Week of May 1st Sports Update
STA Baseball- Max Niles '18
Survive and Advance. The Baseball Dogs played St. Stephen's and St. Agnes three times this week, twice during the regular season, and once in the playoffs. We dropped our first game to the Saints 2-1 despite a stellar pitching performance from Andrew Keane ‘17 and a sacrifice fly by Austin Burgess ‘18 that should have tied the game. But we came back strong on Thursday after our defeat two days prior and beat the Saints 3-1. Clark Klitenic ‘19 led the day with a trademark pitching performance and Ethan Roth ‘17 slammed the door shut to close the game. After hearing that Landon came back to beat Episcopal on Thursday, we were assigned the three seed in the IAC playoffs, meaning we would play in the quarterfinals versus St. Stephen's and St. Agnes again. We bounced back from our anger over losing a tournament bye and led 1-0 until the sixth inning thanks to RBIs from Brandon Torng ‘20. Keane hurled another great game but in the sixth, the Saints struck with two runs. In the next half inning, the Saints brought in a wild pitcher who walked in Drew Posner ‘17 to tie the game. Keane kept the Saints bats silent again in the top of the seventh and left our bats to do the work. Chase Daneker ‘19 led off the inning with a grinding, nine-pitch at-bat infield single to second base. Sam Valleca ‘17 laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Daneker over to second, and James Howe ‘18 won the game on a walk-off double to left-center. We take the field again in the IAC semifinals at Landon on Tuesday at 4:30, and hopefully versus Georgetown Prep or Episcopal for the IAC championship on Thursday.
STA Tennis- James Long '18
Varsity tennis had a very strong week. Despite the loss of our No. 1 singles player Mark MacGuidwin ‘20 to a back injury, everyone stepped up and the team extended the win streak to 4 matches. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Episcopal. Although some of our players missed the usual warm ups and walk through because of AP exams, the team still won 6-1 to close out the IAC with a 3-2 record. On Friday, the Bulldogs hosted Maret in our last regular season match. Although Maret had a strong team with some highly ranked players in the region, the Bulldogs were able to compete at every spot. Early on, the team struggled to find some momentum. However, Maret did not know what was coming at halftime of the lacrosse game. What seemed like an endless wave of students stormed down from Steuart Field and the BEEF club brought a level of rowdiness similar to that of our IAC championship run in 2016. This gave us some much-needed energy to close out the season with an impressive 4-3 win. The team will be seeded third in the IAC playoffs and we will play our last home match of the year in the IAC quarterfinals on Tuesday. The theme is attendance. Get the chirps ready and get out to that!
STA Crew- Harry Grigorian '18
On Saturday, the STA crew team split up as the Freshmen Crew headed to the Occoquan to race in the VA State Championships while the Varsity boats headed to the Anacostia to take on Gonzaga head to head. The Freshmen had a spectacular day, winning their heat and the final by large margins. They have certainly been one of the best crews in recent memory under new Freshmen Coach Jameson Pesce. Look for them to contend for a spot on the podium at Stotesbury later this month. The Varsity crews facing Gonzaga did not fare as well. The Four, racing Gonzaga's A, B, and C fours had a rough time in the miserable conditions, falling to the A and B Fours while beating the C Four. The 2v, racing Gonzaga's 2v and 3v, rowed a near perfect first 400 meters of the race; however, as Gonzaga's 2v started to move, the 2v was shaken and never recovered, beating the 3v but losing to the 2v by about 7 seconds. The 1v, facing a Gonzaga crew that has won Stotes Five Years in a row now, rowed a very solid race, but came up just short, falling by 2 seconds. The Varsity Dogs had a rough day as the two top programs went head to head. As Gonzaga's Head Coach put it, "the top rowing around has really come from these two programs". Next weekend, the Varsity dogs will compete for the VA state championship.
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