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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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Tigers' Upper School Weekly Scoreboard, Week of Sept. 19-25

Highlights: Crew earned gold and bronze medals in four events at the first fall regatta. Varsity Field Hockey came up big against Solebury School. Varsity and JV Boys Soccer teams each won two games last week to bump to 3-0 in the FSL. Boys and Girls Cross Country also remained unbeaten in the league. 

The Boys & Gils Fall Crew teams kicked of the season with success on Sunday at the King's Head Regatta, held at the Upper Merion Boat Club, King of Prussia. 

"The team was very excited to return to the King's Head for the first time since 2019.  I really enjoy this regatta on the upper Schuylkill River. The scenery is beautiful and the course is easy to navigate, making it an ideal venue to kick off our fall head racing season," said Crew Head Coach Brian Severi. 

The Tigers medaled in four events: 

  • Women's Youth Lwt 1x - Gold Medal - Sarah Levy '23
  • Women's Youth JV 4x - Gold Medal - Natalie Lau '24, Lucy Yannella '24, Lila Donovan '25, Leah Cornejo '24
  • Men's Youth JV 4x - Silver Medal - Anand Rajagopalan '25, Shachar Pinto '25, Luke Lendler '24, Jasper Furnas '25
  • Women's Youth JV 2x - Silver Medal - Becca Rasmussen '24, Cara Appleberry '24

Other notable races:

  • Women's Youth JV 4x - 3rd Place - Maddy Ohta '24, Hailey Alt '24, Lyla Conley '25, Rowan Kress '25
  • Women's Youth JV 4x - 3rd Place - Maddy Ohta '24, Hailey Alt '24, Lyla Conley '25, Rowan Kress '25
  • Men's Youth JV 2x - 4th Place - Alex Young '25, Julian Cheung '24

"I couldn't be more proud of how the rowers raced at such a high level so early in the season. I can't wait to head to Wilmington next weekend for the Head of the Christina!" Severi continued. 

Varsity Field Hockey (2-2-1, 0-0-1) notched a huge 7-0 win over Solebury School, at home, in its lone game last week. Leading the Tigers offensively were Marabel Poulos-Hopkins '26 who recorded a hat trick, Rachel Jiang '25 who added two, and Fiona Abraham '26 and Hoashun Sparks '25 who each netted a goal.  

"All of the pieces came together this game. We worked our system extremely well, we had a lot of shots on goal, earned corners, and got our eyes up to see the open spaces. We need to continue to trust our skills and system and also come to each game ready to compete," said Varsity Head Coach Rachel Steinman. 

Boys Varsity Soccer (4-2-1, 3-0) improved their record with two wins -- both in the FSL -- last week. The Tigers first hosted Abington Friends School. A powerful header from Eli Laskawy '23, with 10 minutes to go, broke a 0-0 stalemate with rival AFS and propelled GFS to a 1-0 victory.

"While we struggled to find our fluidity in the first half, I thought the boys played well in the second half; they moved the ball well, had better spacing, and created lots of good scoring opportunities. It felt like a goal was coming, but you never know in this game. Credit to AFS for battling hard and making it difficult for us. But I’m very pleased we found a way to win, and did so by imposing our style of play. We needed the 3 points and we got them. Eli’s header was a thing of beauty off a great service for Jacob (Burnett, senior co-captain)," said Varsity Head Coach Sam McIlvain. 

Later in the week, the team blanked Friends Central 3-0 and earned a Felsen Cup point for the Tigers. Goals were recorded by Calder Cook '24, Isaac Okewole '23, and Ezra Stern '24. Will Turk '25 earned his fourth shutout of the year in net for the Tigers.

“It was a terrific win, and I’m so happy for the squad”, said Coach Mcilvain. “It was our most complete match of the season. Everyone really stepped up their game on both sides of the ball.”

The victory improved the Tigers' record to 3-0 in the league as they advance to their toughest week of the season with big matches against perennial heavyweights Westtown and Shipley.

“We really wanted the full 9 points to start league play and we got them. Now we focus ahead to Westtown and we are looking forwarding to showing what we can do. I remain convinced that if we bring our A game like we did today, we can compete with anyone.”  

JV Boys Soccer (3-2-1, 3-0) also had a 2-0 week and amassed 14 goals to the opponents' 2. The Tigers beat AFS 6-1 and FCS 8-1. Against FCS, eight Tigers notched goals.

"On a small pitch, in difficult circumstances, the team started well and never looked back," said JV Head Coach Rob Goodman. "It was a great all-round performance with all 24 players getting time on the pitch and all contributing positively in our unbeaten FSL run." 

Varsity Girls Soccer dropped two last week but according to Varsity Head Coach Manolo Sanchez '10, good things lie ahead for the Tigers. 

Against Hill, the Tiger lost 5-2. The team strung together on-point passages of play resulting in two goals in the space of 3 minutes, to lead 2-1. Margaret Harvey '23 scored both goals. Sanchez noted strong play by Ella Shay '23 and Caroline Putnam '23, who played out of position due to sidelined teammates.

"This is a tough result to take as we were the better team on the day. The reality is that we lost the game in a seven-minute span where we conceded 4 goals. With injuries and COVID continuing to mount, many players were playing out of position but they sacrificed for the team and did well for the most part. We created plenty of opportunities, and if we continue in this vein and get luck with everyone’s fitness and availability, we will be in a good spot to close the season out strong," said Sanchez. 

On the road, the Tigers lost to George School 3-2. "It’s tough when there are only one or two subs available in each game, but I am pleased with how 70 of the 80 minutes went today. Luck will even out and things will start to go our way soon - I’m sure of it." 

The Boys Cross Country (4-0) and Girls Cross Country (4-0) teams finished first in the FSL dual meet last week. In the Boys Varsity division, the Tigers beat AFS 15-46 and George School 16-47. In the Gils Varsity Division, the Tigers beat AFS 15-50 and George School 20-37. Both teams stand at the top of the FSL. 

Varsity Tennis (5-2, 3-1) went 1-1 last week with a shuffled lineup due to injuries. The Tigers were edged by Friends Central 3-2 but bounced back to sweep Friends Select. Winning for the Tigers versus FSS were: No. 1 singles Madalyn Shen '25 (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 singles Alice Mather '23 (6-0, 6-1), No. 3 singles Claire Meyer '24 (6-0, 6-0), No. 1 doubles Riley Helfrich '23 and Cece Idinopulos '23 (6-0, 6-0), and No. 2 doubles Ally McNally '24 and Margalit Eisenstein '23 (6-0, 6-0). 

JV Tennis lost a tight match, 3-2, against Friends Central. Three matches went to a tie-breaker. "It came down to the wire with #3 Singles Klara Munoz-Mazurkiewicz '26 who lost a heartbreaker tiebreak! Everyone played their best," said JV Head Coach Stephanie Daniel. 


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