Thanks to the many coaches who shared recaps of their fall sports seasons! Read on for summaries, photo galleries and individual honors from Winsor's five fall sports.
The experienced rowers of Varsity Crew modeled wonderfully inclusive behavior and a solid work ethic for a large, eager group of novices during a season that was marked by so many incredible days on the water.
The first regatta of the season was the Textile River Regatta in Lowell, the longest race of the fall. The varsity fours raced well, placing 2nd, 12th, 13th and 22nd.
The 8th Annual New England Junior and High School Regional Championship Regatta in Worcester followed. The 1V, 2V, 3V and 4V fours all medaled, with the first and second boats taking first in their respective races, and the other two boats placing second.
Conditions for the Head of the Charles were spectacular, with a huge crowd turning out to cheer on both fours. The first four of Jordan Sclar '18 (coxswain), Aoibheann Holland '18 (stroke), Lettie Cabot '19 (3), Alessandra DeVito '18 (2) and Clementine Perry '18 (bow) had an incredible race, finishing ahead of all but one high school in a field of 85 entrants from across the U.S. and Europe, and an impressive 11th overall. The second four of Avantika Kothari '19 (coxswain), Berneece Tam '19 (stroke), Daphnee Piou '18 (3), Mia Kussman '18 (2) and Mikayla Chen '19 (bow) placed 45th overall in a very competitive effort.
The season concluded with the magnificent Double Ewe Regatta on Halloween, complete with costumes that were most remarkable for their inventiveness.
JV Crew began the season with the largest group of novices since 2013 and several returning JV rowers. The athletes worked hard to master the fundamentals of rowing, and develop and prepare to race competitively in the spring, with great success.
At the Textile Regatta in Lowell, three Novice/JV Eights finished 5th, 8th and 17th out of 24 entries. At the New England Junior & High School Regional Championship Regatta, the Novice Eight finished 11th in a large field and the Novice Four earned a bronze medal, one of five Winsor medals that day. The JV season ended with several outstanding performances in a scrimmage with NCDS.
7–0 EIL; 9-0 Overall
Helmed by tri-captains Nicole Chung '18, Alex Bardon '18 and Emily Belina '18, the Winsor XC team decisively defended its EIL title (read more here), running to a perfect overall record. The team also successfully defended its Shaler title, and finished a very strong second to eventual D1 NEPSTA Champs Deerfield at Canterbury.
In addition to wins over every single EIL opponent, the team was victorious against many strong New England independent schools, including Hotchkiss, Kent, Westminster, Governors, Miss Porters, Suffield, Williston, Loomis Chafee, Milton Academy and Groton.
At the EIL meet, Winsor put seven athletes in the top 21 of the field of 123 competitors, boasting a stunning seven All-Leagues for the second year in a row. At New Englands, Winsor finished 3rd in a field of 16 teams, having the tightest compression of any team in the field, and earned three All-New England team spots.
EIL Honorable Mention: Chloe Duval '19 and Clare Quinn '19.
EIL All-League: Alex Bardon '18, Nicole Chung '18, Winnie Wang '20, Indi Aufranc '20, Annie Kaplan '19, Zoe Lewis '22, and Kate McCurley '21.
All-New England: Nicole Chung '18, Alex Bardon '18 and Winnie Wang '20.
Varsity Field Hockey
5-4-1 EIL; 5-7-1 Overall
Led by senior co-captains Emily Drucker '18 and Emily Keigher '18, the Varsity Field Hockey team played with grit and determination against some formidable foes, with half of the season's games being determined by 1 goal (or less).
A 2-0 win over LCA before cheering fans at UTL was a notable highlight. A few weeks later in Wellesley, the Wildcats squeaked out a thrilling 1-0 win against Dana Hall, and saved the best for last with a dramatic win against Newton on Senior Day.
JV Field Hockey
2–0–4 EIL; 4–2–5 Overall
JV field hockey had a fantastic fall with big wins over Milton, Thayer, and Portsmouth Abbey and a dramatic UTL win over Dana Hall. Eight players registered goals and the team capped off a season of hard work and good fun undefeated in the EIL.
4–4–2 EIL; 4-7-3 Overall
Led by captains Madison Lehan '18 and Eva Dowd '18, Varsity Soccer gave up only 24 goals while outshooting opponents at an average of 2 shots to 1 and outscoring opponents 26-24 on the season. Unfortunately, tied games and close losses resulted in a record that doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of play from a team that regularly dominated possession and played a stronger passing game than most of its opponents.
Highlights of the season included incredible game play against Pingree despite a final 1-0 loss, and holding powerhouse teams like Rivers in check though unable to find the back of the net and secure the win.
EIL Honorable Mention: Madison Lehan '18.
EIL All-League: Ava Nace '21 and Julia Contini '19.
6-2 EIL; 9-3 Overall
The JV Soccer team had an outstanding season, with big victories over EIL opponents Concord, Beaver, LCA, and Portsmouth Abbey. They also beat ISL opponents Middlesex and Rivers to round out their season.
0–10 EIL; 3-10 Overall
Led by captains Liz Howell-Egan '18, Grace Hamblett '18 and Kaylee Chang '19, the team of 18 players and four managers made its varsity debut at Winsor, proving to be fierce competitors and exciting to watch in every match.
Notable moments included forcing Beaver to 5 sets in one of the best games of the season, and pushing league champions Dana Hall to play their best to stay on top before a packed Winsor gym at UTL. Though unable to take the win during the final match of the season against Pingree, Winsor again pushed the game to 5 sets and walked away with heads held high in a wonderful and heartfelt celebration of the seniors. Decisive wins against outside league opponents Southfield and Tabor Academy rounded out the schedule.
The consensus around the league was that the new Winsor volleyball team was the most difficult team to beat and will be a force to reckon with in the years to come. Congratulations on an incredible inaugural season!
EIL Honorable Mention: Kaylee Chang '19.
EIL All-League: Michelle Pu '20.