GFA roundup: Darien athletes fuel GFA week
Two more wins last week kept the Greens Farms Academy girls lacrosse team undefeated on the season as the Dragon improved to 5-0.
Kelly Van Hoesen (Greenwich) made 10 saves to backstop the victory for the Dragons.
On Saturday, Murphy, Nesi and freshman Steph Wistreich (Wilton) combined to score 12 goals to lead Greens Farms Academy to a 16-11 win over Kingswood-Oxford on Saturday at home.
Murphy (1 assist), Nesi and Wistreich each scored four goals while Paliotta added three goals and an assist. Sarah Peltier (Stamford) also scored a goal and assisted on another as the Dragons stayed undefeated.
Van Hoesen made 13 saves for GFA.
After making the long road trip to Avon, Caione led the way with four goals while Benson and Byrne added three goals each. Zach Liston (Wilton) added two goals and an assist while Ian Epps added a goal.
Goalie Ryan Pilkington (Weston) made three saves.
Despite a balanced scoring attack, the Dragons fell to Hamden Hall at home on Saturday.
Benson, Liam Murphy (Westport) and Caione each scored two goals and had one assist to pace the offensive effort. Liston and Byrne each added single goals.
Pilkington stopped 10 shots in goal.
Maddy Canning (New Canaan) ripped a bases-loaded, three-run double in the fifth inning to give the Greens Farms Academy softball team enough cushion to pull out a thrilling 13-12 win over Convent of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday.
The win moved GFA to 2-0 on the season after going winless for three varsity seasons.
Lucy Nelson (Westport) had two hits and made a spectacular catch in the center field while Janise Park (Bridgeport) walked three times and scored two runs while making a defensive gem at second base to help the Dragons win.
Lydia Groves (Riverside) walked, singled and was hit by a pitch, scoring each time she reached base while Leah Attai (Bridgeport) had two hits, as well. Kendall Roche (Darien) also had two hits.
The Dragons improve to 6-2 with a 9-0 victory over Masters NY at Ardsley CC.
Senior captain Dustin Cook (Westport) led all scorers with a 39 on the long, demanding course. Four teammates -- senior captain Charlie Thompson (Southport), senior Curtis Tauck (Westport), sophomore Giani Panariello (Westport), and eighth grader Will Lodge (Darien) -- all followed with identical 45's. Sophomore Piero Panariello (Westport) rounded out the scoring with a 46.
Earlier in the week, despite both teams turning identical team aggregate scores of 208, Rye Country Day School had four wins out of the six individual matches.
Cook and Thompson both shot a 40 to defeat their opponents, and Tauck shot a 44 to halve his match.
Lodge shot a 40 while Piero and Giani Panariello shot 44 and 45 respectively.
GFA is now 5-2.
The GFA girls varsity tennis team traveled to Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY Friday afternoon to meet last year's New England Tournament finalists.
GFA defeated Millbrook by a score of 6-0, with the final match being called because of rain and darkness.
Winners for GFA were: Devon Wolfe (junior, Darien) 6-1, 6-2; Sarah Wagner (freshman, Westport) 6-0, 6-0; and Ryan Boyle (freshman, Southport) 6-3, 6-1 at singles with Blair Marine (senior, Darien) and Allie Agnew (sophomore, Westport) winning 7-6 (7), 6-2; Alexis Messina (senior, Old Greenwich) and Katie Metro (senior, Westport) winning 6-3, 6-2 and Brynley Close (senior, Norwalk) & Avery York (junior, Norwalk) defeating their opponent, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5) in doubles.
Stephanie Gentile (freshman, Westport) split sets 6-2, 5-7 with the match called due to rain; and darkness after match outcome had been determined.
On Saturday, the GFA sailing team took eighth place at the O’Day Qualifier Regatta at Hotchkiss.
Earlier in the week, the Dragons fell to Darien High and Greenwich High by 2-0 scores.