Highlights: Cross Country teams swept the Friends Schools League Championship. Varsity Tennis advanced to the FSL playoffs after a 3-1 week. JV Boys Soccer wrapped up its season with a 7-0 record in the FSL. Crew athletes raced at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
The Varsity & JV Boys & Girls Cross Country Teams clinched the FSL Championship! All four teams captured the Friends Schools League titles on Tuesday, October 18, at Lorimer Park, Huntington Valley. It was a clean sweep for the Tigers!
For the Varsity Girls team (pictured), it was their first title since 2014 -- the last year of a 13-year championship run for the Tigers. The following five of six seasons -- from 2015-2021 -- the Tigers finished a close second.
For the Varsity Boys team, it was their 20th consecutive FSL title, a remarkable feat. At yesterday's meet, GFS athletes were the first, second, and third runners to cross the finish line, clinching the title on the spot.
"Everyone executed really well today. I'm really excited for the girls having reclaimed the title after coming really, really close two of the past three years, coming within a few points. In the boys race, we were down one of our top five and guys that were thrust into the limelight stepped up. The JV girls just did a fantastic job putting five in the top-10," said Varsity Cross Country Coach Conrad Haber. "Just all around, JV girls set the tone sweeping the girls race, varsity boys continued, varsity girls continued, and then JV boys did the same exact thing by sweeping it up in the last race today. The execution by everyone was spot on. It was just an overall great performance by everyone." Read the full story.
Varsity Tennis was busy last week, playing four matches in five days. The team posted a 3-1 week, beating Abington Friends School, falling to George School 4-1, and beating Moorestown Friends School on back-to-back days, the second time in the FSL play-in round to secure the 4th seed in the FSL playoffs.
Against AFS, the team swept 5-0. Winners included: 1st singles Madalyn Shen '25 (6-0, 6-2), 2nd singles Sarah Liu '25 (6-2, RET), 3rd singels Sasha Fishilevich '24 (6-1, RET), 1st doubles Riley Helfrich '23 and Cece Indinopulos '23 (6-1, 6-2), and 2nd doubles Ally McNally '24 and Margalit Eisenstein ‘24 (6-0, 6-0).
The Tigers beat MFS on Thursday 3-2, and on Friday 4-1. Winning for the Tigers were 1st singles Shen (6-0, 6-0), 3rd singes Claire Meyer '24 (pictured, 3-6, 6-1, 10-4) , 1st doubles Helfrich and Indinopulos (6-0, 6-0), and 2nd doubles Shaine Greenwald '23 and Mira Ratnakar '23.
Varsity Girls Soccer came up big on Senior Day defeating Friends' Central School 3-0, at home. The victory also earned GFS Athletics a Felsen Cup point. Scoring for the Tigers were Margaret Harvey '23, Sarah Goldberg '26, and Ella Shay '23. The game was the finale for the Tigers.
"It was a really good game. We played the full 80 minute and started the game really well. I was really happy with how the game went in terms of our energy and competitiveness. We kept the ball in their end for the majority of the game and we had tons of chances and tons of shots," said Varsity Head Coach Manolo Sanchez '10. "It was a good way to end the year in terms of the performance and everything we want our team to look like came together. I'm really proud of the team and happy for the seniors to end it the way we did. "
Varsity Crew athletes/boats qualified for and participated in the Head of the Charles, held in Boston, on Sunday. Congratulations to Lucy Yannella '24 and Lila Donovan '25 (Women's Youth 2X); Maddy Ohta'24 , Cara Appleberry '23, Becca Rasmussen '24, Natalie Lau '24, and Leah Cornejo '24 (Women's Youth 4X); and Aidan Cusack '23 and Josh Cappiello '24 (Men's Youth 2X).
Varsity Field Hockey lost to George School and Friends Select School in their final two games of regular season play. The Tigers will play in the FSL Quaker Cup semifinal on Wednesday with their eye on the Quaker Cup final on Friday.
JV Boys Soccer (pictured) wrapped up an undefeated FSL season on Friday after a 2-1 win over Westtown.
The winning goal came with three minutes remaining in regulation time when Elliot Capecchi '26 worked the ball free on the right hand side of the box, 25 yards out, hit a high looping shot that caught the goalkeeper out and nestled in the net.
"Their goalkeeper made a number of great saves and it would have been fair for the players to feel like it wasn’t to be their night. But they responded well and in the second half we began to dominate the game. It was a great finish from Joel Baah '24 who, with 15 minutes left, gave us the confidence to push forward for the winner from Elliot, whose performance deserved the match-winning goal. "It was a great way to end the season and the unbeaten FSL record!" said JV Head Coach Rob Goodman.
Varsity Boys Soccer did not compete last week but practiced in preparation for the FSL semifinal game on Friday versus Westtown on Wednesday, away. The winner will advance to the championship on Saturday.