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Parents Weekend Caps Off Busy Athletic Week
Chris Hayes

Athletics recap for the week of 10/18 - 10/23

It was one the busiest weeks for Saints athletics all fall season. The field hockey team kicked it off with a big win on Monday night under the lights against Middletown and the volleyball team wrapped it up with a back and forth battle with Sanford School to close out Parents Weekend. 

Field Hockey | The team headed down Noxontown Road for their “under the lights” game against Middletown HS. The game did not start the way the Saints were hoping and let in a goal early to give Middletown a 1-0 lead. Momentum turned in the 2nd quarter. The ball was passed to Alani Davila ‘22 on an offensive corner to the top of the circle. Alani took a big hit and Helen Heuer ‘23 was able to tip it in to tie the game. The Saints played another corner to Alani again, and this time Kaki Ackermann ‘23 tipped in the ball to score the 2nd goal for the Saints and put them up 2-1. Middletown had one final corner to tie the game. The defense thwarted the attack, the final whistle blew, and the Saints won 2-1! After the exciting win under the lights, the team took on Odessa HS. The Saints scored the first 5 minutes of the game when Nina Lee ‘23 put one by the keeper on an assist by Adelaide Dixon '22. Later in the first half, it was Nina’s turn to provide the assist on a pass that Kaki Ackermann '23 scored on. The Ducks put some pressure on the Saints late in the 1st half and early in the 2nd half, but Adelaide took a long pass from Markley Peters '24 down the left sideline, weaved through the defense, and scored her first goal of the game. Kaki scored one more time to put the game out of reach and give the Saints a 4-0 win. For the final game of the week, the Saints took on Tower Hill School in front of a packed crowd. Tower Hill was able to net a goal in the 1st half. The Saints responded by intercepting the Hillers passes, implementing big hits consistently, and winning one on one. The Saints had opportunities late on corners but the ball somehow did not cross the goal line. Tower Hill was able to hold on for a 0-1 win over the Saints. 

Volleyball | The volleyball team started their full week with a home match against MOT Charter. The Saints went down early in the first set but battled back to make it 23-24. Unfortunately MOT Charter was able to win the last point and the set to take a 1-0 lead. MOT Charter won the next set handedly. The Saints did not quit and won the 3rd set. Both teams went back and forth in the fourth set. Like the first set it was 23-24 with the Saints doing everything they could to tie, but again MOT Charter was able to win the last point and take the match 3-1. It was a tough draw in their next match against Tower Hill School. Still tinkering with the rotation because of players out to injury the Saints were not able to find a rhythm. The Hillers came out strong and played a complete match against the Saints. They won all three sets. The Saints fought hard and kept their energy high even into the third set but lost 0-3. On Saturday with the return of a couple players, this time the Saints found their rhythm. It was a close first first set but Sanford took the first set. The comeback train left the station early, and the Saints went and dominated the next two sets to take a 2-1 lead. Sanford did not give up though and answered with a 4th set win to tie the match 2-2 and send the match to a deciding 5th set. It was another close set, with both teams going back and forth, but the Saints were able to make enough big plays to win and give their seniors a 3-2 victory. 

Soccer | The boys soccer team started the week on the road to take on a very strong Sussex Central HS. Sussex showed why they are ranked so high and took an early lead. The Saints did their best to keep it a close game and knew if they could find the net once, anything could happen from there. Sussex also knew this and kept the Saints from scoring and winning it 3-0. The Saints bounced back against Wilmington Christian School and a lot of the players were able to score in a big 12-0 win. Tony Wang ‘22 started the scoring in the 12th minute of the first half. Liam Hurtt ‘22, Isaac Lawrence ‘23, Aiden Williams ‘23, and Wyatt Barton ‘24 all scored two goals in the match. Graham Abramo ‘22, Nate Reed ‘22, and starting keeper Emmanuel Appenteng ‘23 each added a goal of their own to round out the scoring. To finish the week, the team was in a battle against Tower Hill School. Both teams had opportunities in the first half but could not capitalize and it was 0-0 at the half. St. Andrew’s took a 1-0 lead early off the foot of Aiden Williams ‘23. Midway through the half, the Saints had to play a man down when Isaac Lawrence ‘23 was shown a red card. The defense of Ned Read ‘22 and Jake Kelly ‘22 stepped up and kept the Hillers offense at bay. Liam Hurtt ‘22 put a corner in to give the Saints an insurance goal and win 2-0. 

Cross-Country | In the only home meet hosted by St. Andrew’s this season, the Saints runners on the girls and boys teams were ready to impress. The weather was perfect and the course was flat to help all runners have successful races. The boys started first and the Saints were quickly in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. They held that grouping for the entire race and claimed the top three spots. Harry Murphy ‘23 led the way with a time of 18:48. Captain Alec Finch ‘22 finished 2nd with a time of 18:52 and Zach Atalay was right behind him for 3rd with a time of 18:56. The girls started 5 minutes after the boys, and it was much of the same success as the boys. The Saints were out in front early, holding on to the top spots for most of the race. Lily Murphy ‘23 crossed the finish line first at 20:44, followed by Lia Miller ‘23 at 20:48, and then Leah Horgan ‘25 to claim the top 3 spots for the girls. The Saints girls claimed the top 10 spots before another team crossed the finish line.

Football | It was a pivotal game against St. Elizabeth on Parents Weekend. The Saints were coming into the game tied with the Vikings for first in the district and the winner would be in control of claiming the district title. It was very difficult to stop Vikings’ running back, Quasim Benson, as he ran for multiple touchdowns. The Saints did stay in the game with big plays on offense from Michael Lilley ‘22 (3 TD passes), Brandon Graves ‘22 (18-yard TD catch), Griffin Patterson ‘24 (100+ yards receiving, 2 TDs), and Nick Osbourne ‘23 (51-yard TD run). The Vikings running game was too much and the Saints dropped a tough one 28-62.