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Saturday, December 15 News

Dragons stay hot

The successful fall sports season at Greens Farms Academy continued with more wins and successful outings.

The girls volleyball team remained undefeated while all other programs remained with a winning record.

Here’s a rundown of the week:

FIELD HOCKEY

The GFA girls varsity field hockey team notched a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday against Miss Porter’s School in Farmington.

Goals came from senior captain Lucy Holzinger (Westport), senior Francesca DeVita (Darien), and sophomores Keely O’Shea (Darien) and Zoe Koskinas (Fairfield).

GFA had a 3-1 lead at the half and most of the second half before Miss Porter’s tied the game. With just six minutes to go in regulation time, Porters stormed back and scored twice, pushing the game into overtime.

GFA dominated the 7 v 7 overtime and converted on a penalty corner set piece five minute in from Holzinger to O’Shea to Koskinas, who knocked it in for the win.

Midfielder Bryn Morrison (Weston) and defenders Alex Nesi (Fairfield) and sophomores Rari Bellingeri (Stamford) and Kate Millard (Southport) put in excellent performances that helped seal this win for the Dragons.

In addition to scoring, Holzinger and O’Shea had two assists apiece, Koskinas and Morrison each had one.

Earlier in the week, in a battle of previously undefeated teams, the Dragons fell just short of Rye Country Day by a 4-3 score on Thursday.

Koskinas, Holzinger and O’Shea scored the goals for the GFA, which had a 3-2 lead going into the final 11 minutes of the game before Rye scored twice in a three-minute span. Devita added an assist for the Dragons.

The Dragons had two penalty corners in the final two minutes, just missing one goal that hit the outside of the cage.

Goalie Nikki Farber (Westport) made two saves for the Dragons, which out-shot the Wildcats 9-4.

GIRLS SOCCER

Sophie Staeger (Southport) netted the hat trick, scoring three goals to lead the Dragons to a big win over Harvey on Monday, Sept. 24.

Steph Wistreich (Wilton) added two goals for GFA while Sofia Segalla (Stamford), Shealeigh Crombie (Westport) and Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich) tallied single goals. Samara Cohen (Westport) had two assists while Crombie and Clare Foley (Southport) had single set us.

Lane Murphy (Darien) made five saves for the Dragons.

Earlier in the week, the Dragons battled tough in a scoreless tie against Hopkins. GFA had a balanced attack as six different players provided the team's seven shots on goal. Murphy was brilliant in net, making seven saves to preserve the tie. It was GFA's third tie with Hopkins in the last five seasons.

The week ended with Staeger scoring two goals and assisting on the other as the Dragons went on the road and notched a 3-1 win over Marianapolis Prep on Saturday.

Annika White (Southport), who set up one of Staeger's goals, also scored for the Dragons, who improved to 5-1-2 on the season. Emma Smith (Southport) also assisted on one of Staeger's goals. Murphy made four saves for GFA, which outshot Marianapolis Prep by an 8-4 tally.

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BOYS SOCCER

Charlie Benson (Darien) set up Henry Mcdonald's (Westport) goal in the 22nd minute of the game and the Greens Farms Academy Dragons held on for a 1-0 win over Masters on Saturday.

Max Yates (Fairfield) made four saves for GFA, which improved to 2-1-2.

VOLLEYBALL

The Dragons posted a 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 win over a pesky Wooster School squad at Coyle Gym on Wednesday. Kirwan Carey (Westport) notched 20 kills and had four blocks to lead the attack. Elena Mota (Darien) added 12 kills while Alex Nason (Darien) had 15 digs. Meg Nesi (Fairfield) set up 20 assists on the afternoon, as well.

Kelly Mooney (Southport) led the way at the service line with five aces while Nesi added three.

The Dragons kept up their winning ways with a 3-0 win over Chase Collegiate on Friday. GFA won the match 25-18, 25-19, 25-14.

Carey and Mota combined for 23 kills--13 from Carey, 10 from Mota--en route to the win. Nesi had 15 assists while Nason notched five digs.

The Dragons also served 11 aces from seven different players.

CROSS COUNTRY

The GFA JV boys and three members of the girls varsity team visited Cheshire Academy on Saturday for their annual invitational meet.

The hilly course with challenging terrain created a difficult 3.1 race. Brady Melnick (Westport), an 8th grader, clocked a 24:00 flat to lead the way. Freshman Jonty Hammer (Darien) was timed in 24:45 and junior Grant Goodrick (Darien) was timed in 24:55 rounded out the top three finishers.

Freshman Katie Gabriele (Westport) ran tough despite a sore knee to be the top female Dragon at 26:10.

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