Greenwich Academy won what it hopes is the first of two soccer championships this season on Friday.
Behind a three-goal first half, the Gators recorded a 3-2 win over Hopkins and clinched the FAA regular season title. GA finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-4-1 and a 7-1-1 mark in the league. They will host the opening round of the FAA Tournament on Monday as the No. 1 seed, as they start their bid to repeat as the tournament champions.
“Winning the regular season title is a huge accomplishment for our team,” GA coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “All of our hard work has paid off. I’m really proud of our team for the work ethic and outstanding play they have shown.”
Sophomore forward Katie Goldsmith gave Greenwich Academy a 1-0 lead on Hopkins in the 15th minute. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Lane set up Goldsmith’s goal with a through ball.
The Gators increased their advantage when sophomore Christina Maldonado tallied in the 25th minute. Sophomore Megan Meyerson assisted on the goal. Senior defender Phoebe Casey’s through ball set Lane up for a goal late in the first half, making it 3-0.
“We were very clinical and created a lot of chances in the first half,” said Lonsdale, whose squad beat Hopkins in last season’s FAA Tournament final.
The Hilltoppers closed to within 3-2 with a pair of goals early in the second half.
“Hopkins came out really hard the first 25 minutes of the second half,” Lonsdale said. “But we defended really well and held onto the lead.”
Freshman goalie Ella Fugelsang made six saves to help preserve the Gators’ lead.
“Katie (Goldsmith) was outstanding up front, running down nearly every ball,” Lonsdale said. “It was a great win for our team.”
SACRED HEART FIELD HOCKEY
Beth Yeager’s hat trick propelled the Tigers past host Hopkins School, 6-2, in an FAA matchup.
Sacred Heart, which celebrates Senior Day on Saturday, held a 3-1 halftime lead on Hopkins. Ryan Smith scored the first goal for the Tigers at the 18:04 mark of the first half.
Yeager’s first goal came with 13:06 left in the opening half. Ellie Manriquez gave Sacred Heart a 3-0 lead with 2:32 to go in the first half. Caroline Nemec assisted on the goal.
After Hopkins’ Annie Banks tallied with 2:09 left in the first half, Yeager and Manriquez scored early in the second half to open a 5-1 Tigers lead. Yeager sealed the scoring for the visitors with 1:11 left to play.
“We are pleased with today’s win,” Sacred Heart coach Alex Gheorghe said. “Hopkins played really strong at home. Our offensive corners worked pretty well. We are excited about our Senior Day tomorrow.”
Sacred Heart hosts Choate Rosemary Hall Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Nick Boardman’s career-high four goals powered the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over Millbrook School in a game held on Wednesday. Boardman scored a pair of goals in each half for Brunswick, which improved to 8-7-1.
Boardman’s first-half goals came in the 18th and fifth minute. His third goal, which gave Brunswick a 3-1 lead, occurred in the 57th minute. The Bruins forward’s fourth goal of the game and 13th of the season in the 89th minute sealed his squad’s win.
Ben Israel assisted on Boardman’s final tally. Eric Meindl had four first-half saves, while Harry Barringer stopped three second-half shots for the Bruins, who host Worcester Academy Saturday at 4 p.m.