NCS Spring Sports Recap
Edited by Alex Bamford ‘19
Lacrosse (Nina Davy ’21)
Cathedral Varsity Lacrosse had a challenging but successful season. We started the season with some tough non-league games against teams that were playing down from the upper ISL division. Although the outcomes of these games were not in our favor, each of us grew mentally and physically stronger. CVL spent a week in Naples, Florida over spring break where we learned to play together as a unit. We beat both of our opponents in Florida, the difference clearly being the improved strong chemistry of our team. CVL carried this winning streak into our league games and finished the season as co-champs of the league (tied with Bullis and Sidwell). We don’t consider the losses at the beginning of the season setbacks, or unfair. Instead, these defeats prepared us for the competition in the season ahead. We ended the season with a loss but a well-fought game against Bullis.
Softball (Logan Robinson ’18)
The NCS softball team had an overall strong year. Starting off the pre-season with some scrimmages, we proved to be able to score a lot of runs which was a new concept for this team. Coming back from spring break we faced the two toughest teams in the ISL, Potomac and Flint Hill, losing 7-4 to Potomac and 7-2 to Flint Hill in 2 extra innings. Although these two games were losses, they really set the tone for the season as we entered the ISL tournament on an 8 game win streak. After shutting out Episcopal in the first round, we lost a tough game to Potomac who went on to beat Flint Hill in the championship. Later in the season, we went on to beat Model, St. Johns and Georgetown Visitation to win the DC “state” title for the third year in a row! Junior Jamie Wang had a great tournament and freshman Claire Fortier did a stellar job stepping in at shortstop. The four seniors, Jordan Gasho, Emmeline Leggett, Emily Donovan and myself are so proud of what this young team has become and can’t wait to see what they can do in seasons to come.
Voyageur (Zoe Contreras-Villalta ’19)
This spring season was a little different for the Voyageur family, as climbing was made available as a sport separate from paddling. Coaches Velosky and Tucker put together a schedule where both groups could have some off days and some time outside. In paddling, we started as usual in the STA indoor pool, practicing flips, tricks, and rescue methods in our kayaks. The day we got back from Spring Break, we finally made it out onto the Potomac River. Our regular practices involved a quick drive to the river, a briefing on the water level and temperature, and a rundown on what activity we were doing that day. From river running to surfing to stern squirts, the paddlers always make a splash. Spring climbers spent half of their week on our beloved NCS rock wall and the other half outside on the climbs at Carderock Recreation Area. They worked on their knot-tying skills, setting up outdoor climbs, and staying in climbing shape throughout the last third of the year.
Track and Field (Amanda de Castro ’19)
This track season was definitely one of my favorites because of the true grit and determination our team embodied. Though small in numbers, the NCS track and field team had an amazing season with countless personal and season records, and even a 27-year-old throwing record shattered by 9 feet by Olivia Harley ‘19. My favorite part of the season was the constant improvement my 4x400m relay team showed at each meet up until the finals, where we were only 3 seconds off of the school record. Similarly, Niaa Jenkins Johnston ‘18 recalled how hard she worked for long jump all season until she finally beat her personal record at our final meet. These are just two examples of the hard work and persistence our team demonstrated throughout the season, allowing us to peak at exactly the right time.
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