but it was not enough to catch the pack at the top or Loomis in fifth.


Lacrosse
The MS Girls’ Lacrosse team won 13-5 against Ethel Walker School on May 17. The MS girls lacrosse team ended their season with a strong performance. Prior to the game, the Form 2 girls were recognized for their commitment to the program and their leadership of the team. The girls played their strongest game of the season. As a team, they scooped up 25 ground balls and controlled the majority of the draws. They did an excellent job transitioning the ball from offense to defense with a series of passes and moved the ball well on offense opening up many shot opportunities. The Wyverns had 21 shots on goal and found the net 13 times. Alle Kotowitz ‘23 again lead all scorers with five goals and two assists, while Quin Kearney ‘23 and Hadley Crowther ‘25 each added two goals and an assist. Rounding out the scoring with a goal each were Olivia Gordon ‘24, Hana Roggendorf ‘23, Lia Arnold ‘25, and Addisen Nicholson ‘25. On the defensive end of the field, Macey Kotowitz ‘25 and Jillian Alexander ‘24 stood out with their defense in the transition as they knocked down passes and scooped up ground balls. Alex Arnold ‘23 and Zora DeRham ‘23 were again the anchors of the close defense with key ground ball pickups and saves, respectively.

The Girls’ JV Lacrosse team won 12-4 against Pomfret on May 18. It was a hard fought battle with KO leading at the half by a score of 6-2. The second half proved to be very physical and KO asserted themselves to hold off the Lions for the win. Katherine Doer ’22 led KO scoring with eight goals in the contest. Catherine Daniels ‘21 added three goals, while Margo Dowgiewicz ‘21 got into the scoring with a goal. The defense played extremely well in the game led by Murphy Kearney ’20. Isabel Jacobson ’21, Trinity LaFountain ’22, Naiomi Wong ‘22 and Brooke Seaver ‘21. Lilly Cai Kuivila ‘20 and Arielana Lang ’22 shared the crease, each playing half of the game to help preserve the KO victory.

The JV Girls’ Lacrosse team won against Hamden Hall 11-2 on May 14. KO took control from the beginning of the game and jumped out to a quick lead. KO scoring was balanced as seven girls contributed goals in the game. Katherine Doer ’22 and Alyssa Pavano ’22 each scored two goals each. Murphy Kearney ’20, Cameron Forslund ’21, Arielana Lang ’22, and Catherine Daniels ‘21 scored one goal apiece. The defense played extremely well in the game led by Kearney, Isabel Jacobson ’21, Trinity LaFountain ’22, Naiomi Wong ‘22 and Brooke Seaver ‘21. Lilly Cai Kuivila ‘20 had Arielana Lang ’22 played in net for the Wyverns.

Softball
The Varsity Softball team lost 1-17 against Cushing on May 14. The team faced a strong opponent in this game but managed to make some spectacular plays of their own on both offense and defense. It wouldn't be a typical Wyvern softball game if KO didn't make a strong push in the batter's box in the first inning. Starting the team off with a crushed grounder to third base, Mackenzie Caruso '22 made it to first and, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kaylee Diaz '19, and stole third and home on an overthrow to put the team on the board. In the fifth inning, Jocelyn Ram '20 sent a line drive above and beyond the shortstop for a single. Kyra Dunnirvine '23 and Lexi Vail '22 both had powerful hits to right field in the first and fourth innings respectively, which were unfortunately caught by a well-prepared defense. On defense, the Wyverns dealt with some heavy hitting that proved challenging in each inning. The game started off with a skillful catch of a sky-high pop up to left field by Josie Pinero '20. In the third inning, Vail rushed from the plate to catch a foul pop up near the third baseline. The play of the game, however, was Caroline Boardman ‘22, ready to show off her hard work in practice, catching a line drive hammered into right field and sending the team into wild celebration. It was the moment the team needed to focus on successes during a particularly tough game.

The Varsity Softball team lost 0-1 against Suffield on May 15. This game ended up being the team’s last of the season, which felt fitting because of its celebration of seniors, Kaylee Diaz ‘19, Brigid Bernier ‘19, and Melissa Luari ‘19. The team displayed practiced intentional softball. The game started off with a play by a senior, Kaylee Diaz '19, who shut down a pop-up hit to her in left field. After a collision at first base on a throw to stop a bunt, Olivia Pear '21 showed her grit by holding onto the ball like a champ and securing the out, with Luari backing her up in right field like a true teammate. The third inning was a defensive nail-biter with a leadoff triple from the other team, but Kyra Dunnirvine '23 used a grounder in the next play to get the runner out at home and save a run. Later in the inning, Mackenzie Caruso '22, followed Dunnirvine's lead to the extreme, catching a pop up in shallow center field and making the colossal throw home to snag the runner tagging up from third base (two runs saved in a fantastic display of the team's defensive progress throughout the season). In the fourth inning, Ava Radmanovich '21 had an impressive running catch of a bloop near second base, and in the fifth she and Vail caught a runner stealing second to save another potential run. Both teams were fighting to score from the batter's box, with the difference in score coming down to a single hit from Suffield. Brie Toedt '21 got the hits started in the second inning with a crushed line drive single to center field (which she followed with another line drive single to right center in the fourth), and a successful bunt from Pear followed by Caitlin Budzik '21 hustling to first to beat out a grounder earned the team a bases-loaded scenario that brought them inches from scoring. Dunnirvine sent a line drive sailing to left field in the sixth, but unfortunately, KO’s several chances at crossing the plate were cut short each time. Regardless, this was an intensely close game and a great showcase of the Wyverns' skill and progress as a team.

Tennis
The JV Girls’ Tennis team won 5-2 against Cheshire on May 10. Back at full strength, the Wyverns took comfort in the home court advantage and defeated Cheshire Academy, 5-2. The team found wins all over the lineup, with Alma Clark '20, Julia Kanaan '20 and Sloan Duvall '21 combining to win the numbers one, two, and three singles matches. Number two doubles combo Anusha Memon '20 and Aliza Sadiq '22 put together a good match to bring home an additional point for Wyverns.

The JV Girls’ Tennis lost against Taft on May 13 with a score of 1-6. Hosting a very strong Taft team, the Wyverns struggled to find footing in their week-opening match. Despite the loss, the Wyverns avoided shutouts in each of their matches. Sophomore Sloan Duvall '21 proved to be the bright spot of the afternoon, impressing all onlookers - and surprising her opponent - by taking her number two singles match to 5-5 before an eventual loss.
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