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Season Review: 2019 Boys & Girls XC
Jacob Myers

 

The 2019 boys and girls cross country teams found success yet again in 2019 as they both placed 8th overall in the Division Two DIAA State Championships held at Killens Pond State Park. Blake Hundley ’20 led the way for the boys all season long, finishing his career as one of the greatest runners in school history with three key performances down the stretch. Hundley finished 2nd overall in the Conference Championships and followed that up with a 4th place finish in the New Castle County Championships. In his last race as a Saint in the State final, Hundley crossed the finish line in 16:49, placing third amongst 170 participants. For his efforts, Hundley received 2nd-team All-State recognition, team MVP and the 2019 varsity coaches award. JT Meyer ’21 continued his rapid improvement in 2019, earning All-Conference and All-County honors for his stellar performances in the Conference and New Castle County Championships. Meyer also shared team MVP honors with Hundley for his excellent work this season. Alec Finch ’22 was honored as the Most Improved Runner, making his varsity debut in 2019 and posting multiple top 25 finishes. Finch turned in a personal best time of 18:10 (44th overall) during the New Castle County Championships and placed 42nd overall in the State Championship meet.

The girls cross-country team had an excellent year as well, winning the Conference Championship meet with a narrow, three point victory over Tatnall School. Josie Pitt ’23 and Emma Hopkins ’23 placed 4th and 5th overall while Emily Boyer ’21 and Emily Murphy ’22 finished 7th and 8th, respectively. For their efforts, Pitt, Hopkins, Boyer and Murphy all received All-Conference honors. Pitt continued to turn in impressive performances in the final two meets of the year, placing 42nd overall in the New Castle County Championships and 29th overall in the State Championships. Lily Murphy ’23 found herself right behind her classmate in these meets as she placed 43rd in the New Castle County Championships and 30th in the State Championship. Hopkins rounded out the top three for the Saints, finishing her impressive rookie campaign with times of 22:11 (54th overall) and 21:33 (39th overall). All three newcomers received Rookie of the Year honors. Team captain Charlotte Gehrs received the 2019 varsity coaches award for her strong leadership and service to the team.

 

Boys All-Conference, All-County & All-State Honors
All-Conference, All-County & 2nd-team All-State: Blake Hundley ’20
All-Conference & All-County: JT Meyer ’21

Team Awards
MVP: Blake Hundley ’20 & JT Meyer ’21
V coaches award: Blake Hundley ’20
JV coaches award: Harry Murphy ’23
Most Improved: Alec Finch ’22

Girls All-Conference Honors
Emily Boyer ’21, Emily Murphy ’22, Emma Hopkins ’23 & Josie Pitt ’23

Team Awards
V Coaches Award: Charlotte Gehrs ’20
Rookies of the Year: Emma Hopkins ’23, Lily Murphy ’23 & Josie Pitt ’23
Most Improved Varsity Runner: Emily Murphy ’22
Most Improved JV Runner: Gwendolyn Mellon ’21

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Season Review: 2019 Football
Jacob Myers

 

The 2019 Saints finished their season with a 6-4 record, recording their first winning season since 2012. Eight members of the Saints were recognized by the Delaware Independent School Conference for their play during the 2019 season. Headlining the All-Conference team on offense were Adrian Watts ’20 (QB), Lamar Duncan ’20 (WR) and Nick Oxnam ’22 (OT) who were all named to the First-team. Alex Maruszewski ’20 (WR), Brandon Graves ’22 (WR) and Phineas Hunt ’22 (OG) were Honorable-Mention selections. Watts completed 105 of 181 passes (58%) for 1,632 yards and 20 touchdown passes while running for an additional 633 yards and ten scores on the ground. He even added six receptions for 105 yards and three touchdown receptions on the season, giving him a total of 33 touchdowns. Watts broke numerous school records with his prolific passing and playmaking ability. Duncan also had a record-breaking year and gave defensive secondaries nightmares. Duncan finished his senior campaign with 56 receptions for 860 yards and seven touchdowns. Oxnam rounds out the First-team offensive selections as he anchored the offensive line from his left tackle position, giving Watts ample time to throw while paving the way for the Saints rushing attack that averaged over 125 yards per game. Graves and Maruszewski added to the Saints strong passing attack, combing for 791 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Hunt proved to be a valuable member of the offensive line.

Defensively, the Saints continued to improve and posted four shutouts during the 2019 season. Watts (LB), Graves (DE) and Hunt (DT) all earned First-team honors while Duncan (DB), Tim Odutola ’20 (DB) and Mason McKee ’21 received Honorable-Mention nods. Watts was named as First-team All Conference at linebacker for the second straight season as he recorded 65 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six forced fumbles. He finishes his career with 235 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, seven sacks and eight forced fumbles. Graves did a little bit of everything this year for the Saints on defense as he posted 43 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and scored two defensive touchdowns. From his defensive tackle spot, Hunt registered 28 tackles, a team-leading 13 tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Duncan and Odutola tied for the team lead this year with three interceptions a piece. Duncan returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown and Odutola added a team-high eight pass break-ups. McKee led the Saints in tackles on the year with 72. He also had six tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

All-Conference Honors
First-Team: Adrian Watts ’20 (QB/LB), Lamar Duncan ’20 (WR), Brandon Graves ’22 (DE), Phineas Hunt ’22 (DT) & Nick Oxnam ’22 (OT)
Honorable-Mention: Lamar Duncan ’20 (DB), Alex Maruszewski ’20 (WR), Tim Odutola ’20 (DB), Mason McKee ’21 (LB), Brandon Graves ’22 (WR) & Phineas Hunt ’22 (OG)

Team Awards
Robert Colburn Award: Tim Odutola ’20
Virginia DiGennaro Award: Dante Soriano ’20
MVP: Adrian Watts ’20
Most Improved: Lamar Duncan ’20
Dedication and Commitment Award: Arush Puri ’21

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Season Review: 2019 Soccer
Jacob Myers

 

The varsity soccer team went 9-5-1 during the 2019 regular season, reaching the DIAA state tournament for the ninth consecutive season where they fell to St. Mark’s HS. Zach Tull ’20 went out in style, leading the offensive attack by scoring a team-high 15 goals in his senior campaign. Tull scored multiple goals in five of the Saints 15 regular season contests. For his efforts, he was awarded First-team All-Conference and All-State honors. Steven Ding ’20 joined Tull on the All-Conference First-team, netting five goals while handing out an additional three assists. Matt Lilley ’21, second on the team with eight goals, received Second-team All-Conference honors for efforts in the attacking third. The Saints were equally impressive protecting their own net, limiting their opponents to one goal or less in ten contests. Logan Cameron ’20 anchored these strong defensive efforts throughout the year, earning First-team All-Conference and Second-team All-State honors. Nick Lilley ’21, known for his speed and tenacity on the back end, earned First-team all conference and Third-team all-state honors.

All-Conference & All-State Honors
First-team All-Conference & First-team All-State: Zach Tull ’20
First-team All-Conference & Second-team All State: Logan Cameron ’20
First-team All-Conference & Third-team All-State: Nick Lilley ’21
First-team All-Conference: Steven Ding ’20
Second-team All-Conference: Matt Lilley ’21, Liam Hurtt ’22 & Crawford Seeley ’22

Team Awards
MVP: Zach Tull ’20
Coaches Award: Logan Cameron ’20
JV Most Improved: Frank Koblish ’22
JV Golden Boot: Graham Abramo ’22

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Women's Network Weekend 2019 Explores "The Built World"
Liz Torrey

 

Over the weekend of November 15-16, St. Andrew's welcome alumni and families to campus for our 2019 Women’s Network Weekend. The theme of this year’s conference was The Built World: Reimagining Space & Place, and events celebrated alumni who are working in fields such as engineering, architecture, design, construction, and the many other professions involved in creating and improving our communities and habitats.

“Through the journeys of their lives, our alumni also tell the story of St. Andrew’s,” said Women’s Network founder and chair Elizabeth Roach. “They tell the story of how a community of care and kindness, of collaboration and creativity, of intellectual rigor and joy, of diversity and co-education, of adults and teenagers, can challenge us all to keep striving to make the world a better place. This story is made visible and audible during the Women’s Network Weekends when our alumni return to campus and engage with our students and faculty for two days.”

The weekend began with a keynote talk by Jean Li’ ’06, which she delivered the duPont Memorial Chapel on Friday afternoon. Li is an architect with MBB Architects in New York City, and currently oversees projects for schools and religious institutions. She spoke about the ways in which our spaces affect the spirit and health of our communities, outlined some of the collaborative challenges of working in architecture, and shared three project examples from her work. You can read more about Li and her work here, and watch her talk on our Livestream channel.

On Friday evening, Annie Imbrie-Moore ’12 and Margaux Lopez ’11 gathered on stage in Engelhard Hall to deliver the weekend's second keynote address—a fun, thoughtful, wide-ranging conversation on engineering, stem careers, gender, and life at St. Andrew’s. You can also watch their conversation on our Livestream channel. Imbrie-Moore is a mechanical engineering student at Stanford, where she researches heart valve repair techniques; read more about her work here. Lopez is a mechanical engineer at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where she works on an enormous digital camera destined for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, an observatory currently under construction in Chile; read more about her work here

Imbrie-Moore and Lopez were introduced by Trustee Michael Evans ’98, who helped organize the weekend. Evans is the President of Moynihan Station Development Corporation, where he oversees the redevelopment of the James A. Farley Post Office Building into a new intercity passenger rail station for New York City.

On Saturday morning, students, faculty and guests gathered in Engelhard Hall for a panel discussion with the following alumnae:

Kim G. Cortes ’01, Associate Art Director, Guardian News & Media

Clair Colburn ’87, Senior Associate, Finegold Alexander Architects

Elisa Espiritu ’98, Organizational Development Specialist, The Innocence Project

Faith Loehr ’13, Engineering Intern, Turner Construction Company

Elizabeth A. Martin ’09, Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Heather Williams Mitchell ’92, Former President & COO, Head of Asset Management, Capri Capital Partners

After the panel (which you can also watch at standrews-de.org/livestream), students, faculty, and alumni dispersed throughout campus to attend more than 50 workshops hosted by both male and female alumni. Workshop topics were wide-ranging; a few samples are listed below:

  • Community-Based Planning in NYC’s Chinatown and the Lower East Side: A Case Study (Elisa Espiritu ’98)
  • Electric Autonomous Vehicles (Probably) Won’t Save the Planet: The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of American Transportation (Jamie Carrington ’98)
  • Engineering a Solution to Save the Bay (Beth Martin ’09)
  • Exploring a Career in Real Estate Private Equity (Rob Toomey ’92)
  • Historic Preservation: Planning the Future of the Past (Alice Duffee ’88)
  • Inclusivity in Design (Clair Colburn ’87)
  • The Psychology of Urban Spaces: Creating a Vibrant and Welcoming Public Realm (Michael Evans ’98)
  • Talking Shop: Inside the Business of Interior Design (Lucy Long ’00)
  • The Very Stubborn Phenomena of Redlining (Bret Peters ’81)

“Many of my conversations with alumni throughout the weekend centered on the renovation of Amos and the Sipprelle Field House and how these new buildings have created amazing learning and communal spaces,” Roach reflected after the fact. “Their imaginations were alive, invested in a vision—in both practical and whimsical ways—of the future of the school. Certainly, their willingness to participate in the weekend signaled to me that they care deeply about the school, but talking to them about their dreams for the school and their interactions with students fueled me with hope and gratitude and optimism about the capable and brilliant hands in which we’re leaving the future of the school.”

"It is always a pleasure to be back at SAS," said Faith Loehr 13 after the weekend. "I could never express how much SAS has provided for me, but coming back to share just a small bit about myself to the student body is nowhere near enough to reciprocate the impact the St. Andrew's community has had on me. I will be forever grateful for my time at SAS and wanting to return the kind energy SAS radiates."

The Built World was our ninth on-campus Women’s Network event since the Network’s founding in 2009 by Roach—and that number does not include the many off-campus Women’s Network gatherings that have been held over the past ten years as well. The Women’s Network came into being as the school was celebrating its 35th anniversary of co-education. Our earliest female alums are now in the midst of their adult careers and doing fascinating work out in the world, and thus the motivating idea behind the Women’s Network was to celebrate the accomplishments of these alumnae while also allowing them to reconnect with the school and with each other, and to create a means by which they could share their professional insights and expertise with our current students. Since the spring of 2010, Women’s Network events have brought a wide variety of St. Andreans back to campus for just this purpose, often around a professional theme—business, the arts, medicine, journalism, education, and so on. The size and scope of these events has expanded over the years, and since 2013 both men and women have come back to campus to present and participate in our Women’s Network Weekends. Today, the central goal of the Women’s Network is to provide community, inspiration, and mentorship for all members of our community.

“The Network celebrates the full maturation and development both of coeducation at St. Andrew’s and the steady evolution and progress women have made in the 20th and 21st centuries toward leadership in every field, every endeavor, every responsibility in global and American life,” explains Roach. “We want to celebrate the incredible collaboration among men and women, boys and girls in the creation of our abiding spirit and ethos, connecting and inspiring us all.”
 

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Season Review: 2019 Volleyball
Jacob Myers

 

The varsity volleyball team finished 7-9 on the year, earning a bid to the DISC tournament as the number four seed for the first time in school history. Sophie Xu ’23 had an incredible rookie campaign, earning Second-team All-Conference honors for her outstanding play. Xu was an all-around contributor in her debut season, averaging a team-high 3.3 blocks per match while adding 3.2 digs and 2.4 kills per contest as well. Emily Paton ’20 earned Third-team All-Conference honors in her final season as a Saint, recording a team-high 102 kills and adding 23 aces. This marks the third time that Paton has received All-Conference recognition, earning Second-team honors in her sophomore and junior seasons. Pati Lunsford ’22 proved to be a steady force at her libero position, recording 100 digs in the 13 contests she participated in. For her efforts, Lunsford earned Third-team honors alongside Paton. Caroline Sahs ’22 handed out a team-high 146 assists while Louise Stilwell ’20 capped off her career with 87 kills in 14 contests, good enough for second on the team.

All-Conference Honors 
Second-team: Sophie Xu ’23
Third-team: Emily Paton ’20 & Pati Lunsford ’22

Team Awards
V Coaches Awards: Miles Abney ’20, Lila Feldmann ’20, Emily Paton ’20, Louise Stilwell ’20 & Bwembya Tembo ’20
JV Most Improved: Allaire Berl ’22
JV MVP: Dana Bulakh ’20
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