Zebras Enter the Fall Season

Boys Soccer

Captains: Chris Higginson ’14 and Charlie Oberrender ‘14

Last season was a remarkable one for the Groton boys’ soccer squad. After beginning the year with a dismal 0-6 record, the team ripped off nine straight wins to finish the season, which was capped by an astounding goal by Jared Belsky ’15 to defeat St. Mark’s in the final minutes of the season. Though the squad has lost valuable seniors such as Ryan Meuth’13, Peter Mumford’13, and George Bukawyn’13, there are quite a few players returning this year. Returning player Stefano Viacava ’16, for example, has high hopes for the team. “Last year we were able to turn the season around by building team chemistry. While we lost many players from last year, I think we will have a great season if we can recreate that chemistry from last year.” The boys look to continue the successes of their incredible 2012 season.

Girls Soccer

Captains: Breezy Thomas ’14 and Dorrie Varley-Barrett ’15

The girls are looking to bounce back from a season in which they did not meet their regularly high standards, finishing last year with a record of 5-8-2. While the team will miss the leadership of five seniors from last year, including 2012 captains Christina Napolitano ’15 and Catherine Walker-Jacks ’15, the girls are looking to head into this season stronger than ever. Dorrie Varley-Barrett ‘15, one of the girls’ captains, said: “We created a list of goals at the start of our season keeping us disciplined and reminding us of want we want out of this season. Our returners are leading by example and setting the standard we expect from our team.” With a 3-0 record to start off the season, including a 5-0 win against St. George’s, the team appears poised for a season filled with wins.

Football

Captains: Austin Stern ’14 and Matt Borghi ‘14

While the team ended the 2012 season with a disappointing 2-6 clip, a strong returning group of players looks to turn around the tide this season. Incoming coach Harold Francis expects great things from his team. “We have an experienced core returning back, and I’m looking to them to provide leadership to bring our younger players up to speed and to improve upon last year’s performance.” Captain Matt Borghi ’14 also anticipates a big year for the squad. “Everyone works hard and buys into the system on this team. Football is truly a team sport, and the effort will pay off for us.” The team is prepared for a big improvement from last year.

Boys Cross-Country

Captains: David Howe’14 and Jamie Thorndike’14

Last year’s boys’ cross country team finished seventh in both the league and the ISL championship race; however, the team did manage to beat rival St. Mark’s by one point in their mid-season meet on their course, and again at the ISL championships, 185-170. Although the team will be missing five seniors this year, including Chris King’13, who finished sixth at last year’s All-Star Race against some of the best runners in the league, there will also be many returning runners. As Will Popik’15 says, “Our team looks good this year. There are quite a few returning runners, and some talented new runners as well.” He will be joining returning runners Fraser Wright’15 and Willy Anderson’15 as the team looks to climb even higher in the ISL.

Girls Cross-Country

Captains: Addie Ewald’14, Ellie Dolan’14, and Lucie Oken’14

The girls cross country team is only one year removed from a Division III New England Championship title, and finished last year with a strong 7-5 record as well. Last year’s team, led by co-captain’s Addie Ewald’14, Anita Xu’13, and Zandra “CC” Ho’13, had a strong showing at the Division II New England Championships, which was hosted at Groton. Their third-place finish surprised many people after moving up to Division II, and the team is looking to build upon that success this year.

Field Hockey

Captains: Charlotte Gemes’14 and Melissa Cusanello’14

Led by All-ISL Maeve McMahon’13, the 2012 girls field hockey team had a pretty even season last year, finishing with a record of 5-8-2. The squad consistently played hard and improved both as individual players and as a unit. Returning to Oates Field again this fall, the team will be led by co-captains Charlotte Gemes’14 and Melissa Cusanello’14 as they continue to build on their improvements from last year. Charlotte Gemes added, “This year’s team has a lot of young talent, and I think we’re going to have a great season. The addition of Coach [Megan] Harlan is going to be a big help for us this season.”

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