Athletics recap for the week of 10/11 - 10/16
Soccer | The soccer team was looking to bounce back after the long weekend and get back to scoring goals and winning matches. They did both of those in their matches against Sanford (10/14) and Smyrna (10/16). Tony Wang ‘22 and Crawford Seeley ‘22 both had two goals in the Sanford match. Wyatt Barton ‘24 and Aidan Williams ‘23 both put away rebounds and Flynn Bowman ‘22 finished the scoring for the Saints. Sanford did regroup and was able to score four goals late in the match but not enough as the Saints won the match easily against Sanford 7-4. Then on Saturday, the scoring continued against Smyrna HS but wanted to improve their defensive play. Early and often the offense was putting pressure on the Smyrna keeper with multiple shots on goal and just wide of the net. Isaac Lawrence ‘23 broke through early in the first half with a header to give the Saints a 1-0 they took all the way into the half. While they were up, the team had missed opportunities to extend the lead and Coach Carroll encouraged them to finish these opportunities. The message was heard. Tony Wang ‘22 netted two goals in the second half and Lawrence made sure Smyrna would not make any comeback with his second goal of the match. Emmanuel Appentang ‘23 recorded the shutout as the keeper and gave the Saints a 4-0 victory.
Volleyball | This match went down as an instant classic for the Saints and became the most exciting match of the season so far. The volleyball team travelled to Sanford School on Thursday (10/14). The Saints were without their starting libero Pati Lunsford ‘22 due to an injury and had to make a lot of lineup adjustments with Cora Birknes ‘23 filling in at libero. Sanford won the first set 25-20 with one of their servers running off 8 straight points. The Saints responded in the 2nd and 3rd sets with a new strategy to contain Sanford’s top server, winning the sets 25-21 and 25-22. It was Sanford’s turn to respond in the 4th set leading most of the way. The Saints came back to tie it at 24-24 but Sanford scored the next two points to take the set 26-24. All four sets were close and the 5th set was no different. Sanford came back to tie it 14-14 but this time it was the Saints turn to win two straight and claim the 5th set 16-14 for a 3-2 match victory!
Football | On Friday the Saints hosted Glasgow High School in a Class 1A, District 1 showdown. The game started with each offense trading possessions and not able to get much traction. When the Saints took over on their next possession, Nick Osbourne ‘23 sparked the offense, ripping off a 13 yard run, and an extra 15 yards was tacked on by a facemask penalty on Glasgow. On the very next play Mike Lilley ‘22 rolled to his right and threw a dart to Brandon Graves ‘22 down the sideline who cruised past the last defender on the field for a 56 yard touchdown to get the Saints on the board early with a 6-0 lead.
After a Tony Wang ‘22 touchback on the ensuing kickoff the Saints defense stepped up and pushed the Glasgow offense deep back in their own territory, forcing a punt to give the Saints offense good field position. It took only a few plays to get on the board again when Phineas Hunt ‘22 took a handoff and barreled over a defender at the goaline for his 3rd rushing touchdown of the season. A two-point conversion pass from Wang to Will Dulaney ‘23 gave the Saints a 14-0 lead towards the end of the first quarter.
Most of the second quarter was a stalemate until Glasgow ripped off a long run to set themselves up with a 1st and 10 at the Saints 11 yard line. The defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs giving the offense the ball back at their own 2 yard line with under two minutes to go in the first half. After a couple of runs to get out of their own endzone Lilley and Graves hooked up for the second time on the day when Graves wheeled down the sideline and Lilley hit him in stride letting Graves race past the rest of the defense for an 87 yard score. A Hunt two-point conversion run pushed the Saints lead to 22-0 heading into the half.
Glasgow wasn't about to quit as they returned the opening kick of the second half for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 22-6. It didn't take Lilley and Graves long to get going again though. On the second play of the next possession Lilley threw a quick pass to Graves who weaved his way through a few defenders, this time for a 58 yard score. Wang's PAT put the Saints up 29-6. The Saints defense forced a Glasgow punt their next time out. Lilley and Graves once again right back to work, and after another quick pass from Lilley, Graves took off for a 60 yard touchdown for his fourth score of the day extending the lead to 35-6.
Glasgow was able to muster up some offense and score on their next possession to keep their hopes alive and pulled closer with a score of 35-14. Lilley again took matters in his own hands to put the game out of reach for good when he found Dulaney for a 50 yard scoring strike to make the score 42-14 approaching the end of the third quarter.
Once the third quarter ended the game was called due to darkness and the Saints walked off with a 42-14 win, improving their record overall to 5-1 and staying unbeaten in the district at 4-0.
Lilley and Graves led the offensive aerial attack by both setting two school records each. Lilley's 355 yards passing and 5 touchdown passes are the most ever in a single game in St. Andrew's history. Graves' 286 yards receiving on his 6 catches, and his four receiving touchdowns are both single game St. Andrew's records. With his four receiving touchdowns Graves has also broken the single season receiving touchdowns record in school history pushing his total to 9 on the year; he now has 15 total touchdowns on the year with 5 more coming on the ground and one passing touchdown as well.
Graves also led the defensive charge with Hunt. Both finished the day with 7 tackles each. Hunt also had a sack and three tackles for a loss.
Cross-Country | Both the girls and boys cross-country teams competed in their second race of the season. While the teams did not have the same success on the podium that they did in the first race, the Bellevue State Park course was flatter and a lot faster helping the Saints runners run faster times. The top finishers for the girls cross-country team were Lia Miller ‘23 (14th Overall, 20:04.3) and Leah Horgan ‘25 (21st Overall, 20:31.39). For the boys team, Harry Murphy ‘23 (70th Overall, 18:48.35) led the way with Alec Finch ‘22 (77th Overall, 18:54.69) and Zach Ataley ‘22 (82nd Overall, 19:03.77) right behind him.
Field Hockey | After a tough loss before the long weekend, another tough opponent was in line for the field hockey team. Newark Charter came out early and scored twice in the first quarter. The Saints defense regrouped in the 2nd quarter and shut the Patriots out to keep the game close at halftime 2-0. The long break and warm temperatures for October caught up to the Saints in the second half and the defense let up three goals. Newark Charter won the game 5-0.