Greenwich athletes compete for Green Farms Academy

Cross country

The boys cross country team ran their best meet of the season at Sherwood Island Wednesday, Sept. 28. GFA’s top four finishers crossed the line within 25 seconds of each other. Senior captain Scott Barnett (Ridgefield) ran his best time of the season: 19:55. Freshman Charlie Bohnsack (Darien) also broke the 20-minute mark with 19:58. Junior Sean Minson and freshman Owen Minson of (Darien) took third and four with times of 20:02 and 20:04, respectively. GFA defeated Masters, Rye and St. Luke’s while falling short in the points column to Brunswick, Hopkins and King.

Varsity volleyball

The volleyball team went 2-0 this week, starting with a 3-0 win Sept. 27 over The Wooster School by the scores of 25-9, 25-18, 25-16. The Dragons came out with a strong serving attack lead by sophomore Kirwan Carey (Ridgefield) with 22 service points, nine kills and four blocks, followed by senior Blair Marine (Darien) who had 13 service points. Freshman Meg Nesi (Fairfield) had 17 assists, senior Olivia Sullivan (Norwalk) had 12 kills and four blocks. Leading the defense was junior Celeste Matte (Stratford) and sophomore Alex Nason (Darien).

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the team got a 3-0 win over Chase Collegiate: 25-9, 25-16, 25-10. Sullivan delivered eight straight points, finishing the match with 21 service points, five aces and five kills. Carey added 10 service points and eight kills. Nesi had 10 assists and 5 aces.  

Girls varsity soccer

GFA went 0-2 this week, starting with a 3-1 loss Sept. 28 to Hopkins School. GFA controlled much of the first half, despite going into halftime down 0-1. To start the second half, GFA pressed forward, finally scoring when sophomore Lil Breier (Westport) assisted a goal by sophomore Ella Murphy (Darien) to tie the game. Hopkins was able to score twice more in the last 7 minutes of play.

Friday, Sept. 30, the Dragons finished with a 3-2 loss to St. Luke’s School. St. Luke’s scored in the first few minutes of play, and added two more to make it 3-0 at halftime. In the second half, sophomore Kelly Van Hoesen (Greenwich) moved to the middle, where she helped senior Clare Mengel (Fairfield) control play and open up looks for the Dragons. The first GFA goal came off a pass from Mengel up the right side of the field to Murphy for the score. The second GFA goal came with just four minutes left in the game, off a GFA free kick 30 yards out that found Van Hoesen for the goal. Senior captain Alexis Messina (Greenwich) led the defense and senior captain Lexi Kimball (Easton) helped keep the team in the game with a second half shutout.   

Boys varsity soccer

The boys soccer team went 3-0 this week opening up against Christian Heritage, and came home with a 1-0 win. The Dragons scored in the eighth minute when sophomore Miles McDonald (Westport) converted a pass from senior Jack Moley’s (Darien).

GFA picked up their second win of the week with a 2-1 victory at home over Harvey School.  Senior captain Michael Medvedev (Stamford) set up junior Ian Lee’s (Greenwich) pass to senior Hobi Lew (Southport) who finished for the goal. Moley notched GFA’s second goal by converting a pass from freshman Mitch Colonna (Rowayton). GFA’s defense was led by senior captain Rocco Babun (Weston), and juniors James Velgot (Weston), Steffen Refvik (Westport) and goalkeeper Henry Holzinger (Norwalk); the team only allowed three shots on goal.

The Dragons traveled to Wooster on Saturday to earn a 3-1 victory. Junior Jake Sinnott (Fairfield) scored the first and third goals for the Dragons, while sophomore Zach Liston (Wilton) notched GFA’s second. Assists came from McDonald and freshman Ethan Lior (Fairfield). GFA, is now 6-1.

Varsity field hockey

On Monday, Sept. 26, GFA traveled to Convent of the Sacred Heart, losing 0-6. Junior Ryan Morris (Stamford) helped hold down the defense; sophomore Lucy Holzinger (Norwalk) led the offense with three shots.

Against Rye on Wednesday, Sept. 28, GFA started strong and went into halftime tied 0-0. Rye scored just two minutes into the half and got three goals on the board in the next three minutes.   Morris led an offensive surge, leading to goal by sophomore Whitney Rintoul (Darien). Rye added their fourth goal with four minutes remaining for a final score of 1-4.

GFA faced Miss Porters on Saturday, Oct. 1, coming away with a 1-0 win. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie with three saves by freshman goalkeeper Nikki Farber (Westport). GFA got on the board on their third corner of the second half, when Holzinger found senior Chloe Messina (Old Greenwich) who tipped it in with 10:40 remaining in the game. GFA’s offense was led by seniors Messina and Claire Jansen (Wilton), who helped create many offensive opportunities.

GFA junior Ian Lee of Greenwich takes the ball downfield for the assist in his team's 2-1 victory over the Harvey School on Sept. 28.

GFA junior Ian Lee of Greenwich takes the ball downfield for the assist in his team’s 2-1 victory over the Harvey School on Sept. 28.

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