As fall sports wrap up, here are some highlights of the NCS season:
Cathedral Field Hockey
by Lily Moore ‘21
Cathedral Varsity Field Hockey is more like a family than a sports team, especially in this 2018 season. The group of 12 seniors really welcomed me as a sophomore and the other underclassman onto the team and were always quick to include us in everything they did. I’ve heard from some other people who aren’t on the team that say that NCS VFH is close, and it’s so true. I know if I need a hug or advice or even a ride home or a place to stay for the night all of them would talk to me, offer me a bed, or give me a much-needed hug after a test.
The other amazing thing about this team is that everyone can forget what happens up the hill and can come to practice with a clear head, thinking only about field hockey. My teammates give everything they have all the time, and we know when to laugh and have fun together, and when to bear down and work hard together as a team.
I think the highlight of the season was playing Saint Stephen’s and Saint Agnes School in the ISL semifinals. As an undefeated team, the Saints were favored to win, and we even played on their turf. We were able to keep the game at 0-0 for the first 55 minutes, and with 6 and a half minutes left, Skylar Lach ‘22 drew a corner. That, combined with a beautiful shot from the top of the circle by Fiona Heaps ‘19 caused a goal. We bore down for the remaining 6 minutes and shut them out, moving us to the final game. It was emotional for the coaches and the team, this being the first time in over 24 years that NCS had upset Saint Stephen’s in field hockey, and the first time the Saints had been upset this season. We spent the weekend together, and although fell one goal short of the ISL banner, we played as a team and showed such improvement as the season progressed.
I feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of the 2018 Cathedral Varsity Field Hockey team and know that every single team member contributed in numerous ways, many leaving their mark on Cathedral field hockey forever. We all, I feel, MADE IT COUNT.
by Sydney Barta ‘22
The Cathedral Varsity Volleyball team enjoyed a very successful season, which included a five-game winning streak and a berth in the semifinals of the ISL tournament. The Eagles team included a strong core of five returning players from their 2017 campaign and five new players, including three Freshman. Even with all the new faces, the team gelled quickly and ran on a fantastic mix of talent, skill, effort, and heart.
Our season began slow with losses to GDS and SSSAS. Over the next five games, we went undefeated as we rolled over Visi, Glenleg, Palotti, Bullis, and WIS. The last third of the season saw a downturn as the team suffered losses to Sidwell, Maret, Holton, and Madeira, while managing to post victories over St. Andrews, Potomac. Locked in a three-way tie for second going in to the tournament, Cathedral drew the short lot and was seeded as fourth. Our team showed our teamwork and dominance as they quickly dispatched St. Andrews, which poised them for a rematch of last year’s final round against Holton. While the Eagles managed kills, kept our serves in play, and played team volleyball, Holton pulled ahead and took the match.
The team is excited for next year and will miss the inspired play from Jamie Wang, the lone senior.
by Mary Rose Bell ‘20
Cathedral Varsity Soccer had high hopes for this season. With stellar senior leadership and some new players, we were excited to start practicing and bonding as a team. Unlike past years where we set quantifiable goals for the season, this year CVS decided to focus on playing cohesively and aggressively. We wanted to bond as a team and create a supportive and fun environment. With this in mind, we created the theme UNITED for the 2018 season. Although we did not have the best record, this theme was consistent throughout each game and practice.
We had some very close matches this year, especially against Visitation and PVI. Despite losing both games, we played hard and combined well against two very aggressive teams. Some exciting games this year also included a 3-0 shutout against Episcopal and a 5-1 win against Bullis (on their senior night!). As for ISLs, we sadly lost in the first round to GDS 2-1. Although this soccer season ended earlier than we had hoped, we are proud of the effort we put in and we are ready for CVS 2019!
A quick shout out to our 1E9ENDARY seniors: Lilly Keller, Amanda deCastro, Sophie Searby, Nina Miller, Judy Ahn, and Hallie Toren. Thank you for an incredible season. We will miss you!
by Kate Nuechterlein ‘20
Cathedral Varsity Tennis (CVT, if you will) endured a rollercoaster of a season this year, from playing points out on basketball courts to filming footage after footage for various hype videos. Early on in the season, extremely hot weather prohibited the team from practicing on the normal St. Albans courts, so the girls made use of the Athletic Center’s 3 court gym to keep practicing important skills (i.e. The Grind Never Stops). This relatively unideal situation continued when monsoon season arrived for much longer than expected, and the team continued to play inside on the well-suited hardwood floors. However, this did not stop the team from attacking their first three matches with a voracious energy, establishing a 3-0 record. It wasn’t until injuries took both the #1 and #2 singles players out for the season that the positivity began to waver; could they really keep going “ALL DAY” as the cheer they shouted before each match described? Of course, they could. They didn’t win the hype video competition for no reason. When asked what motivated her through a tough match, one player asserted, “I do it for the fans. Thank you, Morgan’s mom, for the snacks.” Although they lost some tough battles to very talented teams, the girls played with heart and ferocity to finish out the season with a winning record. #rolleags #g6 #EricG