By Max Niles '18
STA Ice Hokcey
Since the foundation of the St. Albans Hockey team in 1992, STA Puck had never won an IAC championship. That changed Tuesday. The Dogs went into their Tuesday night battle with St. Stephens & St. Agnes knowing that the winner of the game would win the IAC. With a game at the Fort, a blue building, the team was confident about their chances. Their confidence was valid as they started the game furiously, with two goals in the first period. The Dogs never looked back and won the game 4-2 led by a hat trick from David Mohler ‘17 and another goal to win their first banner for the school. After such a massive win, it would have been easy for the Dogs to get complacent against DeMatha. But fueled by the senior day festivities, a stellar shutout from Ethan Roth ‘17, and a couple of empty netters, the Bulldogs upset the Stags, 3-0. The team comes back to the fort on Tuesday for an IAC playoff game as they look to win the regular season and the playoffs for the IAC.
The Bulldogs were out hunting for home-court advantage in the IAC playoffs last week. They had two chances to secure a home playoff game, and they clinched it in their first game of the week versus Episcopal. The Dogs already lost to Episcopal earlier in the season, 38-68, and were looking for revenge. The game started with senior day ceremonies celebrating Charles Snowden, Dakota Foster, Matthew Teplitz, Kai Anderson, and Jarret Evans- Meyers. After the festivities, the game was a dogfight all the way through until the Bulldogs finally clinched the win with 0.2 seconds left in the game on a pair of clutch free throws from Charles Snowden ‘17. Then, on Friday, the Dogs went out to league-leading Georgetown Prep. The game was another back and forth affair with no team grabbing a massive advantage. In the end, the Bulldogs could not prevail, but still played well and lost 54-50. This past week bodes well for the basketball team, with home-court advantage in the first round, the Dogs could make a push in the IAC playoffs.
Metros provides great competition for the best swimmers in the area. The Bulldogs did very well in the competition, with a high team score. In the individual categories, Ruslan Gabidoulline ‘17 broke his records in the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle, Chris Emerson ‘18 broke his record for the 100 butterfly, and Julian Spencer ‘18, Alex Labossiere ‘18, Ruslan Gabidoulline ‘17, and Andrei Schwartz ‘19 broke the 400 free record for the only new record of the day. Now the Dogs are finished with their championship meets and the IAC season, they have two meets left, one versus Potomac on Tuesday, and the other, seniors night, vs Sidwell on Tuesday.
The wrestling team was supposed to compete in the John Paul The Great Quad meet this weekend but two schools canceled and it ended up being a dual meet. Next weekend, the Dogs will go out to the DC Classic for their last team meet of the year.
In Basketball, Swimming, and Squash, NCS had a pretty relaxing week. Next week, however, they have several senior nights and ISL playoff games. Wish them luck!