A new chapter usually follows the conclusion of a career, and that’s what’s ahead for a group of six sensational senior athletes that gathered at Greenwich High School’s Media Center on Wednesday morning.
Celebrating a new chapter was the theme of Wednesday’s ceremony, which paid tribute to six Greenwich Division I-bound athletes.
Three girls lacrosse players — Olivia Caan, Grace Fahey and Paige Finneran — will continue their careers at the Division I level. Jack Feda, a member of Greenwich’s boys lacrosse team, field hockey standout Zoe Metalios and diving champion Maddie Muldoon are also taking their talents to Division I programs.
Muldoon is currently competing in what will be her college sport, as she is starring for the Cardinals’ diving squad. A senior, Muldoon won the FCIAC diving title recently, totaling 454 points. She proceeded to capture the first-place medal at the Class LL Championships (476.85 points). After departing Greenwich High, she will dive at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I’m so excited about having the opportunity to compete in college; the team is awesome,” Muldoon said. “It seems like a great community, the coach has been there for many years, he’s awesome.”
On Thursday, Muldoon will showcase her skills on the 1-meter diving board at the State Open Championships in Middletown.
“This has been a really great, exciting season,” Muldoon said. “I’m hoping I can have a good individual performance and the team can gain a victory at the State Open.”
Feda, who is currently playing football for the undefeated, postseason-bound Cardinals — a squad on which he’s excelled for several seasons — will play lacrosse at Bucknell University.
“I’m really excited. Bucknell was a top-20, so I hope to help them reach higher heights,” said Feda, an all-state, All-FCIAC team selection this past spring. “Playing at Greenwich has prepared me for the collegiate level. It’s a tough school, with a next-man-up mentality, and the coaches have prepared me to play at a high level.”
As for the 2019 season, Feda expects the squad to show significant improvement.
“Team chemistry is going to be key for us,” Feda said. “We have a very strong senior class.”
Metalios recently concluded her successful field hockey career. She was one of the main contributors on the Cardinals, who advanced to the FCIAC tournament semifinals and qualified for the Class L tournament. She will join the field hockey team at Columbia University next fall.
“I’m looking forward to playing at a higher level, the college level is a faster-paced game,” Metalios said. “They play on Astroturf over there, which is really exciting.”
Metalios leaves the GHS field hockey program with fond memories.
“Making it to FCIACs and states all four years was great, a lot of teams don’t get to make it that far,” Metalios said. “I had a good foundation here of four years of varsity experience, which set me up well.”
Caan, an All-American, Academic All-American, All-State and All-FCIAC selection in 2018, is headed to Johns Hopkins University’s Division I lacrosse program.
“I can’t wait for my freshman year on the team,” Caan said. “I’m in the hands of an amazing team and great coaches — I’m so excited.”
Caan is looking forward to her final lacrosse season for the Cardinals, who are coached by Rachel Vallarelli.
“I love my team and all the coaches I’ve had, each season I feel like I’ve grown as a player,” Caan said. “We lost some good players from last year’s team, so I’m excited stepping up even more and leading the team.”
Finneran, one of Greenwich High’s premier athletes, will take her impressive lacrosse skills to Vanderbilt University. She earned All-State and All-FCIAC lacrosse team accolades in 2018 and also excelled on the Cardinals’ field hockey team for four seasons. Finneran is also one of Greenwich’s top ice hockey players.
“Vanderbilt is an awesome school with a beautiful campus. I fell in love with it when I was there,” Finneran said. “I’m super excited to continue my lacrosse career at such a great academic school.”
Like Caan, Finneran is also eager to see what the Cardinals can accomplish on the lacrosse field this spring.
“We’re chasing after a state championship,” Finneran said. “Playing here at Greenwich has been a great experience, I’ve learned so much from my coaches and teammates. From my freshman year to now, I’ve improved a lot and my confidence has grown.”
Fahey, also a three-sport athlete at GHS, will bring her Division I lacrosse skills to Davidson College.
“It’s a pretty new program that joined the Atlantic-10 Conference, so I’m excited about joining a program that’s growing and building,” said Fahey, who also plays ice hockey and runs cross country at Greenwich. “They’re moving up in the ranks. I love that school comes first at Davidson, which also has great athletics.”
Fahey returns to the Cardinals’ lacrosse team this spring with Finneran and Caan. She was also an All-FCIAC, All-State and Academic All-American selection this past spring.
“I’m really excited about our team and our new coach,” Fahey said. “We lost a few girls who were really strong, but we have a good group of underclassmen who are going to step up.”
A common theme among the six Division I-bound athletes were the bonds they formed with their teammates over the years.
“The Greenwich High diving team has been like a family to me,” Muldoon said. “We encourage each other, celebrate each other’s success and pick each other up when we’re down.”