The Episcopal Academy girls’ water polo team captured the Flight 2 championship at the Beat of the East tournament Sept. 27-28.
On Sept. 27, the Churchwomen competed at Wissahickon High School, where they beat Hazelton 11-2, led by Katie Brian (14 saves), Jovana Sekulic (seven steals, six goals) and Abby Bonner (four goals on four shots). EA then lost to host Wissahickon 11-3, despite three steals each from Mekhi Wilson And Ava Hendrickson, earning them a slot in Flight 2, which was held at Governor Mifflin High School Sept. 28.
In their first game in Flight 2, the Episcopal girls defeated Muhlenberg 8-4, as Jovana Sekulic had 13 steals and seven goals. Next, the Churchwomen defeated Upper Dublin 9-6, as Abby Bonner had three goals, and Jovana Sekulic had seven steals. The victory advanced EA to the champions round, where they faced Worthington Kilbourne from Ohio.
In a wild championship final, EA prevailed in sudden death overtime, 9-8, which included a 30-minute delay as the host facility tried in vain to re-set the scoreboard. In sudden-death overtime, a 5-meter penalty shot was awarded to Episcopal, and leading scorer and captain Jovana Sekulic took the shot that ended the game. Jovana Sekulic had all nine goals, and she tallied nine steals and drew eight kick outs as well. Katie Brian made 16 saves and Margot LeRoux made three steals.
EA standouts from the tournament include goalie Katie Brian, who held Muhlenberg to no goals until well into the second quarter of the semifinal game; captain Jovana Sekulic, who was the leading scorer for the championship game; captain Abby Bonner with four goals versus Hazelton; Gracie Sheehan with two goals against Upper Dublin; Mekhi Wilson with three steals against both Wissahickon and Hazelton; and captain Margot LeRoux who had the second highest number of steals in the championship game (two).
Haverford School defeated LaSalle, 13-7, Sept. 27, led by Koby Degenhardt (13 saves, three steals), Bram Schork (four goals, seven steals), Ryan LaRocca (six assists) and Matej Sekulic (four goals). The victory meant that the Fords advanced to Flight 1 for the first time in program history.
The following day, Haverford School improved to 16-0 after a come-from-behind, double overtime 11-10 win against Cumberland Valley. The Fords were led by Bram Schork (three goals, five steals, one drawn ejection), David Gobora (three assists, eight steals, one drawn ejection, one block), Ryan LaRocca (two goals, three assists, three steals) and goalie Koby Degenhardt (13 saves, one steal),
The Fords then lost to eventual champion Brunswick, 15-6. Leaders for the Fords included Koby Degenhardt (eight saves, one steal), Bram Schork (one assist, two steals), David Gobora (two goals, one drawn ejection), Jack Deppen (one assist, one steal), Ryan LaRocca (one goal, two assists), Luka Sekulic (two assists, three steals, one drawn ejection) and Matej Sekulic (one goal, two assists, one steal, one drawn ejection).
Malvern Prep (8-7) finished as the Flight 3 runner-up at the Beast of the East tournament Sept. 28 at Central York High School. Malvern lost to Souderton, 14-11, in the Flight 3 championship game, as Ryan Cochran had nine goals and seven steals. Malvern advanced to the Flight 3 championship game with a 7-4 win against Upper Dublin Saturday. Ryan Cochran scored three goals and Jake Caulfield made 13 saves. Earlier in the day, Malvern defeated Pennridge 10-6, as Jake Caulfield made 12 saves while Eric Yablonski and Gavin Kane scored three goals to lead the Friars. Chris Krein had four assists and four ejections drawn while Ben Kutufaris and Brady Tierney each tallied a goal in Malvern’s victory.
In other Main Line high school sports action (the high school wrapup is compiled from game results sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the respective teams):
Academy of Notre Dame defeated Hill School, 4-0, Sept. 25. Izzy Casale had two goals, and Morgan O’Brien and Julia Rossi tallied one goal apiece.
Agnes Irwin defeated Germantown Academy, 3-0, Sept. 27. Alyssa Hardin scored two goals and dished out an assist, while Natalie Pansini tallied one goal and one assist. Owl goalie Amelia Leyden recorded 13 saves and a shutout.
Baldwin School defeated Episcopal Academky, 2-1, in double overtime Sept. 24. Alex Loomis scored the first goal off a free kick in the middle of the second half, then EA answered less than five minutes later to equalize. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime EA earned a free kick near the Baldwin goal and pushed their entire team forward. Baldwin’s Brianna Wright broke up the EA free kick play and passed a long ball to Clara Page, all alone at the midfield line. Page made a 60 yard solo run with the ball and blasted home a shot past the EA goalie with one second on the clock.
Episcopal Academy (boys) tied Hun School, 1-1, Sept. 26. For EA (2-2-4), Adam Archambault scored his first varsity goal (unassisted) and goalie Alex Geczy recorded six saves.
The Episcopal Academy girls defeated Academy of Notre Dame, 4-0, Sept. 27, getting two goals and an assist from Lauren Cunningham and two assists from Bella Piselli. Allie Bush recorded two saves and the shutout.
Friends’ Central (girls) defeated host Hun School, 3-2, Sept. 26. Izzy MacFarlane had two goals and one assist, Jordyn Paszamant tallied one goal and one assist, and goalie Eva Bartholomew earned the win in the net.
Lower Merion (boys) improved its record to 11-0-1 with a 1-0 win against West Chester Rustin Sept. 28. Phil Monos scored the game’s lone goal.
Shipley (girls) defeated Germantown Friends, 6-1, Sept. 24 in its Friends Schools League opener. Senior captain Liv Hamilton had a hat trick, while Khalia Bailey, Mackenzie Medina and Katie Bergen each tallied one goal for Shipley.
Two days later, the Gators (5-2-1) defeated host George, 2-0. Both goals were scored by Liv Hamilton.
Academy of Notre Dame (7-3) defeated Agnes Irwin, 5-1, in its Inter-Ac opener Sept. 27, as Mia Leonhardt recorded a hat trick. Riley Gillin had one goal and one assist, and goalie Paige Kieft recorded four saves.
Archbishop Carroll lost to Merion Mercy, 3-1, Sept. 27. For the Patriots (4-6, 4-1), Carleigh Connors scored a bgoal, assisted by Carly Bateman, and Carroll goalie Grace DiMascio recorded 17 saves.
Two days earlier, the Patriots defeated Archbishop McDevitt, 9-0. Carroll was led by Julia Kingsbury (three goals), Karli Dougherty (three goals, three assists) and Carleigh Connors (two goals, four assists).
Conestoga (10-2, 5-2) defeated North Penn, 6-0, Sept. 27. Carly Hynd scored a hat trick and Chloe Ziegler, Caroline Wisch and Kate Galica added a goal each. Katie Clemson recorded two saves for her seventh shutout of the season for Conestoga.
Episcopal Academy (8-1) defeated Germantown Academy, 1-0, Sept. 27 in its Inter-Ac opener, as Mia Garber’s unassisted first-half goal was the difference. Sofia Acosta had a defensive save, and EA goalie Gianna Cilluffo made one save and recorded a shutout.
Sacred Heart defeated Villa Jospeh Marie, 5-0, Sept. 28, getting two goals and one assist from Mary Lauren Franz, and one goal each from Amanda Heilmann, Sophia DiCocco and Hailey Silvi. Goalie Abby Braun recorded 11 saves for the Lions (3-7, 1-5).
Shipley (5-3, 2-0) defeated George School, 1-0, Sept. 26. The goal was scored by senior captain Gianna McDougall off of a corner, assisted by senior midfielder Brooke Leibowitz. McDougall also had a goal line save in the first half to keep Shipley up by one.
Two days earlier, the Gators defeated Germantown Friends, 5-1. Senior captain Carolina Riley scored Shipley’s first two goals, and teammates Aisling Smith, Julia Lissack and Peyton Turner tallied the other Gator goals.
Academy of Notre Dame (5-2, 3-0) extended their league undefeated streak to 35 matches over five years with a 3-0 at home over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Sept. 27 by scores of 25-14; 25-11; 25-12. Providing the offensive power were Marissa Bruno, Katie Herrington and Grace Guerin with a combined 24 kills. Gia D’Antonio contributed four aces while Grace Clark and Brynn Pippet ran up 14 digs.
Agnes Irwin defeated Baldwin School, 3-2, Sept. 27, posting scores of 15-13, 26-28, 25-21, 15-25 and 15-10. The Owls were led by senior captains Mara Zwilling (nine kills, eight digs, one block, one ace), Colby Yoh (five kills, five blocks) and Dayna Thomas (65 assists), along with 14 digs by Jenna Zwilling and three kills by Anahla Thomas.
Baldwin School lost to Agnes Irwin, 3-2, Sept. 27, posting scores of 13-25,28-26, 21-25, 25-14 and 10-15. The Polar Bears were led by libero Elise Kait (25 digs, two aces, three kills), Olivia Stratton (30 assists), Tessa Pearlstein (18 kills, seven blocks), Joelle Pearlstein (eight kills, five digs), Talia Viroslav (four aces, 10 digs), Hanna Maier (eight digs) and Ryan Shelton (four kills, six blocks).
The Polar Bears defeated Penn Wood, 3-0, Sept. 26, posting scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-9. Leading Baldwin was Elise Kait (10 aces, five digs), Olivia Stratton (19 assists, two aces), Tessa Pearlstein (11 kills, three aces), Joelle Pearlstein (eight kills), Ryan Shelton (four kills) and Blake Landow (three aces, three digs).
Lower Merion defeated Sacred Heart Academy, 3-2, Sept. 27, led by Caroline Burchette (four aces, 10 dogs) Talia Bierschwale (13 digs, three aces) and Abiah Lane (13 kills).
The Aces defeated Harriton, 3-0, Sept. 25, posting scores of 25-23, 25-21, 25-10. Freshman Claire Hamilton put down eight kills while Abiah Lane put away 13. Adi David and Sara Beqiraj dished out 18 and 14 assists, respectively.
Radnor lost to Strath Haven, 3-0, Sept. 25, posting scores of 14-25, 17-25, 16-25. The Raiders registered 14 team blocks, four each by middle blockers Pati Castro and Sam Worentzoff. The offense was led by Worentzoff (seven Kills) and Lucy Criscuolo (four kills, two blocks), and Josie Darrach (12 assists).
Agnes Irwin defeated Penn Charter, 5-2, Sept. 27. For the Owls, Kathryn Chang won in straight sets at third singles (6-4, 6-0).
Episcopal Academy defeated Penn Charter, 7-0, Sept. 24, getting straight set wins in all seven matches, including first singles (Ashley Kennedy), second singles (Stefania Calastri) and third singles (Maddy Mitchell).
Friends’ Central defeated Academy of the New Church, 5-0, Sept. 25, winning all five matches in stright sets, including first singles (Grace Decatur), second singles (Anna Volpp) and third singles (Sally Su).
Lower Merion lost to Radnor, 6-1, Sept. 24. The Aces’ fourth doubles team of Eugenia Feng and Alicia Chau was victorious, 6-2, 6-1.
Radnor defeated Pennsbury, 7-0, Sept. 25, winning all seven matches in straight sets, including first singles (Kanon Ciarrocchi), second singles (Bridget Dougherty) and third singles (Lucy Hederick).
One day earlier, the Raiders defeated Lower Merion, 6-1, winning first singles (Kanon Ciarrocchi), second singles (Bridget Dougherty) and third singles (Lucy Hederick).
Shipley (5-2) defeated Friends Select, 5-0, Sept. 27, getting straight set wins in all five matches, including first singles (Tori Allen), second singles (Lilia Becker) and third singles (Audrey Fink).
Episcopal Academy defeated Springside Chesnut Hill (17-45) and Baldwin (15-49) in a tri-meet at EA Sept. 24. The top three runners were from EA – Jill McEntee (first place, 22:15), Kathryn Lynn (22:30) and Alex Gobran (22:51).
Conestoga (10-3, 10-1) defeated Garnet Valley, 191-218, Sept. 25 at Waynesborough CC. The Pioneers were led by Morgan Lofland (34), Ben Lee (37), Michael Walz (39) and Drew Ridder (39). The Pioneers finished their regular season with this victory, finishing in second place in the Central League to Strath Haven. Both the Pioneers and the Panthers will preresent the Central League in District 1 team competition.
Haverford School defeated Radnor, 188-208, Sept. 25 at Merion West. The Fords were led by Charlie Baker, Jake Maddaloni and Tyler Zimmer, who each shot 2-over-par 37s.
Lower Merion defeated Penncrest, 214-215, but lost to Ridley, 210-214, in a tri-match Sept. 24. The best score for the Aces were 37 for Sydney Yermish and 40 for Adam Chen.
Radnor lost to Haverford School, 188-208, Sept. 25 at Merion West. The Raiders were led by Chase Stephano, who fired a 3-over-par 38.
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