The Sacred Heart Greenwich basketball team opened its season in impressive fashion, registering a 67-39 win over visiting Hotchkiss School.
Sophomore point guard Leah Atkins scored a game-high 23 points, while junior guard Ryan Smith recorded 13 points, eight steals and six rebounds for the Tigers (1-0). Atkins also sparked the Tigers’ offense with numerous assists.
“We rebounded well, played great defense and we did a good job of moving the ball,” Sacred Heart first-year coach Ayo Hart said. “Our team is a very active, athletic group. We played hard from baseline to baseline today.”
The Tigers led by as many as 15 points in the first half, before the Bearcats closed to within 26-17 at halftime. Sacred Heart quickly pulled away in the second half though, using a 7-0 run in the opening minutes.
Sophia Curto contributed eight points for Sacred Heart, which travels to Choate Rosemary Hall on Monday. Hotchkiss’ record stands at 1-1 with the loss.
BRUNSWICK SCHOOL HOCKEY
Charles Shaffer’s two goals led Brunswick to a 4-2 victory over New Hampton School at the Phillips Exeter Academy Invitational. The win evened the Bruins’ record at 1-1.
The line of seniors Christian LeSueur and Jack Forrest and Shaffer (a junior) accounted for three of the Bruins’ goals. The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead behind goals from Shaffer.
The Huskies scored on a 3-on-2 rush to cut Brunswick’s lead to 2-1 in the second period. New Hampton then capitalized on a two-minute 5-on-3 advantage to knot the score at 2-2 at the 9:25 mark of the second period.
Junior defenseman Henry Hill received a pass from junior Aaron Aboodi and buried a snap shot, giving Brunswick the lead for good at 3-2 late in the second period. Forrest’s goal at the 4:07 mark of third period extended Brunswick’s lead to 4-2.
Junior goalie Dan Dachille made 32 saves for the Bruins, who were led defensively by Ryan Carmichael and Patrick Burkinshaw. The game followed NHL rules, with each period lasting 20 minutes. Brunswick plays Kimball Union, last season’s prep school champions, Sunday at 2 p.m.
BRUNSWICK SCHOOL SQUASH
In a rematch of last season’s title match of the U.S. High School Team Championships, Brunswick defeated rival Haverford, 8-1, at the Stephens Squash Center. Haverford beat the Bruins for the national title last season, 5-2. The two squads also met for the 2016 national title, with the Bruins winning, 4-3.
Max Finkelstein posted an 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 win for Brunswick against Peter Miller at the No. 1 spot on Saturday. Will Holey (No. 2) was a 3-1 winner for the Bruins over Spencer Yager (11-4, 11-7, 14-12).
At the No. 3 position, Patrick Feeley was a 3-0 winner over Haverford’s Sam Turner and at the fourth spot, Nick Spizzirri won a 13-11, 11-3, 11-6 decision for Brunswick (1-0).
Brunswick’s Brian Leonard (11-6, 12-10, 11-3) swept Christian Shah at the fifth spot, while Dana Santry gave the Bruins a 3-0 win (11-1, 11-5, 12-10) at No. 6. Pierce Henderson of Brunswick took a 3-1 decision from Tyler Burt at No. 7, 11-6, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4 and Coulter Mackesy of the Bruins was a 3-0 winner at the eighth spot.
Haverford’s win came from Quintin Campbell, who beat Mac Aube at No. 9, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4.
“It was a great result for our team,” Bruins coach Jim Stephens said. “To beat a team the caliber of Haverford 8-1 is amazing, I thought it was going to be really close. Our players showed a lot of composure and confidence. They have been training really hard recently and working on their fitness. This was a great win.”