Brilliant Spring for NCDS Athletes
The Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Varsity Tennis team wears a Blue and Silver version of the “triple crown” - undefeated in the Eastern Independent League, undefeated overall, and the EIL Tournament Champion. Varsity Softball entered the EIL Tournament “A” Pool as the fourth seed and emerged hoisting the EIL Championship trophy and the EIL Softball MVP - the pitcher. League Coaches awarded EIL Coach of the Year to both Varsity Tennis and Varsity Softball coaches. Varsity Golf, a young team having graduated a corps of five 2011 seniors, made its mark at the 27th annual Pippy O’Connor New England Independent School Tournament with a 6th place in the 18-hole division and 9th and 12th places in the 9-hole division. Winning multiple and decisive victories, Varsity Crew is turning heads on the Charles River and leaving established teams in its wake. A Varsity Lacrosse sophomore played defense on the winning team at the May 26 US Lacrosse Schoolgirls’ National Tournament in New York. Fifteen varsity athletes on lacrosse, softball, and tennis teams earned EIL-All League status.
The 1st and 2nd Varsity Fours closed the season rowing against 13 schools in the May 26 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships on Lake Quinsigamond. In five regular season regattas NCDS Crew rowed on the Charles River, Lake Quinsigamond, Lake Cochichewick, and Quassett Lake in CT. The Fours finished with five 1st place, six 2nd place, and six 3rd place wins, ahead of established teams such as Thayer, Pomfret, Lyme/Old Lyme, BB&N, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
MVP: M. Supple ’13
MIP: M. Rogers ’14
Coaches’ Award: K. McCabe ’14
Captains: C. Brennan ’13, M. Supple ’13
JV Crew 3-2-1
More than 20 freshmen and sophomores rowed for the first time this spring and tenaciously committed to maximum boat speed for coxswains C. Burbage ’13 and J. Liu ’14. In six regattas against individual opponents rowing in both Fours and Eights, the team finished the season with a winning record. In head-to-head races, the Eights posted eight wins and two losses.
MVP: E. Foley ’13
MIP: C. Freeman ’15
Coaches’ Award: E. Batten ’15
Varsity Golf 4-3
Twenty-six schools participated in the May 14 Pippy O’Connor Independent School Girls Golf Tournament. Captain M. Doe ’13 made it to the NCDS record books as the all-time best scorer for 18-holes at the New England Tournament. Tied for 6th place among 55 players, she posted an 82. Among the 35 nine-holers, M. Warner ’14 tied for 9th with a score of 54,S. Taylor’14 tied for 12th with a 55, and M. McAuliffe ’12 tied for 19th with a 58.
MVP: M. Doe ’13 (18-holer)
MIP: M. Trachy ’14 (9-holer)
Coaches’ Award: M. Sullivan ’13 (18-holer)
Captain: M. Doe ’13
Varsity Lacrosse 7-7 (EIL 6-5)
In an evenly matched season, NCDS Varsity Lacrosse out-scored the opponents by a pair of goals. Eleven different players netted the ball and a freshman and sophomore were selected to play in the New England All-Star game on May 20 at Holy Cross. At the EIL Tournament, NCDS defeated LCA 16-8 but fell in the finals to Winsor 12-10. Top scorer (44) and point-getter (51), Co-Captain M.C. Ecclesine ’12 finished her four-year varsity career with 155 points. M. Fee ’14 was selected a defensive player to the top Lower New England (CT, MA, RI) Lacrosse All-Star team. Lower New England 1 defeated Long Island Metro 1 in the championship game of the US Lacrosse Schoolgirls’ Nationals to win the Val Walchak trophy, a first for a New England team since the advent of the trophy in 1994.
MVP: M. Fee ’14 (Defense)
MIP: M. Mitchell ’12 (Attack)
Coaches’ Award: C. Kelly ’12 (Attack/Midfield)
Captains: M. Fee ’14, C. Hurley ’13 (Midfield)
All-League: M. Fee ’14, S. Sgroi’15 (Midfield)
All-League Honorable Mention: M.C. Ecclesine ’12 (Midfield)
NEPSWLA All-Stars: M. Fee ’14, S. Sgroi ’15
JV Lacrosse 7-3-1 (EIL 5-1)
The JV coach commended the team for bringing a determination to grow, dedication to the sport, and strength to each practice. This commitment followed into games which resulted with a winning season. Goalie K. Beam ’13 made a difference, posting 67 saves, and the NCDS players found the back of the net for 16 more season goals than their opponents.
MVP: S. Seidl ’14
MIP: S. Burrell ’14
Coaches’ Award: M. Logie ’14
Eleven sailors competed in eleven regular season races, skippering Mercury and 420 Fleets in races against as many as nine different schools - public, private, co-ed, and all-boys. Top-ranked skippers K. Schneeberger ’13 and K. Famolare ’12 earned several first, second and third rankings across both Fleets. The team closed the season competing in the Mass Bay League Championships against 20 schools in the 420 A and B Fleets and Mercury Gold and Silver Fleets.
MVP: K. Schneeberger ’13
MIP: E. Clark ’15
Coaches' Award: G. Castro ’15
Captain: K. Schneeberger ’13
Varsity Softball 9-5 (EIL 7-5) EIL Tournament Champion
Varsity Softball headed into the EIL Tournament “A” Pool as the fourth seed (7-5, EIL 5-3) facing top-ranked LCA, a team NCDS beat in regular season in a 5-4 squeaker. The Semifinal game pit two tenacious teams against each other and pushed each player to the brink of her emotional and physical capacity. After seven regulation innings with the score 5-5, the game moved onto extra frames. In the ninth inning, NCDS unloaded for six runs behind V. Husser’s ’13 two-out 3-run triple. With only a 15-minute break, the players took their positions for the Championship game against Dana Hall. NCDS came out fast, posting nine runs after the first two innings. M. Rocha ’12 finished her high school career pitching 16 innings for the EIL trophy, a 13-5 victory, and the EIL MVP Award.
All-League/All Scholastic MVP: M. Rocha ’12 (Pitcher, Shortstop)
MVP: M. Kelly ’12 (Shortstop, Pitcher)
MIP: S. Spellman ’15 (Outfield)
Coaches’ Award: M. Rocha ’12
Captains: H. Tyrrell ’13 (Right-field), V. Husser ’13 (Left-field)
All-League: M. Kelly ’12, A. Torrence ’14 (Center-field)
All League Honorable Mention: V. Husser ’13, L. Richmond ’12 (2nd Base)
Coach of the Year: Evan Adair
Varsity Tennis 12-0 (EIL 10-0) EIL Tournament Champion
Undefeated! This year’s team was different – each girl played singles and doubles with equal dexterity – and they were, collectively, unbeatable. Setting goals at the start of the season to be fair, determined, even-tempered, and smart, they held their goals, says their EIL Coach of the Year, and were cohesive and talented. A. Riobueno-Naylor ’13 (8-0) and K. Saraceno ’15 (12-0) are undefeated overall and S. Jackson’14 (11-1) is undefeated in the league. C. Joyce ’14 and A. Saraceno ’14 posted an 11-1 overall record. In the EIL Semifinal Tournament the team beat Winsor 5-0 and then sealed their undefeated season with a 3-2 victory against Portsmouth Abbey and the Championship trophy.
MVP: C. Joyce ’14 (Singles)
MIP: N. DeSimone ’14 (Doubles)
Coaches’ Award: K. Saraceno ’15 (Doubles)
Captains: A. Riobueno-Naylor ’13 (Singles), A. Saraceno ’14 (Singles)
1st Singles: C. Joyce ’14, 2nd Singles: A. Saraceno ’14, 3rd Singles: A. Riobueno-Naylor ’13
Doubles: K. Saraceno ’15,S. Jackson’14
EIL Honorable Mention: M. Delaney ’12 (Doubles), N. DeSimone ’14
Coach of the Year: Karen Riobueno-Naylor P’13
JV Tennis 7-2 (EIL 4-1)
The team enjoyed an outstanding season. Singles players took 21of their 29 season matches and doubles teams won 16 of 18 matches. Four matches: against Milton twice, Berwick, and Winsor teams were sweeps. First doubles team, M. Rocco ’14 (8-1) and H. Maguire ’15 paired for five matches and won all of them. Third singles player, D. Drubner ’14 won six of her eight matches.
MVP: C. Dubuque ’14 (Singles)
MIP: A Monasterio ’14 (Doubles)
Coaches’ Award: M. Rocco ’14 (Doubles)
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