Spring Season Previews

Varsity Baseball

The varsity baseball team comes into the season with high expectations after a banner year, finishing 11-5 last season; a recent win against a powerhouse Governor’s Academy squad shows that it has what it takes. Captains Joe Gentile ’14 and Andrew Popp ’14 will be leading the charge, with returning Fifth Formers Johnny Lamont ’15, Ejaaz Jiu ’15 and Ben Osterholtz ’15 bolstering the lineup. After two near no-hitters last year, Johnny Lamont is the undisputed ace on the staff and one of the league’s top pitchers. Ejaaz Jiu says that while the team looks good, a big challenge will be making sure that people are hitting consistently throughout the season. If the offense can come together, the team will be looking to  improve even more after last year’s terrific season. To be sure, there was a bit of a learning curve earlier on in the year due to the team’s youth, but with each practice the team comes together more and more. As the big win against Governor’s shows, this team can hold its own against any in the league.

Boys’ Varsity Crew

Boys’ crew takes to the Nashua again this year with high goals for the season, despite the loss of some excellent talent. Captains Wyatt Prill ’14 and Shangyan Li ’14 are leading the team, along with varsity coaches Charlie Hamlin and Steve Timpany. After a second place finish at New England’s last year, which included a victory over reigning national champions Deerfield by one point in the team trophy, the team is looking to gain an edge on Belmont Hill, who, though disqualified from the Nationals last year, were widely considered to have fielded the best first boat in the country. Despite the daunting challenge, the rowers are up to the task. Trevor Fry ’15 says, “The team members are looking faster by the day and we can’t wait to improve on our second place finish at New England’s last year.”

Girls’ Varsity Crew

Girls’ crew will enter the season having come off an incredible three-year run in which no varsity boat has lost a regular season race. After having won the New England Championship, the Henley Women’s Regatta in England, and two extremely close second-place finishes at New England’s, the girls have some very big shoes to fill. After having lost all four rowers from their first boat last year, there will be holes to fill in the roster. Still, the girls are positive about their chances and are excited about upcoming races against powerhouse Winsor, who narrowly beat them in the New England Championships last year. Coach Andy Anderson says that the girls are “working hard to get up to speed, and there has been a great deal of progress.”

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team is coming into the season after a somewhat disappointing season last year in which it went 6-11 in the extremely competitive ISL. After several weeks of play, the team is showing some encouraging signs, and, despite losing to Governor’s last week, Frank Bruni ’15 said that the fact that the team hung in with Governor’s for so long is a testament to what is possible for this season. Captains James Forse ’14 and Axel Brown ’14 will be leading the team, and their leadership seems to already be paying off: Forse describes the team as a “good team with good unity.” Despite the challenge of playing against ISL teams loaded with D1 recruits, the Groton squad is looking forward to hard, well-fought games this season.

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

Last year the girls had a season in which they fell just short of a .500 record, many of its losses from very close games. Captain Jessie Ewald ’14 says she is optimistic that the season will be much better. The team is  “hoping for a really even season.” Breezy Thomas ’14 adds, “We should be at the top of the ISL, but it is always hard to tell who will be good.” The team captains Addie and Jessie Ewald ’14 as well as Lucy Brainard ’14 will be leading a team with many seniors on it, which they hope will play to their advantage. The girls certainly will go into the season hoping for an excellent campaign and as Breezy Thomas ’14 says, “As long as we keep getting better, we have a great shot at a great season.”

Boys’ Varsity Tennis

The boys’ tennis team is looking to improve upon its season last year, which was not quite what they had hoped for. Despite a 5-10 record last year, the team is on the upswing, after not losing any seniors and gaining two new players, Mac Beatty ‘17 and Sam Girian ‘18. Peter White ’15 is confident that the team will improve markedly this year. He adds that the team’s ultimate goal is a spot in the New England Class A Tournament, an achievement that would be an excellent end to the season. With the leadership of captains Charlie Oberrender ‘14, David Howe ’14, and Evan Long ‘14, the team believes that its goal, though lofty, is attainable.

Girls’ Varsity Tennis

The girls’ tennis team will begin the season down four players from last year. The only returning varsity players are captains Katherine McCreery ’15 and Annie McCreery ’15, as well as Maddy Forbess ‘14. The team finished 4th in New England’s last year and is hoping to have another great season this year as well. Already, with wins against Deerfield and Governor’s, the team is looking strong early on, but will still have trouble matching last year’s team. Katherine McCreery ’15 says, “Expectations for the team have already been surpassed, and it’s looking to keep getting better, hopefully getting back to the level of play from last year.” She adds that with the addition of several new girls on the team, it has a way to keep building their success.

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