Varsity Teams Go 3-1-1; Three Teams Celebrate #GFSseniorday; GFS Adds to Felsen Cup Tally
Varsity Cross County outran the competition on #GFSseniorday, topping visiting George School and Westtown School in the final tri-meet of the season. The victories — for both the Girls & Boys teams — capped an undefeated Friends Schools League (FSL) regular season. Results: GFS Boys vs. George Boys: 16-47, GFS Boys vs. Westtown Boys: 18-45, GFS Girls vs. George Girls: 17-38, GFS Girls vs. Westtown Girls: 19-36. In the Boys Varsity race, Simon Donovan ‘23 (1) led the pack, followed by PJ Kresloff ‘24 (2), Shuford Kirk ‘23 (4), Charlie Brodkin ‘22 (5), Mason Kresloff ‘25 (7), Jiasheng Shi ‘25 (8) and Sam Rekulak ‘22 (9). For the Girls: Anna Macdonald ‘22 finished first (1), followed by Annika Marcelis ‘22 (2), Katya Henisz ‘23 (3), Emma Nam ‘23 (4), Cora Rosin ‘23 (11), Mackenzie Baisch ‘24 (16) and Sadie Hammarhead ‘22 (17). Post-race, teammates, coaches and families celebrated seniors Brodkin, Hammarhead, Christian Jallo, Macdonald, Marcelis, Caleb Rader and Rekulak. Next up: FSL Championship, Tues., Oct. 19, 2:30 PM, at Westtown School. The Boys program will be racing for its 19th consecutive FSL title. The Girls program is looking to reclaim the FSL title from rival Friends' Central, the first since GFS’ winning streak of 13 consecutive FSL titles from 2002-2014.
Varsity Girls Soccer celebrated its eight seniors with another formidable FSL win shutting out George School 6-0 at home. The win marks the Tigers fifth consecutive and first shutout of the season. For the Tigers, Margaret Harvey '23 and Annie McLuaghlin '22 tag teamed for another dominant offensive performance. Maya Orenstein '23, Caroline Rickels '22, Katie Day '25, Ally Katz '22, and goalkeeper Bluma Hammarhead '22 combined in a terrific defensive effort to record a clean sheet. "I am happy with the way we played, especially defensively," said Head Coach Manolo Sanchez ‘10. "We limited George's forays into our end to a bare minimum and were able to keep them in their own end for much of the game. The back 3 and goalkeeper were in sync with one another and this led to their best performance of the year." After the game, teammates, coaches, families and friends recognized seniors Hammarhead, Katz, Cadence Kelly, McLaughlin, Dylan Ragas, Rickels, Claudia Rickels and Zoe Schaedle. Varsity Soccer stands at 5-0 in the FSL and 6-3-1 overall. Next up: #GFSGSoccer vs. Abington Friends; Fri., Oct. 15; 4:00 PM, home at Fields.
Varsity Tennis blanked FSL opponent Abington Friends 5-0 at home with all six seniors starting in the Varsity lineup. Highlights include a strong performance by 2nd doubles Alexa Hanson and Alex Purdue to win a tiebreak which sealed the 5-0 victory for the Tigers. At 1st doubles, Dara and Junior Ceci Idinopolous played together for the first time as doubles partners and secured a victory for the Tigers. The senior singles trio of Taylor Ford #1, Mariel Kavanagh #2, Joanna Lin #3 took care of business and showed why GFS' depth will carry the Tigers into the playoffs and beyond. After the match, teammates, coaches, families and classmates honored the seniors including Ford, Alexa Hanson, Dara Jih-Cook, Kavanagh, Lin and Alex Purdue. Next up: #GFSgirlstennis vs. Friends' Central, 4:00 PM, at Friends' Central. The teams will vie for the #FelsenCup.
Varsity Field Hockey earned .5 points toward the coveted #FelsenCup with it's 1-1 tie to rival Friends' Central School, on the road. Stella Gjesdal Hammer ‘22 scored the Tigers' lone goal in the first half. Goalkeeper Asha Wilson ‘24 recorded three essential saves. Next up: #GFSfieldhockey vs. Friends Select on Fri., Oct.15, 4:00 PM, home at Fields.
Varsity Boys Soccer dropped in a hard fought match over non-league opponent Central High School, held at Fields. The Tigers controlled much of the play but struggled to create meaningful chances in the final third. "We certainly played well enough to win", said Varsity Coach Sam Mcilvain, "but we needed to be more technical, creative, and assertive in the final 30 meters, and today just wasn't our day. It was a difficult loss to swallow, as it was a winnable game, but the boys know what's on the line this Friday, so I expected focus, hard work, and competitiveness in the next two days in training. We'll bounce back." A victory in this Friday's game versus Abington Friends — the final home game — will bump the team to 5-2 in FSL league play and guarantee postseason play for the Tigers. The team will also celebrate #seniorday. Next up: #GFSBSoccer vs. Abington Friends, Fri., Oct. 15, 4:00 PM, home at AA Smith Field.