Spring 2018 Athletics Roundup
Spring 2018 Athletics Roundup
Jake Myers

Baseball

The St. Andrew's boys baseball team enjoyed a strong 2018 campaign as they improved upon their 2017 win total by four games. The Saints, whose final record stood at 12-6, were led by Head Coach Mike Mastrocola, who was named 2018 DISC Coach of the Year. In addition, assistant coach Dave DeSalvo was voted as the 2018 DISC Assistant Coach of the Year. On the field, the Saints had four dynamic seniors, all of whom earned All-Conference recognition. Third baseman Evan Murray '18 took home First Team honors, batting .418, driving in 17 runs, and playing stellar defense. Baylen Manocha '18 was selected to the Second Team for his play in centerfield and on the mound. Manocha hit a team-high .420, drove in 15 runs, and scored 23 himself. On the mound, Manocha had an impressive 5-0 record with a 1.8 earned run average. Rick Townsend '18, battling injury throughout the year, also earned Second Team recognition as a pitcher and a first baseman. Townsend went 3-3 on the mound with a 2.29 earned run average, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout against conference rival Tower Hill. Catcher Andrew McArthur '18 was solid as well, smashing a homerun against McKean High School while also playing steady defense behind the plate. Jack Lauer '20 built upon his successful freshman campaign by batting .327 while playing both second base and shortstop.

Girls Lacrosse

Saints girls varsity lacrosse had an impressive campaign in 2018, finishing the regular season with a 9-6 record before losing in the first round of the DIAA state tournament to Padua. Averaging just over ten goals per contest, the Saints were led by the Soulati sisters: Heleah '21 scored a team-high 30 goals, while Hanna '18 netted 28. Elisa Davila '18 did a little bit of everything, scoring 22 goals while also handing out 18 helpers for 40 total points. Nancy Tucker '19 added to the Saints' balanced attack with 32 points (25 goals, 7 assists). For their efforts, Hanna Soulati and Davila were named First Team All-Conference while Tucker and Heleah Soulati were named to Second Team All-Conference. Defensively, the Saints held their opponents to an impressive 9.5 goals per game, and on four occasions held the opposition to under six goals. Experienced starters Audrey Saliba '18 and Piper Ackermann '19 paced the defensive unit and earned First Team All-Conference honors. For her stellar play, Ackermann, was also recognized as one of the best defenders in the state as she garnered Second Team All-State honors.

All-Conference selections not mentioned: Gillian Simpler '18 and Alex Cameron '18 (Second Team), Cindy Lay '18 (Honorable Mention).

Boys Lacrosse

Saints boys varsity lacrosse enjoyed its most successful season in over a decade, defeating Milford in the first round of the DIAA state tournament by a final score of 18-6. Led by a strong class of seniors, they finished the regular season with a record of 11-4, averaging 11 goals per contest. Attackmen Baird Tuveson '18 and Cooper DeButts '18 were both awarded First Team All-Conference honors for their play throughout the season on the front line. Warrington Webb '18 capped off an outstanding lacrosse career, controlling the midfield and earning First Team All-Conference honors for the second consecutive spring. Defensively, the Saints held opponents to 7.5 goals per contest and were anchored by Mac Nicholson '18, a long-stick midfielder who was selected First Team All-Conference.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis program continued to establish itself as one of the premier tennis programs in the Delaware, finishing third in the DIAA state championships. At thirds singles, Jolie Chin '18 finished as state runner-up in two sets (6-7, 1-6). At second doubles, the undefeated pairing of Anya Dhawan '19 and Mimi Wilmerding '21 proved unstoppable as they won their championship match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0. The first doubles team of Kathryn Rickert '19 and Charlotte Gehrs '20 had an impressive showing in the state tournament as well, earning valuable points for their team in their advance to the state semi-finals. The Saints, who must replace Annie Roach '18 (first singles) and Chin, will look to build upon their 2018 success and crack into the top two teams in Delaware during the 2019 season.

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team finished second in the DIAA state tournament, losing to Caesar Rodney 22-19. Gus Richards '19, competing at third singles, finished as the state runner-up, losing to a Caesar Rodney player in three hard-fought sets (4-6, 6-4, 1-6). John McKee '18 and Will Park '19, who entered the tournament as the top-seeded first doubles team, were crowned state champions after winning their match in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). Not to be outdone, Will Weaver '18 and Cole Kay '21 took home the second doubles crown, defeating conference rival Sanford School by a final score of 7-5, 6-4. Evan Chiu '18, competing at second singles, earned key points for the Saints by advancing to the state semi-finals. Head Coach Taylor Foehl was also honored, receiving the 2018 DIAA Boys Tennis Coach of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership throughout the season.

Girls Soccer

After a slow start, the girls soccer team found their groove and either won or played to a draw in three of their last six matches. Leandre Pestcoe '19 and Josie Friedli '20 controlled the middle of the field for the Saints where they were constantly setting up their teammates. For their efforts, both Pestcoe and Friedli were named First Team All-Conference. Friedli, who had a hand in numerous goals for the Saints, was recognized as one of the top players in the state, earning Second Team All-State Honors as well. Jess Boyer '19, who led the Saints with four goals, was selected Second Team All-Conference for her outstanding play on offense. Emily Paton '19, leader of the Saints defense, was also selected Second Team All-Conference.