Fall Sports Midseason Review
Fall Sports Midseason Review
Jake Myers

Football

The Saints varsity football team has rebounded after an 0-2 start, defeating George School and previously undefeated First State Military Academy this past weekend to improve their record to 2-2 at the halfway mark. The Saints have been explosive on both sides of the football, averaging 30.5 points per game while causing 11 turnovers on defense. Adrian Watts '20 leads the Saints on offense as he has thrown for a team-high 264 yards, accumulated a team-high 209 receiving yards and is second on the team with 154 yards on the ground. Furthermore, Watts has added seven touchdowns (two passing, three rushing and two receiving). Theo Jaffe '19 has provided another dimension at the quarterback position as well, throwing for 230 yards and two scores while rushing for an additional 52 yards. Micah Turpin '19 has proven himself to be the top rushing threat for the Saints, gaining 426 yards on 57 carries for seven scores. Turpin had the game of his life against George School, running for 300 yards while finding pay dirt five times. Classmates Lamar Duncan '20 and Alex Maruszewski '20 each have one touchdown reception.

Defensively, the Saints have continued to improve as they have only allowed 15 points over their previous two contests. Watts anchors this unit from his outside linebacker position, recording 37 tackles, eight of them going for a loss. Brandon Graves '22 and Turpin have been active as well, recording 27 and 22 tackles, respectively. Graves, in his rookie year, has seven tackles for loss while contributing two sacks. A host of Saints have intercepted the opposition, led by cornerback Tim Odutola '20 who picked off First State Military Academy twice. Arthur Potter '19, Jaffe, Maruszewski and Mason McKee '21 each have one.

The Saints have four important contests remaining, as three of them are conference matchups against Tower Hill, Wilmington Friends and Tatnall.

Volleyball

The Saints varsity volleyball team has continued its rapid improvement, winning seven of their first ten contests to start their 2018 campaign. The Saints are led by their two returning All-Conference performers Noor El Baradie '19 and Emily Paton '20. El-Baradie, an Honorable Mention All-Conference pick in 2017, leads the team with 161 assists (17.8 per contest). El-Baradie has saved her best play for critical matches, recording 30 assists against MOT Charter and 24 assists on three separate occasions. Paton, a Second Team All-Conference performer last year, leads the team with 80 kills (8.8 per contest). Paton, who recorded a season-high 14 kills against MOT Charter, has tallied double figure kills in six of nine contests. Lila Feldmann '20 has also proved to be reliable at the net, averaging 6.3 kills per match.

The Saints, who won eight matches in 2017, will look to surpass this mark in their remaining five matches.

Soccer

The St. Andrew's soccer team has had a solid start to their 2018 campaign, winning six of their first ten contests. The Saints, averaging just under three goals per match, have been forced to play three overtime matches against St. George's Tech High School, Delaware Military Academy, and conference foe Tower Hill School. Winning two of their three overtime matches, the Saints have relied on clutch overtime goals from Logan Cameron '20 and Nick Loh '19 to defeat St. George's and Tower Hill. Alex Phan '19 leads all Saints with four goals while Matt Lilley '21 has added three. Ben Horgan '19, Steven Ding '20, Zach Tull '20 and Tyler Wood '21 have each netted two. Tull also leads the team with two assists. Goalies AJ Ayres '19 and Jackson Swets '21 have split time, combining for three shutouts.

St. Andrew's will look to finish strong over the course of their next five regular-season contests, as four them are critical conference match-ups.

Field Hockey

The St. Andrew's field hockey team is on a roll, winning their last two contests by a combined score of 8-1. The Saints, now 2-5-1, have had a variety of players contribute in the scoring column. Piper Ackermann '19 and Clare Slinkard '21 have scored twice while Ava Sekowski '20, Ingrid Hoopes '20, Campbell Nicholson '20, Heleah Soulati '21 and Claudina Buccini '21 have each tallied one. Ackermann has saved her best performances for key conference matchups, scoring the Saints lone goal in a 1-1 tie against Wilmington Friends while scoring the game-winner in overtime against Sanford School. Throughout the year, the Saints have received strong goalie play from classmates Ginger Mullins '20 and Ruth Lunsford '20. Mullins has recorded 13 or more saves in three contests while Lunsford held the Warriors of Sanford scoreless with six saves in a crucial win.

The Saints hope to finish strong, as five of their last seven contests are against conference foes.

Boys & Girls Cross-Country

The St. Andrew's boys cross country team continues to prove itself as one of the best teams in the state of Delaware, winning both the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival and the Middletown Invitational. Blake Hundley '20, an All-County performer in 2017, has been the Saints top runner during the early part of the season. In two races thus far, Hundley has finished third and first, taking home the gold at the Middletown Invitational. Carson McCoy '19 and Tad Scheibe '19 have turned in impressive seasons, each building off of their strong junior campaigns. McCoy placed fifth at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival and second at the Middletown Invitational, finishing 16 seconds behind Hundley. Schiebe, an All-State performer in 2017, fought his way to a sixth place finish at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival while finishing fifth at the Middletown Invitational. Schiebe was also the top Saint performer at the White Clay Creek Classic, placing 13th overall amongst all Senior boys. Will Cammerzell '19 and Augie Segger '19 have remained consistent throughout the year and have solidified themselves as the number four and five runners in the varsity program.

The Saints, ranked second amongst Division Two schools, have three races remaining before they compete in the State Championships.

The St. Andrew's girls cross country team has had an impressive start to the 2018 season, placing fourth at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival while finishing seventh at the Middletown Invitational. Charlotte Gehrs '20 has led the way for the Saints, racing to a seventh place finish at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival while coming in 21st at the Middletown Invitational. Gehrs also performed well in the White Clay Creek Classic, placing 11th overall with a time of 21:43. Sofie Neil '19 is never far behind her teammate, placing 13th at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival and 31st at the Middletown Invitational. Neil, competing in the White Clay Creek Classic, posted a time of 22:59, good enough for 24th place. Leandre Pestcoe '19 has been strong as well, placing just inside of the top 30 at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival and finishing 32nd overall at the White Clay Creek Classic.

The Saints, ranked fifth amongst Division Two schools, have three races remaining before they compete in the State Championships.